UK politics

In defence of 2017: 17 great things that happened this year

31 December 2017 11:49

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. As 2017 draws to a close, one could…

Lord Adonis: Nigel Farage is now Prime Minister

30 December 2017 11:19

Oh dear. Lord Adonis brought Theresa May’s Christmas holiday to an abrupt end yesterday with the news that he is…

My ‘person of the year’? Theresa May

29 December 2017 9:30

The newspapers are full of end-of-year round ups, photographic highlights of the year and so on. And I thought I…

Kirstie Allsopp: I was told ‘darling’ constitutes sexual harassment

28 December 2017 22:27

This month an investigation – by EITF and Channel 5 – found that bullying and sexual harassment are prevalent across…

Vince Cable’s leadership dilemma

28 December 2017 17:04

Although Christmas is supposed to mean peace on earth and goodwill to all men, this goodwill appears not to extend to…

Dear Mary solves Ruth Davidson’s sartorial dilemma

27 December 2017 11:00

From Ruth Davidson Q. My mother often tells me that I look scruffy. What’s the appropriate dress for a leader of…

Theresa May caught between a fox and a hard place over hunting vote

26 December 2017 23:04

Although the Boxing Day hunt is one of the biggest events of the year for the hunting community, it’s safe to…

What explains the idiocy of the liberal elite? It’s their education

26 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 6: James Bartholomew on the liberal elite’s…

The worst Tory election campaign ever

24 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 8: Rod Liddle on the bungled snap…

Dear Mary solves Tim Martin’s Brexit dinner party problem

24 December 2017 9:00

From Tim Martin Q. I have campaigned vociferously for Brexit. In my own world of pubs, Leavers prevail. However, my…

A very Guardian Christmas: decorate a tree branch

23 December 2017 17:28

Christmas – the season of goodwill, turkey, tinsel and general over-indulgence. Except that is, if you work at the Guardian. With…

Theresa May’s skirts are a disgrace

23 December 2017 9:30

I asked a Tory friend in the country if she had any strong views about the Prime Minister that she…

The real reason Nigel Farage hates Douglas Carswell

22 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 10: Hugo Rifkind on spotting the difference…

Dear Mary solves Vince Cable’s ballroom dancing dilemma

22 December 2017 8:30

From Sir Vince Cable MP Q. I have an unfulfilled ambition to win a national title for ballroom dancing in…

Will Theresa May replace her Willie?

21 December 2017 11:56

The news of Damian Green’s ‘resignation’ (some would call it a polite sacking) as First Secretary of State has broadly…

Letter to a young Corbynista

21 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 11: James Bartholomew explains to his nephew…

What the papers say: How has May managed to cling on?

21 December 2017 8:33

Damian Green was Theresa May’s closest ally in government and his departure makes life even trickier for the embattled Prime…

Theresa May must share the blame for the Brexit bitterness

21 December 2017 8:00

As Gore Vidal said, “Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little” and by that exacting standard, Tim Shipman…

Claws out at the BBC over Peston’s Damian Green report

20 December 2017 21:25

The news that Damian Green has resigned this evening as First Secretary of State following an investigation into his conduct…

Breaking: Damian Green resigns from the Government

20 December 2017 20:46

Damian Green has resigned from the Government following an investigation into his conduct. Below are the letters between the former…

Theresa May masters the art of saying nothing at Liaison Committee

20 December 2017 17:22

Although staffers in No 10 have been busy this week celebrating Theresa May making it to Christmas, the Prime Minister…

Tory MPs keep up pressure on government over refuge funding plans

20 December 2017 16:48

One of the better questions at today’s PMQs came from Tory MP Chris Green, who asked about the government’s proposed…

The SNP is a coven of hysterical exhibitionists

20 December 2017 16:37

Have you noticed the temperature? It’s got weirdly balmy all of a sudden. And the forecasters are predicting a spell…

The bland secret of Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal

20 December 2017 16:26

Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Grazia (a 2017 sentence if ever there was one) was helpfully revealing. Not his assertion that…

Corbyn and May drain the joy from Christmas PMQs

20 December 2017 13:36

The last PMQs before the Christmas recess often has a rather pantomime atmosphere. Unfortunately, neither Jeremy Corbyn nor Theresa May…