Boris Johnson

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…

An MP as editor? It’s been done before – at The Spectator

17 March 2017 15:17

What on earth does George Osborne know about journalism? How can someone with no journalistic experience go straight in as…

Brexit and the rise of the superliar

23 February 2017 7:04

For an exercise in popular sovereignty, which was meant to take decisions away from the hated ‘elite’, the Brexit referendum…

A quick trade deal with the US after Brexit is less likely than we think

22 February 2017 10:02

It is many a Brexiteer’s fantasy: In 2019, shortly after the UK formally leaves the EU, Theresa May welcomes Donald…

Boris’s very diplomatic response to Trump’s visa ban

30 January 2017 19:02

Boris Johnson came to the House of Commons to answer questions on the Trump visa ban with the opposition benches…

No 10 throw Boris a hospital pass

30 January 2017 13:25

As the Trump visa ban row rumbles on, No 10 is under pressure to cancel President Trump’s state visit after…

Rachel Johnson slaps down her brother over Trump’s visa ban

30 January 2017 9:21

After Theresa May’s seemingly successful visit to the White House, the Prime Minister has been accused of failing to stand…

Wanted: David Cameron for hate crimes against Brexiteers

23 January 2017 18:59

Thanks to the Home Office’s crackdown on hate crime, the Home Secretary recently found her conference speech officially recorded as…

Nicholas Soames gives Boris a telling off

19 January 2017 12:22

On Wednesday, No 10 was forced to clarify that the Foreign Secretary had not compared the French President to a Nazi after Boris Johnson…

Sajid Javid’s warning over ‘Nazi smears’ catches up with Boris

18 January 2017 18:04

Although Theresa May used her Brexit speech on Tuesday to emphasise to European leaders that she hoped for a close and…

Trump Team preparing US / UK trade deal

14 January 2017 10:33

Boris Johnson returned from the US this week boasting that the UK was now ‘first in line’ for a trade…

Can Jeremy Corbyn reinvent himself as a Trot Trump?

10 January 2017 15:45

‘Populism’ is a useless word. By definition, anyone who wins an election is more popular than his or her opponents…

A Donald-Boris alliance would be good for Brexit

9 January 2017 12:02

It’s a shame that protocol, being protocol, prevents Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from meeting President-elect Donald Trump during his trip…

Boris Johnson’s award-winning entry in the ‘President Erdogan Offensive Poetry’ competition

28 December 2016 10:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 4, in which the future foreign…

PMQs: Festive silliness before Corbyn gives his best performance yet

14 December 2016 13:31

PMQs began with the Labour MP Peter Dowd asking Theresa May if she didn’t wish that she had told Boris…