Diary

George Osborne: Why I’m going into banking

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Spring in Somerset — again. If someone had told me last February that I’d spend seven of the next 12…

Salmond, Sturgeon and why The Spectator went to court

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Did Nicola Sturgeon lie to the Scottish parliament? A Holyrood committee into the now infamous Alex Salmond affair has been…

Trump is being defended by Foghorn Leghorn

13 February 2021 9:00 am

We weren’t long into Bruce Castor’s opening speech defending Donald Trump in his impeachment trial before we knew it was…

Minority groups should ignore the anti-vax charlatans

6 February 2021 9:00 am

My great-great-grandmother, born on a Barbadian plantation and transported to what was British Guiana in the 19th century, gave rise…

The horrifying toll of lockdown on the poor and mentally ill

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I start the week with someone throwing faeces at me. I thought people were supposed to clap for doctors these…

Vaccination is the only way out of this catastrophe

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Monday started with me opening my bedroom windows to let what little light there is come through, only to find…

The cult of Donald Trump

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The thing we most need to understand right now is how you deprogram people who have been in a cult.…

The comment that baffled Boris

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Real men are not supposed to confess to feeling fear. But I am frightened, second time round, about the plague.…

The joy of a cancelled Christmas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Among the greatest bores right now are those friends who insist on telling you, usually as if it’s some kind…

Jeremy Vine: Save our cycle lanes

12 December 2020 9:00 am

‘Stopping the diary/’ wrote Philip Larkin, ‘Was a stun to memory,/ Was a blank starting.’ I never really understood those…

How the green-ink brigade is destroying the arts

5 December 2020 9:00 am

I’m often asked why Channel 4 recently banned an episode of my show The IT Crowd because of ‘transphobia’. I…

We don't want pandemic novels – we want gentle escapism

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I’m often asked when I’ll write a pandemic novel. I’m not sure I’d ever be tempted, though the backdrop of…

The truth about me and Dominic Cummings

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It is such a relief that Dominic Cummings has gone. Not for the sake of the country or the government…

My post-election drink with Nigel Farage

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a useful stop for journalists looking for some rust-belt Americana not too far from New York. The…

The Trump riddle is still unsolved

7 November 2020 9:00 am

American expats have a conundrum on election night: do you stay up to watch the results come in or do…

I’ve been investigated by the Keystone Cops

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Even in this bizarre year of Covid (for everybody) and ‘cancellation’ (for me), the last week or two has stood…

Britain’s bizarre Italian travel guidance

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s a tip. When the Foreign Office advises against going somewhere, hop on the next plane. The mandarins have advised…

Why isn’t the germaphobe President afraid of coronavirus?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The weird thing about Donald Trump’s handling of Covid-19, alongside all the other weird things, is that he has always…

East Anglia is the place for birds

10 October 2020 9:00 am

I first visited Orford in 1970, at peak Cold War when this stretch of the East Anglian coast was one…

Petronella Wyatt: My food fights with Boris

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I have been in Istanbul, partly to research a French-born collateral ancestor of mine, Aimée Dubucq, who, according to legend,…

Barbara Amiel: My memoir has cost me my best friends

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The only female writers of importance I have personally met are Margaret Atwood and Joan Didion, both of whom are…

The Oscars’ self-defeating identity politics

19 September 2020 9:00 am

I moved to this country from the USA 30 years ago and this year I’ve finally understood why: it was…

Why Covid could be Britain’s new Crimea

12 September 2020 9:00 am

This is a very British story. Because we Brits are often warlike but never militaristic, we often make a balls-up…

My run-in with the New York Times

5 September 2020 9:00 am

It’s never a good sign when you’re watching a scene of street terror in yet another gut-churning YouTube video and…

Andrew Marr: Scotland is slipping away from the Union

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Staying in Britain for the summer has been, in many ways, entirely glorious. We have zigzagged from Shropshire through Derbyshire…