Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson was editor of The Spectator 1999-2005.

'Let us refuse to dance to the tune of the media': Boris Johnson's full speech to Tory MPs

7 June 2022 2:47 am

Graham (Brady), many thanks for convening this meeting. And I have to tell you I am glad that this vote…

Read: The Prime Minister's address to the nation as Russia invades Ukraine

24 February 2022 11:28 pm

Shortly after 4 o’clock this morning I spoke to President Zelensky of Ukraine to offer the continued support of the…

Boris on liberty: the PM has always been against ID cards – until now

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The PM has always been against ID cards… until now

Full text: Boris Johnson's Brexit deal speech

25 December 2020 3:09 am

It is four and a half years since the British people voted to take back control of their money, their…

Why England is going back into lockdown

1 November 2020 6:54 am

I’m afraid no responsible Prime Minister can ignore the message of those figures. When I told you two weeks ago…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

Full transcript: Boris Johnson’s speech on the steps of Downing Street

14 December 2019 2:53 am

This morning I went to Buckingham Palace and I am forming a new government. On Monday MPs will arrive at…

Boris Johnson: I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election

3 September 2019 3:27 am

Five weeks ago I spoke to you from these steps and said that this government was not going to hang…

Are we really going to abandon Brexit because of a Mars bar shortage?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The nice French doctor looked beadily at the screen. There were the results of my tests, in irrefutable detail. They…

Boris Johnson: Why we should chuck Chequers

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Surely there is a bit of humbug in this outrage about the two remaining jihadi Beatles, Kotey and Elsheikh, and…

We need 10,000 tigers in the wild

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I am here in India looking for tigers, and am struck by the way my fellow human beings respond to…

Girl power! Educating girls can fix the world’s problems

13 January 2018 9:00 am

The world is blessed with a brilliant and industrious UN secretary-general, and it was certainly worth tuning in last week…

To a Turkish president

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There was a young fellow from Ankara Who was a terrific wankera Till he sowed his wild oats With the…

Boris Johnson’s diary: Amid the China hype, remember Japan

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Frankly I don’t know why the British media made such a big fat fuss last week when I accidentally flattened…

The secrets of London's Athenian golden age

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The forces that made the world’s first democracy great are alive and well in modern London

'I laughed until I cried, then retched': Boris Johnson on the wit of Simon Hoggart

11 January 2014 9:00 am

I really can’t remember exactly how I came to appoint Simon Hoggart the wine correspondent of this magazine, but I…

Nick Garland’s take on the Thatcher legacy in the 13 April issue

A tribute to Margaret Thatcher

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The Iron Lady’s legacy is that, thank goodness, the free-market economy is the only show in town

Is my rod big enough? Boris Johnson’s fishing notebook

6 July 2013 9:00 am

You remember the climax of Jaws — the primeval moment when Quint the crazed Ahab-like fisherman goes mano a mano…