Diary

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…

Pints and pretty girls: my week with the March to Leave

30 March 2019 9:00 am

I’m famed for my mustard cords. Back in 2013, the press mockingly dubbed my campaign trips around the country in…

Douglas Murray: will we have a country left after Brexit?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It isn’t easy getting around the Gulf these days. The blockade on Qatar means no direct flights from most of…

George Osborne: My campaign to Make Hancock Great Again

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The best thing about the Evening Standard going to print at lunchtime is that we can be first to a…

Might George W. Bush be the last Republican president in American history?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

John McDonnell might think Churchill a villain, but he’s beloved in America. I’ve just returned from a ten-week, 18-state, 27-city,…

Alan Johnson and Michael Portillo on This Week

Alan Johnson’s diary: I’m not sure I’d have had the guts to join a new party

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The separation between ‘members’ and ‘strangers’ always struck me as being one of the most archaic aspects of the House…

Richard Madeley and co-presenter Kate Garraway interview a naked Dr Victoria Bateman on Good Morning Britain

Maybe I should get naked during the next Brexit protest, too

23 February 2019 9:00 am

A choppy week sitting in for Piers Morgan again on Good Morning Britain. One nude studio guest, a sprinkling of…

Luciana Berger is escorted by police to Labour’s party conference last year after anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter [GETTY IMAGES]

Jess Phillips: The message I’ve been forced to send Luciana Berger too many times

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘You OK?’ was the message I sent to Luciana Berger last week. As I scroll back through our previous WhatsApp…

Why Dior loved the English

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much,’ enthused…

The story of Alex Salmond is (far) stranger than fiction

2 February 2019 9:00 am

For legal reasons I shouldn’t say much about the Alex Salmond case, but it does bolster the argument that the…

In defence of Fiona Bruce

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Will I be allowed to take my dog to Europe after 29 March? A trivial question, you might think, in…

It’s not communist buildings that are bleak – it’s capitalist budget hotel chains

19 January 2019 9:00 am

A few of us on the Labour left decide to see if it is possible to conjure, from nowhere, a…

If anyone knows May’s secret plan, it’s Philip

12 January 2019 9:00 am

As a hack who lived and breathed the financial crisis, you might think that at the start of 2008 and…

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You’ll be relieved to learn my penguin is back. ‘How long was it gone?’ you ask. About six months. ‘And…

Are we really going to abandon Brexit because of a Mars bar shortage?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The nice French doctor looked beadily at the screen. There were the results of my tests, in irrefutable detail. They…

Joan Collins: My own transgender moment

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I recently returned from several months in Los Angeles working on one of the most popular US TV shows. American…

I’m the latest victim of George Osborne’s austerity

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I got the sack the other day from the London Evening Standard, where I’ve been a weekly columnist for about…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Why Boris Johnson would make a good leader (and I wouldn’t)

24 November 2018 9:00 am

‘Away with the cant of “measures not men”! — the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the…