Diary

What’s the point of the NHS if it doesn’t work?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

We left prepared. Bottles of water, protein snacks, phone chargers, portable Scrabble (even the teenagers can look at the internet…

They do things differently in the Cotswolds

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The Season has ended and – apart from The Spectator’s summer bash of course – the two bang-up parties of…

Why Liz Truss shouldn’t be PM

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Two and a half years ago I joined the Tory party to vote for Boris, then unjoined as soon as…

My life as a political spouse

23 July 2022 9:00 am

When I was a teenage Tory activist in the mid-1990s, I hoped one day I’d be part of a leadership…

Boris’s final days in No. 10

16 July 2022 9:00 am

‘So what did he say?’ I asked the ministerial friend who went to tell Boris last week he had to…

Boris, Sherwood and the politics of the past

9 July 2022 9:00 am

It feels like the end, but we’ve been here before. The past months of Boris Johnson’s teetering administration have felt…

What Starmer can learn from Scholz

2 July 2022 9:00 am

I made it through the airport crush to Berlin at the beginning of last week to see how Germany is…

How McCartney and I helped put pop on the map

25 June 2022 9:00 am

In 1977, when I set up the South Bank Show for ITV, I wanted Paul McCartney to be on the…

My advice for the Bank of England

18 June 2022 9:00 am

To Windsor for Garter Day, the first since 2019. With a strong voice and smiles for us all, the Queen…

Don’t write off Piers Morgan yet

11 June 2022 9:00 am

I wish I could persuade certain cabinet ministers to put their money where their mouths are. Several times last month…

I hope my son will inherit the Queen’s kindness

4 June 2022 9:00 am

When I was asked by an old friend to write this diary, I did my usual thing of: ‘Yeah I’d…

I’ve written the perfect book

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I met a Canadian couple for lunch in Edinburgh. They were from Vancouver – he a judge, she an opera…

Lviv diary: ballet, bomb shelters – and everyone loves Boris

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It is a glorious spring evening in Lviv and what could be better than a ballet gala at one of…

The fire and fury of America’s abortion debate

14 May 2022 9:00 am

I wonder at times how some of my fellow hacks in America get out of bed in the morning. The…

It takes courage to be vulnerable like me

7 May 2022 9:00 am

It has been wonderful to welcome seven refugees – and their four dogs – to my home in Suffolk. I’ve…

How can James Bond survive?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I have just got back from Cannes, where I was the president of a jury, judging TV dramas. I’ve never…

My secret invitation from Michael Gove

23 April 2022 9:00 am

As you may have heard (if you haven’t, I’m losing my narcissistically self-promotional touch) my new TV show Piers Morgan…

How do we celebrate Easter in the shadow of war?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

This week has been Passiontide, which means lots of wonderful plainsong in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral as my predecessors…

Putin’s war is a disaster for Russia

9 April 2022 9:00 am

  Strasbourg Europhobes will never have a better argument against European integration than the seat of the European parliament in…

Oscars diary: a jaw-dropping night

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Oscar week is intense – and it’s been a while since it’s been as intense. The red carpet is full…

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

I'll stick my neck out: Russia may be heading for an outright defeat

19 March 2022 9:00 am

  Skopje, North Macedonia In the West, it’s tempting to believe that revulsion at Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is…

The courage on Ukraine’s front line

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Central to the question of whether or not Ukraine can survive as an independent state is that of re-supply, not…

In Lviv, the mood is inspiring – and fanatical

5 March 2022 9:00 am

  Lviv, Ukraine On the Ukrainian side of the Polish border, near a place called Shehyni where the refugee crisis…

The West missed its chance to help Ukraine

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Yet another east European tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have watched this movie for more than 80 years.…