UK politics

Michel Barnier is wasting Theresa May’s time

27 July 2018 11:11

How utterly predictable. As I wrote here on 5 July, Michel Barnier’s ‘considered’ judgement has been to pour a very large…

SNP’s fake Brexit news

27 July 2018 9:53

Given the current mess the Conservative party finds itself in, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all their opponents need…

Labour MPs’ Love Island fandom moves up a gear

26 July 2018 16:56

Last month Mr Steerpike revealed that a group of Labour MPs had formed a special WhatsApp group to secretly liaise…

Did Gary Lineker miss the first ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit?

26 July 2018 13:25

Gary Lineker is coming to save Britain. From what, I hear you ask? From you. And me. And the rest…

Boris Johnson’s new-found freedom

26 July 2018 12:46

As Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson found himself restrained in ways that didn’t suit him. Now on the backbench once again,…

Why don’t the pro-EU crowd join the Tories?

26 July 2018 10:49

Theresa May has a rare talent for turning decent policy into a political problem. Her general election manifesto last year…

The Brexit ultras are losing the plot

26 July 2018 9:27

With the Labour Party losing the plot, it’s reassuring to see the Tories holding true to the principles of liberal…

The EU’s migration solution? Throw cash at the problem

26 July 2018 7:26

When European leaders met earlier this month to thrash out an agreement on  migration, they succeeded in rescuing German Chancellor Angela…

Revealed: Labour’s leaked anti-Semitism guidelines

25 July 2018 13:33

Labour’s new code of conduct would not allow the return of Ken Livingstone, according to an internal party document seen…

Listen: John McDonnell – ‘we are a party that’s anti-Semitist’

25 July 2018 7:44

A poll earlier this year found that almost two-thirds of the British public believe Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has a…

Could Brexit revive the SNP’s fortunes?

25 July 2018 7:30

It is my sombre duty to inform you that Scotland is talking about independence again. It probably seems like we…

Watch: Brexiteer MPs round on Olly Robbins at select committee

24 July 2018 18:39

Following the resignation of David Davis, Brexiteers and Remainers alike have been left wondering how Brexit is going, and more…

Theresa May takes back control in Brexit talks

24 July 2018 16:05

For months it has been claimed that Theresa May has been sidelining her Brexit department in talks with the EU.…

Public sector pay rise masks political row to come

24 July 2018 14:36

The Downing Street media grid must be a rather dismal affair these days, with announcements planned that barely get any…

Hancock’s health hour

24 July 2018 13:04

Matt Hancock has been ambitious for a big Cabinet job for a good while. He’s finally got it, and today…

John Bercow gets another tennis freebie

24 July 2018 11:16

John Bercow wasn’t spotted in the Royal Box at Wimbledon this year but Mr S is pleased to report that…

Tory MP who criticised early recess plans leaves Parliament early to ‘mess about in boats’

24 July 2018 10:34

When No 10 attempted to bring recess early so that Parliament rose last Thursday rather than this Tuesday, there was…

Could this summer see a repeat of the 2011 riots?

24 July 2018 10:18

The heatwave is on and reports of London’s crime wave are widespread, with crime up dramatically in the last year: could a…

Theresa May must work on her Brexit sales pitch

23 July 2018 16:04

Regional Cabinets are always a bit gimmicky. The idea that putting ministers on a train to somewhere outside of London…

Watch: Return of the Maybot

23 July 2018 15:00

The Maybot is back. The Prime Minister has just been doing a Q and A with workers in Newcastle when…

The trouble with social prescribing for mental illness

23 July 2018 14:55

It’s a measure of how much the debate around mental health has changed that Matt Hancock’s latest announcement on social…

Don’t blame the Tories for a Brexit ‘no deal’

23 July 2018 13:18

Remember when leftists and liberals were against capitalists throwing their weight around in the political sphere? ‘Just because you’re filthy…

Ex-Tory MP: Theresa May blocked Brexit ‘no deal’ planning

23 July 2018 13:08

Theresa May has always said ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, but how much has her government actually…

Forget the ‘Beatles’: here’s what happens to most British jihadi suspects

23 July 2018 12:18

What happens to Brits who’ve returned from fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq? Most would expect that they’d…

It isn’t anti-Semitic to say the creation of Israel was a mistake

23 July 2018 11:56

You don’t have to read too much of the tweets and other comments directed at Margaret Hodge and other Jewish…