My Top 14 Songs of 2021

  • 31 Dec 2021

My musical tastes are, shall we say, not to everyone's liking. I like pop, pure and simple. I like misery ballads. I also like electro-pop and African music. You'll find lots of examples here in my list of ten favourite songs of 2021. These are songs I discovered in 2021, but ...

My Predictions for 2022 (And How My 2021 Predictions Turned Out)

  • 30 Dec 2021

So how did my predictions for 2021 pan out?    Here were my 2021 predictions. In 2019 I got 3.5/10, this year, rather better! The SNP will get a majority of seats and the vote in the May elections. HALF CORRECT GIVEN PRO-INDEPENDENCE PARTIES GOT A MAJORITY Englan...

My Top 20 Podcasts of 2021

  • 29 Dec 2021

Back in January 2021 I compiled a list of 30 podcasts I regularly listen to. So I thought it was time to revisit it, as my podcast listening habits have changed somewhat. I've reduced the list to twenty and this year I've ranked them based on how often I listen to them. Th...

My Top Tweeters of 2021

  • 27 Dec 2021

This is a list of 250 Tweeters I have most enjoyed during 2021. This is the eigthth year I have compiled this list.  I follow about 4000 people on Twitter. Anyway, these are the ones who have entertained, informed, educated, annoyed and, most of all, made me laugh most this...

My Top 10 Books of 2021

  • 26 Dec 2021

I've read a lot more books this year than I did in 2020. Here are my Top Ten in no particular order...   This is the most important book I have read this year. Anyone who wants to understand what China is doing in Hong Kong needs to read it. It's semi-autobiographica...

A Message to Anyone Who Isn't Sure Whether To Get Vaccinated

  • 18 Dec 2021

Someone sent me this from a post on Linked-In by Matthew Wyles, Chief Executive Officer at Hampshire Trust Bank plc. It puts it better than I can...   I'm fully vaccinated w/booster and, no, I don't know what's in it. Neither this vaccine nor those I had as a child....

Thoughts on the 27 Deaths in the English Channel

  • 24 Nov 2021

Many people have been warning that the kind of tragedy that happened today in the English Channel was inevitable. The world’s busiest shipping lane does not lend itself to small dinghies crossing the seaway even in the most clement of weathers. Today the inevitable happened an...

New Statesman Column: Matt Hancock's Book Advance, Range Anxiety & Learning About The Presidents

  • 21 Nov 2021

This column was originally published in the New Statesman. There’s a real appetite for political history in this country at the moment. Whether in documentaries or books, people can’t get enough of it. This week my new book The Presidents is published, a year after the rele...

Telegraph Column: Is It Now Time to Ditch HS2? No Drama Sharma & Why Mr Speaker Should Be Ashamed

  • 17 Nov 2021

The Victorians were visionaries. They were the first to see the potential of rail travel, and they lost no time in building a countrywide network. They didn’t have local council planning committees to contend with, or environmental lobbies to counter. Since then, Britain ha...

The Presidents Is Published This Week

  • 14 Nov 2021

  On Thursday THE PRESIDENTS is finally published! It feels a very long time since I started commissioning people to write e...

Telegraph Column: Article 16, Starmer & Solskjaer and Claudia Webbe

  • 10 Nov 2021

I can hear it now. Sir John Major will take to the airwaves denouncing it. Alastair Campbell and Andrew Adonis will have a fit of the vapours on Twitter. Emily Thornberry will pronounce with all the solemnity she can muster that it is a dark day when Britain breaks a treaty. ...

A Tribute to Sir David Amess 1952-2021

  • 17 Oct 2021

On Friday afternoon the Sunday Telegraph asked me to write a tribute to him for today's paper. What you will read below is an expanded version of what they printed today. I also decided to donate the fee from this article to one of David's favourite charities, The Music Man Pr...

If You Want To Understand the Greatness of Sir David Amess, Watch This...

  • 15 Oct 2021

I'm sitting here, at 7.30 on Friday evening, wanting to write a full tribute to Sir David Amess. But the words won't come. I think I know the reason, because at exactly this time, I should be sitting beside David at a dinner of his Southend West Conservative Association. He in...

Telegraph Column: Ireland & Brexit, Bisexuality & Boris's Holiday

  • 13 Oct 2021

This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph.   The Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, is never short of a few words. And they are words which generally make a situation worse. Given the issues facing Ireland, the UK and the EU over the Northern Ireland Protoco...

A Tribute to James Brokenshire 1968-2021

  • 8 Oct 2021

No father of young children should have to die at the age of 53. To say the death of James Brokenshire is a tragedy is an understatement. All I have been able to think about over the last few hours, after I learned of James's death, is the sense of utter desolation that Cathy ...

My Take on Boris Johnson's Conference Speech

  • 6 Oct 2021

It’s a wrap. Or is it rap? The party conference season has closed, and Boris Johnson has walked off stage to the usual standing ovation, even if he didn’t hang around to bask in it. A kiss with Carrie and then off the stage, through the crowds and into the prime ministerial li...

Iain Dale's Book Club Podcast - Episode List

  • 1 Oct 2021

  Iain's Book Club podcast was launched in September 2018. Each week (sometimes twice a week) Iain interviews some of the most interesting authors in the country with new books out. And there's the occasional bonus episode or an author interviews from the archives.  ...

Women's Safety: What Now? Where are the Changemakers?

  • 30 Sep 2021

"Please ask them what they’re going to do about the massive failings other than be sad". Those were the words of Jess Phillips, directed at Priti Patel and Cressida Dick today, although she should have also directed them at Sadiq Khan, given his oversight role over the Met. ...

When Letting a Speech Speak For Itself Is Not Enough

  • 26 Sep 2021

Party conferences are often thought to be a waste of time. All they do is give the media an excuse to fuel divisions within parties, whether real or imagined. In his new book MUST LABOUR ALWAYS LOSE, former Labour MP suggests they should be abolished. Given how the first two d...

Twenty Years Since 9/11 by Daniel Forrester

  • 11 Sep 2021

Ten years ago I commissioned my best friend Daniel Forrester to write an article for my then comment website, Dale & Co, to mark the tenth annoversary of 9/11. Since then, he has added to it each year since. This version was published on Medium yesterday.  By Daniel For...