UK politics

Fact check: New York Times’ ‘Austerity Britain’ report

28 May 2018 18:19

It’s safe to say the New York Times doesn’t take a particularly fond view of Britain these days. Whether it’s their…

Who is the only cabinet minister who never stops thinking?

27 May 2018 9:00

‘Onward’ is the name of the latest movement — ‘think-tank’ is not quite the right phrase — to try to…

The problem taxing the Tories

26 May 2018 10:46

Political Cabinet on Tuesday was treated to a polling presentation that highlighted the dilemma the Tories are facing. When voters…

Liz Truss talks Instagram at Cabinet

25 May 2018 18:00

Although Conservative MPs were recently given training to brush up their Instagram skills, there’s one Cabinet minister who requires no…

Watch: Anna Soubry speaks for the nation on Question Time… for once

25 May 2018 12:11

These days Mr S rarely – if ever – finds himself agreeing with Anna Soubry on politics. The arch-Remainer has…

The Tories are the masters of ‘vice signalling’

25 May 2018 8:18

If you want to get on in right-wing politics, it is essential you master the art of vice signalling. You…

Listen: Boris Johnson targeted by Russian pranksters

24 May 2018 13:51

Boris Johnson has been caught in a prank call by a pair of Russian comedians posing as the Armenian prime…

Ireland’s abortion vote and the wild west of online adverts

24 May 2018 13:10

It’s sometimes hard to know who’s really behind decisions at big tech firms. It could have been the PR team…

Scottish Conservative MP comes out for Gove

24 May 2018 12:46

On Monday night, Michael Gove set tongues wagging in Westminster by joining forces with Ruth Davidson to launch new Conservative…

12 times Labour failed to give Red Ken the boot

24 May 2018 11:12

There are few sights more pitiful than Labour ‘moderates’ – I prefer to call them what they are: Corbyn-enablers –…

Jacob Rees-Mogg and the liberal inquisition

24 May 2018 10:44

Trying to make Christian politicians squirm is a favourite occasional sport among political broadcasters in Westminster. The former Lib Dem…

Labour MP vs Owen Jones: Would Corbyn have supported a government led by Attlee?

24 May 2018 10:35

It’s safe to say that the uneasy peace formed in the Labour party after the snap election is coming to…

Theresa May’s Brexit ‘strategy’ is a shambles

24 May 2018 8:12

Dear Tory MPs and donors, I’ve avoided writing about the substance of Brexit and the negotiations since the anniversary last…

Corbyn’s birthday plea

24 May 2018 0:09

Over the past few weeks, company emails have been flooding into inboxes asking the recipient to give consent to remain…

Tory MPs brace themselves for EU Withdrawal Bill showdown

23 May 2018 17:39

The Chief Whip has just told Tory MPs that the EU Withdrawal Bill will be coming back to the Commons…

Labour’s obesity crisis

23 May 2018 16:29

PMQs began with a question about obesity from Labour’s Kerry McCarthy. The crisis has reached breaking-point, she said. Our chubby…

Oxford’s problem? The sorry state of British state schools

23 May 2018 16:23

Never does the disdain for state education become more apparent than when the conversation turns to Oxford and Cambridge admissions.…

The Catch 22 of Labour’s gender policy

23 May 2018 15:10

Earlier this week, I wrote about David Lewis, a Labour member who was allowed to stand for election as a…

The zeal of a pro-Corbyn Jewish convert

23 May 2018 13:08

When Jeremy Corbyn attended a Passover dinner hosted by Jewdas, it was the first that many Jews had even heard of this…

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s snap election warning

23 May 2018 12:06

Jacob Rees’Mogg’s appearance on the new Conservative Home Moggcast has caused a stir in Westminster. In the broadcast, the arch-eurosceptic…

Caroline Nokes puts her foot in it, again

22 May 2018 18:56

Theresa May’s government is supposed to decide within the next two months what type of migration policy Britain should adopt…

The genius of constitutional monarchy

22 May 2018 15:41

George Orwell famously wrote that an English intellectual would rather be caught stealing from the poorbox than be seen standing…

The Tories need to get over Thatcher

22 May 2018 11:42

A lot of attention has been given to the new think tank, Onward, that claims it will win back Britain…

Ruth Davidson: Tories are too dour and joyless

22 May 2018 8:46

This is an edited transcript of Ruth Davidson’s speech at last night’s launch of Onward, a new liberal Conservative think…

Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, the new ‘Ike and Tina Turner’

21 May 2018 22:06

To the launch of Onward, the new liberal Conservative think tank. A who’s who of the Tory party, including Liz…