My Top Tweeters of 2019

  • 23 Dec 2019

This is a list of 250 Tweeters I have most enjoyed during 2019. This is the sixth year I have compiled this list.  I follow about 3600 people on Twitter. Anyway, these are the ones who have entertained, informed, educated, annoyed and, most of all, made me laugh most this y...

Iain Dale's Book Club Podcast - Episode List

  • 20 Dec 2019

  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.  ...

Telegraph Column: The BBC is trapped in a Remainer London bubble of its own making

  • 20 Dec 2019

This is an extended version of an article which first appeared in the Daily Telegraph "Adapt or die” is a maxim the BBC would do well to adopt if it is to survive the coming years. Following its questionable coverage of the general election, it is going through one of its o...

My Ten Christmas Book Recommendations

  • 20 Dec 2019

We all know how difficult it is to buy the right Christmas present for a family member or friend. You can't go wrong with a book. I spent twenty years in bookselling and publishing and although I am no longer involved, my love of books has not diminished. Nor, it seems, has an...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 71: Coughing Through a General Election Show

  • 13 Dec 2019

Watch the full 8 hour show by clicking above   Back in March 2010 I had only ever presented one show on LBC. Quite how I had the temerity to suggest that I should present their election night show, I have no idea. Looking back I had quite a cheek. I had presented a E...

World's Big Sleepout: Trolled for Trying to be Charitable

  • 13 Dec 2019

This article appeared in the Daily Mail on 12 December 2019.  Click HERE.   Last weekend I found myself sleeping rough in Trafalgar Square after Dame Helen Mirren had read me a bedtime story. That's not a sentence I ever imagined I'd be writing, but let me explain. ...

Polling Day Seen Through The Eyes of A Losing Candidate - Me (And How to Lose Gracefully)

  • 12 Dec 2019

Fourteen years ago I stood as a candidate in the 2005 general election. It seems a very long time ago. It was one of those days which could have changed my life forever, and in some ways did. Ten years ago I wrote a blogpost about polling day and the election count. It got suc...

Hodder to Publish my New Book on Our 55 Prime Ministers

  • 9 Dec 2019

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that Hodder & Stoughton will publish my new book THE PRIME MINISTERS 1721-2020 in November next year. Here's their press release, which explains all. Hodder & Stoughton have acquired a major new book conceived by political j...

Iain Dale & Shelagh Fogarty to Anchor LBC's Election Night Coverage

  • 6 Dec 2019

LBC is to broadcast its most extensive election night programme to date next Thursday, when the station simulcasts a fully-integrated results show on air on both radio on FM, DAB and global player, and in HD video on global player and LBC’s digital and social media channels. ...

Iain Dale's 2019 General Election Interviews

  • 5 Dec 2019

               

Iain Dale All Talk, Book Tour & Public Event Dates

  • 3 Dec 2019

Following the success of my 'Iain Dale All Talk' shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, we're taking it on the road in 2020. It will kick off with a four show run at the Lowry Theatre, Salford. We hope to do a lot more throughout the rest of the year. I'm also hosting some free luncht...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 70: Telling Your Producer to 'Shut The F**k Up'

  • 29 Nov 2019

Earlier today Nick Ferrari hosted an hour long phone-in with Boris Johnson. Nowadays all these interviews are not only filmed, but streamed live. We have a whole host of cameras in the studio, and unlike certain other broadcasters if we are going to stream something we are inc...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 69: When Political Parties Won't Provide Guests

  • 27 Nov 2019

Three weeks ago I provisionally booked Emily Thornberry to do one of our 8pm hour long interviews. It was supposed to take place at 8pm yesterday evening. On Sunday afternoon I was told that Emily wouldn't be coming. Reading between the lines it seemed apparent that she had be...

Thirty Things to Note About Germany and the Germans

  • 22 Nov 2019

Back in the 1980s I did my gap year in Germany, in a spa town called Bad Wildungen, and then spent another year teaching English in a school not far from Stuttgart. I love Germany and would love to be able to spend more time there, but given my life at the moment, that's unlik...

Why I Find It Difficult to Speak to School Audiences

  • 21 Nov 2019

I don't do a lot of speaking in schools and I feel guilty about it. I do get quite a few invitations, but if I am honest, I turn most of them down. Why? Because I am never sure I strike the right tone. As a 57 year old is it ever really possible to relate to a group of 11-18 y...

NEW ALL TALK TOUR DATE: Exeter with Jonathan Dimbleby

  • 13 Nov 2019

I'm delighted to announce a new IAIN DALE ALL TALK theatre booking. Jonathan Dimbleby will join me on stage at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter on the evening of January 31 2020 to talk about his career in broadcasting, hosting ANY QUESTIONS for 32 years, his various books a...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 68 - When a LibDem Hasn't Done Her Homework

  • 13 Nov 2019

Last night on LBC I interviewed LibDem environment spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse about the floods in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. She's been on my show several times before and always been rather impressive. This interview, however, turned into a bit of a car crash for her. She...

A Tribute to Brian Mawhinney 1940-2019

  • 12 Nov 2019

Brian Mawhinney, who died on Saturday, was a tough talking Ulsterman, who rose to the heights of political power in John Major's government. He became one of Major's main confidantes and was a highly effective and competent cabinet minister. He was a man of some contradictions...

The Week That Will Decide Nigel Farage's Place in History

  • 10 Nov 2019

Nigel Farage has a big decision to make this week. He will put up or shut up. He will either put up 600 candidates to fight seats all over Great Britain, or he will pull back from the brink. He made an offer of an electoral pact to Boris Johnson which he knew the Prime Mini...