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Books Podcast: when did politics become so emotional?

4 October 2018 15:26

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by the political scientist William Davies to talk about his new book Nervous…

Why is the BBC blaming falling car sales on Brexit?

4 October 2018 13:16

Congratulations once again to the BBC’s anti-Brexit propaganda unit, for its news website headline this morning: “Car sales plunge as…

Watch: Theresa May’s Leader of the Commons isn’t sure she’ll last the week

4 October 2018 12:03

After a successful and well-received conference speech, you would think the Prime Minister would at least get a week or…

Are the Tories embarrassed by Jeremy Hunt’s speech?

4 October 2018 11:34

Every family across the UK knows the familiar dread of hosting a party, attended by an infamous uncle who can…

How long will Theresa May’s conference boost last?

4 October 2018 9:43

For the first time in months, Downing Street have little to worry about from today’s papers. After delivering one of…

Watch: Geoffrey ‘Mufasa’ Cox brings the house down

3 October 2018 17:24

Choosing a warm-up act to introduce a big speech is a delicate balancing act. Pick someone too woeful and the…

Today, we saw the best side of Theresa May

3 October 2018 17:03

Theresa May has three faces that she shows to the world: the Brexit Boudicca, the dull technocrat (her default mode)…

Watch: Matt Hancock admits to not understanding May’s Brexit strategy

3 October 2018 15:27

In a successful conference speech, Theresa May finally laid out to members and the public the direction she wanted to…

Theresa May lifts her party’s spirits – but it won’t last long

3 October 2018 14:58

Theresa May delivered one of her best conference speeches. In normal times, the political boost she’d get from this would…

The three achievements of Theresa May’s speech

3 October 2018 14:50

Theresa May would never sell herself as a great orator. But that was a good speech, perhaps the most significant…

Theresa May exorcises her Tory conference speech demons

3 October 2018 13:05

Theresa May appeared comfortable on the conference stage today for the first time. It wasn’t just her Dancing Queen entrance…

How three pranksters exposed the insanity of the social sciences

3 October 2018 12:18

One of the most beautiful things to happen in recent years was ‘the conceptual penis as a social construct.’ This…

Watch: Theresa May dances on to the stage at Tory conference

3 October 2018 12:01

Theresa May has made quite an entrance ahead of her big speech at Tory party conference. The Prime Minister danced…

How Theresa May could be toppled by cock-up rather than conspiracy

3 October 2018 11:35

James Duddridge has chosen to take advantage of the run-up to the Prime Minister’s conference speech to announce that he’s…

Tory MP drops a bombshell ahead of Theresa May’s big speech

3 October 2018 11:29

Poor old Theresa May. The Prime Minister hasn’t even got on stage to deliver her speech at Tory party conference…

What the rise of the middle class reveals about the global poverty myth

3 October 2018 9:49

According to a Vienna-based think tank, the World Data Lab, a remarkable milestone was reached this week – for the…

What Theresa May plans to say in her speech

2 October 2018 22:01

How does Theresa May plan to reinvigorate her party and send it out, united and happy, after this week’s conference?…

Edward Leigh becomes the latest victim of the Twitter mob

2 October 2018 19:46

I continue to be in two minds about Twitter outrages. The part of me that longs for an easy life…

Why Theresa May will care more about what Brady, not Boris, thinks

2 October 2018 17:13

If Theresa May’s sole goal for the Tory conference is to survive it, then she’ll likely be less interested in…

What did Tory members make of Boris Johnson’s speech?

2 October 2018 16:40

Boris Johnson’s speech attracted the largest crowd of any conference fringe event. But does Boris have the backing of party…

Hancock’s holding line sums up the Tory party’s policy problem

2 October 2018 16:12

So much of this Conservative conference has felt like a holding line from the party leadership, as though having the…

Revenge of the woke physicists

2 October 2018 16:08

The inquisition that has been launched by woke physicists against a physics professor for expressing some heretical ideas at Cern…

Anna Soubry turns on young Tories

2 October 2018 15:52

The Tory tradition of blue-on-blue attacks at the party’s conference continues. Today, it’s the turn of Anna Soubry to mock…

Why didn’t the Tories back down over civil partnerships earlier?

2 October 2018 15:34

Much as I deplore the integration of the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law there are some battles…

Why Tory members are deserting the conference hall

2 October 2018 15:11

One of the stories of this Conservative conference is the contrast between the crowd and atmosphere in the main conference…