Michel Barnier plays hardball on Brexit

6 December 2016 11:56

Michel Barnier, the Commission’s Brexit negotiator, has been giving a running commentary on Brexit this morning. Barnier, striking a predictably…

Tory backbenchers in need of some tender loving care

6 December 2016 11:11

With the Supreme Court ruling on the government’s Article 50 appeal not expected until the new year, Theresa May is facing a…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day two

6 December 2016 10:34

The second day of the Supreme Court hearing will see the Government continue to put forward its case for why it…

What the papers say: Is time up for the EU?

6 December 2016 8:28

Something is happening across Europe, says the Sun – but EU leaders are still intent on burying their heads in…

A Eurosceptic union is forming across Europe

6 December 2016 8:00

Of all the barbs fired at us Brexiteers, the one that’s irritated me most is ‘Little Englander’. The suggestion is…

Italy will soon be haunted by its inability to reform

5 December 2016 18:09

Matteo Renzi has resigned from being Prime Minister of Italy but he has not resigned from the Democratic Party.  He…

John Key’s real legacy is his lack of blunders

5 December 2016 16:48

Imagine a Tory Prime Minister stepping down after nearly ten years at the top on his own terms. The budget was back in…

Ukip struggle to get their message across in Sleaford by-election

5 December 2016 16:29

Here we go again. As Paul Nuttall tries to prove that Ukip is a professional party on the path to…

Amber Rudd gets a rough ride at the despatch box – thanks to Boris

5 December 2016 16:26

Over the weekend, Boris Johnson managed to plunge himself into another Cabinet row by announcing on Peston on Sunday that he thinks…

A view of St Paul’s is the least of London’s housing problems

5 December 2016 16:14

Richmond Park has been in the news a bit lately. It is portrayed as a bastion of wealth and privilege,…

Italy is in desperate need of a saviour

5 December 2016 15:35

Matteo Renzi lost his constitutional reform referendum – and his job – for a simple reason: too many Italians from…

Thanks to Brexit and Trump, Austria lost its appetite for political upheaval

5 December 2016 14:49

Austria’s presidential election has been overshadowed by Matteo Renzi’s dramatic defeat in the Italian referendum, but Alexander Van der Bellen’s…

The Casey review highlights a major problem in British society

5 December 2016 13:23

Dame Louise Casey’s review into ‘opportunity and integration’ is finally out.  Commissioned a year ago by the then Prime Minister,…

Will Theresa May take her mansplaining mission to Bahrain?

5 December 2016 12:25

Last month, word began to spread around Whitehall that the Prime Minister would not take kindly to any ‘mansplaining’ — after…

Forget diplomacy. Donald Trump wants to talk tough to China

5 December 2016 12:16

It might be better for everyone if, in the spirit of Yuletide Fake News, we all pretended that Donald Trump’s Twitter account…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day one

5 December 2016 11:10

Today’s Supreme Court hearing did, for once, live up to its billing as being a ‘landmark case’. The court’s 11 judges –…

Westminster fashion police turn on Theresa May

5 December 2016 8:56

Claws out in Westminster. Since Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister, several of her one-time cabinet colleagues have taken issue with…

What the papers say: The Supreme Court’s Brexit case

5 December 2016 8:38

Today’s Supreme Court hearing on Brexit is undoubtedly the most controversial in the court’s seven year history, says the Times.…

Beppe Grillo says he’s ready to govern after Renzi resigns

5 December 2016 8:06

It started with a blog, and it could end up with a new Prime Minister. Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star movement, which…

Renzi concedes defeat in Italian referendum and resigns as PM; the Eurozone is heading for a fresh crisis

4 December 2016 22:38

Matteo Renzi has conceded defeat in the referendum he called on his constitutional reforms and announced that he is resigning…

EU toasts defeat of ‘backward-looking populism’ as Hofer concedes Austrian election

4 December 2016 19:20

Norbert Hofer has just conceded defeat in Austria’s presidential election after exit polls and interim results showed him losing by…

I’m not posh but I enjoy pretending to be

4 December 2016 16:10

I do hope it’s a terrible winter this year: a total bastard where everyone’s snowed into their drives and those…

Yes, Zac lost. So isn’t it time to stop bashing him?

4 December 2016 15:15

It’s easy to see the allure of ongoing Zac bashing. Can there be a pleasure more satisfying for all of…

Nick Clegg loses his enthusiasm for a Lib Dem rebrand

4 December 2016 14:36

In 2011, when the Liberal Democrats’ poll ratings had fallen to 10 per cent, Nick Clegg ordered a rebranding exercise, even looking at…