Taking the Plunge Into an Orchestra Pit [UPDATED]

  • 24 Jul 2022

I’ve spoken at quite a few literary festivals over the last couple of years, but Buxton International Festival is my favourite. Buxton is a sublimely beautiful town and the organizer of the books side of the festival, Victoria Dawson, is a delight to deal with...

Tips for the Conservative Leadership Hustings

  • 24 Jul 2022

The way some people are talking, the Tory leadership campaign is already over. They seem to believe that Tory members have made up their minds that Liz Truss is the woman who can win them a fifth general election. I would suggest that is far from the case. My experience fro...

60th Birthday Photo Gallery

  • 22 Jul 2022

Fr Friday 15 July marked my 60th birthday. It started at Good Morning Britain, then Jeremy Vine, and at lunchtime I held a drinks and canapes reception on the roof terrace at The Hippodrome. After that a small group of us went for afternoon tea at the Clermont, and then on ...

Second Tory Minister Confirms Penny Mordaunt Was Never in Favour of Self-ID & My Analysis of the Tory Leadership Contest So Far

  • 17 Jul 2022

The Character Assassination of Penny Mordaunt Continues... In all my years in politics I have never seen such an attack on a British politician in a leadership contest. The whole of the right of centre press has, with the encouragement of several of the other candidates, tr...

Celebrating my 60th Birthday

  • 17 Jul 2022

I had been dreading July 15 2022 for quite a few years. And then it came. On Friday. I turned 60. Why was I dreading it? After all, we’re told that 60 is the new 40. If only… Part of me was intending to just ignore it. Treat it as just another day, no party, no celebration,...

The Tory Leadership Runners & Riders: My Take for The Telegraph

  • 10 Jul 2022

Party leadership contests often come down to being between a ‘change’ candidate and one who promises more of the same. This time, a key dividing line maybe between candidates without a huge amount of government experience and those who have been vocal adherents of the policies...

Reflections on the Vote of Confidence in Boris Johnson

  • 6 Jun 2022

Tonight’s vote is a numbers game. That may seem like a statement of the bleedin’ obvious, but it’s not just about the Prime Minister winning a majority of one. Churchill once said a win is a win and one is enough. In normal circumstances that might be true, but we are not in n...

Some Reflections on the Platinum Jubilee Weekend & On Meeting The Queen

  • 5 Jun 2022

The last four days have shown our nation at its best. It’s been full of people from all walks of life celebrating the reign of our Queen. The country has been brought together after a traumatic few years, and it has been great to witness. I am pro-monarchy but not unthinkin...

Politeness Costs Nothing

  • 25 May 2022

The Sue Gray Report may be many things but it is not going to end the Johnson premiership. There was precious little in it that we didn’t know before, and so far as I can see, very little that will provoke Conservative MPs to send letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister...

Broadcasting from Belfast: My Day in Northern Ireland

  • 22 May 2022

  For two years I have been planning to host my radio in Belfast, and finally, on Tuesday, it came to pass. The day did not get off to a good start. Why is it that it’s always me who has a transport disaster? Global had booked flights for me and five others. All of them...

How Not to be an Electic Car W****r

  • 8 May 2022

If you’d told me a few years ago that I would now be driving an electric car, I’d have laughed in your face. You see, I could rival Jeremy Clarkson in the petrol-head stakes. I love driving, I love cars and most of all I love Audis. I have had 15 of them. Then, last November, ...

Announcing This Year's IAIN DALE ALL TALK at the Edinburgh Fringe

  • 3 May 2022

UPDATE: The Scotsman writes up my show HERE. I'm delighted to announced this year's lineup for my Iain Dale All Talk show at the Edinburgh Fringe. And the big news is, Jacqui Smith and I will be hosting 5 For the Many Live! shows too!  Headline guests include Sir Keir St...

The Consequences of Not Pulling Up a Politician: Why I Failed To Correct Nadine Dorries

  • 30 Apr 2022

  Now they say 'never complain, never explain'. I'm going to ignore those wise words today, despite many people advising me not to. Apparently, with one interview, I've become the worst interviewer in the world. Well, according to Twitter. Read on... When you’re a...

Pictures From FOR THE MANY LIVE! At The Hippodrome - Second Half

  • 23 Apr 2022

For pictures from the first half of For the Many Live! at the Hippodrome on 18 April 2022, click HERE. Photos by Paul Gilbey.     ...

Pictures From FOR THE MANY LIVE! At The Hippodrome - First Half

  • 23 Apr 2022

On April 18 2022 Jacqui Smith and I performed in front of 320 people at the London Hippodrome on the Magic Mike Stage. Wes Streeting was our special guest. Here is the half evening in pictures.... You can see pictires of the second half HERE. Photography by Paul Gilbey &amp...

Can Boris Johnson Survive Breaking the Law?

  • 12 Apr 2022

  Over the last few months I have been very critical of the Prime Minister and his government, not least over their handling of the Ukrainian refugees, the approach to helping the worst off with the cost of living crisis and then gay conversion therapy. No one ever remem...

If You're Going to Italy (or the Rest of the EU): A Warning

  • 9 Apr 2022

From a listener to my LBC show... I’m a big fan, I listen to your show every day. This is about a Passport disappointment (I can’t say passport hell because there’s so much going on in this world). BUT, I think people need to be warned about this because lots of family’s ...

Should You Buy an Electric Car? Here's My Experience...

  • 2 Apr 2022

As many of you know, in November I acquired an electric car, an Audi eTron GT. I didn’t do it to virtue signal as some idiots have suggested on social media. It was a totally rational decision. Anyone who buys a petrol or diesel car nowadays is buying a rapidly diminishing ass...

My Next Book: The Dictators - I Need Your Help

  • 26 Mar 2022

Today I sent the manuscript for ON THIS DAY IN POLITICS to my publisher Allen & Unwin. So it's time to start planning for the next book. As you may know, I've published THE PRIME MINISTERS and THE PRESIDENTS in the last two years. KINGS & QUEENS will be published in Se...

UK Judges Uphold Gay Marriage Ban in the West Indies

  • 16 Mar 2022

It’s very rare that my ghast is completely flabbered, but it happened this week. I remember bac in 2013 doing a TV debate with Tory MP Nadine Dorries on the subject of equal marriage, or gay marriage as many people know it by. She was explaining why she was against it, not in ...