Diary

Nick Robinson: Am I the new John Humphrys?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The nation is deeply divided. We can, it seems, talk of almost nothing else. Passions could scarcely be higher. No…

George Osborne: I tried to swap jobs with William Hague

14 September 2019 9:00 am

I could be that rare thing: a former chancellor who is still a member of the Conservative party. Philip Hammond…

Rory Stewart: Am I still a Conservative?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

My parents gave me a subscription to The Spectator in 1984, when I was 11. When I was 12, I…

Prue Leith: My plan to get real catering back into hospitals

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Picture the scene: we are filming the opening link for The Great British Bake Off. Here I am in the…

Brace yourself for no deal

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I AM up on the far north-west coast of Scotland, where the weather is changing every five minutes under vast skies…

Rachel Johnson: which political party should I join next?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I lay low during the ‘season’ as I can’t think what to say to people any more. I went to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I’m prejudiced against the Oxford comma

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is rare that losing a day at Lord’s for a Test match is welcome. I had expected to be…

Penny Mordaunt: I’m fired. Job done

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I begin the week in Bamako, Mali, with a crackly telephone call to Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Component Commander…

Paul Dacre: I made Boris Johnson cry

27 July 2019 9:00 am

So the party of family values has chosen as leader a man of whom to say he has the morals…

Nick Robinson: I’ve underestimated Boris ever since our Oxford clashes

20 July 2019 9:00 am

By this time next week the Johnson era will surely have begun. ‘We can, we will, we must now escape…

Boris Johnson and Petronella Wyatt at The Spectator’s summer party in 2016 (Alan Davidson/Shutterstock)

Petronella Wyatt: I’ve been turned into a curiosity – and Boris is to blame

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I am beginning to feel like a sort of fairground curiosity: one of those pickled things in jars that Victorians…

Joan Collins: The night I got a TV star to flash Boris Johnson

6 July 2019 9:00 am

It has been a spring of party madness in London and New York. I was lucky enough to have several…

Will Boris Johnson break up the Union?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

I spent the early part of last week in London, filming what are known in the television trade as PTCs…

History will wonder how we trusted Boris with Britain

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I am besieged by media folk asking when I shall make good on a four-year-old threat to flee to Buenos…

Simon Schama: I’m on tour – singing. Yes, seriously

15 June 2019 9:00 am

It was when the kindly folk at the Theatre Royal Haymarket said ‘You’ll be in Paul Whitehouse’s dressing-room’ that it…

Everything under the sun: The glory of garden centres

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Don’t you just love garden centres? You have to be mad to go on a sunny Sunday morning in the…

History will be kinder to Theresa May than we have been

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Recording the BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures has brought me to five cities and five styles of questioning. Cardiff had…

A presidential pardon for my ‘miraculously shrinking crime’

25 May 2019 9:00 am

I owe my return to these pages to the pardon I have received from the President of the United States.…

As a gay Jewish man I did not expect to be spat at in a west London street

18 May 2019 9:00 am

There are many places where a gay Jewish couple wearing yarmulkes wouldn’t feel comfortable walking down the street. I didn’t…

Paul Mason: The Brexit party is great news for Labour

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Multiple copies of a Labour leaflet for the European elections are being shared on messaging apps by horrified activists. Not…

Annunziata Rees-Mogg at the launch of the Brexit party's European election campaign in Cov-entry (Getty)

Call her Nancy: how David Cameron tried to change my name

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn. So it was for me a few weeks ago when, driving up the A1…

Helen Lederer (Getty)

Helen Lederer: The day I went viral in the Claridge’s lavatory

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The best moment of my Easter ended up being an impromptu debate with the delightful comedian Sarah Millican about the…

Roger Scruton: Should I forgive the journalist who got me fired?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I travel back from London with the St Matthew Passion filling my head, after the moving performance from the Elysian…

Roger Stone (Getty)

Roger Stone: I will be vindicated

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Undisclosed location, Florida In January, when heavily armed FBI agents swarmed my south Florida home to arrest me for a…

Piers Morgan: why, as a former Remainer, I’d now back Leave

6 April 2019 9:00 am

I voted Remain, and still don’t think Brexit is a good idea. However, if there were to be a second…