The Spectator Podcast: Brexit, Bellingcat, and bondage with ethics

18 October 2018 17:51

This week, Brexit negotiations grind to a halt again as Brussels and the UK draw mutually exclusive red lines on…

Theresa May tries to de-dramatise the transition period

18 October 2018 16:42

With Conservative MPs across the spectrum seeing red over a mooted extension to the implementation period after the UK leaves…

Books Podcast: detective work with Sara Paretsky

18 October 2018 14:43

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the incomparable Sara Paretsky about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel Shell…

Michael Moore couldn’t be more wrong about Brexit

18 October 2018 14:33

How unfortunate that the person who once wrote a book called Stupid White Men now sounds an awful lot like a…

Chuka Umunna’s £451-an-hour new job will help his opponents no end

18 October 2018 13:47

The news that Chuka Umunna is getting paid £451 an hour to chair a new centrist think tank will go…

There’s always someone else to blame for the Brexit mess

18 October 2018 12:45

In a dismally competitive field, you might think Tory MP Andrew Bridgen must be the short-priced favourite for the next…

Watch: Tory MP’s Glaswegian accent troubles

18 October 2018 12:01

We’ve all been there. Having to ask someone to repeat themselves because you couldn’t understand them is embarrassing enough. Spare…

How was the ‘pimping out’ of an autistic girl allowed to happen?

18 October 2018 11:43

It is very hard to read the Times’s lead story today about the alleged sexual exploitation of a young autistic…

Is Theresa May moving out of No 10?

18 October 2018 11:20

It’s fair to say that it’s been a tough couple of weeks for Theresa May. As the Brexit negotiations have…

These are dangerous days for Theresa May

18 October 2018 11:05

I am very sorry to do this to you, but it turns out that the incendiary extension to the UK’s…

Extending the transition period won’t solve May’s Brexit woes

18 October 2018 9:50

There is no Brexit transition period without a withdrawal agreement. There can be no withdrawal agreement without a deal on…

Michael Caine: Why I’m still a Brexiteer

18 October 2018 9:02

With the Brexit negotiations hitting an impasse, Theresa May is under pressure from Brussels to make yet more concessions. Meanwhile, the…

Why the civil service’s Brexit approach is damaging the negotiations

18 October 2018 8:52

Sir Mark Sedwill, the acting cabinet secretary, wrote to the Times on Tuesday to defend the honour of Olly Robbins,…

Westminster votes to stay in… at the Kennington Tandoori referendum

18 October 2018 0:47

Ever since the Brexit referendum, it’s been a fact of British political life that the most important decisions, that will…

Do ministers understand how financial abuse works?

17 October 2018 21:44

Another question to the Prime Minister today that’s worth noting came from Labour MP Danielle Rowley on Universal Credit. She…

NYT doom-mongers strike again: ‘Stockpiling for a chaotic Brexit’

17 October 2018 18:32

Here we go again. It’s no big secret that these days the New York Times isn’t so fond of Blighty.…

John McDonnell attempts to reinvent himself

17 October 2018 17:19

In recent months, there has been speculation that John McDonnell has leadership ambitions – and a rift has formed between…

Focusing on Bercow won’t change the ‘toxic culture’ of bullying in the Commons

17 October 2018 16:56

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a little shorter than usual. This was partly because, as James says, John Bercow spoke…

Not all transsexuals think ‘trans women are women’

17 October 2018 16:05

When equalities minister Penny Mordaunt launched the consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act she declared that “trans women are women”. Whether…

John Bercow finally delivered a Speaker’s masterclass at PMQs

17 October 2018 15:36

A strange PMQs. Usually the session is dominated by honking throats and empurpled faces. Today there were interesting facts and…

Corbyn pinpoints May’s Brexit weak spot

17 October 2018 13:59

The most testing half an hour of Theresa May’s day won’t be PMQs. Instead it’ll come this evening when she…

Theresa May’s Mufasa becomes a problem for Downing Street

17 October 2018 12:00

Has Theresa May’s Mufasa just transformed into No 10’s most troublesome minister? Geoffrey Cox – the Attorney General – shot…

Roll call of shame: the Labour MPs backing Bercow

17 October 2018 11:30

Labour MPs like to see themselves on the front line when it comes to protecting women’s rights and creating safe…

France is fracturing but Macron remains in denial

17 October 2018 8:58

As chalices go, few are as poisoned as the one Emmanuel Macron has just handed Christophe Castaner. Minister of the…