DUP

Tories try out life as a minority government

21 November 2018 9:35

MPs and ministers who had settled down in Parliament on Tuesday evening for a late night of votes on the…

Labour snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

20 November 2018 9:46

Oh dear. Theresa May’s confidence and supply agreement with the DUP is on very thin ice – if not already…

DUP abstain on finance bill – what it means

19 November 2018 20:01

Although Theresa May looks set to avoid a confidence vote for the time being, tonight’s Finance Bill votes could serve…

It makes sense to keep Northern Ireland inside the customs union

27 October 2018 11:38

Sir: What James Forsyth calls ‘the EU plan’ to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union after Brexit (‘The Irish…

The DUP is showing that its Brexit threats aren’t a bluff

11 October 2018 11:29

Things are escalating fast in the row between the government and the DUP. Yesterday’s threat to vote against the Budget…

DUP give new meaning to ‘hell week’

11 October 2018 9:18

From the offset, this week was described as one that would be hellish for Theresa May. However, the DUP have…

Will Theresa May call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

10 October 2018 15:47

The threat that the DUP might vote against the Budget if it isn’t happy with where the Irish border backstop…

Why the DUP should worry Theresa May more than the European Research Group

9 October 2018 12:25

Just over twelve hours after Arlene Foster released a statement which appeared to suggest the DUP were ready to fudge…

Shami Chakrabarti can’t have it both ways on Northern Ireland

30 May 2018 11:41

Never one to shy away from a platitude, the shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, has declared that the PM must…

No 10’s new tactics

1 March 2018 17:57

The DUP were shown an early draft of Brussel’s proposed legal text by the UK government ahead of its publication…

Could direct rule solve Northern Ireland’s political crisis?

15 February 2018 11:52

Power-sharing talks at Stormont have dramatically collapsed again. This is a shock to many in Northern Ireland, where an apparent thawing…

Karen Bradley gets on the wrong side of the DUP

18 January 2018 13:14

Oh dear. Although Karen Bradley has only been in her new job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for just…

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.…