UK politics

How I was called a racist for having a pro-Brexit bag

27 June 2018 15:00

My commute to work yesterday was just like any other, until I was interrupted from my thoughts by a fellow…

Sturgeon’s cabinet reshuffle marks the beginning of the end

27 June 2018 14:50

Greater love, as wags responded to Harold Macmillan’s “night of the long knives” reshuffle, hath no man than that he…

The latest Cabinet misbehaviour is a symptom, not a cause

27 June 2018 12:09

Collective responsibility is dead. Long live cabinet irresponsibility. This seems to be the message from Theresa May’s government this week.…

Liz Truss and the last straw

27 June 2018 11:00

Oh dear. Although free-thinking Cabinet members are not hard to come by nowadays, Liz Truss still managed to cause a…

Brexit exposes the truth about the Corbyn personality cult

27 June 2018 8:57

The far left’s argument in favour of Brexit is a mess of invented histories, smears, crocodile tears and paranoia. Worse,…

Full text: Liz Truss’s LSE lecture – ‘I want to take a zero-tolerance approach to wasteful spend’

27 June 2018 8:30

As an economics geek, and a committed free marketer, I’ve always admired the London School of Economics. Despite its left-wing…

John McDonnell fails to put on a united front

26 June 2018 17:15

Is Len McCluskey a signed up member of a ‘corporate cartel’? That’s what his close ally John McDonnell appeared to…

David Miliband takes in the refugee crisis… from Aspen

26 June 2018 14:59

Oh David Miliband – never change. Labour’s prince across the water continues to surprise. Although friends of Ed Miliband’s brother…

Businesses should try and shape Brexit – not fight it

26 June 2018 13:20

Airbus will abandon the UK. The car factories will all be closed down. Trade will grind to a halt, we…

Tom Watson’s gambling hypocrisy

26 June 2018 11:24

When it was announced that the crackdown on fixed-odds betting machines could be delayed for up to two years, Labour’s…

What is Jeremy Hunt up to?

25 June 2018 15:39

‘What you can see is someone who has the instincts of a Brexiteer, but the cautious pragmatism of a Remainer,…

Greg Hands makes life difficult for the Foreign Secretary

25 June 2018 13:03

With a key vote on Heathrow’s third runway due later today, the bulldozers ominously loom whilst the Foreign Secretary is…

Heathrow vote: Conservatives attempt to look decisive

25 June 2018 10:20

Today Parliament is expected to finally give plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport the green light. The vote…

Tory MPs turn on Gavin Williamson

24 June 2018 22:57

Despite the good weather and England’s good World Cup result, it hasn’t been a relaxing weekend for all. Step forward…

Sunday shows round-up: Jeremy Hunt – Airbus’s Brexit threat was ‘completely inappropriate’

24 June 2018 17:34

The Health Secretary joined Andrew Marr this morning for a discussion on the NHS, but it was Hunt’s remarks about…

Why has Brexit made some people uncontrollably angry?

24 June 2018 10:00

After any major interview, I turn with great interest to discover from Twitter whether I am currently a sinister Marxist…

Anti-Brexit protesters turn on Labour leader: ‘Where’s Jeremy Corbyn?’

24 June 2018 8:42

This time last year, Jeremy Corbyn was standing on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury to adoring chants of ‘Oh-Jeremy-Corbyn’. Last weekend,…

Love Island education: A beginner’s guide to Brexit

22 June 2018 13:13

When Love Island contestant Hayley Hughes used a conversation about Brexit to ask whether there would still be trees after…

Watch: Gavin Williamson meets the US ambassador

22 June 2018 11:49

The new US ambassador has set the cat among the pigeons this morning with the Telegraph splashing on his call…

Hands off, Hollingberry in: does anyone notice ministerial resignations any more?

21 June 2018 17:57

Are ministerial resignations even interesting any more? There are more of them in Theresa May’s government than there are solid…

Could Article 50 end up being extended and Brexit delayed?

21 June 2018 15:56

The 30th March 2019 is the date in every Leave-backing MP’s mind. It is the first day Britain will be…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

21 June 2018 14:55

How do you find the money to pay for a £20bn NHS funding pledge? Usually such discussions – and eventual…

Policy Exchange summer party: Theresa May takes a swipe at Michael Gove

20 June 2018 20:11

It’s summer party season in Westminster. Tonight it was the turn of Policy Exchange with the think tank securing a…

Labour councillor who said ‘no proof’ Isis exists to help protect children from radicalisation

20 June 2018 18:13

Remember Safia Akhtar? Back in May, Mr Steerpike reported how the Birmingham Labour candidate had ‘waltz[ed] to victory’ in the local…

Phillip Lee’s bad press

20 June 2018 15:49

The Remain rebels have this afternoon backed down and found a compromise to the government’s meaningful vote amendment that they…