Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons?

24 June 2019 17:44

Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons? That’s the question being asked in Westminster this week as various…

Boris Johnson’s other woman

24 June 2019 16:44

There are few stranger relationships in Westminster than the close alliance of Boris Johnson and the campaigner, author, and self-described…

The confusing modern rules of telling a ‘joke’

24 June 2019 14:40

The pace of outrage is such these days that before anybody has thought through any one outrage we are all…

Is the Tory party trying to tear itself apart?

24 June 2019 13:58

The Conservative party seems to have viewed the demise of the Jeremy Kyle Show as a gap in the market…

Hunt preys on Boris’s wobble

24 June 2019 13:13

Jeremy Hunt is proving to be a more aggressive rival than many in the Boris Johnson campaign expected. Shortly before…

Why Tory members don’t care about the Carrie Symonds row

24 June 2019 11:24

This is what a senior member of the cabinet told me this morning about whether Boris Johnson’s prospects of becoming…

The shameful hounding of Carrie Symonds

24 June 2019 11:23

Who’s really harassing Carrie Symonds? We have no proof that her boyfriend Boris Johnson is. One surreptitiously recorded late-night row…

Snap election? Brexit party interviews parliamentary candidates

24 June 2019 8:50

The current competition to become leader of the Conservative party and prime minister may be dominating the papers at the…

Jeremy Hunt capitalises on Boris Johnson’s troubles

24 June 2019 7:57

When Jeremy Hunt was announced as the candidate who would join Boris Johnson in the final two for the Tory…

Dear Mary: what do you do if you spill red wine on a sofa?

23 June 2019 15:49

No matter how much you loved Boris you would find it maddening if he spilled red wine on your sofa. …

Sunday Shows Roundup: Nicola Sturgeon – Boris Johnson would be ‘disastrous’ for the Tories

23 June 2019 15:32

Nicola Sturgeon – Boris Johnson will be ‘disastrous’ for Conservatives This morning Sophy Ridge interviewed the Scottish First Minister Nicola…

Spectator competition winners: ‘The hour is come: Now, Gods, stand up for Boris!’ (Shakespearean soliloquies from would-be prime ministers)

23 June 2019 9:30

For the latest literary challenge you were invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by one of the contenders for…

The service station problem: it’s becoming impossible to correct a mistake

23 June 2019 8:30

My first award for intelligent design this week goes to Dublin airport for displaying a sign which reads ‘Lounges. Turn…

When did calorie counting become offensive?

23 June 2019 8:00

An author of spoofy, light-hearted mysteries, my friend Ruth Dudley Edwards has had unusual difficulty completing her new novel, Death…

Holyrood’s trans rights pause is a good thing

22 June 2019 23:39

A revolution stopped in its tracks is an uncanny sight. After impatiently pursuing reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA),…

There’s no denying the Boris tape was politically motivated

22 June 2019 12:37

A neighbour records a domestic row through the wall of their flat, takes the recording to a newspaper which then…

Boris has to get out of Camberwell

22 June 2019 11:17

Well! Just when it looked like the only political question anyone would be talking about is the start of the…

This tape will always threaten Boris Johnson

22 June 2019 10:46

It’s not hard to work out the ‘lines to take’ that are being handed out from Boris Johnson’s team to…

History will wonder how we trusted Boris with Britain

22 June 2019 7:30

I am besieged by media folk asking when I shall make good on a four-year-old threat to flee to Buenos…

Job vacancy: a researcher for The Spectator

21 June 2019 19:46

The Spectator is growing – and hiring. We’re looking for a researcher for fact-checking, data reporting and editing news for…

Donald Trump and the politics of Netflix

21 June 2019 19:30

Given that there’s apparently no aspect of American life where culture wars don’t rage, the only surprise about Netflix’s latest…

Why is big business so fanatically liberal?

21 June 2019 17:42

This week’s Holy Smoke podcast is about the hypocrisy of ‘woke’ capitalism. Netflix, Disney and other corporations are both ruthlessly…

The Spectator Podcast: who is Boris Johnson, really?

21 June 2019 17:00

This week has seen the continually bizarre spectacle of the Tory leadership contest grind on. Earlier this week Sajid Javid…

The Brecon by-election could be the first real test for Boris Johnson

21 June 2019 13:15

The incoming prime minister will have a lot on his plate when he finally strolls into Number 10 in July…