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Basil Fawlty: still representative of the typical Englander? Photo: BBC.

Modern Britain: little islanders who love the Queen and Richard Branson

14 April 2014 15:03

Who and what represents Britain today? Our country has changed significantly in the last few decades; but, a batch of YouGov polls published this weekend suggest that traditional notions of… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson And Michael Bloomberg Launch Mayors Challenge In Europe

What if mayors ruled the world?

12 April 2014 16:11

Once, countries competed. Now, cities do. Take the above video of Stockholm, boasting about being the best place in the world to live and work. As the magician says, ‘it’s… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson: Maria Miller is being hounded

8 April 2014 8:54

As backbenchers apparently gang up on Maria Miller, she’s seen Conservative and Lib Dem colleagues trying to defend her – and dampen down Esther McVey’s comments – on the airwaves… Continue reading

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Boris should call a referendum

27 March 2014 17:45

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Continue reading

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Tory wars: Cameron invites Boris to have a go, if he thinks he’s hard enough

21 March 2014 7:36

I’m not sure how many winnable Tory seats still need a candidate, but the Prime Minister has invited the Mayor of London to get in the ring. Here’s what he… Continue reading

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Why no Tory can lecture another on leadership challenges

17 March 2014 14:51

The continued speculation about who in the Conservative party is putting the most effort into preparing their leadership hat to throw into the currently non-existent ring is quite amusing. But… Continue reading

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It’s time for the Tories to rally to the aspiration agenda

13 March 2014 17:59

School reform is economically essential for Britain’s future success, morally necessary for a fairer, more socially mobile society and politically essential for a centre-right party that wants to show that… Continue reading

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Michael Gove and Boris Johnson — the two camps in the ongoing fight to succeed David Cameron.

Podcast: Gove’s last stand, the march of the dog police and the future of conservatism in America

13 March 2014 8:27

Why is Michael Gove under attack from his coalition partners, his own party and numerous enemies? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Toby Young, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson: I’d tax expensive properties and lower business rates

3 March 2014 22:23

Today we glimpsed what Boris Johnson might do if he had more power, in London at least: jack up council taxes for some and lower business rates. In a Communities… Continue reading

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Boris insists he is ‘united’ with George Osborne

3 March 2014 10:14

After reports that he was furious with George Osborne and David Cameron for trying to call his bluff by telling him to stand as a parliamentary candidate in 2015, Boris… Continue reading

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Boris and ballots: what might happen to the Tory party in 2015

14 February 2014 10:42

What are Boris Johnson’s real chances of becoming Tory leader? I examine the Mayor of London’s standing with Conservative MPs in my Telegraph column today – and it is fascinating… Continue reading

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Boris labels Vince Cable’s comments about London ‘cretinous’ – exclusive details

12 February 2014 11:46

Boris Johnson spoke to the 301 group of largely pro-Cameron Tory MPs last night. The meeting was open to all, but I hear that around 48 MPs turned up in… Continue reading

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Boris vs Bob - who was won the battle of the Tubes?

Tube strike called off, but is either side victorious?

11 February 2014 15:03

Londoners rejoice — the Tube strike has been called off. Following discussions through the ACAS arbitration service, the RMT and TSSA unions have called off the second 48 hour strike… Continue reading

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Stratford station this morning. Photo: @symeonbrown.

Sorry RMT, there’s no proof the public support the Tube strikes

5 February 2014 8:19

Statistics can be used to prove anything, a wise man (Homer Simpson) once said. It looks like the RMT union are trying to do just that, with a new poll they’ve… Continue reading

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Mayor’s Question Time: Boris’ budget day

29 January 2014 17:17

A tax-cutting budget to support growth — that’s the central, very Conservative message of Boris Johnson’s 2014-15 budget for London. At Mayor’s Question Time today, he bombarded members with all… Continue reading

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BuzzFeed does politics. Watch out, Westminster

27 January 2014 17:30

It’s startling how few young people feel aligned to a particular newspaper. Gone is the idea of ‘taking a paper’. Today, we are far more likely to use Flipboard to… Continue reading

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Labour ought to take the London mayoralty in 2016. Here is the form thus far. (Image: Getty)

A look at Labour’s London line-up

8 January 2014 10:04

The open primary to choose the 2016 Labour candidate for London Mayor is a dot on horizon; but speculation is underway. Mr Steerpike has been reading the form. Tessa Jowell,… Continue reading

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Is Boris Johnson on side with George Osborne over spending cuts? Photo: PA.

Boris Johnson sides with George Osborne over more cuts…or does he?

7 January 2014 17:14

George Osborne’s speech on the need for £25 billion more cuts has opened up some strange dividing lines in Westminster. Labour has done exactly what the Chancellor wanted and questioned… Continue reading

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Tories take Spectator advice and offer Boris a campaigning role

29 December 2013 10:32

The Sun on Sunday’s story this morning that senior Tories have opened talks with Boris Johnson about a campaigning role for the Mayor follows some advice offered by James Forsyth… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Boris bikes go global

17 December 2013 10:30

Boris may be under fire for his London bike scheme – what with  soaring costs, declining use and Barclays cutting their sponsorship. But not everyone is so critical. The iconic… Continue reading

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Briefing: The Davies Airport Commission

16 December 2013 21:59

What’s happening? Tomorrow, former CBI economist Howard Davies will release an interim report on the options for expanding Britain’s airport capacity. Some of the possibilities Davies has been considering include… Continue reading

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Boris’s stand on equality prepares him for leadership

6 December 2013 15:54

Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the media ignored its central thesis. The speech is against equality,… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Boris Johnson’s Christmas cheer

3 December 2013 18:18

If only Boris Johnson had enjoyed as fun a day as his mannequin in Madame Tussauds. While the Mayor struggled with an IQ test set by LBC’s Nick Ferrari, his… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s Tory colleagues refuse to stick up for him on IQ comments

3 December 2013 17:38

Boris Johnson insisted today that critics of his comments about IQ had chosen to ‘wilfully misconstrue what I said’. He told LBC radio this morning that ‘what I was saying… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s craven surrender to China follows a pattern

3 December 2013 14:27

‘This week I make a visit to China. I come with a clear ambition: to build a lasting friendship that can become a blueprint for future cooperation between our countries.… Continue reading

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