UK politics

The Economist’s Brexit Cliffe edge

18 October 2017 13:54

Earlier this week, the New York Times introduced social media guidelines for its journalists. The rules were designed to ensure…

May’s PMQs performance does little to cheer up the Tory benches

18 October 2017 13:30

PMQs is mostly about parliamentary morale. The general public doesn’t watch it and while they might see or hear the…

Watch: SNP chief’s Brexit breakfast blunder at PMQs

18 October 2017 12:31

Poor old Ian Blackford must have skipped eating his Weetabix this morning. At PMQs, the SNP MP and leader of…

Digby Jones should be on the Brexit negotiating team

18 October 2017 12:00

Ah yes, our top Brexit negotiating team… Sack Boris! Sack Spreadsheet Phil! Don’t bother sacking Theresa because she’s already had…

The Brexit negotiations are an irrelevant sideshow

18 October 2017 10:58

So far the Government has been acting as if the Brexit negotiations stand a chance of success and that everything…

Watch: Andrew Neil’s Holocaust Educational Trust speech on anti-Semitism and the left

18 October 2017 10:52

With the Labour party currently leading in the polls, it’s easy to think that the party’s problem with anti-Semitism must…

What the papers say: Theresa May’s Brexit delusion is coming unstuck

18 October 2017 8:35

Monday night’s Brexit dinner was ‘constructive and friendly’, both sides have insisted. Yet it’s hard to tell what purpose the…

The real story about inflation? That 3pc is a blip, and the rate will soon fall

17 October 2017 16:00

Oh dear. About this time last year, as part of its series of predications about how the sky would fall…

Amber Rudd says that a no-deal Brexit is ‘unthinkable’. She is, alas, wrong

17 October 2017 15:22

Amber Rudd had been admirably disciplined on Brexit. She was a passionate Remainer, who performed herself with distinction in the…

Hate crime is up – but it’s not fair to blame Brexit

17 October 2017 12:13

Hate crime is up – and Brexit is to blame. It’s a familiar story and one doing the rounds again…

John Bercow’s sporting freebie habit continues in earnest

17 October 2017 8:43

John Bercow is a big fan of a sporting freebie. The Speaker is a regular fixture in the Royal Box…

What the papers say: The EU’s absurd Brexit bill demand

17 October 2017 8:26

Theresa May is under pressure from the European Union to spell out more details on what Britain will pay as…

There’s a progressive argument to be made for tuition fees – why won’t the government make it?

16 October 2017 18:04

Ever since Labour won over young voters at the last election, the Conservatives have been trying to work out how…

Matt Hancock’s show of solidarity for May

16 October 2017 15:47

Although Theresa May has found herself in a more vulnerable position since her disastrous conference speech – which featured a…

Will tonight’s Brexit supper be the dinner party from hell?

16 October 2017 15:17

Theresa May heads to Brussels this evening for supper with Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and Martin Selmayr. The good news…

The cost of a Brexit ‘no deal’ is diminishing

16 October 2017 14:23

The exit bill keeps going higher and higher. No progress has been made on the Irish border, and not much…

Babies not bombs are what the Islamists want from their women

16 October 2017 10:05

Sally Jones was a waste of space. The principal purpose of the former British punk rocker turned Islamic extremist was…

What the papers say: A bungled Budget could pave the way for a Corbyn government

16 October 2017 8:31

No deal is better than a bad deal – and it’s also better than a Corbyn government, says the Daily…

Labour Youth vote to leave Nato

15 October 2017 22:15

Oh to be young and free and a member of Young Labour. Labour’s youth wing held its annual conference this weekend.…

Tom Watson’s bid to shed the pounds

15 October 2017 19:51

For George Osborne, it was the 5:2 diet that was credited for sculpting his political ambitions. His decision to shed the…

Sunday shows round-up: Labour’s plan to block a ‘no deal’ Brexit

15 October 2017 17:07

John McDonnell – Parliament can stop ‘no deal’ Brexit As the next round of Brexit negotiations approaches, the possibility of…

Nicky Morgan fails to protect her source

15 October 2017 17:06

It’s the first rule of journalism to always protect one’s sources. Alas this rule does not appear to apply to…

Nick Clegg’s ingenious solution to the Brexit problem

15 October 2017 8:30

Nick Clegg has an ingenious solution to the Brexit problem. He wants Parliament to throw out Brexit and then get…

The government needs to know what kind of Brexit deal it wants

14 October 2017 10:34

Theresa May needs to invite the Cabinet down to Chequers to thrash out the government’s position on Brexit, I say…

Warnings of a Romanian migrant surge were right

14 October 2017 9:00

Remember when Keith Vaz got himself down to Luton Airport a few years back to greet new Romanian arrivals getting…