Diary

Life, of a sort, still goes on in New York City

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘How are you bearing up?’ ‘Is everyone terrified?’ ‘What’s the mood?’ These are the questions concerned family and friends are…

Michael Morpurgo: Kale smoothies, writing, Pilates – my strict isolation schedule

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Writers like me are used to long hours alone. I’ve never enjoyed that side of it. I don’t like the…

Sajid Javid: Why can’t my mum buy groceries?

21 March 2020 9:00 am

As every Chancellor knows, behind every figure in the Treasury lie thousands of human stories. At times like these, saving…

Suzanne Moore: I was hurt that so many of my ‘colleagues’ denounced me

14 March 2020 9:00 am

I have been trying to write about a great unpleasantness for some time: the trans debate that we don’t really…

Nick Robinson: Am I a superspreader?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

‘Aren’t you meant to be in quarantine?’ the man in the cloakroom queue asks. I sense that his enquiry is…

Prue Leith: My carbon footprint should put me in jail

29 February 2020 9:00 am

I made the mistake of saying I thought insects might help feed the world. They are high-protein, cheap to farm…

Julian Smith: Despite being sacked, it has been a weirdly good week

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

A doctor will tell you heart attacks may appear to come out of the blue, but if you look carefully,…

Susan Hill: The brilliance of the NHS cancer service

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Exactly 50 years ago I drove, for the first visit of many, across country to Aldeburgh in Suffolk, following the…

Sarah Sands: I never wanted to climb the BBC career ladder

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After I took the editor’s job at Today on Radio 4 nearly three years ago I had to answer to…

Rory Stewart: How will Brexit be remembered when my son gets to my age?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I still live in the same house, in London, in which I lived as a baby. I walk my five-year-old…

Andrew Doyle: I may have to kill off Titania McGrath

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

I start the week by going through my iPhone to delete the numbers of former friends. It sounds depressing, but…

I was joking about Meghan and Harry becoming king and queen of Canada

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Washington, D.C. On 8 January, I tweeted about the Sussex-Markles: ‘Obviously the plan is to return to Canada, lead a…

Fraser Nelson: What categories should we include in our Parliamentarian of the Year awards?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The night before our last issue went to press, I received a message from the Prime Minister saying that he…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

Andrew Sullivan: The evidence against Trump is overwhelming

14 December 2019 9:00 am

When people ask me what the mood is in DC these days, the only word I can come up with…

Remembering the genius of Clive James

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Clive James Stirs.’ That was the standard subject line for the emails I used to get from the great Australian…

Andrew Marr: December elections are a very bad idea

30 November 2019 9:00 am

December elections are a bad idea. Never mind politicians talking rot — the ludicrous promises, the ludicrous numbers — it’s…

George Osborne: The temptation of voting Lib Dem

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Going to Pizza Express is a very usual thing for me to do, unlike Prince Andrew. I grew up in…

It would be a big mistake to underestimate Corbyn

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Thud. It’s my advance copy of Dorothy Byrne’s new book, Trust Me, I’m Not a Politician, landing on the doormat.…

If parliament were more modern, might it become less aggressive?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I’m writing this in Crete where a late summer has seen brilliant sunshine and temperatures reaching 25°C — but can…

Nick Timothy: Theresa May folded like a Brompton bike during the Brexit negotiations

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As my train hurtles northward, my phone starts to buzz. Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to hold a December election. So:…

Should we be blaming Balliol, rather than Eton, for our political woes?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In our house, the biggest source of tension is that I think there is an important difference between deferring a…

Helena Morrissey: my manifesto for the next govenor of the Bank of England

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The start of term at Oxford University is bittersweet for the close-knit Morrisseys; we have just ‘lost’ three offspring to…

Even Donald Trump is tweeting about Spectator USA

12 October 2019 9:00 am

We’ve just launched the US edition of The Spectator and the reaction so far has been great. Americans can be…

Richard Dawkins: It’s hard to imagine that Leave would win a second referendum

5 October 2019 9:00 am

On a book tour to promote Outgrowing God, travelling from London’s Festival Hall to Birmingham and then Manchester, I have…