If You're Free on Sunday Mornings for the Next Seven Weeks...

  • 13 Apr 2019

"Can I have a word," said James Rea.  "Is it going to be another of those 'adult conversations'," I said, smiling? Last time this happened, I discovered I was being moved from Drive to the Evening Show! The long and short of it was that James wondered if I'd be intereste...

Julian Assange - What Goes Around...

  • 11 Apr 2019

Eight and a half years ago, in December 2010, I was asked by the Mail on Sunday to write a column on Julian Assange. When it appeared I was traduced and slagged off by his many supporters. How could I not understand what a hero he is, I was asked? Very easily, as it happens. A...

Telegraph Column: Something Changed This Week But Next Week Will Determine May's Future

  • 8 Apr 2019

This article first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. Well she’s still there, clinging to office like a limpet, defying her cabinet and soldiering on unabashed. Theresa May is effectively using the national crisis she created to tell her fractious party ‘stick with nurse for...

Why Being Out of A Box Is Often Better Than Being In One

  • 6 Apr 2019

It's one of those Saturdays where I sit twiddling our thumbs, cursing Sky for postponing the Chelsea v West Ham game until Monday. Me in particular. Why? Because a friend of mine who owns a box at Stamford Bridge invited him to join him. That was when the match was scheduled f...

Who Are the Twitter Influencers on MPs?

  • 5 Apr 2019

Politico have done an analysis of MPs' Twitter habits, who they follow, and who follows them. All very interesting, I suppose, although you wonder how much it matters.  Of the 650 MPs in the House of Commons, 579 of them have Twitter accounts. 82% of Tory MPs are on Twitter...

Jacqui & Iain to Film New TV Pilot

  • 1 Apr 2019

I have news. When it was announced that Andrew Neil was leaving 'THIS WEEK' and then that the series was being canned altogether, I emailed Rob Burley, head of political programmes at the BBC to put forward an idea I had for a new programme in that late night slot. Without goi...

Telegraph Column: Who Will Back Who in the Tory Leadership Race?

  • 31 Mar 2019

This article first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. The task for any leadership candidate is to knock their competitors out one by one. They each need to emerge as the leader of their ‘tribe’. Let’s start with the tribe of ‘hard Brexiteers’. Boris Johnson has been a...

The Truth About Adam Boulton's 'Bollocks'

  • 30 Mar 2019

There's been a lot of reaction to this, much of it uninformed, so I thought I'd put the record straight.   I was on Adam Boulton's 'All Out Politics' show yesterday to review the comment pages with The Guardian's Jessica Elgot. As you will see in the above video, Ada...

Conservative Leadership Contest: Runners, Riders, Dark Horses and Non-Runners

  • 28 Mar 2019

Back in December I identified 36 potential Conservative leadership candidates - or rather 36 people who had at some point indicated they might run, or would be considered by others to be leadership contenders. Let's look at who the runners and riders would be now.  DEFINITE...

LISTEN: My Very Revealing 'Confessions Podcast' With Giles Fraser

  • 25 Mar 2019

A few weeks ago I recorded an hour long podcast with Giles Fraser, Anglican Priest and star of The Moral Maze.  This is one of those podcasts that is very addictive. I thought I'd better listen to some of the other episodes before doing it myself and I was hooked. His h...