UK politics

For better or worse, Boris Johnson is different

25 August 2019 18:21

I’ve learned only one thing at the G7 summit of big rich countries here in Biarritz: Boris Johnson absolutely loves…

Boris Johnson has not made Nigel Farage go away

25 August 2019 8:08

Nigel Farage: whatever happened to him? You remember, the chap in the coat who used to go on about Europe…

How the Tory party could come back to life

25 August 2019 7:30

We are living through the most dramatic period in British peacetime history since the agitations leading up to the Great…

Stop thinking Merkel will save us, Dominic Cummings warns

23 August 2019 18:59

Is Boris Johnson more likely to get a Brexit deal after his meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron? The…

Macron’s no-deal Brexit gamble could backfire

23 August 2019 13:23

The ‘Non’ was not quite as frosty as it might have been. When Boris Johnson met up with France’s president…

Alastair Campbell’s remain rally fails to draw the crowds

23 August 2019 10:42

How come the crowd was so small? A free show at the Edinburgh festival featuring two local MPs, three stand-up…

The good, bad and ugly of Boris Johnson’s Brexit letter to the EU

22 August 2019 11:45

Boris Johnson has written to European Council president Donald Tusk, setting out key aspects of his government’s approach to Brexit. The…

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel’s optimistic press conference

21 August 2019 18:17

When Theresa May held press conferences with European leaders over Brexit, they were often a painful affair – with her…

France says no deal now the most likely Brexit outcome. But why now?

21 August 2019 17:15

Why would French government officials brief that they think it most likely Britain will leave the European Union without a…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit opponents are playing into his hands

21 August 2019 16:08

There is arguably the most important conflict raging in the Tory party since Churchill replaced Chamberlain as PM in 1940.…

No. 10 hits back in the backstop blame game

20 August 2019 14:51

The stand-off between Downing Street and the European Union over Boris Johnson’s latest proposal for the backstop boils down to…

Jo Swinson riles up Corbynistas again

20 August 2019 12:53

Corbynistas are out to get Jo Swinson again after the Lib Dem leader accused Jeremy Corbyn of being a Brexiteer.…

No. 10’s media strategy – ‘The focus is the country rather than the Westminster bubble’

20 August 2019 10:40

What is Boris Johnson’s strategy for engaging with the media? Over the weekend reports emerged that the Johnson government’s media…

Telling anti-vaxxers they’re idiots won’t work

19 August 2019 15:30

Boris Johnson declaring war on anti-vaxxers is the sort of thing that no-one will disagree with unless, of course, they…

‘Shame!’: Journalist heckled at Corbyn speech

19 August 2019 12:55

Jeremy Corbyn has just given a speech attacking Boris Johnson as ‘Britain’s Trump’. But while the Labour leader is happy…

Was I wrong about Boris Johnson?

17 August 2019 7:00

The Conservative commentariat does not march in step. Myself, along with Matthew Parris, Max Hastings and Simon Heffer are proud, stiff-necked…

Jeremy Corbyn’s no-deal plan is unusually smart politics

16 August 2019 18:54

On the surface, Jeremy Corbyn’s pitch to become caretaker prime minister of a government of national unity after overthrowing Boris…

Tory MP: PM Corbyn better than no-deal Brexit

15 August 2019 16:29

When Jeremy Corbyn put forward his proposal to MPs to help him become prime minister in order to block a…

Corbyn’s Brexit offer puts Jo Swinson under pressure

15 August 2019 13:06

The recurring story of the summer recess is the plot to form a government of national unity in order to…

How to make sense of Jeremy Corbyn’s pitch to Remainers

15 August 2019 12:37

What is Jeremy Corbyn up to? The appeal in his letter to Remainers in the Commons to turf Boris Johnson…