Could the Yellow Vests spoil Macron’s Biarritz G7 summit?

22 August 2019 7:56

Who was the bright spark who thought it would be a good idea to hold this weekend’s G7 summit in…

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel’s optimistic press conference

21 August 2019 18:17

When Theresa May held press conferences with European leaders over Brexit, they were often a painful affair – with her…

Watch: Boris Johnson makes the Germans laugh

21 August 2019 17:45

Boris Johnson’s critics predicted that he would be something of a disaster on the world stage, but his debut as…

Spectator Books: Mick Herron on how to be a crap spy

21 August 2019 17:18

The spy writer Mick Herron’s Slough House series of comic thrillers has steadily established him as perhaps the most influential…

France says no deal now the most likely Brexit outcome. But why now?

21 August 2019 17:15

Why would French government officials brief that they think it most likely Britain will leave the European Union without a…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit opponents are playing into his hands

21 August 2019 16:08

There is arguably the most important conflict raging in the Tory party since Churchill replaced Chamberlain as PM in 1940.…

Nicola Sturgeon’s dismal failure to stand up to China

21 August 2019 15:51

Nicola Sturgeon fancies herself as something of an international stateswoman, jetting off to the United States to boost her profile…

Theresa May’s cricket ticket freebies

21 August 2019 15:17

Theresa May spent her first day outside of No. 10 at Lord’s cricket ground, watching the second day of the…

Is Imran Khan Pakistan’s prime minister or a puppet?

21 August 2019 14:10

When Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan handed the country’s army chief, general Qamar Javed Bajwa, a three-year extension on Monday, press…

Is the EU to blame for football’s daft new handball rule?

21 August 2019 11:48

It’s not often Mr S jumps to the defence of the EU, but he is prepared to make an exception.…

Watch: James Cleverly’s spat with fellow motorist

21 August 2019 11:36

Conservative party chairman James Cleverly was at the receiving end of another motorist’s ire after a collision on the M11…

Why mainland Chinese see Hong Kong protestors as traitors

21 August 2019 11:22

Across the world last weekend, pro-Beijing demonstrators took to the streets. In London, Melbourne and Calgary, people waved the five-starred…

Elton John and the inconvenient truth about carbon offsetting

21 August 2019 10:08

Elton John did his royal pals Harry and Meghan few favours when he revealed he’d bought carbon offsets for the…

Will Italy’s warring politicians succeed in shutting Salvini out of power?

20 August 2019 21:24

What now looks like a distinct possibility in Italy after today’s resignation of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is a…

A no-deal Brexit isn’t worth the risk

20 August 2019 15:39

The heightened rhetoric of the past few days, from talk of collaborators, saboteurs and government of national unity, prompt me…

No. 10 hits back in the backstop blame game

20 August 2019 14:51

The stand-off between Downing Street and the European Union over Boris Johnson’s latest proposal for the backstop boils down to…

Jo Swinson riles up Corbynistas again

20 August 2019 12:53

Corbynistas are out to get Jo Swinson again after the Lib Dem leader accused Jeremy Corbyn of being a Brexiteer.…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 11:38

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

Watch: Sky News suffers a power cut

20 August 2019 10:48

Rolling news anchors are known for their ability to continue chuntering on, even when there is very little actual news.…

No. 10’s media strategy – ‘The focus is the country rather than the Westminster bubble’

20 August 2019 10:40

What is Boris Johnson’s strategy for engaging with the media? Over the weekend reports emerged that the Johnson government’s media…

Don’t blame Britain for Modi’s plan for a ‘new India’

20 August 2019 9:15

History has a sarcastic sense of humour, just ask Francis Fukuyama. Or eminent historians and literary ornaments of India like…

Social media is making it harder to hear legitimate criticism

19 August 2019 17:16

When was the last time you were in a Twitter mob? We know these maelstroms of anger so well now,…

Poetry competition: An ode to Brexit

19 August 2019 15:43

‘Poetry makes nothing happen,’ a famous poet once said. But Mr S is still disappointed to hear that the nation’s official poet won’t…

Telling anti-vaxxers they’re idiots won’t work

19 August 2019 15:30

Boris Johnson declaring war on anti-vaxxers is the sort of thing that no-one will disagree with unless, of course, they…