Journalism

Trump’s meddling shows why Leveson’s critics are right

8 June 2018 11:12

For people who are meant to be professional communicators, journalists are hopeless at explaining themselves to the public. Everyone I…

Katy Balls nominated for Political Commentator of the Year

13 February 2018 17:34

At the start of last year, Katy Balls was assigned to the political beat for The Spectator. With the snap…

Edward Enninful’s first act should be to purge British Vogue of Sloaney sloths

13 April 2017 17:21

As far as I am concerned, British Vogue under its outgoing editor was complacent, borderline racist and lacked taste, therefore the benchmark for what…

Alexandra Shulman’s reign at Vogue will be defined by mediocrity, idiocy and flip-flops

2 February 2017 16:14

The outpouring of love following Alexandra Shulman’s departure from Vogue was truly touching: she was described as ‘unpretentious’ and ‘very…

How can the BBC be allowed to break their own editorial standards?

29 November 2016 17:37

I recently had the misfortune of featuring in a BBC documentary that repeatedly breached the corporation’s own editorial standards. I…

Turkey’s assault on press freedom is the act of a dictatorship, not a democracy

5 March 2016 20:00

When Vice News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was detained by Turkish authorities last August, I wrote to a friend in Turkey…

The Independent hasn’t died, it has merely changed its form

12 February 2016 13:53

Our newsagents are about to get a little duller: the Independent is no more – at least, not the print…

Internships at The Spectator for summer 2015

21 March 2015 15:42

Due to the large amount of applications received we have decided to close the application process sooner than planned. Please do…

Express redundancies: Richard Desmond’s nemesis is called in to rally the troops

4 March 2015 9:30

With Richard Desmond’s Express Newspapers currently considering another round of redundancies in order to hit a £14m cost savings target, his remaining staff are…

Citizenfour: the paranoia of Snowden & co will bore you to death

13 November 2014 13:50

In simple entertainment terms Citizenfour isn’t as interesting as watching paint dry. It is more like watching someone else watching…

Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery…

NHS ambulance trouble is more complex than miserly Tories and NHS privatisation

23 October 2014 16:52

English NHS ambulance services are spending twice as much on private ambulances than they were in 2012, according to Labour, while…

The Rwandan genocide story that the BBC didn’t tell

17 October 2014 17:00

On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s…

Harry Chapman Pincher – ‘Fleet Street’s spy-hound’ (1914 – 2014)

6 August 2014 18:55

Harry Chapman Pincher, the veteran investigative journalist, has died aged 100. He was renowned for unearthing military secrets and exposing…

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets…

The key to a successful marriage…

6 June 2014 15:56

Husbands and wives across London gathered last night to hear Tim Dowling’s informed advice on How to be a Husband.…

Miliband’s sense of humour failure over relatively helpful question

27 May 2014 16:04

Ed Miliband has just delivered his post-European and local elections comeback speech in Thurrock, to show that he’s not afraid…

The secret life of the leader writer

30 April 2014 14:47

The latest series of Andrew Rawnsley’s ‘Leader Conference’ on Radio 4 starts tonight…keenly awaited obviously. But having been on the…

The Crisis at Index on Censorship

31 March 2014 17:13

Index on Censorship, once home to the most important defenders of free speech in Britain, is falling apart. Seventeen full-time…

The Mumsnet racketeers

23 December 2013 14:59

The other day Mumsnet asked whether I would talk to its audience about my Spectator pieces (here and here) on the universities’…