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The good, the bad and the ugly of Jean-Claude Juncker’s presidency

20 May 2019 9:39

For five years, Jean-Claude Juncker has been head of the European Commission. Luxembourg’s former Prime Minister is known for always being able…

Scott Morrison’s ‘miracle’ win in the Australian elections

20 May 2019 8:48

‘I have always believed in miracles,’ Scott Morrison beamed. Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister was addressing a victory rally after…

Sunday shows round-up: Both no deal and referendum should be legally ‘off the table’, says Stewart

19 May 2019 14:42

Jeremy Corbyn – Labour supporters voted ‘both Leave and Remain’ With the European elections taking place next Thursday, several senior political…

When will parliament come to its senses about Brexit?

19 May 2019 8:00

It has long been obvious to many of us outside Parliament that the government should never have attempted to negotiate…

One-nation Conservatism won’t help the Tories defeat Corbyn

19 May 2019 7:00

There’s a useful rule of thumb in politics. When Conservative politicians pronounce themselves to be a One Nation Tory, you…

The Brexit Party’s success should be a wake-up call to MPs

18 May 2019 9:03

On Thursday, voters will deliver a wake-up call to this parliament. They’ll vote in numbers for a party that was…

What did Diane Abbott make of my comparison between Corbyn and Bernie Sanders?

18 May 2019 7:00

Fourteen years ago, while studying at Yale, I spent a summer working for David Lammy. Office drudgery aside, it was…

Meet the secret Brexiteers

18 May 2019 6:00

Much has been made of the Brexit Party’s insurgency amongst people in Leave-voting communities, who have been subject to disparaging…

Behind the scenes at a Brexit Party rally: why Labour and the Tories should be terrified

17 May 2019 16:27

In a small town in the Black Country last night, a political rally took place which should have the two main…

Watch: Theresa May can’t say she will deliver Brexit

17 May 2019 15:22

After weeks of dragging its feet and giving the distinct impression it would rather walk through broken glass than take part…

The Spectator Podcast: is Boris the man?

17 May 2019 15:12

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Is that man Boris? And if it is, what still stands in his way?…

Alabama’s abortion ban is a moment of hope

17 May 2019 14:47

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban, signed into law on Wednesday by governor Kay Ivey, is a real moment of hope. The principle…

What Macron and Salvini get wrong about the future of Europe

17 May 2019 13:15

French president Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini don’t have much in common, but on the importance…

Israel Folau’s sacking and the right to freedom of expression

17 May 2019 11:51

Australian rugby player Israel Folau has lost his AUS$4m mega-contract for an Instagram post he published in April after a…

Jeremy Corbyn: why the cross-party Brexit talks have broken down

17 May 2019 11:07

Jeremy Corbyn has just announced that the cross-party Brexit talks between Labour and the Conservatives have broken down. Below is…

Revealed: Theresa May’s secret plan for indicative votes

17 May 2019 10:10

I’ve been passed a document headed: ‘Indicative votes before second reading of the WAB’ (Withdrawal Agreement Bill). It is an…

France’s far-left are looking to Le Pen as their saviour

17 May 2019 9:50

Two years ago, Marine Le Pen was a laughing stock, not just in France but around the world. She was…

The truth about David Cameron and the ‘mad, swivel-eyed loons’

17 May 2019 7:46

Six years ago this week, I went to dinner with four friends. Three were journalists: James Lyons, Sam Coates, Tim…

Victims of the Cologne sex attacks are still searching for justice

17 May 2019 7:00

The mass sexual assaults around Cologne’s main railway station on New Year’s Eve 2015 rocked Germany, not just because of…

Jeremy Corbyn and the Project Fear we should all be afraid of

17 May 2019 6:00

Factories would move abroad to escape punitive tariffs. The ports would be blocked up. The hospitals would run out of…

Theresa May’s successor should be careful what they wish for

16 May 2019 19:34

Let’s assume this really is the start of the last act of Theresa May’s premiership. Let’s assume too that her…

Theresa May will be gone by August

16 May 2019 17:48

Today’s joint statement by the 1922 Committee and the PM may seem opaque but it means something very simple and…

Sajid Javid’s small-minded speech

16 May 2019 16:19

As the unofficial Tory leadership contest moves up a gear, scores of Cabinet ministers, hoping to burnish their leadership credentials…

Theresa May is clinging on – but not for much longer

16 May 2019 15:20

Theresa May’s promise to bring the withdrawal agreement bill to the Commons next month has proved enough for the 1922…

Anyone but Boris

16 May 2019 15:09

If Boris Johnson is, once again, the answer it is worth asking what the question can be. The simplest response…