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.

Who is the real opposition to Labour now?

14 June 2024 10:00 am

Nigel Farage tried to claim at the start of Thursday’s TV debate that Reform was the real threat to Keir…

Why Labour’s plans are so vague

14 June 2024 2:18 am

Keir Starmer has deliberately pursued a strategy of revealing as little as possible, boasting today that his manifesto didn’t contain…

How will Labour fix a struggling NHS?

13 June 2024 9:19 pm

The latest NHS waiting figures are without question a problem for Rishi Sunak: they’re going up again for the first…

Sunak’s manifesto is not credible

12 June 2024 2:16 am

Rishi Sunak’s manifesto launch was necessarily defensive: the Prime Minister is trying to stem the losses in this election campaign…

Sunak splutters in BBC interview, but Starmer won’t do much better

11 June 2024 8:17 am

Rishi Sunak has started to move on from his D-Day blunder. He probably won’t recover from the electoral damage he…

Douglas Ross resigns as Scottish Tory leader

10 June 2024 8:10 pm

Just when you thought this election campaign couldn’t get any more tumultuous, Douglas Ross has announced he will resign as…

Mordaunt’s debate strategy was to pretend Farage wasn’t there

8 June 2024 7:33 am

How is it possible that a seven-way debate between the main parties in this election was more civilised than the…

Sunak apologises for leaving D-Day commemorations

7 June 2024 5:59 pm

Rishi Sunak has just apologised for missing the international D-Day event in Normandy to fly back early to the UK…

Alex Salmond: We are not splitting the SNP vote

7 June 2024 2:51 am

Is Alex Salmond feasting on the misery of an SNP that, having hit its high watermark, is now having to…

Labour is breaking one of the last taboos in politics

6 June 2024 7:37 pm

Labour has decided to lean into the £2,000 tax hike claim by the Tories, and turn it into a row about lying.…

Labour is paying the price for Starmer’s failure to refute the £2,000 tax claim

6 June 2024 12:40 am

The Tories have had their first good 24 hours of the election campaign. The £2,000 tax claim made by Rishi…

Why are the Tories playing Farage’s game?

4 June 2024 11:31 pm

How should Rishi Sunak respond to the unwelcome insertion of Nigel Farage into the election campaign? The Prime Minister called…

Labour comes out of Scottish debate on top

4 June 2024 9:01 am

There is a truism in British politics that things would be much more civil if there were more women in…

George Galloway: Labour is the ‘number one enemy’

4 June 2024 1:05 am

George Galloway would be happy if his Workers’ Party of Britain denied Labour the chance of an outright majority at…

Kemi Badenoch isn’t alone in dodging the issue of social care

3 June 2024 9:41 pm

Elections aren’t just fights between the parties over policy. They also include conspiracies of silence where neither side will benefit…

Starmer’s safety-first campaign is backfiring

30 May 2024 9:16 pm

The problem with spending an election campaign saying as little new as possible is that it does leave a big…

Starmer’s ‘why Labour’ message needs to get slicker

27 May 2024 10:03 pm

Keir Starmer has been considerably less discombobulated by the election announcement than the party that made it, but he still…

Who dares, wins? Not Michael Gove

25 May 2024 5:14 am

Michael Gove has just announced he is standing down at the election. He spent the past few days agonising privately…

Sunak hints at why he opted for a snap summer election

23 May 2024 8:37 pm

There is no good answer to the question of why Rishi Sunak called the general election for 4 July, other…

If only Starmer had answered his own questions at PMQs

22 May 2024 11:43 pm

Is Rishi Sunak going to announce the election date later today? Speculation was – once again – so rife that…

Can the Tories ensure the infected blood scandal never happens again?

22 May 2024 3:50 am

Are the compensation payments announced today for victims of the infected blood scandal a just response to what happened? Paymaster…

Sunak apologises during ‘day of shame’

21 May 2024 5:41 am

Rishi Sunak’s Commons apology for the contaminated blood scandal was reasonably comprehensive. The statement opened with him saying he wanted…

Will the NHS change after the infected blood scandal?

21 May 2024 2:14 am

The victims of the infected blood scandal have had to wait a very long time for there to be a…

MPs demand a rethink on mental illness

15 May 2024 1:12 am

Given so many people are suffering from some kind of mental distress at the moment, many of them out of…

The NHS’s maternity care has always been a mess

14 May 2024 6:10 am

The latest report on maternity care in the UK hasn’t told us anything new. The headline finding of the parliamentary…