UK politics

Labour’s war with the media moves up a gear

1 December 2018 18:00

Oh dear. It’s no great secret that under Jeremy Corbyn there is little love lost between the Labour party and…

Why no deal planning should be stepped up

1 December 2018 10:38

No-go-day was meant to be yesterday, I say in The Sun. This was the moment when the Department for Exiting…

Could Theresa May’s latest attack on Corbyn backfire?

30 November 2018 10:21

The Prime Minister might have been a bit too clever when attacking Corbyn’s and Labour’s opposition to her Brexit deal.…

Full text: Liz Truss’s Parliamentarian speech – the backstop, Andrew Bridgen and overpaid bureaucrats

29 November 2018 14:07

With the 2017 Parliamentarian of the Year winner Ruth Davidson on maternity leave, Liz Truss stepped in to present this…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2018, in pictures

29 November 2018 12:48

To the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards where politicians from across the political divide gathered to celebrate the best…

Watch: Geoffrey Cox’s minister of the year acceptance speech

29 November 2018 11:30

Geoffrey Cox’s rousing warm-up act for Theresa May at Tory party conference elevated the Attorney General’s public profile. In the…

Why Theresa May might end up embracing a second referendum

29 November 2018 9:59

There are few things in the Brexit debate that are not disputed. But there is one thing that pretty much…

The problem with a ‘no deal’ Brexit

29 November 2018 8:30

There have probably been worse branding campaigns in history. Cadbury’s apparent attempt to drop the word ‘Easter’ from its egg…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2018: the winners

28 November 2018 22:42

The Spectator’s 32nd Parliamentarian of the Year awards took place at the Rosewood Hotel in London this evening. The awards…

Gary Lineker’s Brexit muddle

28 November 2018 18:00

When Gary Lineker isn’t talking about football there is another subject that he likes to bang on about: Brexit. Lineker…

Diane Abbott takes a pop at police

28 November 2018 15:15

If Jeremy Corbyn makes it to No.10, then Diane Abbott will be Home Secretary. In that role, Abbott will be…

The moment Theresa May sealed our Brexit fate

28 November 2018 14:15

Theresa May is in Scotland today which is one way of ascertaining the depth of the hole in which she…

Philip Hammond has exposed the problem with the Treasury’s Brexit forecast

28 November 2018 11:41

It is the decimal point which really gets me. If we have a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to Treasury forecasters,…

The quack doctors of Brexit ignore the cure to Britain’s strife

28 November 2018 10:57

The British are like patients with an incurable illness. Thinking and worrying can do no good, but those who understand…

The UK must avoid the backstop trap

28 November 2018 10:53

Theresa May, William Hague and others say that the EU will not want to trap Britain in the backstop because…

Is the May-Corbyn television debate pointless?

28 November 2018 10:27

Theresa May has two weeks to sell her deal to MPs ahead of the meaningful vote on Tuesday 11 December.…

Could Jeremy Corbyn be about to back a second referendum?

27 November 2018 14:28

We’ve all been focussing on the crisis that would ensue if – as expected – the PM loses the meaningful…

Remaining in the EU would come at a big price for Britain

27 November 2018 13:23

We’re familiar with the warnings about the cost of Brexit. The ‘People’s Vote’ campaign released an estimate yesterday suggesting that Theresa…

Why Donald Trump thinks the Brexit deal is no good for US-UK trade

26 November 2018 21:38

Donald Trump has always been consistent on Brexit. He admired the spirit of the vote, a freedom-loving people defying their…

Does Theresa May’s Anglicanism explain her muddled Brexit?

26 November 2018 21:00

Ever since ‘Brexit’ was first breathed, there have been comparisons with Henry VIII’s break with Rome. At first such comparisons…

The mountain Theresa May has to climb to get her deal through

26 November 2018 20:59

If Theresa May needed any reminder of what a mountain she has to climb to get her Brexit deal through,…

Why the Treasury’s Brexit forecasts will be almost irrelevant

26 November 2018 20:08

The publication by the Treasury of its forecasts of the economic impact of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, versus no-deal and…

Watch: Theresa May apologises for queue-jumping comment

26 November 2018 17:16

When Theresa May stood up at the CBI conference earlier this month and declared that under the new Brexit immigration…

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How Jeremy Corbyn could cause yet another Labour split on Brexit

26 November 2018 17:06

Jeremy Corbyn has been clear for a while that Labour will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons.…

My deal or chaos: May’s message to MPs as she faces the Commons

26 November 2018 16:26

It only took a few lines of Theresa May’s statement to the House of Commons on her Brexit deal before…