Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Wildlife obsessives must learn when to back off

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Richmond Park is an eerie place at this time of year. It’s not just that it’s the deer rutting season,…

Why becoming an MP can ruin your life

8 September 2018 9:00 am

It takes seven years to know your way around Parliament. That’s what I was told when I arrived in the…

‘Lovely’ is the word that best sums up the National Garden Scheme

Why the National Garden Scheme beats the Chelsea Flower Show hands down

28 July 2018 9:00 am

What could be more British than nosying around someone else’s private property while munching on a slice of cake? The…

Save us from the council verge neat-freaks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The autumn squill, Scilla autumnalis, has bright bluebell-coloured starry flowers. It is rare in the British Isles. It is also…

Garden of earthly delights: horticultural apprentice Emma Love in the newly reopened Temperate House at Kew

The real stars of Kew’s newly restored Temperate House

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The glasshouses at Kew Gardens are so popular that they can be quite unbearably busy at weekends. And why shouldn’t…

Antidepressants saved me – but they made my mental health worse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Antidepressants saved my life, I am sure of that. But I am also certain they made my mental illness much…

The bee orchid, by Franz Andreas Bauer. Its sex life is far beyond the dreams of most teenage boys

Hunt the lady’s slipper

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Who would want to read a whole book about a teenage boy’s gap year? When most 18-year-olds take time off…

Can we be friends?

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Have you heard the one about the new Labour MP who refuses to be friends with Tories? When Laura Pidcock…

Forgive and forget

2 September 2017 9:00 am

To begin with, Theresa May was not planning to take a three-week holiday — but she was subtly advised that,…

Liz Kendall (image: Getty)

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Labour can't learn from its mistakes. Here's why

14 May 2016 9:00 am

By now, Labour should be rather good at post-defeat inquests. Plenty have been conducted over the years and the drill…

Zac's campaign is as good as over; Labour will retake London

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Labour plotters who dream of ousting Jeremy Corbyn had high hopes for the local elections on 5 May. They…

What Muslims think

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Do you have sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria? It’s a hard question…

‘Perhaps we needed to tip the whole thing over’: Jon Cruddas on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Shortly before the last election a group of Labour MPs approached Ed Miliband to ask him what he would do…

Yes, Syrian children need foster homes. But so do British ones

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Would you open your home to a migrant child? If the reaction to the drowning of three-year-old Alan Kurdi is…

Yvette Cooper interview: ‘It’s not going to be my style to vote against the Labour whip 500 times like Jeremy!’

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Yvette Cooper treated herself to a morning off from the campaign trail last weekend. It didn’t sound very relaxing, though:…

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench…

Labour MPs’ next choice: which leadership coup to back

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s close friend Tony Benn had five questions he always asked of those in power: ‘What power have you…

Labour's already running out of time to regain its lost voters

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The Labour leadership contest was supposed to be a debate about the party’s future. Instead it has oscillated between petty…

Whoever wins the Labour leadership, Blairism is at death’s door

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce…