UKIP

Ukip’s focus on the burqa shows the party has little left to offer on Brexit

24 April 2017 17:15

The launch of Ukip’s new ‘integration agenda’ today was notable for two reasons. Firstly, Paul Nuttall refused to say whether he…

Paul Nuttall’s disappearing act

24 April 2017 14:23

Today hacks were briefed that Ukip would use a press conference to make a big campaign announcement. This led to…

The Spectator Podcast: Election special

20 April 2017 16:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss the two European nations that are are heading for the polls in the next couple…

Did Douglas Carswell try – and fail – to rejoin the Tory fold?

20 April 2017 12:35

Douglas Carswell has just announced that he will not stand for re-election as the MP for Clacton. The independent MP, who…

Mark Reckless’s defection presents the Tories with a conundrum

6 April 2017 14:07

Mark Reckless infuriated many Tories when he defected to Ukip. Now, he’s defected again – and made few people happy…

The joys of Brexit

2 April 2017 12:00

The thing that got me about the photo-graph which prompted the Daily Mail’s harmless but now infamous headline ‘Never mind…

If Ukip is to survive, Nigel Farage also needs to go

26 March 2017 12:54

So poisonous were the relations between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell that no-one will have been surprised at the latter’s…

It’s mission accomplished for Douglas Carswell as Ukip’s only MP quits

25 March 2017 13:20

Today Ukip went from a political party with one MP, to a political party with no MPs. Douglas Carswell has…

Revealed: the 63 Labour seats the Tories could snatch at the next election

20 March 2017 15:57

Theresa May has once again ruled out a snap general election but that doesn’t mean the temptation to hold one…

Paul Nuttall picks a side in Ukip’s civil war

14 March 2017 12:33

A new week, a new drama for Ukip. Although Nigel Farage last month called for Douglas Carswell to be kicked out…

Biggest loser from this Budget? The credibility of Tory tax promises

8 March 2017 15:52

There is a very big winner from today’s budget. Not adults in social care, not schools, but Ukip. Philip Hammond…

Paul Nuttall goes on the offensive as he fights for Ukip’s future

5 March 2017 11:04

It’s not been a great week for Ukip. Following Paul Nuttall’s by-election loss in Stoke-on-Trent Central, the Ukip leader went…

Paul Nuttall and the tricks memory plays on all of us

4 March 2017 11:00

Poor Paul Nuttall. He seemed to have everything a cheeky by-election victor needed: the outsider vim, the accent, the cap.…

‘Sir’ Nigel Farage gets his gong after all

3 March 2017 17:08

The row about whether Douglas Carswell did or didn’t block Nigel Farage’s knighthood has sparked another bout of civil war…

Nigel Farage’s stock rises – as Ukip’s falls

2 March 2017 11:48

Today’s figures from the electoral commission show that between 1 October and 31 December 2016, Ukip raised only £33,228 in donations…

What the papers say: Sir Philip Green finally coughs up

1 March 2017 8:39

Sir Philip Green has dug deep into his bulging pockets to plug the gap in BHS’s pension scheme. But the…

Across the West, working-class voters are abandoning the Left

28 February 2017 13:58

Imagine going back twenty years in a time machine, when a young Tony Blair was about to be swept to…

Ukip’s troubles descend into farce

28 February 2017 11:45

Although last week’s by-elections exposed cracks in Labour, it’s Ukip that has gone into free fall as a result. After Paul…

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle play the by-election blame game

26 February 2017 12:06

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle would probably furiously deny playing by the same political rules. But this morning on the…

Ukip is finished? I don’t think so

25 February 2017 10:49

So, Ukip is finished. So says Matthew Parris in the Times this morning, as well as Marina Hyde in the…

Labour is finished. But you can’t blame it all on Corbyn

24 February 2017 15:01

Even now, even following their historic thrashing in Copeland, Labourites still cannot face the truth. Sure, there are Twitter tears…

John McDonnell gets his excuses in early for Labour’s disastrous by-election defeat in Copeland

24 February 2017 9:03

Labour’s defeat in Copeland is nothing short of a disaster – but you won’t hear that from the shadow chancellor.…

I was right! Brexit has killed off Ukip

24 February 2017 8:55

It is hugely important, if you are someone as insecure as myself, to say ‘I told you so’ whenever the…

Labour hold Stoke as Ukip and Nuttall fail to breakthrough

24 February 2017 2:21

James Forsyth discusses the by-election results with Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman: Labour has avoided total electoral disaster and held…

Polls close in Copeland and Stoke

23 February 2017 23:05

Polls have closed in the Copeland and Stoke by-elections. It is too early to say with any certainty what the…