House of Lords Slams HMRC Over Loan Charge

  • 4 Dec 2018

If you’re unfamiliar with the Loan Charge, read my initial blog on it HERE and my Spectator article HERE. Today there’s been a major development with the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee issuing a damning report about HMRC’s conduct. It says taxpayers are being treate...

Sneak Peek of my Interview with James O'Brien

  • 3 Dec 2018

Tomorrow on my ‘Iain Dale Book Club podcast’ we’ll be releasing a 50 minute interview I have recorded with my colleague James O’Brien about his book ‘How to be Right’. The book has been a huge commercial success and is now Number 5 in the Sunday Times bestsellers chart. Here’s...

Starting in January: My New Weekly Column in the EDP & EADT

  • 2 Dec 2018

As many of you know, I’m an East Anglian boy at heart. I was born in Cambridge and spent the first 18 years of my life being brought up in a little village in the Essex/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border called Ashdon, near Saffron Walden. I then spent six years in Norwich, firs...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 65: Changing Producers - Saying Goodbye to Jagruti Dave

  • 2 Dec 2018

The last time I wrote about the producer/presenter relationship was almost exactly two years ago when my lead producer Matt Harris left LBC after ten years to join Newsnight. The other member of our team, Jagruti Dave, who had already been working on the show for two years ste...

A Tribute to President George H W Bush

  • 1 Dec 2018

It was sad to learn of the death of President George H W Bush this morning, but what a life he had led. I never felt he got the recognition he deserved while alive, so let’s hope that’s corrected in the many obituaries which will appear over the next few hours and days. The...

In Conversation with Jacqui Smith... Ten Years Ago

  • 29 Nov 2018

I first met Jacqui Smith more than ten years ago at a Foreign Office event which she was addressing. I was writing a profile of the then Foreign Secretary David Miliband so was spending the afternoon with him. After her speech he beckoned me over an introduced me to her. Havin...

Tory MPs Go To War Over John Hayes 'Utter Cock' Knighthood

  • 24 Nov 2018

It’s no secret that the parliamentary Conservative Party is riven with splits over Europe, but when Tory MPs start laughing uncontrollably about government decisions and taking little notice of government whips, you know it is a government in trouble. Yesterday Downing Stre...

Tory Rebels Need to Bide Their Time Before Toppling Mrs May

  • 19 Nov 2018

The Germans have a phrase ‘Immer mit der Ruhe’. Keep calm at all times. The Conservative Party would do well to heed that message. Voters don’t like divided parties. The fall in support for the Tories in the weekend opinion polls is more to do with voters not liking the disuni...

The Incomparable Cliff Richard - Still Wired for Sound

  • 17 Nov 2018

I have very few heroes. Margaret Thatcher is clearly one, but beyond one other person I can’t immediately think of any more. Who’s that other person? Well if you’ve clicked on this article because of the headline, you’ve probably guessed already. Yup, Cliff Richard. I suppo...

Theresa May is Trying to Deliver a Brexit That No One's Happy With, Apart From Her.

  • 17 Nov 2018

A version of this article first appeared in Friday’s London Evening Standard It’s almost as if Alastair Campbell has been advising Theresa May. When Tony Blair was ever in political trouble, he adopted a “masochism” strategy. He let voters beat him up. And it worked. Yeste...