UK politics

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…

Here’s how Theresa May can show she is still serious about social mobility

4 December 2017 14:04

As someone who cares about – and has experienced – social mobility, I’m sad to see Alan Milburn, Gillian Shephard…

Ireland, the EU is playing you like a fiddle

4 December 2017 13:33

The EU has no shame. It is a completely shame-free zone. How else do we explain the grotesque spectacle of…

The government must learn its lesson from Alan Milburn’s resignation

4 December 2017 12:38

There is a simple lesson the government needs to learn from Alan Milburn’s resignation as social mobility czar: employ a…

All conservatives should support Michael Gove’s green crusade

4 December 2017 12:24

‘The sea is in my blood. My father made his living as a fish merchant, as did his father before…

Are companies that buy back their own shares manipulating the market?

4 December 2017 10:30

Last week’s white paper on industrial strategy put forward a few useful ideas but ignores the main structural problem we…

The Damian Green inquiry isn’t really about porn

4 December 2017 10:24

From the beginning, there’s been a whiff of the police state about the treatment of Damian Green. Free societies do…

Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit warning misses the point

3 December 2017 22:58

Jeremy Hunt has managed to get both Remainers and Brexiteers in a spin this weekend with his appearance on Peston…

Sunday shows round-up: Jeremy Hunt – ‘if we don’t back Theresa May, we will have no Brexit’

3 December 2017 17:35

Alan Milburn – There is only so long you can push water uphill Last night Alan Milburn, the former Health…

No 10 should have seen Alan Milburn’s resignation coming

3 December 2017 14:56

For the whole board of the Social Mobility Commission to resign with its chairman, Alan Milburn, condemning the Prime Minister’s…

John McDonnell’s ‘wargamer’ trolls Isabel Oakeshott

3 December 2017 12:47

At this year’s Labour conference, John McDonnell went somewhat off message when the shadow chancellor announced at a fringe event that…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

3 December 2017 9:30

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

It’s been a bad year for Blue Labour

3 December 2017 9:06

Not a good year for my small sector of the political sphere, Blue Labour. I say small because politically, at…

Government getting jittery about ‘sufficient progress’

2 December 2017 10:37

Theresa May is not one of those politicians who enjoys lengthy conversation over lunch. But her lunch on Monday with…

Should Donald Trump be invited to the Royal Wedding?

2 December 2017 9:00

Two golden rules of royal weddings. First, it’s always wonderful on the day. Second, there is always an almighty official…

The government’s ‘industrial strategy’ is harmless nonsense

2 December 2017 8:30

‘Industrial strategy’ must be added to this column’s collection of phrases which automatically lower the spirits. Others include ‘replacement bus…

Damian Green’s private life is not a police matter

1 December 2017 15:51

So, a former Met detective, Neil Lewis, professes himself ‘shocked’ – yes ‘shocked’ – by the amount of pornography allegedly…

Come back David Cameron

1 December 2017 14:22

We don’t hear much from David Cameron these days. He’s generally too busy. He fills his time in many ways:…

Tulip Siddiq’s shameful silence on Bangladesh’s missing people

1 December 2017 12:04

‘Just heartbreaking’, wrote the Labour MP Tulip Siddiq this week as she shared a picture of the daughter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the…

Jeremy Corbyn: I’m a centrist dad

1 December 2017 11:30

Jeremy Corbyn caused a social media flurry on Thursday after it was revealed that he is the cover star of…

What the papers say: Should Trump’s state visit go ahead?

1 December 2017 8:28

Donald Trump’s January visit to Britain now looks to be in doubt following the furore over his tweets. Diplomats in…

Immigration figures show that ‘Brexodus’ is still a myth

30 November 2017 16:01

Government figures today show a sharp fall in net migration – 230,000 over the year to June, compared with 336,000…

How No. 10 plans to change the narrative

30 November 2017 12:29

There was a rare sight in No. 10 this week: backbench MPs being given direction. With the government beginning to function…

Tim Farron is wrong about liberalism

30 November 2017 11:48

Tim Farron is not the ideal person to explain Christianity’s relationship to liberalism. When he resigned as leader of his…

British Europhiles should welcome Brexit. Here’s why

30 November 2017 9:11

In the historic heart of Luxembourg, around the corner from the Grand Ducal Palace, there is a site which demonstrates…