Press

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

13 June 2015 9:00 am

It used to be that the most annoying thing in academic life was political correctness. But a new irritant now…

Ipso: a great new way for bullies to muzzle the press

6 June 2015 9:00 am

One of the fundamental principles of English common law is that you are innocent until proven guilty. And rightly so,…

Matt Ridley’s diary: Why a Guardian contributor wants me beheaded

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Martin Williams, former head of the government’s air quality science unit, has declared that the reason we have a problem…

How the other half of the press parties – a war correspondent’s letter from Washington

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This week has been all about the election, the US presidential election that is. It is 18 months away but…

It’s not Netanyahu’s fault that Jews in Europe are afraid

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Have you seen the prices for houses in Israel? Astronomical, mate. You wouldn’t believe it. An arid and perpetually embattled…

Aristophanes on Mazher Mahmood

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, otherwise known as the Fake Sheikh, has been accused of dodgy dealing in luring the innocent…

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit of a fraud writing about the ‘presidents I knew’, since journalists do not really get to…

Now that everyone’s a journalist, anyone can be sued

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Trying to count posts on the web is like trying to number grains of sand on a beach. In June…

Saddam on money

Baghdad notebook: "Things were better in Saddam's time"

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In the passport queue at Baghdad airport, my heart sinks. This place vies with Cairo for the title of most…

Ed Miliband’s problem isn’t his image. It’s us

28 June 2014 9:00 am

That bacon bap earlier this month was not the cause of Ed Miliband’s unpopularity. Ed Miliband’s unpopularity was the cause…

At the Chiltern Firehouse, smugness should be on the menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Here then is Gatsby’s house, after an invasion by the Daily Mail. It is called the Chiltern Firehouse. It is…

Peter McKay’s diary: Is Kate and William’s Scottish trip a pro-union initiative?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Having dampened local republican ardour during their recent tour of New Zealand and Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…

Conrad Black’s diary: Why I won’t join the campaign against Rob Ford

1 February 2014 9:00 am

When visiting Britain and Australia last November, I discovered that the mayor of Toronto, Robert Ford, is now the world’s…

How the MPs' expenses scandal proved the wisdom of Alain de Botton

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Whenever I’m tempted to pretend to be nicer so that fewer people hate me, I remember my old friend Alain…

Being assaulted nearly put me on trial

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in…

Billy Bragg's diary: The right does not own freedom

12 October 2013 9:00 am

A great night to be in Pittsburgh. The local baseball team, the Pirates, were attempting to reach their first play-offs…

Welcome back, TSB: your founder’s spirit is alive and well and living in Airdrie

14 September 2013 9:00 am

A big hello to the revived Trustee Savings Bank — the spin-off of 631 Lloyds branches that were going to…

Joan Collins

Joan Collins’s notebook: Fighting libel and rude houseguests

17 August 2013 9:00 am

I recently had to spend a great deal of time attempting to clear my name from a ludicrous assertion in…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…

Why partisan columnists (like me) are doomed

13 July 2013 9:00 am

An email exchange with a Conservative-leaning friend this week left me feeling sheepish. But if shameful my behaviour be, I’m…