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George Osborne: the politically homeless ex-chancellor

12 October 2017 21:38

Did the 2007-08 financial crisis cause Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? George Osborne’s answer,…

George Osborne: I’m just a journalist

12 October 2017 20:13

Ten years on from the financial crash and Theresa May is Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the opposition…

The Clean Growth Strategy is yet another dubious government target

12 October 2017 16:18

In August I wrote here about the government’s pre-announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by…

Watch: Lord Lawson says May should ditch Hammond

12 October 2017 14:41

Philip Hammond’s refusal to spend money preparing for a Brexit no deal has not gone down well. Now, one of…

The Spectator Podcast: Tech vs Trump

12 October 2017 13:03

On this week’s episode, we discuss Trump versus technology, the ‘new normal’ with Calamity May, and whether jargon is polluting…

Books Podcast: Alan Hollinghurst

12 October 2017 12:49

In this week’s Books podcast I’m joined by Alan Hollinghurst, the Man Booker prizewinning author of The Line of Beauty…

Michel Barnier and David Davis’s ‘very disturbing’ deadlock

12 October 2017 12:19

For all the talk of a new ‘momentum’ to the Brexit talks since Theresa May’s Florence speech, today’s press conference…

The case for more free schools is overwhelming

12 October 2017 11:22

The Department for Education has just released some provisional data showing that English schoolchildren are making more progress in secondary…

Catalonia deserves independence as much as any other state

12 October 2017 11:14

Few, if any, commentators have seen fit to discuss the wider issue and the underlying morality from first principles. The…

Let’s resist the Corbynist mob and celebrate corporate capitalism

12 October 2017 10:58

A reader in the FTSE boardroom world told me sternly the other day that I should resist the temptation to…

What the papers say: Britain’s chaotic approach to Brexit is helping the EU

12 October 2017 8:51

Britain will now almost certainly have to wait until Christmas for the start of trade talks with the EU. This…

Interview: Centrica CEO, Iain Conn, on the energy price cap

12 October 2017 8:21

Theresa May had wanted Ofgem to introduce a energy price cap: it said this would require new legislation and today…

Donald Trump and Theresa May desperately need each other’s help

11 October 2017 17:09

In June, I mooted the possibility that Theresa May might consider emigrating to the United States to join the Trump…

Theresa May has yet another bad day at the office

11 October 2017 16:24

Theresa May needed to play a blinder today. But she left herself looking heartless and complacent. Jeremy Corbyn attacked her…

Scottish nationalists need a plan B – but so do Unionists

11 October 2017 15:14

The SNP has become so accustomed to setting the agenda that the situation in which it presently finds itself –…

Theresa May’s bid to sound authoritative at PMQs falls flat

11 October 2017 14:00

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions wasn’t exactly comfortable for Theresa May, but neither was it catastrophic. The session has been running…

Watch: May throws her papers during fiery PMQs

11 October 2017 12:47

Theresa May will be pleased to have avoided any major clangers at PMQs. But while the Prime Minister wasn’t undone…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit no-deal bind

11 October 2017 12:00

Philip Hammond has got himself into something of a bind over planning for a Brexit ‘no deal’. The Chancellor has…

Russia damaged Turkey’s economy in the name of diplomacy. Is the US about to do the same?

11 October 2017 11:33

Istanbul President Erdogan has spent much of this year slinging muck at Europe’s heads of state, and he has damaged…

Listen: Karen Bradley’s internet blunder

11 October 2017 10:45

Poor old Karen Bradley. This week it emerged the Culture Secretary was being investigated for not having a TV licence…

Grauniad’s sub-editing fail

11 October 2017 9:39

Oh dear. Much excitement today among the commentariat over Rafael Behr’s op-ed in the Grauniad. The Guardian columnist says that…

What the papers say: A Brexit transition deal is a necessary evil

11 October 2017 8:32

Theresa May’s admission that the European Court of Justice could continue to play a role during any Brexit transition deal…

Watch: Damian Green says Britain would be better if Remain had won

10 October 2017 23:39

Oh dear. After Theresa May refused to say three times in an interview with Iain Dale on LBC whether she…

Theresa May refuses to say she’d now vote Leave

10 October 2017 18:32

Theresa May struck a defiant tone this afternoon in her first broadcast interview since her disastrous conference speech. Speaking to…

Brexit could ensure social care gets the reform it badly needs

10 October 2017 17:31

Theresa May had planned to move the political focus this autumn from Brexit to domestic priorities. That was always a…