Diary

Who has the worst voice in parliament?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

For the first time in more than two decades we are dog-less, and the house feels horribly empty. Our Patterdale…

The day Keir Starmer cried on me about his childhood

18 May 2024 9:00 am

I have had a good idea. It may even be an important idea. See what you think. The other day…

My Britney Spears Theory of Action

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Every week I check the weather in Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Svalbard. It’s about as close as you can…

Tennis is sexy again

4 May 2024 9:00 am

For 50 years, I’ve avoided wearing anything resembling formal tennis kit but in a rather lame way, I’ve been seduced…

Wayne Rooney, the war buff

27 April 2024 9:00 am

I blame Thierry Henry and I never blame Thierry for anything. He’s funny, charming and was a majestic footballer. But…

I always judge a hotel by its club sandwich

20 April 2024 9:00 am

As a child I was fascinated by the exotic names of certain cities: Havana, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles…

In defence of the EU

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Eastern Europe is the graveyard of empires. Rome failed on the Danube, Napoleon on the Dnieper. The epic struggle between…

How on earth does Rishi Sunak keep going?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s my birthday this week and the end of my seventh decade (mathematicians will note that this does not make…

Why the fuss over The Spectator’s sale?

30 March 2024 9:00 am

This diary is late. Two months late. The columnists who missed my Evening Standard deadlines often had elaborate excuses. Mine…

My Keir Starmer fantasy

24 February 2024 9:00 am

When John Lennon took on Barry Humphries

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Barry Humphries would have been 90 on 17 February. To commemorate his life, Radio 4 is broadcasting Barry Humphries: Gloriously…

Labour is right to ditch its £28 billion green pledge

10 February 2024 9:00 am

My family despises war movies, so it’s way after Christmas that I get to see Ridley Scott’s dire Napoleon film.…

How to convert an atheist

27 January 2024 9:00 am

My kidnapping scare

13 January 2024 9:00 am