No sacred cows

My search for a Matt Hancock impersonator

20 May 2023 9:00 am

I’m trying to organise an event in Westminster with the journalist Isabel Oakeshott and it’s proving a bit of a…

Carmageddon: the electric vehicle boondoggle

13 May 2023 9:00 am

A couple of years ago I thought seriously about buying an electric car. Not a hybrid, but the full monty.…

I’ve ridden my last rollercoaster

6 May 2023 9:00 am

I was in Canada last week, travelling across British Columbia on a luxury train called the Rocky Mountaineer. It was…

My blue tick humiliation

29 April 2023 9:00 am

I was one of the first people to take up Elon Musk’s offer to purchase a blue tick, the Twitter…

The ‘public humiliation diet’ is very effective

22 April 2023 9:00 am

As another summer approaches, I’ve embarked on yet another attempt to lose weight. You’d have thought I’d have learnt my…

How to mobilise the police

15 April 2023 9:00 am

I wasn’t surprised to hear that six police officers raided a pub in Essex after a customer complained about the…

Are Queens Park Rangers cursed?

8 April 2023 9:00 am

A dark cloud has descended over Queens Park Rangers, my beloved football club. On 22 October last year, when we…

There’s no bargaining with my wife

1 April 2023 9:00 am

For me, one of the joys of going abroad is bargaining with the local sellers. They name an extortionate price;…

Who owns your child’s image?

25 March 2023 9:00 am

On Monday, a bill was passed by the National Assembly in France that will give courts the power to prevent…

When is a crime not a crime?

18 March 2023 9:00 am

On Monday, Suella Braverman published draft guidance designed to rein in the police habit of recording a ‘non-crime hate incident’…

Why I admire Isabel Oakeshott

11 March 2023 9:00 am

I’ve been gripped by the Telegraph’s Lockdown Files. The 100,000 WhatsApp messages on Matt Hancock’s phone, handed to the paper…

The brilliance of Lime Bikes

4 March 2023 9:00 am

I was disappointed to learn that the authorities are planning to crack down on dockless bikes and electric scooters. Westminster…

It’s hard work being a house husband

25 February 2023 9:00 am

I’m currently sitting on top of a brownie point mountain. Caroline has departed for a two-week tennis freebie in Barbados,…

Mark Steyn and the free-speech question

18 February 2023 9:00 am

James Delingpole and I had a blazing row on our weekly podcast on Monday. We were discussing the recent departure…

No wonder bosses are running scared

11 February 2023 9:00 am

Some readers will recall the furore five years ago about the Presidents Club charity dinner at the Dorchester. The Financial…

Big Brother is watching me

4 February 2023 9:00 am

About six months ago I was contacted by Big Brother Watch, the civil liberties campaign group, and asked if I…

Why I’m sleeping in the garden shed

28 January 2023 9:00 am

Two and a half years ago, I wrote a column about how I’d started sleeping in my garden office. No,…

When did Steve Baker become a social justice warrior?

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

About ten years ago I thought seriously about becoming a Conservative MP. I jumped through a series of hoops and…

The trans rights conflict doesn’t add up

14 January 2023 9:00 am

Last week, the Office for National Statistics published the data on gender identity in England and Wales, as revealed in…

My comically awful Airbnb break

7 January 2023 9:00 am

Caroline likes to rent somewhere on Airbnb between Christmas and new year to break up the winter holiday. No, not…

The number at my Christmas table is growing ever smaller

17 December 2022 9:00 am

When I imagine the perfect Christmas lunch, I think of the end of A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge turns…

‘Climate scepticism’ and ‘disinformation’ are not the same thing

10 December 2022 9:00 am

According to a quote in a recent article by the environment editor of the Times, I’m ‘the most prominent UK…

Michael Beale has broken my heart

3 December 2022 9:00 am

Most football fans have had their attention riveted on Qatar for the past couple of weeks, but for those of…

My prescription for surviving the winter

26 November 2022 9:00 am

Winter is finally upon us and I’m relying on my usual array of tablets and powders to ward off seasonal…

Gary Neville’s fairweather morality

19 November 2022 9:00 am

Should England be participating in the Qatar World Cup? On the face of it, the case for a boycott is…