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The Conservative Party needs to be the party of family once again

8 September 2017 8:24

Earlier this week, academics at Oxford and Cambridge were likely to be cock-a-hoop that their universities top international leagues tables…

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…

It’s a question of when, not if, Theresa May will resign as Prime Minister

10 June 2017 12:48

Only one Cabinet member – Chris Grayling – had a good word to say about Theresa May and even he…

How business-friendly would Theresa May’s government be?

18 May 2017 17:04

When the main opposition party is proposing to jack up corporation tax from 19 per cent to 26 per cent…

The Tories have got something right – but what?

5 May 2017 17:03

Twenty years ago this week Tony Blair came to power with a thumping majority, claiming Labour to be ‘the political…

Sunday political interviews round-up: Theresa May says Conservatives will not raise VAT

30 April 2017 16:37

Theresa May – Conservatives will not raise VAT Touring both the BBC and ITV studios today, Theresa May tried her…

Political activists who behave like zealots will do no good at all

30 April 2017 14:51

The election debate so far has included a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing over whether religion has a place…

Like them or not, Theresa May’s grammar school plans will end the postcode lottery of education

8 April 2017 9:30

Grammar Schools. Now there’s a potent pair of words. Mention them, and genial conversation will instantly shift into awkward silence…

Tories, tax and trust – a warning from history

10 March 2017 12:23

I was on the Question Time panel last night, and suspected that the issue of National Insurance might crop up…

Conservative party conference, day three: The Spectator guide

4 October 2016 7:46

The Conservative party conference is now in full swing, with a host of top cabinet ministers taking to the stage…

Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide

2 October 2016 8:00

The opening day of party conferences can often be a dull affair – not so at the Conservative’s annual gathering…

David Cameron’s legacy: a stronger, fairer Britain

13 July 2016 14:45

Midway through his final cabinet meeting, David Cameron realised — with some horror — that it had turned into a…

How the rural vote could decide the Conservative leadership race

5 July 2016 12:02

As I passed the Momentum rally in Parliament Square last week, I was reminded of the last time there was…

I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

30 June 2016 15:17

This piece first appeared in The Spectator on 15 March 2014.  A few weeks ago, I was a guest at…

Why Michael Gove is the leader shy Tories need

30 June 2016 10:35

In February The Spectator’s Emily Hill explained why Michael Gove was the leader the Leave campaign needed – and why…

Three questions Stephen Crabb will have to address in his leadership campaign

29 June 2016 16:18

Stephen Crabb is the first Tory leadership contender to formally declare his candidacy for the job, with a rousing speech…

Tory leadership race: Who is backing who?

29 June 2016 8:07

The race to be the next Tory leader is underway. Conservative Party members will decide between Theresa May and Andrea…

Brexiteers need to act now, or become the most hated people in history

27 June 2016 13:36

The British constitution is built on compromise and moderation; it’s one of the main reasons why this country enjoyed a…

Ruth Davidson is not the answer to English Tory prayers

22 June 2016 14:26

Tacitus argued that, after 68, ‘the secret of imperial rule was revealed: an emperor could be made somewhere other than Rome’.…

How Jeremy Corbyn kept down the bids at this year’s big Tory fundraiser

16 May 2016 15:29

This piece is from the new issue of Spectator Money, out on Thursday 19 May. The magazine will come free…

The English right’s Putinesque conspiracy theories

12 May 2016 18:08

The right, as well as the left, is home to the kind of flaming conspiracy nut who, in Bertie Wooster’s…

How Jeremy Corbyn may split – and, thereby, destroy – the Conservative Party

20 March 2016 10:17

‘Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?’ asked C.P. Cavafy in his poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Because night has fallen…

George Osborne and the death of Tory idealism

11 November 2015 8:13

The kindest way to treat your enemies is to hate them. Hate them and you don’t understand them or their…

Will Jeremy Corbyn condemn Gerald Kaufman’s comments about ‘Jewish money’ influencing the Tories?

29 October 2015 13:08

Sir Gerald Kaufman is Jewish, which he seems to use as an excuse to make claims that would, ordinarily, be…

Where will David Cameron end up in the history of Conservative Prime Ministers?

7 October 2015 17:08

At a large Tory breakfast meeting that David Cameron spoke to recently, the tables were named after all of the…