Ireland has punctured Brexiteers’ wishful thinking

24 November 2017 15:14

In his column this week, James Forsyth reports there is ‘mounting anger’ inside the government at the way the Irish…

How much is immigration to blame for the housing crisis?

24 November 2017 12:05

I’m never going to be able to own my home, that’s why I’ll vote Labour; also the Tories are horrible…

After Brexit, Britain will still have European cities. Can someone tell the EU?

24 November 2017 7:56

When Britain voted to leave the EU, it didn’t necessarily follow that we’d be kicked out of its European Capital…

David Gauke taunts John McDonnell over Russia Today

23 November 2017 18:30

Alex Salmond has been in the firing line of late over his decision to host a chat show on Russia…

Five things we learnt from the IFS Budget briefing

23 November 2017 18:09

It’s the day after Philip Hammond’s Budget and so far the Chancellor has managed to avoid disaster. Broadly speaking, his…

Budget leaves Universal Credit claimants in precarious position over Christmas

23 November 2017 17:52

If Philip Hammond’s Budget was designed to stave off any particularly pressing problems, rather than really building the Britain that…

It’s time for more schools to have an ‘unsafe space’

23 November 2017 17:03

A school’s decision to create an ‘unsafe space’ – where controversial ideas and works by everyone from Virginia Woolf to…

Books Podcast: Can Anna Karenina save your life?

23 November 2017 16:09

My guest this week is the comedienne and writer Viv Groskop, and our subject is the greats of 19th- and…

Michael Fallon calls for a revival of shareholder capitalism

23 November 2017 15:06

In the Budget debate today, Michael Fallon made his first intervention since resigning from the government over misconduct allegations. Fallon’s…

The Spectator Podcast: Merkel’s crack-up

23 November 2017 14:55

On this week’s episode, we look at the situation in Germany, and whether Angela Merkel can hold things together. We…

‘The end of austerity keeps slipping out of view’: The IFS’s Budget verdict

23 November 2017 14:28

Yesterday’s Budget was more about the OBR’s forecasts than it was the Chancellor’s policy decisions. The forecasts for productivity, earnings…

Stop Appeasing Stupidity

23 November 2017 11:01

I’ve always thought of the Daily Mail as catering to a sort of Roundhead English tradition, the inheritors of low…

Listen: John McDonnell fails the numbers test

23 November 2017 9:12

It’s something of a terrifying thought, but if Labour defeat the Tories at the next election, John McDonnell will be…

The driverless car revolution will open up all sorts of dilemmas

23 November 2017 8:40

Philip Hammond wants fully autonomous driverless cars on our roads by 2021. That’s not too far away, is it? I…

Philip Hammond’s Budget: the newspaper verdict

23 November 2017 8:25

Only a month ago, in its damning editorial the Daily Mail said Philip Hammond was a ‘dismal, defeatist, relentlessly negative’…

Funeral Phil has a sense of comedy that goes unnoticed

22 November 2017 17:27

Odd-looking chap, the chancellor. Give him a moustache and a top hat and he could be Neville Chamberlain. Or a…

Lurking in the Budget is a problem much bigger and badder than Brexit

22 November 2017 17:15

My Budget reaction is mostly: Meh. By that, I mean this won’t really change the weather, though it might just…

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

22 November 2017 16:34

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Watch: John McDonnell’s BBC asset manager barney

22 November 2017 16:21

As Jeremy Corbyn worked himself into a bother over Philip Hammond’s Budget in the Chamber, Labour’s shadow chancellor busied himself…

Stamp duty was already a mess – but we just made it worse

22 November 2017 15:26

We could have given them free Spotify subscriptions. Or Just Eat vouchers. Instead, the government’s pitch to Jezza-loving twenty-somethings was…

Corbyn’s anger gets the better of him in his Budget response

22 November 2017 15:19

If we accept the usual caveat that it’s difficult for any Opposition leader, no matter how good, to respond well…

Five things you need to know about Hammond’s Budget

22 November 2017 15:03

After months of Tory nerves, Philip Hammond has just finished presenting his Autumn Budget in the Chamber. Among the main…

Mugabe’s successor faces an uphill struggle

22 November 2017 15:02

Even for a veteran of the struggle for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe, the events of the past week continue…

The Budget shows the Tories are still ignoring some big problems

22 November 2017 14:51

On Budget Day, MPs and journalists joke about it being a ‘quiet day’ and ‘not much going on’ as they…