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The threat of a Brexit coup in Parliament is real – and terrifying

13 January 2019 17:03

Today’s Sunday Times splash – about a ‘coup’ being plotted by Tory rebels to take over Brexit – looks and…

Sunday shows round-up: Corbyn promises a no confidence motion ‘soon’

13 January 2019 16:54

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour will table vote of no confidence motion ‘soon’ The week ahead promises to be full of drama,…

Theresa May’s single most important strategic mistake

12 January 2019 17:19

Before the big vote on Tuesday night, the EU’s 27 government heads will provide greater reassurances – probably in the…

What will be May’s Plan B?

12 January 2019 10:34

The Cabinet aren’t even waiting for the meaningful vote to be lost to start discussing Plan Bs. As I say…

When it comes to Brexit, UK universities’ sums don’t quite add up

12 January 2019 8:26

This week, Universities UK and the Russell Group, seemingly speaking on behalf of the whole sector, produced an Open Letter…

What is it about J.K. Rowling that brings out the worst in the far-left?

12 January 2019 8:10

If hell is other people, Twitter is the Devil’s noticeboard. Occasionally, though, its asteroid-inviting awfulness unearths a little insight into…

Revealed: Philip Hammond’s secret Project Fear meetings

12 January 2019 7:15

It’s no secret in Westminster that Philip Hammond’s idea of the best Brexit possible is one that keeps Britain close…

The Spectator Podcast: time to make your own mind up about a no-deal Brexit

11 January 2019 17:27

Lorries backing up in Kent, a Mars bar shortage, and no more Rome city breaks – these are just some…

The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament

11 January 2019 16:10

People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics.…

Live from the London Palladium: Jacob Rees-Mogg

11 January 2019 14:27

Before Christmas, we at The Spectator arranged an evening with Jacob Rees-Mogg. The idea was that I’d interview him in…

Fiona Onasanya goes AWOL

11 January 2019 12:01

At the end of last year Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was convicted of perverting the course of justice, after lying…

Is time up for Benjamin Netanyahu?

11 January 2019 8:37

Benjamin Netanyahu is only the second prime minister in Israel’s history to win three elections in a row, but could…

Has Speaker Bercow outstayed his welcome?

10 January 2019 15:12

John Bercow has been an excellent, reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. He has supercharged backbenchers with greater use…

The trial of Peter Boghossian

10 January 2019 15:11

When James Lindsay, Peter Boghossian and I spent a year writing nonsense academic papers on topics such as ‘dog-park rape…

My plan to end the abuse of MPs 

10 January 2019 15:05

In football, a player can be sent off the pitch for violent conduct or ‘using offensive, insulting or abusive language…

Socially segregated Oxbridge colleges are a dreadful idea

10 January 2019 13:44

The Guardian has published a piece by Andrew Adonis urging Oxford and Cambridge to set up ‘access colleges’ which would…

Jeremy Corbyn is right. We need a general election

10 January 2019 11:32

Brenda from Bristol, look away now. Jeremy Corbyn is pressing Theresa May to call a general election, saying: ‘To break…

11 times John Bercow did care about Parliamentary precedent

10 January 2019 10:41

John Bercow ditched Parliamentary precedent when he allowed a vote to take place on Dominic Grieve’s Brexit amendment yesterday. His decision…

Wrinkled, white, and wrong — this is the face of the Democratic party

10 January 2019 7:31

Ignore the colourful and fresh-faced Democrats filling up your social media feed. The new face of their party is the…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Ames – from memoirs to graphic novels

9 January 2019 18:54

In this week’s book’s podcast my guest is Jonathan Ames, a writer who has produced everything from memoir (Adventures of…

The forgotten voters who might win the next election for Corbyn

9 January 2019 18:12

Before Brexit: The Uncivil War is allowed to drift off into the ether, there is an important point which needs…

The two problems with Dominic Grieve’s Brexit amendment

9 January 2019 16:20

Another day, another defeat for the government—this time on Dominic Grieve’s amendment, which requires Theresa May to set out within…

PMQs offered a glimpse of Corbyn’s narcissism

9 January 2019 16:15

PMQs began with tributes to the late Paddy Ashdown. The philandering man-of-action was the closest thing the Liberal Democrats ever…

Factcheck: is UK aid being spent on politicians in Bangladesh?

9 January 2019 15:47

Britain’s foreign aid department was on the defensive this week, following a Mail on Sunday article casting scorn on the…

Michael Gove might not know much about mid-50s swingers, but I do

9 January 2019 15:44

At this week’s cabinet meeting, Michael Gove said that MPs hoping for a better deal from Brussels were like “mid-50s…