DUP

Battle of the Maybots

5 December 2017 12:56

Unfortunately for Theresa May, her working lunch on Monday with Jean-Claude Juncker didn’t work when it came to agreeing ‘sufficient…

To prevent an Irish Sea border, Theresa May will align UK regulations with the EU

4 December 2017 23:37

So it turns out there is something Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party fears and loathes more than the possibility of…

Lots of Irish questions, but no answers – yet

4 December 2017 14:24

As Theresa May sits down to lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker to try and persuade the EU Commission to give Britain…

DUP bat for the other side

13 September 2017 19:08

Trouble in paradise? After the DUP voted with the government last night to ensure they won a crucial vote that gives…

The gay movement’s righteous fury belongs in the past

8 August 2017 14:12

The Pride Wars are now a fixed feature of LGBT politics. Lefties attack the event for being too corporate and…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

Another day, another victory for the DUP

11 July 2017 16:37

Theresa May’s decision to announce plans to launch an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal on the day she ‘reboots’ her leadership,…

The Spectator Podcast: The myth of British decline

6 July 2017 14:21

On this week’s episode, we talk about the myth of the British decline, theTwelfth of July parades in Northern Ireland, and…

James Brokenshire can achieve a NI deal – if he plays the direct rule card

4 July 2017 17:36

Talks to form a new power sharing executive in Belfast have broken down again.  Largely this is because James Brokenshire,…

The government’s fragility is good news for Parliament

30 June 2017 12:25

This first week back in Parliament has proved quite how fragile the government’s power is. It may be able to…

The Government backs down over Queen’s Speech abortion amendment

29 June 2017 14:57

In the face of a possible rebellion over an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, the Government has backed down. Chancellor…

Theresa May will be feeling the heat at today’s PMQs

28 June 2017 11:03

What a very different atmosphere the House of Commons Chamber will have today for its first PMQs since the election.…

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…

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…

Why Theresa May’s position is safe, for now

24 June 2017 10:34

It would be hard to describe Theresa May’s post-election, premiership as anything other than weak. But, weirdly, this weakness is…

David Gauke takes a pop at his former boss

22 June 2017 16:47

Following the disappointing snap election result, Theresa May has had to relax her approach to government – gone are the days…

Labour should form a coalition with the DUP

21 June 2017 21:37

So, they limp on, and Corbyn is justified in holding aloft the Queen’s Speech in jubilantly derisive fashion. Some of…

DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

The cost of Theresa May’s deal with the DUP

14 June 2017 18:04

Theresa May’s deal with the DUP has been delayed as the government deals with the Grenfell Tower blaze. Even without the…

More money for Northern Ireland? At least the DUP and Sinn Fein can agree on that

13 June 2017 16:34

Well, Arlene and Theresa have met for negotiations about the DUP/Tory deal that a million people got so exercised about,…

Sir John Major makes life even harder for Theresa May

13 June 2017 13:58

When he was Prime Minister, John Major found his predecessor Margaret Thatcher to be an ‘intolerable’ backseat driver. Yet no…