James Forsyth

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

The Tories face their biggest problem yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Up until a few days ago, ministers could see how the government might regain its footing in the polls after…

Why the next election will be harder for the Tories

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ever since Boris Johnson’s disastrous decision to try to stay the standards committee’s guilty verdict against Owen Paterson, things have…

Boris Johnson is preparing to fight the wrong election

26 November 2021 4:00 am

The next election won’t be like the 2019 campaign. It will be far tougher for the Tories. Ministers were struck…

Europe’s cauldron: The EU faces a new form of warfare

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Europe faces a new form of warfare

Is Boris Johnson’s sleaze nightmare over?

17 November 2021 4:16 am

Two weeks into this self-inflicted Tory sleaze scandal, Boris Johnson has set out plans to bar MPs from political consultancy…

Can Boris weather this new storm?

13 November 2021 9:00 am

The row over MPs’ outside interests has landed Boris Johnson in one of the most uncomfortable positions a prime minister…

Gove gets into gear

13 November 2021 2:06 am

‘This government ends if the red wall reverts back to type and we lose 45 seats then end up in…

Boris Johnson will struggle to contain this sleaze row

10 November 2021 9:52 pm

A week ago today, Tory MPs were getting increasingly nervous about Downing Street’s plan to stay the guilty verdict against…

Three little words that could cost Boris

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson knows the value of three-word slogans. ‘Take back control’ and ‘get Brexit done’ helped propel him to his…

Will the Tories cut taxes before the next election?

30 October 2021 12:35 pm

The Tory party has reached a fork in the road, I say in the Times today. One path involves sticking…

What this Budget tells us

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The Budget and the spending review gave the clearest indication yet of what the post-Covid government might look like. During…

Britain's fish fight with France risks triggering a new low in EU relations

30 October 2021 3:53 am

Another day, another troubling development in UK/ EU relations. Earlier this week, a British trawler was seized by France and another fined. Now, France’s…

No. 10 moves to kickstart the booster campaign

23 October 2021 10:12 am

In a move that as important as any in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Emily Lawson is returning to run the…

The problem with ‘David’s law’

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Two members of parliament have been killed in the past five and a half years. This, one long-serving MP laments,…

Banning anonymity creates more problems than it solves

21 October 2021 8:45 pm

There are growing calls to end internet anonymity in the wake of Sir David Amess’s death. The Tory MP Mark…

The legacy of Covid: a much bigger state

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Covid transformed the role of the state. During the pandemic, the government did things it would never normally even contemplate.…

Why Covid means the big state is back

15 October 2021 9:31 am

History suggests that when the state expands in a crisis, it doesn’t go back to its pre-crisis level once the…

Why Anglo-French relations will only get worse

13 October 2021 7:55 am

The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has given a very frank interview to the New York Times. It is…

Boris’s hostage to fortune

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Most prime ministers would be worried about supply chain shortages. But as became increasingly clear at the Tory party conference…

The Tories will pay a price for Boris's housing strategy

9 October 2021 2:55 am

One of the themes of Conservative conference was that the government has dropped plans for a radical reform of the…

Boris is sprawling across the centre ground

7 October 2021 12:20 am

That was the most Boris Johnson speech imaginable. His supporters at party conference will have lapped it up, they certainly…

Boris's tetchy Marr interview showed the risks he is taking

4 October 2021 8:33 am

Boris Johnson’s rather testy interview with Andrew Marr this morning revealed the political gamble that he is taking. Johnson is calculating…

Boris Johnson and the Tory identity crisis

2 October 2021 12:01 pm

The Tory conference in Manchester will be a relatively muted affair. In part, this is because — as I say…

‘Let prisoners work’: an interview with Dominic Raab

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Dominic Raab on prisons, patriotism and standing in for Boris

The German elections are good news for Macron

28 September 2021 7:31 am

The German election result means that a three party coalition will almost certainly be needed to form a government. Olaf…