UK politics

If Boris plays the system on Brexit, Corbyn can hardly complain

12 August 2019 12:22

A standard version of this autumn’s events is beginning to emerge. Labour brings a no-confidence vote in the Government on…

Why a government of national unity isn’t going to happen

10 August 2019 10:31

There’s been much talk this week of a so-called government of national unity (GNU) to stop Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan.…

With interest rates crashing, Boris is in luck – he can borrow his way out of any Brexit crisis

10 August 2019 7:30

Is Boris Johnson the luckiest prime minister ever? This week, the Government can borrow money for ten years at 0.48…

The Remain alliance that could spoil Boris Johnson’s party

9 August 2019 15:59

What George Orwell said of left-wing intellectuals now applies to Boris Johnson and his ministers: so much of what they…

Is Britain really heading for a Brexit recession?

9 August 2019 13:15

The sense of excitement among some Remainers is almost palpable. Finally – after three years of waiting – a quarter…

Labour MP: I think all countries should be abolished

8 August 2019 12:42

‘Imagine there’s no countries,’ John Lennon once sang. It seems that one Labour MP is taking that song literally. Paul…

Could Boris Johnson have to resign if he loses a confidence vote?

7 August 2019 13:10

The argument about whether Boris Johnson would have to resign if he lost a confidence vote is continuing to rage…

It would be foolish to take Boris’s Brexit promises at face value

7 August 2019 12:26

As the by-election result came through from Wales last week, one Tory Leaver tweeted this: “Brecon and Radnor is a timely…

How should the Tories respond to an SNP/Labour pact?

7 August 2019 10:45

John McDonnell has caused a stir over recess with an interview he gave to Iain Dale at the Edinburgh Fringe.…

Will John McDonnell lock Tories up if Labour wins the next election?

7 August 2019 10:31

Smiley, fluent and softly spoken, John McDonnell sometimes comes across as a bit cuddly. Yesterday Labour’s shadow chancellor was interviewed…

Can a vote of no confidence prevent no deal?

5 August 2019 16:18

Talk of an early election has been on the rise in recent months as the Brexit arithmetic has looked increasingly…

Sunday shows round-up: James Cleverly – We are not ‘going to initiate’ a general election

4 August 2019 14:54

Niall Paterson stood in for Sophy Ridge this morning, interviewing the Conservative party chairman James Cleverly. Paterson asked Cleverly whether…

What I learned talking to Boris Johnson about religion

4 August 2019 7:23

I don’t pretend to have had extensive discussions about religion with our new Prime Minister, but I did have a…

What’s changed with Boris Johnson in Downing Street

3 August 2019 10:34

10 days in to Boris Johnson’s premiership and the big change is, as I say in The Sun this morning,…

Corbynistas in a spin over Lib Dem by-election win

3 August 2019 9:30

As the Liberal Democrats celebrate their win in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, other parties are licking their wounds. The…

Why the onus is on the EU to do a Brexit deal

3 August 2019 7:20

In the run-up to the referendum, a common argument against Brexit went like this:  “We should not leave the EU,…

The Brecon by-election result raises difficult questions for the Tories

2 August 2019 8:31

As expected, the Liberal Democrats have won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election – thereby reducing Boris Johnson’s majority to one. The…

European Research Group divisions over Boris Johnson’s Brexit tactics

1 August 2019 19:28

With Boris Johnson currently refusing to meet with any EU leaders for Brexit talks unless they agree to abolish the…

Any type of Brexit is better than no Brexit at all

31 July 2019 18:09

It’s a strange beast, the internet. On Monday night, I was slightly reluctantly dragged onto Newsnight to discuss Brexit. Attentive…

From the archives: Boris Johnson – ‘My appeal to the masses may be very limited’

31 July 2019 15:15

Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings has found himself in the news today after a video clip emerged of him…