Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

The curious timing of Boris Johnson's Covid announcement

20 January 2022 1:05 am

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist who mutters regularly about ‘sheeple’ to find the timing of Boris Johnson’s…

Pills to post

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The antivirals taskforce is at the ready

Boris Johnson rejects lockdown (again)

5 January 2022 5:27 am

Boris Johnson latest Covid press conference was slightly confusing. The Prime Minister spent nearly an hour saying nothing particularly new.…

Boris Johnson’s friendship problem

3 January 2022 6:48 pm

Boris Johnson is hoping that his MPs have calmed down over the Christmas break and that this term will be…

Boris suffers huge Tory revolt over vaccine passports

15 December 2021 6:16 am

Boris Johnson has just suffered a large majority-busting revolt in the House of Commons over vaccine passports, with 98 Conservatives…

Labour is the real winner of tonight's vote

15 December 2021 3:33 am

Sajid Javid found himself wading through treacle as he tried to make the case for the government’s ‘Plan B’ to…

Boris takes his colleagues for fools

9 December 2021 7:15 am

Is Boris Johnson really deploying a ‘diversionary tactic’ in announcing vaccine passports on the day he has had to perform…

Boris throws his staff under the bus

9 December 2021 12:16 am

What possible lines of defence could the Prime Minister come up with after the leaking of footage showing his Downing…

Boris's booster bet

1 December 2021 4:06 am

Boris Johnson is relying heavily on the booster programme to protect Britain from any additional threat posed by the Omicron…

Johnson is making the sleaze row worse

17 November 2021 10:30 pm

Is there anyone left in the Conservative party who is happy with Boris Johnson? The Prime Minister has now managed…

The sleaze row isn't finished yet

15 November 2021 10:28 pm

Number 10 will have been relieved that the weekend did not bring new stories about Conservative MPs raking in lots…

The death of David Amess has no easy answers

20 October 2021 10:36 pm

Why has the political debate following Sir David Amess’s killing moved so swiftly to focus on civility in politics? It’s…

Priti Patel strikes a bullish tone

6 October 2021 1:45 am

The theme of Priti Patel’s party conference speech this afternoon was very much ‘large and in charge’. She devoted much…

The contradictory Tory home working jibes

5 October 2021 11:59 pm

Why have ministers become so obsessed with where people are doing their work? The war on working from home has…

Why the fringes are taking centre stage at Tory conference

5 October 2021 8:55 pm

Tory conference is so stage-managed these days that the main hall has long felt like a bit of a sideshow…

Harriet Harman calls for Cressida Dick to resign

1 October 2021 8:53 pm

Labour’s Harriet Harman has called for Cressida Dick to resign as chief of the Metropolitan Police after Wayne Couzens was…

Starmer is missing a major trick

28 September 2021 10:50 pm

Labour’s party conference slogan is ‘stronger future together’. It’s sufficiently anodyne that despite it being emblazoned all over a massive…

Andy McDonald's resignation spells trouble for Starmer

28 September 2021 2:39 am

Andy McDonald has resigned from Labour’s shadow cabinet after Keir Starmer refused to back raising the Minimum Wage to £15…

Starmer secures a narrow victory against the left

27 September 2021 7:07 am

Keir Starmer this evening managed to scrape through his reforms to how Labour elects its leader. The victory follows a…

Boris Johnson's government shake-up continues

17 September 2021 1:00 am

After a rather quiet day, the reshuffle is back on, and Boris Johnson is proving to be even more brutal…

Javid avoids Tory Covid powers fightback – for now

15 September 2021 7:34 am

Tory MPs were not happy when Sajid Javid unveiled the Covid winter plan in the Commons this afternoon. They’re dissatisfied…

Tory MPs back Boris's tax hike

9 September 2021 5:14 am

As expected, this evening the Commons approved the 1.25 per cent increase in National Insurance, with 319 votes in favour…

On Afghanistan, Boris Johnson has escaped again

7 September 2021 7:39 am

Boris Johnson took a strangely upbeat tone when he updated MPs on Afghanistan this afternoon. He argued that British planning…

What will happen to those left in Kabul?

26 August 2021 3:43 pm

The Afghan evacuation is feared to be entering its final hours, and with it a new desperation is building among…

Even psychiatrists don’t know how the drugs they prescribe work

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What is it like to go mad? Not so much developing depression or having a panic attack — which is…