James Forsyth

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

Whitehall on trial: how the government is preparing for the Covid inquiry

6 June 2020 9:00 am

During the pandemic, Nicola Sturgeon has developed a reputation for announcing things just before the UK government does. But there…

The growing rebellion against quarantine for UK arrivals

1 June 2020 9:09 pm

The government’s most unpopular policy on its own benches is its plan to make almost everyone arriving in this country…

Boris Johnson's majority is not as big as it first appeared

30 May 2020 7:02 pm

The last week has shown that Boris Johnson’s majority of 80 isn’t as big as it first appeared, I say…

Escaping the dragon: the government’s new approach to China

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s plan to reduce Britain’s dependence on China

The UK is preparing for a major Huawei U-turn

28 May 2020 8:50 pm

The UK has made a strategic choice to get ‘off the trajectory of ever-increasing dependence’ on China, I revealin the…

Brexit is back – and Covid has transformed negotiations

23 May 2020 9:00 am

How Covid-19 has transformed the negotiations

Boris is convinced he'll still get a Brexit deal

22 May 2020 8:52 pm

When coronavirus first struck, the assumption was that it would lead to an extension to the Brexit transition. After all,…

Boris Johnson is facing a rebellion over lockdown

21 May 2020 12:56 am

Today is the last day of the hybrid parliament. When MPs return after recess on 2 June, it will be…

The British state needs rewiring

16 May 2020 9:00 am

‘Covid-19 has been perhaps the biggest test of governments worldwide since the 1940s,’ declares the government’s command paper on the…

The chasm between the UK and EU’s Brexit positions

15 May 2020 10:41 pm

David Frost briefed the Cabinet yesterday on the state of the Brexit negotiations and he has now issued a very…

Covid has exposed the weakness of Whitehall

15 May 2020 12:53 am

Britain has long flattered itself that it leads the world in administration. But, as I write in the magazine this week,…

This pandemic has put politics on fast-forward

9 May 2020 9:00 am

‘The normal grease of politics is not there,’ bemoans one sociable cabinet minister. Certainly, the whispered conversations in corridors that…

Sino-scepticism is becoming a defining trait of the Tory party

7 May 2020 10:03 pm

Coronavirus has accelerated the deterioration in relations between the United States and China. The US Presidential election is turning into…

Boris has found a path out of lockdown – but it won’t be smooth

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The route out of lockdown won’t be smooth – or fast

Can a South Korean approach help Britain defeat coronavirus?

1 May 2020 12:12 am

The government now has a plan for how it intends to get out of this crisis. It is, as I…

The complicated question of Boris's paternity leave

29 April 2020 8:08 pm

Earlier this month Boris Johnson was in hospital fighting for his life, this morning he was there for the arrival…

Britain's bid to become China’s best friend in the West is over

25 April 2020 2:46 am

One consequence of this crisis is that nearly everyone in the Tory party has become a China hawk. Tomorrow sees…

Boris’s difficult decision: When should lockdown be lifted?

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

When should the lockdown be lifted?

Squabbling scientists have shocked ministers

23 April 2020 9:28 pm

The government’s response to criticism of its approach to this pandemic is that it has been ‘guided by the science’…

How Covid-19 will change the Tory party

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Politics is full of events that are meant to change everything but actually do little. Yet the coronavirus crisis will…

Dominic Raab is the constitutional choice, but a complicated one

11 April 2020 9:00 am

We have never had a moment like this before in our history: a time when the Prime Minister is, in…

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests

6 April 2020 6:57 am

Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after having a continuous temperature for 10 days since testing positive…

Keir Starmer may have a better chance of taking Labour to power than anyone expected

4 April 2020 9:00 am

First impressions matter in politics. Once the public have made their mind up about a politician, they rarely change it.…

Why the coronavirus crisis could peak sooner than expected

28 March 2020 9:30 pm

The government is adjusting to the reality of dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while three of its most important figures…

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…