James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

Divide and rule: how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The story of Britain and Ireland’s relationship has, all too often, been one of mutual incomprehension: 1066 and All That…

Will Theresa May risk putting her Brexit rebels on the spot?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Before every Budget, George Osborne would tell his aides to prepare for it as if it were their last. His…

Wanted: a Tory domestic agenda

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn used to be a punchline at the Conservative party conference. Tories believed that his election as Labour leader…

All by herself: Theresa May and the politics of isolation

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Few people would choose to celebrate their birthday by listening to Philip Hammond speak, but that is the pleasure that…

Forget hard and soft Brexit – we’re heading for a blind Brexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Brexit won’t be over by 29 March 2019. Britain will legally leave the European Union on that date. But that…

The Tory battle has only just begun

15 September 2018 9:00 am

It looks as if the Conservative party is already at war. Fifty or so Brexiteer Tory MPs openly meet to…

A Canada-style Brexit deal might come back on to the table

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Over the summer, a no-deal Brexit became less likely. Eurosceptic ultras have been forced to be less blasé. The return…

Who wins when everyone is in crisis?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s three main political parties are in crisis. That isn’t meant to happen. If only by a process of elimination,…

Why austerity is coming to an end

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The last day of the parliamentary term is usually an occasion for the government to get a whole bunch of…

May’s summer delusion: the recess won’t solve anything

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The summer holidays couldn’t come soon enough for Theresa May. So desperate was she to get MPs away from Westminster…

The real Brexit drama is just beginning

14 July 2018 9:00 am

‘The numbers just don’t stack up,’ one cabinet minister wearily declared to me on Monday night. This is, perhaps, the…

Can Brexiteers stomach May’s Brexit blueprint?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

It isn’t just Brexit that worries the government, as the cabinet meeting this week demonstrated. Much of it was taken…

July 2018 could prove to be Theresa May’s cruellest month

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May is about to embark on the toughest month of her premiership to date. Next week, she must persuade…

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How the NHS cash bung is being hijacked by Remainers

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The cabinet’s trip to Chequers next month will be a tense affair. Things always are when Brexit is the only…

The pressure on Theresa May is rising

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Cans kicked down the road, last–minute concessions made, the process kept on track — just. This is how many people…

Brexiteer MPs know it’s going badly wrong but can’t agree what to do next

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Brexit could look very different by the end of this month. In the coming days, the government is expected to…

London’s importance would only increase in a Eurozone crisis (Photo: Getty)

Could a eurozone crisis benefit Brexit?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it better to negotiate with a confident, optimistic European Union or a nervous, fretful one? Even Brexiteers are split…

We need to stop buying into this ‘divided Britain’ narrative

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Amid all the argument in Westminster, everyone can agree on one thing: the country is bitterly divided. The 52:48 divisions…

Brexit is fast becoming a Tory no-win

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit dilemma is becoming more acute. Last week, she failed to garner the support of the Brexit inner…

Interview: what Aussies really think of Brexit

12 May 2018 9:00 am

When friends speak, you should listen — and you would be hard pressed to find a better friend of this…

Mayday! How Theresa May has been trapped by her enemies and her friends

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The European Union might have many flaws, but one of its great strengths is its ability to sense weakness. It…

Theresa May should fear a Brexiteer who feels betrayed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

It is sometimes tempting to imagine that the Brexit negotiations will follow the course of a Sunday night TV drama:…

Corbyn’s profoundly anti-western worldview is fully exposed at last

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Tories’ great worry after the last election was that they had effectively vaccinated the electorate against Jeremy Corbyn. They…

Will Britain find a new role in the world after Brexit?

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s imperial past distorts the debate about our place in the world, but not in the way that is commonly…

Labour moderates are desperate to leave – but there’s nowhere to go

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The case for Labour moderates leaving their party strengthens by the day. Jeremy Corbyn’s behaviour demonstrates that he is not…