Whips try to soothe post-reshuffle wounds

17 January 2018 17:50

If you thought the main fallout from Theresa May’s reshuffle was last week, think again: over the past few days…

Paul Mason’s elite panic

17 January 2018 17:20

Oh dear. After three Momentum candidates – including key Corbyn ally Jon Lansman – were elected to Labour’s national executive…

The government must end the curious indifference to survivors of domestic abuse

17 January 2018 17:18

What happens to a woman who leaves domestic violence? A layman’s impression might be that she gets on with her…

Hopeless Jeremy Corbyn manages to out-feeble Theresa May yet again

17 January 2018 16:30

Carillion. It doesn’t help that the name resembles a kiddie’s word, like gazillion, suggesting an astronomical sum of cash. The sudden…

Corbyn is missing an opportunity each week at PMQs

17 January 2018 16:16

Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn are great Commons’ performers. PMQs is, more often than not these days, a no…

In praise of Michael Gove and his reusable cup

17 January 2018 14:44

I’m drinking coffee as a write this. That’s not unusual. I drink a lot of coffee, much of it bought…

Nicola Sturgeon is running out of popularity – and time

17 January 2018 12:36

Time is beginning to run out for Nicola Sturgeon. That, at any rate, is one conclusion to be drawn from…

Watch: Cathy Newman’s catastrophic interview with Jordan Peterson

17 January 2018 12:01

In the magazine this week (out tomorrow) I have written a piece about the Canadian Professor Jordan Peterson. He has…

Brexit Britain’s Macron paranoia

17 January 2018 11:57

In 2015, millions of French people tuned in to watch French Bashing, a television documentary which sought to explain why…

How much bother will Jacob Rees-Mogg cause the government in his new role?

17 January 2018 10:56

Although Jacob Rees-Mogg missed out on a promotion in last week’s reshuffle, the Moggster has at least got a new…

Is social media doing the Devil’s work?

17 January 2018 10:47

Twitter brings out a mean streak in some people that can take the breath away. And I should know. I…

Seven years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia faces an uncertain future

17 January 2018 10:46

If Tunisia’s elite continues to fiddle while Carthage burns, the only fledging democracy in the Arab world risks self destructing…

The Bayeux Tapestry is coming home at last

17 January 2018 10:14

The Entente Cordiale is alive and well, it seems. It was announced today that, thanks to the benevolence of Emmanuel Macron,…

Labour’s beleaguered moderates must act now before it’s too late

17 January 2018 8:50

When is left-wing not left-wing enough? Veteran Labour organiser Ann Black is finding out the hard way. Yesterday morning, she…

Theresa May could learn a lot from Emmanuel Macron

17 January 2018 8:24

Theresa May hosts Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst tomorrow, an encounter that is unlikely to paint the British Prime Minister in…

Momentum’s purge of the NEC is a sign of things to come

16 January 2018 18:03

The election of three Momentum candidates – including key Corbyn ally Jon Lansman – on Monday to Labour’s national executive…

The case for more NHS cash is growing

16 January 2018 16:50

Theresa May likes to boast at Prime Minister’s Questions that mental health spending is increasing. The problem is that this…

Watch: Ken Clarke sends fellow Tory MP to sleep

16 January 2018 14:58

Ken Clarke is back on his feet talking about Brexit in the Commons again – but his speech has not…

Andrea Leadsom sees green over Gove

16 January 2018 13:50

Whether it’s authentic or not, the Conservative party is going green. Following Michael Gove’s reinvention as resident eco-warrior, the party…

Donald Tusk’s Brexit comments should worry the government

16 January 2018 12:52

Donald Tusk’s comments, echoed by Jean-Claude Juncker, that Britain could still change its mind on Brexit should worry the UK government.…

Has the era of low inflation really come to an end?

16 January 2018 11:00

How many times have you heard in recent months that the era of low inflation is at an end?  The…

What the papers say: Carillion represents a catastrophic failure by politicians

16 January 2018 8:30

Theresa May has said the collapse of Carillion is ‘extremely regrettable’. But with tens of thousands of jobs at risk…

Carillion’s collapse ends the love affair between governments and private contractors

15 January 2018 19:06

If I am reeling from the collapse of Carillion it is because the company, the banks, its advisers and the…

How to ban newspapers and influence people

15 January 2018 17:55

How to signal your virtue is one of the most perplexing problems in modern etiquette. It has to be done,…