Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

Tory MPs threaten to rebel and vote for government policy

19 October 2017 17:17

The talk of the Commons tearoom today is last night’s Opposition Day vote on Universal Credit. This is unusual: Opposition…

Damian Green gives Osborne the cold shoulder in Press Gallery speech

19 October 2017 16:38

Oh dear. Although Theresa May is on a mission to unite her Cabinet after months of in-fighting, her mission appears…

Ministers may have to withdraw the EU Withdrawal Bill for a long time

19 October 2017 16:00

So the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been delayed once again, with Andrea Leadsom confirming a ‘pause’ to MPs this morning.…

Watch: Alastair Campbell’s Brexit ding-dong with John Redwood

19 October 2017 15:54

Alastair Campbell has made his views on Brexit loud and clear to anyone who will listen. Tony Blair’s former spin doctor…

The Spectator Podcast: All hail Papa Xi!

19 October 2017 15:40

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we look at China’s new veneration of President Xi Jinping. We also…

A bungled Brexit could hand the SNP a new impetus

19 October 2017 15:22

There is one thing that would absolutely guarantee that the United Kingdom could not make success of Brexit, the break-up…

The Tories are falling short on tackling crime

19 October 2017 15:04

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto proclaimed that ‘the last seven years have seen historical falls in crime’ and promised to build…

From China to Europe, the world is becoming more dangerous for Christians

19 October 2017 12:40

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…

What the papers say: Ministers must take a Brexit ‘no deal’ seriously

19 October 2017 8:33

Deal or no deal? Whatever type of Brexit Britain ends up with, the government should take the prospect of walking…

The universal credit row is a sign of the trouble ahead for government whips

18 October 2017 17:54

Wednesday’s Opposition Day debate calling for the universal credit rollout to be paused offers a lesson in how quickly Theresa…

John Bercow’s ego trip lets May off the hook at PMQs

18 October 2017 17:02

PMQs began with an announcement. The life president of the John Bercow fan-club rose from the Speaker’s chair to welcome…

The government’s tin ear has undermined the triumph of Universal Credit

18 October 2017 16:31

So the government has finally worked out that it isn’t a good idea to charge benefit-claimants 55 pence a minute…

Political argument in Britain has stopped when we need it most

18 October 2017 15:12

You can see divisions hardening in Britain, like rigor mortis spreading through a corpse. Joints are stiffening everywhere you look.…

The Economist’s Brexit Cliffe edge

18 October 2017 13:54

Earlier this week, the New York Times introduced social media guidelines for its journalists. The rules were designed to ensure…

May’s PMQs performance does little to cheer up the Tory benches

18 October 2017 13:30

PMQs is mostly about parliamentary morale. The general public doesn’t watch it and while they might see or hear the…

Watch: SNP chief’s Brexit breakfast blunder at PMQs

18 October 2017 12:31

Poor old Ian Blackford must have skipped eating his Weetabix this morning. At PMQs, the SNP MP and leader of…

Digby Jones should be on the Brexit negotiating team

18 October 2017 12:00

Ah yes, our top Brexit negotiating team… Sack Boris! Sack Spreadsheet Phil! Don’t bother sacking Theresa because she’s already had…

The Brexit negotiations are an irrelevant sideshow

18 October 2017 10:58

So far the Government has been acting as if the Brexit negotiations stand a chance of success and that everything…

Watch: Andrew Neil’s Holocaust Educational Trust speech on anti-Semitism and the left

18 October 2017 10:52

With the Labour party currently leading in the polls, it’s easy to think that the party’s problem with anti-Semitism must…

The West’s failure to speak up for the Kurds is shameful

18 October 2017 10:16

The enduring image of the fall of Kirkuk is the Humvee. The advancing Iraqi forces rolled into the Kurdish-held city…

What the papers say: Theresa May’s Brexit delusion is coming unstuck

18 October 2017 8:35

Monday night’s Brexit dinner was ‘constructive and friendly’, both sides have insisted. Yet it’s hard to tell what purpose the…

The real story about inflation? That 3pc is a blip, and the rate will soon fall

17 October 2017 16:00

Oh dear. About this time last year, as part of its series of predications about how the sky would fall…

Amber Rudd says that a no-deal Brexit is ‘unthinkable’. She is, alas, wrong

17 October 2017 15:22

Amber Rudd had been admirably disciplined on Brexit. She was a passionate Remainer, who performed herself with distinction in the…