James Forsyth

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

Can Boris beat the vaccine passport rebels?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

Boris will need Labour support for vaccine passports

9 April 2021 2:50 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

The fightback: it’s time for the West to take on China

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Western democracies must unite against China’s economic bullying

London's mayoral race is a warning to Tories nationwide

2 April 2021 9:37 pm

The London Mayoral election is more of a procession than a race. The only real question is whether Sadiq Khan…

Why is New Zealand afraid of criticising China?

2 April 2021 2:27 am

It is becoming harder and harder to ignore China’s aggressive behaviour. As I say in the magazine this week, China…

Sturgeon fights on ­– but at what cost?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

A year ago this week Alex Salmond was acquitted on all 13 charges in his sexual assault trial. In normal…

MPs facing Chinese sanctions deserve our solidarity

26 March 2021 9:22 pm

The sanctions that China is imposing on various politicians, academics and think tanks in the democratic world are designed to…

Sturgeon's rush for a referendum could backfire

26 March 2021 3:11 am

The Holyrood election campaign kicks off with Nicola Sturgeon buoyed by James Hamilton’s report concluding that she did not break…

Unopposed: why is Keir Starmer making life so easy for the PM?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of the Starmer-Johnson double act

Is Sturgeon losing support for Scottish independence?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Every politician likes to say that they don’t pay attention to opinion polls. In my experience, this is almost universally…

Boris, Biden and the era of big government

13 March 2021 4:22 am

Bill Clinton’s declaration that ‘the era of big government is over’ summed up the late 1990s political zeitgeist. Centre-left political…

Can Boris sustain his royal silence?

9 March 2021 4:32 am

Boris Johnson is clearly determined to avoid being dragged into this Harry and Meghan story. At his press conference this afternoon,…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from the vaccine rollout

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Barely a year has passed since Rishi Sunak’s first Budget. Its centrepiece was a £30 billion stimulus designed to calm…

Immigration is no longer a political problem

5 March 2021 11:49 pm

Ask voters what the most important issue facing Britain is and just 2 per cent say immigration. Even when you…

Oxford’s remarkable vaccine success

2 March 2021 5:48 am

It is worth taking a moment to stand back and applaud Sarah Gilbert and the Oxford vaccine team’s achievement. The…

What will life look like after 21 June?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Alas’ is a word used many times by Boris Johnson during the pandemic. It is how he prefaces announcements that…

Boris hints at a 'no jab, no job' policy

23 February 2021 7:33 am

The most striking moment of Monday night’s press conference was Chris Whitty’s declaration that it was the ‘professional responsibility’ on…

It is time to make friends with the EU

20 February 2021 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Clément Beaune, Emmanuel Macron’s Europe Minister, clipped out the section of his media interview criticising Britain’s vaccination…

Britain’s battle to prevent ‘green protectionism’

20 February 2021 3:45 am

The UK’s commitment to get to net zero by 2050 is going to require some difficult political choices. But it…

The EU needs to stop punishing Britain for Brexit

19 February 2021 3:01 am

There have always been those on the European side who believe that for the EU project to succeed, Brexit must…

How did an enigma like Theresa May become PM?

16 February 2021 5:36 am

Theresa May is not the easiest person to speak to in Westminster. She is reluctant to get drawn into a…

The Northern Ireland protocol problem

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula von der Leyen now admits that she overreacted in the EU’s vaccine row with the UK. She has spoken…

Vaccine success is a boost for Boris – and the Union

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Imagine for a minute what British politics would be like without a Covid vaccine. The cabinet would be deeply, and…

What’s next for the Special Relationship?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

This is a crucial year for the UK’s two most important relationships. The Anglo-American alliance, our strongest diplomatic and security…

How the EU vaccine row could escalate

28 January 2021 3:09 am

The EU is now insisting that AstraZeneca use vaccine produced at its UK site to make up for a shortfall in…