Spectator Life: Paralysed In Paradise – Or How I didn’t See Sri Lanka

Spectator Life Heartsick, mashed up, exhausted and alone, I was in no fit state for a romantic break to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I sat in the departure lounge, business class, on my own, writing to him, expecting the plane to fall out of the sky, (he says: ‘name it and [...]

The rise and fall of the Cameron Chumocracy

All political careers end in failure — it’s the dynastic death throes you want to watch. The leader departs with a wave and a whimper; the acolytes slither in blood and guts and gore. And so it was with David Cameron. While he made a dull speech in the drizzle outside Downing Street and his [...]

SPECTATOR LIFE: GARDEN WARS… FIERCE RIVALRY AND ONEUPMANSHIP IN WEST LONDON

Spectator Life In the heart of west London, there is what is thought to be a hidden paradise. Private gardens, surrounded by white stucco mansions pristine as wedding cakes, where children roam through landscaped lawns and pampered pooches piddle against the trees. Where pop stars puff through their exercise routines out of sight of the [...]