While Theresa May retreats, the Tories must reform

27 June 2017 17:59

It’s hardly a surprise that the Tories aren’t pushing ahead with plans for new grammar schools, and hardly a surprise…

Why is the BMA trying to decriminalise abortion?

27 June 2017 17:29

It’ll be news, I expect, to most people that the BMA wants abortion to be decriminalised. Most people probably didn’t…

Nicola Sturgeon asks Scotland for one thing: patience

27 June 2017 16:34

Ever since the general election Nicola Sturgeon has lurked in her tent, contemplating the future. The result of that election,…

Sturgeon won’t give up on IndyRef2

27 June 2017 15:11

Unionists hoping Nicola Sturgeon would use her statement today to call off her plans for IndyRef2 have been left disappointed.…

Jon Snow embraces his inner Corbynista at Glastonbury

27 June 2017 14:29

Of late, Channel 4 appears to be on a mission to rebrand itself as home of the Corbynista, with the…

If you can’t afford a home, why vote Tory?

27 June 2017 12:21

Back in the 90s and even early noughties, it was a cliché that middle-class English people used to talk about…

Grenfell Tower: a political prop in a morality play

27 June 2017 11:56

John McDonnell’s use of the M-word in relation to the Grenfell inferno marks a new low in the political milking of this…

Ben Gummer remembered in Ipswich

27 June 2017 11:26

The snap election result was disappointing for many Conservatives. Not least, Ben Gummer. The former Cabinet minister was rewarded for his…

England, you wanted Brexit so you can pay for it

26 June 2017 18:03

The message to be taken from today’s Downing Street proceedings is a simple one: England, you wanted Brexit so you…

The DUP deal is a vulnerability for the Tories

26 June 2017 17:59

The DUP deal is a vulnerability for the Tories. Whatever justifications ministers come up with for the extra money for…

Corbynism is bigger than Glastonbury and avocado toast

26 June 2017 16:52

Glastonbury is notorious for being one of the most irritating spectacles in the British calendar, so it is hardly surprising that,…

Labour’s nonsensical Brexit position is perfect opposition politics

26 June 2017 16:12

After Theresa May received a hostile response in Brussels, perhaps she was hoping for a more amiable reception today in…

The clamour for answers over Grenfell Tower is growing fast

26 June 2017 16:00

Why is it taking the government so long to give even a ballpark figure of the number of people who…

Why some Tories are deeply worried about the DUP deal

26 June 2017 12:51

The Tory DUP deal has been signed in Downing Street this morning, the text of it is on the government…

Give the DUP a chance

26 June 2017 12:09

A political party barely known outside Northern Ireland now holds the balance of power in Parliament. Nobody saw it coming, but then…

Theresa May’s Government is safe – for now

26 June 2017 11:32

The Government’s deal with the DUP is done – but it has come at a price. The confidence and supply…

What the papers say: Corbynism isn’t funny any more

26 June 2017 8:47

The laughing should stop, says the Sun, which calls Corbynism a ‘joke’ which ‘simply isn’t funny any more’. The Labour…

Neither the Tories nor Labour shows any sign of being a truly national party

26 June 2017 7:58

I am not sure I can think of any great public assembly in Britain I’d enjoy less than Glastonbury. Within…

Sunday shows round-up: David Davis says a leadership contest would be catastrophic for Brexit talks

25 June 2017 18:11

David Davis – Leadership contest would be ‘catastrophic’ for Brexit negotiations After a tough few weeks for Theresa May, and…

Jeremy Corbyn and the cult of anti-knowledge

25 June 2017 12:50

A funny thing happened on the way to the revolution. On Saturday, thousands of earnest millennials – and better-humoured Gen-Xers…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Alex Salmond/has been grilled, gutted and gammoned…’: clerihews about contemporary politicians

25 June 2017 9:45

Everyone loves a clerihew, its seems. The request for ones about contemporary politicians drew an enormous and excellent entry —…

The writers of the Guardian’s ‘Brexit Shorts’ have swallowed Project Fear

25 June 2017 9:00

Earlier this week the Guardian launched ‘Brexit Shorts’, a series of monologues written by Britain’s ‘leading playwrights’ about the aftermath…

Brexit backsliding fears are stronger than ever

25 June 2017 8:30

In February, Matthew Parris wrote that Brexiteers seemed very anxious, despite having won. He thought this was because they were…

How Philip Hammond could be PM by October

24 June 2017 22:00

The biggest factor keeping Theresa May in office is the absence of an alternative Conservative leader with broad enough backing…