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.

The in-tray of horrors that Theresa May has left for her successor

8 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards — and good luck!’ Liam Byrne will forever be…

Tory leadership candidates start frenzied final push for support

6 June 2019 2:05 am

With just a few days to go until nominations close in the Tory leadership contest, candidates are busy trying to…

The Boris Brexit court case isn’t as bad for his leadership bid as some hope

30 May 2019 3:28 am

Will Boris Johnson being told to answer to allegations of misconduct in a public office derail his leadership campaign? The…

Ministers shouldn’t be able to escape their mistakes

4 May 2019 1:55 am

There is little doubt that Rory Stewart is amply-qualified for his belated promotion to the cabinet. The new International Development…

Pointless PMQs shows up the government’s powerlessness

1 May 2019 10:26 pm

Most MPs’ minds are elsewhere at the moment, with the local elections on Thursday and the European elections looming at…

The Government wants Brexit talks to end next week. But can they end well?

30 April 2019 10:25 pm

Will the cross-party Brexit talks ever end? They seem to have been going on for almost as long as the…

The way to change anti-vaccine campaigners’ minds

16 March 2019 9:00 am

What a baffling group of people anti-vaxxers are. They rail against one of the miracles of modern medicine, peddling scare…

The big chill: Few winter swimmers bother with wetsuits

The teeth-chattering joys of cold-water swimming

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The woman on the path has come to a dead stop. She’d been shuffling along in that bunched-up posture we…

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,…

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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…