Notebook

Fraser Nelson: The biggest myth is that editors have control over their columnists

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The power of editors is comically overstated. I’m struck by the number of politicians who imagine that there’s a hierarchy:…

We thought New Zealand was safe from extremism. We were wrong

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In a blink, everything has changed and yet nothing has changed. Life goes on. The long, hot days of a…

Never Mind The Bollocks: a punk’s view of Brexit

16 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the great things about touring with a band is that it gets me away from my little west…

Delhi notebook: Nuclear war is not around the corner

9 March 2019 9:00 am

India is not preparing for war, but picking up the newspapers in Delhi you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.…

There’s no programme in the world like Desert Island Discs

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At the end of January, I had the honour and pleasure of being on Desert Island Discs. I liked Lauren…

Here in freezing Chicago we’re secretly rooting for global warming

9 February 2019 9:00 am

One of the few pleasures of advancing age is that, no matter how awful some looming catastrophe may be, you…

Fear and foie gras: a Caracas notebook

2 February 2019 9:00 am

A man stopped me in the street in Caracas and grabbed my hand. I was alarmed, but tried not to…

Davos diary: A party conference for the guilty rich

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Somehow I had managed more than a quarter of a century in journalism without ever going to Davos. It had…

What happens when the police stop and search a bishop?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’m not surprised that black people are still eight times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched…

Women, married or single, get a raw deal at Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

There’s a Christmas poem of mine, written in the 1980s, that ends with the line ‘And the whole business is…

The best thing about Christmas in France? It’s all over in a day

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Just back from a few days in Rome — the perfect small metropolis for ‘street-haunting’, as Cyril Connolly described his…

Cressida Bonas: An actress’s notebook

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’m moving house, parting ways with my beloved friend Georgia. For eight years, the two of us have laughed madly,…

Durban Notebook: a nation in paralysis

20 October 2018 9:00 am

No one likes uncertainty and in Britain we’ve got more than our fair share. But spare a thought for South…

As Assad recovers, Syria is returning to stability

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In order to avoid the Labour conference and yet more predictable media attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, I escaped late last…

Douglas Murray: I can’t think of a time when more people have lost their minds

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Whenever I visit a country I try to pitch high and meet the president or prime minister. In Australia this…

Rory Bremner: Why comedians are getting political

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The brilliant Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell describes doing stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe as ‘exams for clowns’, and even though…

The sensuous thrill of learning to swim in your sixties

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Sharing a plate of oysters with a three-year-old: where could this be but France, where children are brought up not…

The view from Paris: ‘Why are Brexiteers so stupid?’

28 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Problème est masculin; solution est féminine,’ says Brigitte, the adored French teacher at the British embassy in Paris. Good way…

Donald Trump is coming to Blenheim – and the protesters are ready

14 July 2018 9:00 am

For more than 40 years we’ve lived in a beautiful, listed, Cotswold stone, Stonesfield slate-roofed farmhouse in Oxfordshire. The trouble…

Notes from Jerusalem: Everyone is in love with Donald Trump

19 May 2018 9:00 am

‘Trump Make Israel Great’ reads the banner on the deserted hotel next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem. Unlike…

What The Spectator’s 48-year-old intern did next

12 May 2018 9:00 am

To anyone who has dreamed of becoming a journalist, the thrill of walking into a national newspaper office never goes…

My life in Paris as a Diplomatic Wag

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The French President says he wants to rule as a Jupiter — but he doesn’t look like a Jupiter to…

Not one of my Harvard students thinks Brexit is a good idea

21 April 2018 9:00 am

My wife laughs that my love of gadgets is a remnant of my Communist upbringing, when western toys were objects…

Gambia is like a real-life Tinder for geriatrics

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When Facebook and co stop selling on our details to third parties, will it be the end of spam? For…

I take no pleasure in seeing England get all out for 58

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Ah, the old man injury!’ That’s what people said when I busted my calf a couple of years ago. At…