Tories

Theresa May’s scrutiny-dodging will only get worse

2 May 2017 17:07

What a very boring election this is. The Tories are trying to keep their Prime Minister away from anyone who…

Manchester needs a new champion – and it isn’t Andy Burnham

1 May 2017 11:30

Another election that catches my business eye is the one for mayor of Greater Manchester. The winner will have a…

Capping prices to win votes is no substitute for a serious energy strategy

29 April 2017 10:30

Is capping domestic energy prices an equitable way to help the ‘just about managing’, or an electoral gimmick with a…

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,…

How to vote to save the Union

26 April 2017 16:32

When launching the Scottish National Party’s election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon said the word ‘Tory’ 20 times in 20 minutes. For…

Why Matthew Parris is wrong about a Tory lurch to the right

24 April 2017 15:08

Exaggeration is the political pundits’ stock in trade: nobody built a loyal readership on equivocation. But Matthew Parris’ recent commentary…

This election will be won or lost on the suburban battleground

23 April 2017 12:00

In Westminster, all the general election chatter is about Brexit. Will Tory Remainers turn Lib Dem? Will Labour leavers desert…

Theresa May’s great gamble

23 April 2017 8:30

Theresa May has long been clear about what sets her apart from other politicians: she doesn’t play political games. When…

Those who want a clear Brexit will need to make sure it is in the manifesto

22 April 2017 10:00

Mrs May’s decision to call a snap general election is not very welcome, and I had thought she would think…

Theresa May doesn’t trust enough people for a power ‘circle’. A triangle, maybe

21 April 2017 14:40

The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about…

What the papers say: Jeremy Corbyn does pose a threat to the Tories

21 April 2017 8:27

Theresa May is riding high in the polls and there’s much talk of a Tory landslide – but that doesn’t…

Labour is starting its hardest election campaign woefully unprepared

19 April 2017 17:01

The opposition parties about whom Theresa May complained in her speech launching the snap election are grinding into action. Their…

Jeremy Corbyn is already anticipating his political extinction

19 April 2017 16:37

Just seven weeks till Jezza-geddon. The Labour leader seemed to anticipate his political extinction with a dead-sheep performance at PMQs.…

The Tory party should not forget George Osborne’s role in its revival

19 April 2017 14:17

George Osborne’s decision to stand down as an MP is a sign of how impregnable Theresa May’s position is perceived…

Can Labour survive this general election?

18 April 2017 17:07

‘There are times, perhaps once every thirty years, when there is a sea-change in politics,’ reflected James Callaghan in 1979,…

Even a crushing election defeat might not spell the end of Jeremy Corbyn

18 April 2017 12:46

After the referendum, Jeremy Corbyn said that Labour was ‘very, very ready’ to contest a general election. Which is good news,…

Forget the ‘nasty party’, Theresa May has turned the Tories into the zombie party

15 April 2017 12:00

Watching Education Secretary Justine Greening discuss grammar schools this week, I felt exasperated and in desperate need of a cognac. And…

The National Trust could teach Theresa May and the Tories a thing or two

7 April 2017 9:24

What drove Theresa May to break off from a trade trip to the Middle East to chuck a half-brick at…

Mark Reckless’s defection presents the Tories with a conundrum

6 April 2017 14:07

Mark Reckless infuriated many Tories when he defected to Ukip. Now, he’s defected again – and made few people happy…

Brexit is exposing the cowardice of conservatism

4 April 2017 15:36

The decision by Conservative MPs to walk away from the Commons Committee on Exiting the EU is one of the…

Theresa May is heading for trouble over the Brexit ‘divorce’ bill

3 April 2017 17:23

ICM, who Vote Leave used for their own referendum polling, have some striking numbers on what elements of an EU…

The Tory Budget rebellion is growing

11 March 2017 10:34

The Tory rebellion over the tax hike on the self-employed isn’t abating, it is intensifying as I say in The…

Biggest loser from this Budget? The credibility of Tory tax promises

8 March 2017 15:52

There is a very big winner from today’s budget. Not adults in social care, not schools, but Ukip. Philip Hammond…

Philip Hammond brews trouble with his National Insurance hike

8 March 2017 15:20

Philip Hammond had, in his first few months of Chancellor, gained rather a reputation for being an ‘Eeyore’ about the…

Jeremy Corbyn’s bleak Budget response fails to trouble the Chancellor

8 March 2017 14:55

Jeremy Corbyn now has more experience of responding to Budgets than the Chancellor of the Exchequer who he stood opposite…