The Penny Mordaunt Profile (Long Read Version)

  • 29 Aug 2019

Back in July I filed a profile of Penny Mordaunt, the then Defence Secretary, to the Sunday Times magazine. It appeared in the 21 July edition and you can read it HERE. Three days later, she was summarily sacked from her job much to everyone's surprise, including mine. I thoug...

Calm Down, Calm Down, Prorogation is Not the End of Democracy As We Know It

  • 28 Aug 2019

It's the end of democracy as we know it. This government is autocratic. Boris Johnson is running a tin-pot dictatorship. A coup. Just four of the quotes I've heard on the radio and TV over the last hour and all to do with the fact that the Prime Min...

Pictures from my Sunday Times Photoshoot (With Dogs & Stormclouds!)

  • 25 Aug 2019

About six weeks ago I did an interview for the Sunday Times Business Section 'Fame & Fortune' column. It's a Q&A format and is designed to find out about how people in the public eye handle money. It's always accompanied by a rather striking photo. So the Sunday Times ...

Film Review: Red Joan

  • 20 Aug 2019

The short review is 'don't bother buying the DVD or streaming it - it's a bit rubbish'. Let me elaborate. To bo honest, I only bought this because Judi Dench is in it. I was vaguely aware of the story of Melita Norwood, around whom the storyline is loosely based, and that s...

The Launch of the 'Iain Dale All Talk' Podcast

  • 20 Aug 2019

Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees the launch of a new podcast called IAIN DALE ALL TALK. During my Edinburgh Fringe show I was inundated with people asking if they could listen to the interviews if they weren't able to attend the shows themselves, so we decided to release them all on ...

My Edinburgh Fringe Experience: Some Memories & Reflections

  • 15 Aug 2019

As my run of 24 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe has now concluded, I thought I’d reflect on the whole experience. I have to say that I’m suffering a bit from the post Fringe blues, and there’s part of me that wishes I could have done the whole month. So how did I come to do it? ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Sunday 11 August

  • 11 Aug 2019

It's my final day in Edinburgh and it was a very early start to head down to the BBC in Edinburgh to do the paper review on Paddy O'Connell's Broadcasting House show. It finished at 10 and I got back to my digs at 10.10 to record this week's FOR THE MANY PODCAST with Jacqui Sm...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Saturday 10 August

  • 10 Aug 2019

I was going to go out to a bar to watch West Ham get slaughtered by Manchester City, but then I discovered it could watch it via the BT Sport website on my laptop. Well that worked out well. We lost 5-0. This has almost become a tradition on the opening day of the season.  ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary - Friday 9 August

  • 10 Aug 2019

Friday was such a manic day I was too knackered to write this last night, so here goes. Better late than never. It absolutely hurled it down all morning. I've never seen rain like it. It carried on, off and on, during the rest of the day. Had to happen one day, I suppose. ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Thursday 8 August

  • 8 Aug 2019

No lie-in today either. I was up at 8.30am because I had to write a column for the Evening Standard and also my weekly ConservativeHome column. I finished just in time to leave for an In Conversation event with Scottish comedian Janey Godley all the way over in George Street. ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Wednesday 7 August

  • 8 Aug 2019

A rather frustrating morning. I wrote my EDP column and then jumped into a cab to go to see my friend Sarah Southern perform her TENTATIVELY TORY show. The whole of Edinburgh seemed to be gridlocked. After forty minutes we'd had to avoid two sets of gridlock and ended back...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Tuesday 6 August

  • 7 Aug 2019

Up early for a radio panel with Mark Dolan, Christopher Biggins and Shapi Korsandi, then a quick visit to the Apple Store to buy a battery pack. They didn't have the one I wanted, natch. Someone texted me to say the Sturgeon interview was playing big in the Scottish papers and...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Monday

  • 6 Aug 2019

Twelve shows down, twelve to go. Today is a bank holiday in Scotland and Edinburgh was teeming with people enjoying both the Fringe and the good weather. I have to admit I got up late today but then did a bit of prep for the Nicola Sturgeon interview. At noon I got a ca...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Sunday

  • 5 Aug 2019

This was one of those days when (almost) everything went right and I can go to bed happy. Mind you, it didn't start off that way. I got up earlier than I would have liked to record this week's For the Many podcast with Jacqui Smith. We recorded about 80 minutes before I...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Saturday

  • 3 Aug 2019

It's weird to think that it's only Saturday but I have now hosted one third of the shows in the entire 24 show Edinburgh run. It hardly seems possible, but it's true. I had a bit of a lie-in this morning and also read some of Kirsty Wark's new book THE HOUSE BY THE LOCH...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Friday

  • 3 Aug 2019

I had one of the best night's sleep I've had in months and was only awoken by the alarm ringing. I could have happily stayed in bed all morning, but I was booked to appear on the Radio Scotland morning show with Stephen Jardine at 10am to plug the show. I decided to walk down ...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Thursday

  • 2 Aug 2019

I've just won the Big Gay Slam. No, not some deviant orgiastic competition, but... well you'll have to read to the end. I think it's called reeling you in. I had a very uneventful morning, mainly because I had to write my EDP and ConservativeHome columns, as well as put the...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Wednesday

  • 31 Jul 2019

I don't usually get nervous about much nowadays. I mean it's not as if I'm not used to being on a stage talking in front of an audience, but somehow appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe is somewhat different. I suppose I'm in fear of falling on my face and going back to London wi...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Tuesday

  • 30 Jul 2019

I know now that whenever I go on a trip I usually incur a series of mini disasters along the way. Today was no different. I had arranged for my local MP in Norfolk, Keith Simpson, to provide a taxi service and pick me up at 8am to take me to Norwich International Airport - the...

Announcing my new Book: Why Can't We All Just Get Along

  • 30 Jul 2019

I'm really excited to tell you that today HarperCollins is announcing they have signed me up to write a new book, for publication in June 2020. It's called WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG: HOW TO DISAGREE WITHOUT LOSING FRIENDS. It's all about the decline in public discourse, ...