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Sajid Javid’s strong and stable jibe

12 December 2017 16:10

With two new polls putting the Conservatives ahead of Labour for the first time since the snap election, there’s reason…

Let’s hear the good news about Brexit more often

12 December 2017 14:05

In my lifetime, I cannot remember any thing or idea or person getting as bad a press as Brexit has.…

The last thing the UK needs is higher Scottish taxes

12 December 2017 13:17

A top rate of 50 percent? A wider range of tax bands? Lower allowances? Or some combination of all three?…

What is Gavin Williamson up to?

12 December 2017 12:33

What is Gavin Williamson playing at? That’s the question on the lips of Conservative MPs after two weeks of mayhem…

Gavin Williamson’s Christmas cheer

12 December 2017 11:49

It’s party season in Westminster and last night saw the Women’s Lobby drinks reception, Jeffrey Archer’s festive drinks – or,…

Theresa May’s poll lead still gives the Tories little to cheer about

12 December 2017 11:06

Corbynistas are curiously quiet this morning about the latest YouGov poll, which puts Theresa May narrowly ahead of the Labour…

Ed Sheeran has fallen for the ‘caring’ Corbyn myth

12 December 2017 8:19

Jeremy Corbyn is going to be Prime Minister. There can no longer be any doubt. He has seen off Tony…

Theresa May tries to calm Eurosceptic nerves over Brexit deal

11 December 2017 18:09

After the excitement of last week’s Brexit negotiations – which saw Theresa May’s working lunch that didn’t work, the DUP…

Watch: Labour’s Brexit single market muddle

11 December 2017 16:04

Working out Labour’s position on the single market is no easy task. Jeremy Corbyn has said Brexit will mean Britain…

Labour discovers that there is no easyBrexit

11 December 2017 15:42

Despite the government reaching its long-awaited milestone of ’sufficient progress’ in the Brexit talks last week, certain key figures on…

Toff’s jungle victory shows that millennials are, deep down, conservative

11 December 2017 15:41

All hail Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo, Queen of the Jungle! After 22 days in the Australian wilderness, the Made in Chelsea…

David Davis’s curious turn on LBC

11 December 2017 12:10

After David Davis caused a mini-furore over the weekend by claiming that the government’s Brexit compromise on the Irish border…

The West is failing to learn its lesson from the fight against Isis

11 December 2017 11:12

The last Isis-held town in Iraq, Rawa, has fallen; across the border in Syria, the Russians declared a ‘total rout of…

Laurent Wauquiez could bring Emmanuel Macron crashing back to earth

11 December 2017 8:20

Laurent Wauquiez has done the easy part. It was never seriously in doubt that the 42-year-old was going to win…

Sunday shows round-up: Davis calls for ‘Canada plus plus plus’ trade deal

10 December 2017 17:48

David Davis: May’s EU deal ‘a statement of intent’ The Brexit Secretary David Davis joined Andrew Marr this morning to…

Martin Schulz has dared EU members: converge or quit

10 December 2017 11:58

Now Theresa May has made it through the first round of Brexit negotiations, a bigger question becomes more pressing: what…

Are racist chants now acceptable on the British left?

10 December 2017 10:50

On Friday the Guardian columnist and Corbyn-supporter Owen Jones sent out this Tweet to his followers: Palestinians urgently need our…

‘The first 100 days will be radical’ – John McDonnell on the Corbyn coup and its consequences

10 December 2017 9:30

John McDonnell looks exhausted, slumped in his parliamentary office chair. Nobody said the revolution would be easy. Do he and…

Spectator competition winners: poems inspired by the Shipping Forecast

10 December 2017 9:03

The call for poems inspired by the Shipping Forecast drew an entry that was funny, poignant and varied, in both…

Cutting the number of MPs would be a mistake

10 December 2017 8:30

The slow-moving attempt to reduce the number of MPs trundles forward. When David Cameron announced the idea, it sounded a…

What will the Cabinet decide on Brexit?

9 December 2017 10:36

Now that ‘sufficient progress’ has been achieved, attention shifts to the coming Cabinet discussion on what kind of trade deal…

The government must wake up to the danger of fake news before its too late

9 December 2017 10:00

Fake news has been around for decades. But it was normally the preserve of despotic regimes. Now it’s threatening to…

Returning jihadis must be brought to justice

9 December 2017 9:30

At first sight, the evidence presented in David Anderson’s report into the four terror attacks committed between March and June…

The great Brexit unsayable

9 December 2017 9:00

On Monday, we held a dinner party in the Cavendish Room at Brooks’s, one of the most beautiful spaces in…

Cressida Dick’s response to the Damian Green row deserves credit

9 December 2017 8:30

Because there is a hue and cry against Damian Green, the media underreported the remarks of Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan…