James Forsyth

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

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…

What will it take for Labour MPs to act against Corbyn?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

One of the mistakes Theresa May made in calling an early election was not anticipating the effect it would have…

The Tories are risking their reputation as the party of law and order

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Home Office record is normally off limits at cabinet. But when ministers discussed the government’s strategy for reducing…

Revealed: the Tory health tax bombshell

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The single most important domestic policy decision that the Conservatives must take is what to do about public spending. After…

The EU shouldn’t punish Brexit. They’d soon regret it

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Last Monday, Theresa May’s chief of staff talked junior ministers through her Mansion House speech. Gavin Barwell was frank with…

The Tory divide that May must bridge

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every time Conservative Leavers speak up demanding a clean break…

The Tories’ real dilemma? To spend or not to spend

24 February 2018 9:00 am

While the rest of the country waits for this spring to arrive, in Westminster the talk is all of spring…

There can be no Brexit deal without Tory unity

17 February 2018 9:00 am

In a hung parliament, recess takes on a particular importance for the government. It is a chance for ministers to…

Brexit belongs to the Tories — whether they like it or not

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The Tory party is the party of Brexit, whether it likes it or not. The referendum was called by a…

Theresa May must lead or go

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The Brexit ‘inner cabinet’ met on Monday. It was meant to be an important meeting, one which made some real…

The Tory drift goes on – but replacing May is impossible

27 January 2018 9:00 am

‘We take the view that while things are bloody awful, we don’t want to risk making things worse.’ That is…

You can’t beat Corbyn with Miliband – but the Tories are trying to anyway

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Tuition fees have all but killed the Liberal Democrats. The breach of their manifesto pledge to abolish the charges, compounded…

The Cabinet reshuffle highlighted Theresa May’s three great weaknesses

13 January 2018 9:00 am

‘They are not as strong as they thought they were,’ one Whitehall source remarked to me on Monday night as…

The age of volatility

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Every year in British politics seems to be more surprising than the last. Few predicted in 2015 that the Conservatives…

The Brexit Breakdown

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit challenge is truly Herculean. Every time she believes she has done enough to finally move the Brexit…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

The Irish stance against Brexit is a dangerous gamble

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Never has a European Council been so important to a British prime minister as this December’s is to Theresa May.…

The Tories urgently need a boost from Philip Hammond’s Budget

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The Budget this Wednesday represents this government’s best, and perhaps its last, chance to regain the political initiative. Ever since…