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No 10 calls briefing meeting, says nothing

4 December 2017 17:21

Following Theresa May and Jean Claude Junker’s press conference to announce that no deal has been reached (yet), Tory MPs were…

How will the Irish border issue be solved in time?

4 December 2017 16:23

Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May have just emerged from their lunch. But there is no white smoke over Brussels this…

Why Number 10 needs to calm some Tory nerves this afternoon

4 December 2017 15:16

In the midst of the confusion over whether the UK and Ireland have agreed for Northern Ireland to remain in…

Lots of Irish questions, but no answers – yet

4 December 2017 14:24

As Theresa May sits down to lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker to try and persuade the EU Commission to give Britain…

Here’s how Theresa May can show she is still serious about social mobility

4 December 2017 14:04

As someone who cares about – and has experienced – social mobility, I’m sad to see Alan Milburn, Gillian Shephard…

Ireland, the EU is playing you like a fiddle

4 December 2017 13:33

The EU has no shame. It is a completely shame-free zone. How else do we explain the grotesque spectacle of…

The government must learn its lesson from Alan Milburn’s resignation

4 December 2017 12:38

There is a simple lesson the government needs to learn from Alan Milburn’s resignation as social mobility czar: employ a…

All conservatives should support Michael Gove’s green crusade

4 December 2017 12:24

‘The sea is in my blood. My father made his living as a fish merchant, as did his father before…

The Damian Green inquiry isn’t really about porn

4 December 2017 10:24

From the beginning, there’s been a whiff of the police state about the treatment of Damian Green. Free societies do…

BBC writer: Brexit voters delayed woman Doctor Who

4 December 2017 10:15

Nowadays Brexit is blamed for a lot of things – in fact when good news does occur it’s often accompanied…

The Premier League is never so easily decided as people think

4 December 2017 8:07

Away from politics for a few moments. Football. What about Manchester City? The pundits and experts were euphuistic in their…

Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit warning misses the point

3 December 2017 22:58

Jeremy Hunt has managed to get both Remainers and Brexiteers in a spin this weekend with his appearance on Peston…

Sunday shows round-up: Jeremy Hunt – ‘if we don’t back Theresa May, we will have no Brexit’

3 December 2017 17:35

Alan Milburn – There is only so long you can push water uphill Last night Alan Milburn, the former Health…

No 10 should have seen Alan Milburn’s resignation coming

3 December 2017 14:56

For the whole board of the Social Mobility Commission to resign with its chairman, Alan Milburn, condemning the Prime Minister’s…

John McDonnell’s ‘wargamer’ trolls Isabel Oakeshott

3 December 2017 12:47

At this year’s Labour conference, John McDonnell went somewhat off message when the shadow chancellor announced at a fringe event that…

Spectator competition winners: Foggily-froggily/ Michel B. Barnier…: topical double dactyls

3 December 2017 9:45

The latest competition, a wildly popular one, invited you to compose topical double dactyls. The double dactyl was dreamed up…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

3 December 2017 9:30

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

It’s been a bad year for Blue Labour

3 December 2017 9:06

Not a good year for my small sector of the political sphere, Blue Labour. I say small because politically, at…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box

3 December 2017 9:00

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

Government getting jittery about ‘sufficient progress’

2 December 2017 10:37

Theresa May is not one of those politicians who enjoys lengthy conversation over lunch. But her lunch on Monday with…

Brexit tribalism is a virus, and it’s driving the right mad

2 December 2017 10:03

It’s remarkable how quickly tribalism can capture people. Three years ago, only a small number of politicians and commentators advocated…

Catalonia braces itself for another independence fight

2 December 2017 10:00

Two months on, the outcome of the messy sequence of events triggered by Catalonia’s independence referendum remains unclear: neither side has…

Should Donald Trump be invited to the Royal Wedding?

2 December 2017 9:00

Two golden rules of royal weddings. First, it’s always wonderful on the day. Second, there is always an almighty official…

The government’s ‘industrial strategy’ is harmless nonsense

2 December 2017 8:30

‘Industrial strategy’ must be added to this column’s collection of phrases which automatically lower the spirits. Others include ‘replacement bus…

Donald Trump’s tax cut has united the Republicans

2 December 2017 8:24

President Donald J Trump likes nothing better than winning, and he has just had the first major legislative win of…