Books Podcast: the double agent who changed the Cold War

17 July 2019 18:40

There’s nobody who writes true-life spy stories like Ben MacIntyre — and with his latest book The Spy and the…

In defence of Matthew Parris

17 July 2019 17:09

A perfectly sensible observation from Matthew Parris has incurred the wrath of his colleagues on the Times. Speaking of Trump’s…

No fanfare, no cheers, and a thin turnout at PMQs

17 July 2019 15:59

A thin turnout for Theresa May’s penultimate PMQs. Labour members were skulking in corridors plotting to oust their leader. And…

Corbyn and May argue over whose party is more racist

17 July 2019 14:44

The argument from both sides was essentially 'well, my party might be racist, but yours is worse'

The only way to solve Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

17 July 2019 14:43

‘The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (except, it seems, Jews)’. So…

How English cricket can capitalise on the World Cup win

17 July 2019 13:31

What next for English cricket? The first and most immediate answer is also an age-old one: thump the Australians in…

We are all paying the price for May’s desperate bid to define her legacy

17 July 2019 11:07

Theresa May’s final weeks in Downing Street have been much like the rest of her tenure: ungracious, uninspiring and unprincipled. May’s latest…

The Labour party is completely dysfunctional

17 July 2019 9:41

What has it come to in the Labour Party when the only way Labour peers feel they can communicate with…

Sadiq Khan is wrong about austerity and knife crime

16 July 2019 17:10

There is something really ugly in Sadiq Khan’s description of stabbings in London as the ‘human cost of austerity’. What’s…

Jeremy Hunt’s ‘entreprenur’ blunder

16 July 2019 15:02

Did you know that Jeremy Hunt is an entrepreneur? If you’ve heard any of the Tory leadership contender’s speeches or been…

Is ‘because of Brexit’ the new ‘despite Brexit’?

16 July 2019 14:55

Unemployment is at record lows. Wages are rising at the fastest rate in a decade. The gender gap is evaporating,…

Watch: Dominic Grieve says Tory party has been ‘Talibanised’

16 July 2019 14:39

There is no love lost between Dominic Grieve and his local Tory party association, but Mr S. thinks that the…

A weak pound is nothing to fear

16 July 2019 13:19

Ed Conway, Sky News’s economics editor, tweets this morning that sterling has notched up a dubious record – it stands…

The complaints are piling up at the BBC after my Newsnight appearance

16 July 2019 12:27

For those of you who were not watching, if you have the time, take a look at the interview I…

Watch: Rod Liddle vs People’s Vote campaign boss

16 July 2019 11:18

Brexit has turned into a ‘mis-selling scandal’, according to Tom Baldwin from the People’s Vote campaign, who popped up on…

Will China stand in the way of peace in Venezuela?

16 July 2019 10:39

There is fresh hope for Venezuelans this week as Norway seeks to broker a new round of talks between the…

Are the Conservatives now officially the no-deal Brexit party?

16 July 2019 8:28

With just a week to go before the result is announced of the election to choose the new Tory leader,…

Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt is up to the job of being PM

15 July 2019 22:20

The Final Showdown, as the Sun/Talkradio’s debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was billed, clarified some important points for…

Johnson and Hunt try to unite the Tory party in final leadership debate

15 July 2019 21:30

Tonight’s Sun debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was far more relaxed than last week’s head-to-head clash. But it…

Ministers to rush out domestic abuse bill – but will Boris back it?

15 July 2019 17:43

The Home Office has confirmed that it will publish the Domestic Abuse Bill tomorrow as Theresa May tries to secure…

Where are the workers in the Extinction Rebellion protests?

15 July 2019 17:42

How utterly predictable that Extinction Rebellion should have re-emerged this week to block streets with its boats. You just have…

Donald Trump’s stupid smart attack on the Democratic ‘Squad’

15 July 2019 15:55

Just when you think @realDonaldTrump has lost his ability to shock, he outdoes himself. He tweets what he’d call ‘a…

On the standard of political debate

15 July 2019 15:02

Just received this update from the Brexit Party: ‘Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage threw down a challenge to Tory leader-elect Boris Johnson:…

Tory members are deluded about Boris Johnson

15 July 2019 12:04

For more than forty years, I have assumed that most Tory party members were the salt of the earth. They…