UK politics

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…

Bercow admits calling Andrea Leadsom ‘stupid’

21 May 2018 17:13

John Bercow has finally spoken out over reports alleging that he called Andrea Leadsom a ‘stupid woman’ in the Chamber…

Meghan Markle and the myth of ‘racist’ Britain

21 May 2018 16:42

In recent years the British public have been bombarded with allegations about our alleged bigotry. When we failed to follow…

Fact check: Corbynista support for Maduro

21 May 2018 13:58

Once upon a time, Labour politicians were lining up to praise the socialist achievements of the government in Venezuela. These…

Andy Burnham’s BBC jibe backfires

21 May 2018 13:32

Andy Burnham is now making a career out of being an aggrieved northerner, fed up with London dominating the agenda.…

Young Labour official’s tribute to Maduro

21 May 2018 10:51

This weekend, John McDonnell set the cat among the pigeons with an interview on  the Sunday Politics. With Venezuela’s President…

Is an early election really on the cards?

20 May 2018 23:26

Thanks to a weekend of nationwide jubilation over Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, politics has – for once –…

Watch: Emma Barnett skewers Barry Gardiner over Brexit comments

20 May 2018 19:57

Oh dear. Although Theresa May’s divided government is currently in a state of deadlock over Brexit, the Prime Minister can…

Some tips for recovering from Brexit ‘madness’

20 May 2018 8:30

The following letter appears in this week’s Spectator I was touched by the sad article by Matthew Parris, in which…

Morgan, Clegg and Miliband just don’t get the message

20 May 2018 7:00

Watching Nick Clegg, Nicky Morgan and David Miliband sort of launching what might one day become a sort of new…

Why the Tory Brexiteers are swallowing May’s compromises

19 May 2018 10:52

This week, Theresa May got her Brexit inner Cabinet to agree that, in the event of no trade deal being…

How long can John Bercow hang on?

18 May 2018 17:18

How long can John Bercow hang on for as Speaker of the House of Commons? In recent months, he has…

Watch: Rod Liddle’s dog reacts to party leaders

18 May 2018 15:38

This week Rod Liddle took over the London Palladium for one night only. Mr S’s colleague and comrade spoke to a…

Europe is the new front in the Israel-Palestine conflict

18 May 2018 11:33

Gaza has a galvanising effect on Europeans. Jeremy Corbyn, for example, appeared to have no consolatory words for France after…

Watch: Diane Abbott jeered on Question Time over fake news

18 May 2018 8:05

Diane Abbott tried to go on the attack on Question Time last night, by suggesting that one of her fellow…

The snobs won against the FOBTs

17 May 2018 12:46

It’s good to see that for all their bickering over Brexit and war of words over austerity, the Tories and…

Corbyn’s comic timing is more Karl Marx than Groucho

16 May 2018 16:40

He’s making the most of it before he gets the push. The Speaker chaired one of the longest-ever sessions of…

Chris Grayling’s railway fantasy is costing the Tories

16 May 2018 16:08

Yippee! Now I can finally take a train to Scotland without putting money into Richard Branson’s pockets. This afternoon’s announcement…

A Brexit ‘power grab’ could play into the SNP’s hands

16 May 2018 12:44

The stramash between Theresa May’s government in London and Nicola Sturgeon’s ministry in Edinburgh over the need for the devolved…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s big Brexit challenge

16 May 2018 12:04

Benedict Cumberbatch has a reputation as one of Britain’s finest actors. The Sherlock actor has won plaudits across the world.…

Brexit debate: Andrew Adonis vs Robert Tombs

16 May 2018 11:54

Robert Tombs, professor of European history at Cambridge University, and Labour peer Andrew Adonis took part in a discussion on the…