What the papers say: Donald Trump’s deal with Britain

16 January 2017 8:51

It’s difficult to escape from Donald Trump’s interview with Michael Gove in the Times this morning. The president-elect’s view that he wants a…

Corbyn’s rail union comrade: I’d like to bring down the government

16 January 2017 8:35

After rail strikes caused havoc over the Christmas period, Sean Hoyle — president of the National Union of Rail, Maritime…

What Oxfam won’t tell you about capitalism and poverty

16 January 2017 7:22

Your average milkman has more wealth than the world’s poorest 100 million people. Doesn’t that show how unfair the world is?…

Michael Gove’s interview with Donald Trump: main points

15 January 2017 22:11

Michael Gove has landed the first British interview with Donald Trump for The Times (where he is, now, a columnist).…

The Brexiteers turn on the plebs

15 January 2017 14:05

The trouble with plebiscites is that they leave the plebs stranded. A complicated issue is reduced to one question: should…

Watch: Andrew Neil grills Max Mosley over Impress funding

15 January 2017 12:33

With the deadline for the government’s public consultation on press regulation now passed, Karen Bradley must decide whether or not to trigger…

Jeremy Corbyn needs to work on his Trump impression

15 January 2017 9:59

‘I’m really interested about the similarities between me and Donald Trump,’ joked Jeremy Corbyn this morning on Marr. ‘Is it…

How the Church of England changed my life

15 January 2017 9:30

It was October 2010 the night the priest came to our door. The knock startled Tim’s dullard beagle into a…

Why Theresa May isn’t the new Iron Lady

15 January 2017 8:00

Curbs on executive pay, restrictions on foreign takeovers and workers on boards. Not Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for Britain, but ideas…

Heidi Allen crashes out of mayoral contest

14 January 2017 19:39

When Heidi Allen announced that she would stand to be the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough — while continuing…

The sadism of Saturday night TV shows

14 January 2017 16:00

It’s easy to see TV talent shows as three-ring circuses of cheap emotion,  empty promises and bitter tears – but…

The PM’s national security adviser is leaving

14 January 2017 12:16

  Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s national security adviser, is leaving. As I report in The Sun today, the…

Trump Team preparing US / UK trade deal

14 January 2017 10:33

Boris Johnson returned from the US this week boasting that the UK was now ‘first in line’ for a trade…

Spectator competition winners: Nigel Farage channels Frankie Howerd

14 January 2017 10:15

The latest challenge was to submit an extract from a politician’s speech ghostwritten by a well-known comedian. At the 1990…

After Brexit and Trump, it’s time for Davos Man to admit defeat

14 January 2017 10:00

Business cards. Check. Contacts book. Check. Stylish ski jacket. Check. If it is mid-January, the global elite, and certainly anyone…

The NHS is a vast, gaping, fathomless void

14 January 2017 10:00

The language of the left is a truly transformative grammar, so I suppose Noam Chomsky would heartily approve. There are…

What happened after I ‘voted’ twice in the EU referendum?

14 January 2017 9:30

Kind readers sometimes ask what has happened to the case against me for electoral fraud. In these Notes on 20…

What ‘The Crown’ didn’t get right

14 January 2017 8:00

Watching the enjoyable Brontë drama To Walk Invisible the other day on television, I was brought up short when Charlotte…

Leak suggests EU will seek ‘special’ deal to access the City post-Brexit

13 January 2017 22:12

The Guardian has a very significant story on its front page tomorrow. It has obtained notes of a meeting that…

The SNP’s dominance in Scotland is complete

13 January 2017 16:53

Like the past, Scotland is a different country. Things are done differently here. What might be thought eyebrow-raisingly inappropriate in…

Golden showers and pigs heads: welcome to the era of trash news

13 January 2017 16:41

While observing reactions this week to allegations against America’s President-elect my mind has been ineluctably returning to 2015 and the…

May might not give much away in Brexit speech

13 January 2017 13:37

How much detail does Theresa May need to give in her much-anticipated Brexit speech on Tuesday? The Prime Minister will…

Ignore the green lobby – tidal lagoons are the future

13 January 2017 13:24

If there ever was a form of green energy which showed promise it is surely tidal power. Compared with wind…

Labour MP turns on Tristram Hunt

13 January 2017 13:02

With Tristram Hunt stepping down as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Jeremy Corbyn has issued a statement wishing his old…