Diane Abbott’s Brexit confusion – part II

19 January 2018 15:14

Here we go again. For some time now Labour’s Brexit confusion can be described as ‘complicated’ at best. Matters aren’t…

A special NHS tax would be bonkers or a total fraud

19 January 2018 14:59

Some very clever people are rallying around the idea of a specific NHS tax partly because of what has been…

Caption contest: Putin in cold water

19 January 2018 14:30

Next week at Davos, world leaders – including President Trump and Emmanuel Macron – will gather at the elite meet-up…

Faith schools are more diverse than their critics make out

19 January 2018 13:48

Ever willing to exploit my children, I asked them yesterday just how many actual English children there were in their…

What the papers say: In praise of Macron’s charm offensive

19 January 2018 8:24

Emmanuel Macron capped off his trip to Britain by taking a selfie with the Prime Minister last night. His charm…

New Tory vice-chair culls ‘white public schoolboy’ Remainer from candidate list

18 January 2018 20:00

With the new Tory vice-chairman for youth, Ben Bradley, currently making headlines for ill-judged blog posts from 2012, it’s safe…

Macron charms, but won’t give ground on the City

18 January 2018 19:27

Emmanuel Macron is revelling in his new status as the preeminent politician in Europe. In his joint press conference with…

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

18 January 2018 17:43

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try…

The Tories must hold their nerve on tuition fees

18 January 2018 16:23

One upshot of last week’s reshuffle is that Number 10 will get its review of higher education. But a lengthy…

Books Podcast: 200 years of Frankenstein

18 January 2018 13:17

It LIVES! This week’s books podcast honours the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. To cut through all those high…

Karen Bradley gets on the wrong side of the DUP

18 January 2018 13:14

Oh dear. Although Karen Bradley has only been in her new job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for just…

The green lobby’s energy obsession is harming the world’s poorest

18 January 2018 13:00

Access to an abundance of clean water has been pivotal for the public health miracle that has taken place in rich…

Labour embrace Jared O’Mara

18 January 2018 11:57

It’s been a difficult week for Ben Bradley, the new Tory vice chair for youth. In unearthed blog posts dating…

Announcing…the BAD TRUMP TWEETS AWARDS

18 January 2018 11:45

Journalists can guffaw at the silliness of President Donald’s Trump’s Fake News Awards as much as they like. The truth…

Emmanuel Macron’s charm offensive is paying off

18 January 2018 11:14

Summit? What summit? Coverage of today’s Anglo-French tête–à–tête at Sandhurst can best be described as low-key on the French side…

Tories weaponise EU withdrawal bill vote

18 January 2018 10:27

Last night the EU withdrawal bill cleared the House of Commons after MPs approved the bill, which transposes EU law into…

France and Brexit: lessons from history

18 January 2018 9:00

Almost 50 years before Brexit, there was a ‘Frexit’: France shocked her allies in March 1966 by giving notice of…

Carillion’s collapse is the worst of all worlds for the government

18 January 2018 8:47

Having spent the best part of 15 years looking at public procurement data, this is my take on collapse of…

President Macron is winning the political talent show

18 January 2018 8:30

A predictable epidemic of froggy bashing has erupted in Britain as Emmanuel Macron brings his global victory tour to Britain.…

Whips try to soothe post-reshuffle wounds

17 January 2018 17:50

If you thought the main fallout from Theresa May’s reshuffle was last week, think again: over the past few days…

Paul Mason’s elite panic

17 January 2018 17:20

Oh dear. After three Momentum candidates – including key Corbyn ally Jon Lansman – were elected to Labour’s national executive…

The government must end the curious indifference to survivors of domestic abuse

17 January 2018 17:18

What happens to a woman who leaves domestic violence? A layman’s impression might be that she gets on with her…

Hopeless Jeremy Corbyn manages to out-feeble Theresa May yet again

17 January 2018 16:30

Carillion. It doesn’t help that the name resembles a kiddie’s word, like gazillion, suggesting an astronomical sum of cash. The sudden…

Corbyn is missing an opportunity each week at PMQs

17 January 2018 16:16

Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn are great Commons’ performers. PMQs is, more often than not these days, a no…