Boris Johnson

The Garden Bridge was the definition of a folly

15 August 2017 15:32

Dry your eyes, Joanna Lumley, and try to move on. For the Garden Bridge was doomed from the start. Sure,…

The furore surrounding the Brexit divorce bill is hotting up

7 August 2017 13:30

The furore surrounding the Brexit divorce bill is hotting up. The weekend’s papers saw speculation that Britain would cough up…

Our Brexit-backing politicians are making fools of us

15 July 2017 9:30

The great physicist Richard Feynman warned of the perpetual torment that lies in wait for people who try to understand…

Will May dare slap down any of those angling for the top job?

14 July 2017 15:45

There are so many people angling for the Tory leadership now that it really is easier to list those who…

The Spectator Podcast: Get Boris!

13 July 2017 16:08

On this week’s episode, we look at the runners and riders in the Tory leadership race, the latest development in the…

Boris Johnson tells the EU to ‘go whistle’ on Brexit divorce bill

11 July 2017 13:47

The Brexit divorce bill isn’t on the table yet but it’s already provoking plenty of debate – and quite a bit…

The brave new world of Brexit Britain

4 July 2017 16:10

Although attributed to Milton Friedman, the assertion that ‘there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’ had been around…

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove get their relationship back on track

3 July 2017 16:10

To say that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s relationship is a complex one would be an understatement. The Vote Leave…

Boris Johnson calls for an end to the public sector pay cap

3 July 2017 9:15

One of the consequences of Theresa May’s disastrous election campaign is that the balance of power has swung firmly away…

The Spectator Podcast: The dying of the right

22 June 2017 16:14

On this week’s episode, we look at conservatism’s apparent decline, how society has responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and whether young…

Listen: Boris Johnson’s car crash Radio 4 interview

21 June 2017 19:44

Oh dear. Although Theresa May has managed to make it through the Queen’s Speech today, the real test will come…

Tory leader runners and riders: Who could replace Theresa May?

14 June 2017 12:11

Theresa May has granted herself a brief reprieve by saying ‘sorry’ to Conservative MPs. But while the Prime Minister’s apology won her…

I called it! Theresa May has been undone by her pointless election

9 June 2017 18:12

I would direct you to Liddle passim for why we are now in this state of chaos. Even if Theresa…

In the wake of the police numbers row, attack is the best form of defence for the Tories

6 June 2017 9:07

Boris’s last appearance on the airwaves during the election campaign left many scratching their heads. Just what did the word…

Aspirations of a Mugwump, by Evelyn Waugh

27 April 2017 15:10

‘Mugwumps‘ are in the news today, after Boris Johnson used the term to describe Jeremy Corbyn. In the 2 October 1959 issue…

Books Podcast: How freakin’ zeitgeist are you?

27 April 2017 13:39

In this week’s Books Podcast, I meet the poet Murray Lachlan Young. In the 1990s, Murray became notorious: the first…

Labour is full of mugwumps – but Corbyn is not one of them

27 April 2017 11:54

Trust Boris to dominate the headlines by reopening that most famous of books, Johnson’s Dictionary. Writing in the Sun, our…

There’s more to Boris’s ‘mugwump’ insult than meets the eye

27 April 2017 9:34

Boris Johnson has entered the election campaign with a bang. The Foreign Secretary was being squirrelled away, some were saying,…

The real victims of this snap election? The bankers’ wives

22 April 2017 11:00

The people I feel most sorry for in the wake of Theresa May’s shock announcement are not moderate Labour MPs,…

Boris was right on sanctions

15 April 2017 8:30

Boris Johnson has received a bit of a kicking this week. There have been no shortage of people wanting to…

What the papers say: Did Boris bungle his first big test?

12 April 2017 8:52

Boris Johnson fell flat on his face at yesterday’s G7 summit. Having called for tougher sanctions against Russia to punish…

The G7 proves too weak to hold Putin to account

11 April 2017 12:28

The G7 has failed to agree on any new sanctions on Russia following the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons…

Boris Johnson finds himself in a tight spot

24 March 2017 17:56

Despite David Cameron’s best efforts to keep his party together during the course of the EU referendum campaign, his personal…

If the EU didn’t like Boris’s prison guard joke, why conform to the stereotype?

20 March 2017 8:47

A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson made a point about the EU negotiations and the futility of the idea of…

Boris Johnson and the Cursed Theatre Trip

19 March 2017 21:34

Spare a thought for Boris Johnson. Ever since the Brexit vote, the Foreign Secretary has struggled with the often hostile…