Diary

Tristram Hunt's diary: Why has Gove allowed a school that makes women wear the hijab?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

ONE OF THE MINOR sociological treats of being appointed shadow education secretary is a frontbench view of David Cameron’s crimson…

Billy Bragg's diary: The right does not own freedom

12 October 2013 9:00 am

A great night to be in Pittsburgh. The local baseball team, the Pirates, were attempting to reach their first play-offs…

David Hare's diary: Actresses are smarter than journalists

5 October 2013 9:00 am

So mysterious, the Conservative party. In every poll, our five most admired institutions are the NHS, the BBC, the Royal…

Damian McBride: Why I clutched at my trousers in front of Jeremy Paxman

28 September 2013 9:00 am

They say nothing beats the feeling of seeing your book in print. But for me, the proudest moment was presenting…

Max Hastings’ diary: I love the British Army (but not the Blackadder version of it)

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The looming centenary of the outbreak of the first world war offers an opportunity to break away from the Blackadder/Oh!…

Simon Schama's diary: The British divide? Proms vs 'Am I bovvered'

14 September 2013 9:00 am

‘Wider still and wider, may thy bounds be set,’ the ecstatic throng sang at the Last Night of the Proms.…

Harold Evans’s diary: Beware Obama - he always pulls the rug out from under his allies

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Days ago, I’d have bet that even the most bitterly partisan Congress in generations would jib at humiliating their commander-in-chief.…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Holidays after a stroke, and what the Germans really think of us

31 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a strange summer. After a stroke, holidays are not what they used to be. We went to Juan-les-Pins…

Kirsty Wark’s diary: On the Caledonian sleeper, the new Donna Tartt, and a week of Edinburgh shows

24 August 2013 9:00 am

There isn’t a Scottish politician in living memory who hasn’t been on the Caledonian Sleeper. I always imagined Donald Dewar…

Kirstie Allsopp’s diary: Why I’m terrified of Woman’s Hour

17 August 2013 9:00 am

If you haven’t scuffled you haven’t lived, and our local scuffle is the best of the best. A scuffle is…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…

Douglas Murray’s diary: My gay wedding dance-off with Julie Burchill

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The pilot refuses to get going until everyone is seated and quiet. When we take off there are raucous cheers.…

Nigel Farndale’s diary: The dread moment when they announce next year's school fees

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Next time I’m in a sauna I’m going to say: ‘It’s like a school sports hall on prize day in…

Diary

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The frantic promotion of the proposed HS2 rail line — a white elephant in the making — is a reminder…

Christopher Sykes’s diary: David Hockney, Bridlington lobster, and the risks of a third martini

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I began my week with a trip to Bridlington, the closest seaside town to my childhood home. ‘Brid’, as it’s…