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Boris Johnson and Petronella Wyatt at The Spectator’s summer party in 2016 (Alan Davidson/Shutterstock)

Petronella Wyatt: I’ve been turned into a curiosity – and Boris is to blame

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I am beginning to feel like a sort of fairground curiosity: one of those pickled things in jars that Victorians…

Common sense is the real generation gap – just ask John Cleese

15 June 2019 9:00 am

As I write these words, I regret to inform you, John Cleese is on his way to being cancelled. Now…

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Is war with Silicon Valley a Trump 2020 strategy?

5 May 2019 12:49 am

The world, or at least Twitter, awoke Saturday morning to an extraordinary series of retweets from the site’s most infamous…

Andrew Adonis, a master of social media – and a model of social mobility

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The news over Easter that Lord Adonis, the counterweight to nominative determinism, was standing as a Labour Remain MEP was…

The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society. So it is with the assault…

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Democrats, not Republicans, will dismantle Obama’s legacy

16 April 2019 3:45 am

Last week Barack Obama, grayer, wearier and older in every way, was in Berlin at one of his foundation’s conferences for ‘emerging…

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…

Douglas Murray: I can’t think of a time when more people have lost their minds

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Whenever I visit a country I try to pitch high and meet the president or prime minister. In Australia this…

Ukip’s on the verge of a spectacular comeback – and it’s all thanks to Theresa May

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Paul Joseph Watson, Count Dankula and Sargon of Akkad have joined Ukip. Let that sink in. This is an in-joke…

Justin Webb: the day I was forced to hide from John Humphrys

20 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend John Humphrys has managed to get on to the front pages again. We first met in the 1980s…

Your Twitter history will always haunt you – if you’re on the right

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once asked Michael Gove, when he had just been appointed Education Secretary, if he would mind awfully appointing me…

The real reason I’m a target for the twitchfork mob

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Shortly after midnight on 1 January my phone began to vibrate repeatedly. Happy New Year messages from absent friends? No,…

Ignore the Twitter cry-bully brigade – on social media, you reap what you sow

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The nastiest person on Twitter has quit Twitter. Because I’m so generous I shan’t mention his name. All I’ll say…

Calling Paddock a ‘lone wolf’ isn’t racist

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock committed mass murder in Las Vegas and the FBI is still casting…

Kathy Acker in the late 1980s

The writer behind the brand

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Few publishing phenomena in recent years have been as gratifying as Chris Kraus’s cult 1997 masterpiece I Love Dick becoming…

Diary

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Monday morning and I am heading south on Harley Street towards a rendezvous with ramifications, a date that is also…

Diary

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It has been an unqualified delight, even if it is mildly absurd: I have been chairing the judges for this…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

What happened when my son went to school as Goldilocks

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I hear a leftie complain about being abused on Twitter, I think: ‘You should try being me.’ A case…

Here’s how I would deal with the dorks who spread lies online

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One reason I do not tweet, text, use Facebook or Instagram, and only wield a mobile when a landline is…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…