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Labour’s universal basic income would leave the poorest worst off

3 August 2018 7:00

Google the words ‘Universal Basic Income’ and you will be find high praise and excitement from a wide-ranging collection of…

Michel Barnier attempts to reassert his Brexit red lines

2 August 2018 17:01

This morning a number of reports in the papers prompted talk of a small breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations. Among…

The interest rate rise is better late than never

2 August 2018 15:38

When interest rates were lowered to an ‘emergency’ level of 0.5 per cent in 2009, the market consensus was that…

The Spectator Podcast: China’s new diplomacy

2 August 2018 15:34

This week, China agreed to consider a trade deal with Britain post-Brexit, but does a closer relationship with China expose…

Labour’s anti-Semitism row has left Jeremy Corbyn isolated within his own party

2 August 2018 12:41

When Labour’s leadership and the NEC were debating how to tackle anti-Semitism in the party, Andrew Murray – Jeremy Corbyn’s…

The City’s resilience after Brexit could be bad news for the EU

2 August 2018 11:56

The Gherkin would be re-zoned as social housing. The Walkie Talkie would be turned into a massive TK Maxx with…

Cabinet Brexiteers want May to ready her Brexit back up plan

2 August 2018 11:12

Number 10 have long been convinced that if they could talk to the member states, rather than the Commission, they’d…

Chris Williamson turns on Momentum

2 August 2018 10:38

While the likes of Owen Jones are finally realising that it might not be a wise idea to back Peter…

Jeremy Hunt’s wife gaffe goes from bad to worse

2 August 2018 8:30

Jeremy Hunt started his new job as Foreign Secretary with a bang on Monday with a gaffe that rivalled those…

The dilemma facing Labour MPs at the next election

1 August 2018 17:04

John McDonnell’s response to the latest episode in Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal is another reminder of how he grasps the political…

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn dodges questions on anti-Semitism

1 August 2018 15:12

Labour’s anti-Semitism problem isn’t going away. But it seems Jeremy Corbyn is hoping it will do. When the Labour leader…

Fewer British workers are sick, so why isn’t the Guardian celebrating?

1 August 2018 12:33

I know the Guardian is desperate to stop Brexit and will dredge up anything to try to back its case…

Why Tommy Robinson has been released on bail

1 August 2018 11:09

Tommy Robinson has been released on bail after he won an appeal against a conviction for contempt of court. Here…

Why have the Tories abandoned their promise to fight ‘burning injustices’?

1 August 2018 9:37

This week the Conservative Party quietly abandoned the promises made by Theresa May to the British people on the steps…

Why Boris Johnson is now the favourite to succeed Theresa May

1 August 2018 8:06

As Theresa May and her ministers spend their summer holiday trying to convince European leaders of the merits of her…

Has Jeremy Corbyn got anything he wants to tell us?

31 July 2018 18:40

Labour’s anti-Semitism row reached boiling point this week thanks to a leaked recording from a meeting of the party’s National…

The limits of Stonewall’s tolerance

31 July 2018 17:35

‘Acceptance without exception’ is the aspirational slogan emblazoned across the website, merchandise and literature of Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT…

Elin Ersson’s ‘citizen-activism’ comes at a heavy price

31 July 2018 17:00

Last week, a 22-year old Swede called Elin Ersson made headlines around the world for her ‘citizen-activism’. Learning that a…

Arron Banks’ G7 fail

31 July 2018 16:35

With Theresa May’s Chequers proposal unpopular across the board, there are many politicians and would-be politicians now asking themselves: could…

Momentum’s NEC candidates: a beginner’s guide

31 July 2018 10:58

Labour’s latest anti-Semitism row has gone from awful to even worse thanks to a recording leaking in which veteran left-winger…

Chris Grayling’s Love Island opportunity

31 July 2018 9:03

CCHQ’s attempt to latch onto ITV2’s Love Island fanbase by releasing a number of Love Island-themed water bottles with Conservative…

Has Donald Trump finally met a European leader he can work with?

31 July 2018 8:03

Donald Trump has finally met a European leader he can stand for more than a moment: Italy’s bookish new premier,…

Why the Supreme Court’s ruling on vegetative patients worries me

31 July 2018 6:51

The Supreme Court ruling yesterday that a man in a vegetative state could have his feeding and hydration tubes removed…

Why won’t the left speak up for Sarah Champion?

30 July 2018 16:16

Where’s the concern for Labour MP Sarah Champion? Where are the leftists demanding that this female MP stop being harassed…

Are Labour moderates walking into a trap over the latest deselection threats?

30 July 2018 14:26

The news that Labour Brexiteers Kate Hoey and Frank Field are both facing deselection threats for rebelling on a crunch…