LibDem MEP Questions Motives of Poppy Wearing Brexiteers

  • 29 Oct 2019

We wear red poppies for remembrance and hope for a peaceful future (Royal British Legion). But the EU provides more than hope, after centuries of conflict it was created to ensure that it must never happen again. Am I wrong to be cynical about Brexiteers wearing poppies? — ...

Podcast: Iain's Interview on the 'Delingpod'

  • 28 Oct 2019

  What is a true conservative? And note the small ‘c’. On this week’s Delingpod you’ll find a 75 minute chat between James Delingpole and myself in which he accuses me of not being a proper conservative and being a bit ‘squishy’. I am apparently not ‘sound’ enough...

Calm Down, Calm Down...

  • 27 Oct 2019

I really should know better. On Tuesday night, I was on a Newsnight panel which included the rather impressive Liam Thorp, political editor of the Liverpool Echo. Emily Maitlis threw him a question about Boris Johnson, and he immediately launched into a little spiel about how ...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 67: Corpsing

  • 4 Oct 2019

We all do it from time to time. Something happens and we just start to laugh uncontrollably. Sophie, my producer unearthed this clip from last year. The context is that around 6.30pm each day, she and I disappear into a recording booth to record a 10 second trail, which is the...

The 2019 Top 100 Conservative Influencers List

  • 30 Sep 2019

Each year for the last twelve years, in the runup to Conservative conferences I have convened panels to compile a list of the most influential Conservatives in the country. To be included you have to self identify as a Conservative. So anyone associated with UKIP, the Brexi...

Broad Church Political Parties Win Elections, Narrow Sects Do Not

  • 19 Sep 2019

A few of weeks ago I wrote in my EDP column about the retirement from the Commons of long-serving LibDem MP Norman Lamb. Retirement resignations are a bit like red buses. You write about one and inevitably another one is following on right behind. At the beginning of this m...

Telegraph Column: 'Question Time' Has Become a Bear Pit & Needs to Change

  • 11 Sep 2019

In 15 years of political TV punditry it had never occurred to me to walk out of a show, live on air. But it nearly happened on last Thursday’s Question Time. The thought flitted through my mind as, yet again, the other panellists talked over each other and I was barely ...

The Penny Mordaunt Profile (Long Read Version)

  • 29 Aug 2019

Back in July I filed a profile of Penny Mordaunt, the then Defence Secretary, to the Sunday Times magazine. It appeared in the 21 July edition and you can read it HERE. Three days later, she was summarily sacked from her job much to everyone's surprise, including mine. I thoug...

Calm Down, Calm Down, Prorogation is Not the End of Democracy As We Know It

  • 28 Aug 2019

It's the end of democracy as we know it. This government is autocratic. Boris Johnson is running a tin-pot dictatorship. A coup. Just four of the quotes I've heard on the radio and TV over the last hour and all to do with the fact that the Prime Min...

Pictures from my Sunday Times Photoshoot (With Dogs & Stormclouds!)

  • 25 Aug 2019

About six weeks ago I did an interview for the Sunday Times Business Section 'Fame & Fortune' column. It's a Q&A format and is designed to find out about how people in the public eye handle money. It's always accompanied by a rather striking photo. So the Sunday Times ...

'Iain Dale All Talk' Episode List

  • 23 Aug 2019

On 21 August LBC launch of a new podcast called IAIN DALE ALL TALK. During my Edinburgh Fringe show I was inundated with people asking if they could listen to the interviews if they weren't able to attend the shows themselves, so we decided to release them all on a podcast. ...

Film Review: Red Joan

  • 20 Aug 2019

The short review is 'don't bother buying the DVD or streaming it - it's a bit rubbish'. Let me elaborate. To bo honest, I only bought this because Judi Dench is in it. I was vaguely aware of the story of Melita Norwood, around whom the storyline is loosely based, and that s...

The Launch of the 'Iain Dale All Talk' Podcast

  • 20 Aug 2019

Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees the launch of a new podcast called IAIN DALE ALL TALK. During my Edinburgh Fringe show I was inundated with people asking if they could listen to the interviews if they weren't able to attend the shows themselves, so we decided to release them all on ...

My Edinburgh Fringe Experience: Some Memories & Reflections

  • 15 Aug 2019

As my run of 24 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe has now concluded, I thought I’d reflect on the whole experience. I have to say that I’m suffering a bit from the post Fringe blues, and there’s part of me that wishes I could have done the whole month. So how did I come to do it? ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Sunday 11 August

  • 11 Aug 2019

It's my final day in Edinburgh and it was a very early start to head down to the BBC in Edinburgh to do the paper review on Paddy O'Connell's Broadcasting House show. It finished at 10 and I got back to my digs at 10.10 to record this week's FOR THE MANY PODCAST with Jacqui Sm...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Saturday 10 August

  • 10 Aug 2019

I was going to go out to a bar to watch West Ham get slaughtered by Manchester City, but then I discovered it could watch it via the BT Sport website on my laptop. Well that worked out well. We lost 5-0. This has almost become a tradition on the opening day of the season.  ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Friday 9 August

  • 10 Aug 2019

Friday was such a manic day I was too knackered to write this last night, so here goes. Better late than never. It absolutely hurled it down all morning. I've never seen rain like it. It carried on, off and on, during the rest of the day. Had to happen one day, I suppose. ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Thursday 8 August

  • 8 Aug 2019

No lie-in today either. I was up at 8.30am because I had to write a column for the Evening Standard and also my weekly ConservativeHome column. I finished just in time to leave for an In Conversation event with Scottish comedian Janey Godley all the way over in George Street. ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Wednesday 7 August

  • 8 Aug 2019

A rather frustrating morning. I wrote my EDP column and then jumped into a cab to go to see my friend Sarah Southern perform her TENTATIVELY TORY show. The whole of Edinburgh seemed to be gridlocked. After forty minutes we'd had to avoid two sets of gridlock and ended back...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Tuesday 6 August

  • 7 Aug 2019

Up early for a radio panel with Mark Dolan, Christopher Biggins and Shapi Korsandi, then a quick visit to the Apple Store to buy a battery pack. They didn't have the one I wanted, natch. Someone texted me to say the Sturgeon interview was playing big in the Scottish papers and...