James Forsyth

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

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…

Why can’t Theresa May get a grip on Westminster scandals?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

How much longer can things go on like this? That is the question on the lips of Tory ministers and…

What to do about the returning jihadis

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In normal times, the reported return of 400 Isis fighters to Britain would be the biggest story out there. But…

George Eliot, photographed in 1858

Hammond can build his way out of trouble

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes in life the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe. This is the predicament of Philip…

Brexit can strengthen the Union

21 October 2017 9:00 am

There will be no chance of the United Kingdom making a success of Brexit if Scotland votes to break up…

The plots thicken

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Worst week ever’ is one of those phrases that journalists are, perhaps, too quick to use. Alastair Campbell once quipped…

The Conservatives admit they have a problem – but can they solve it?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

For those who don’t want Jeremy Corbyn to be prime minister, the Tory conference was half encouraging and half depressing.…

A clear run for Corbyn

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Paralysed by Brexit divisions, the Tories risk handing Britain to the hard left

Brexit wars

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The time for choosing is fast approaching for Theresa May. Soon she must make a decision that will define her…

Can anyone unite the Tory tribes?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the reasons that coalition governments are so unusual in Britain is that both main parties are coalitions themselves.…

May’s exit strategy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Nearly all Tory MPs now agree Theresa May should stay on as Prime Minister. She must get the party through…

The dark clouds threatening Brexit

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you’re a civil servant working on Brexit. Whitehall has recognised that the…

The Tories need a ‘what’ as much as a ‘who’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May has made it to the summer. In the aftermath of the election, Downing Street’s immediate aim was to…

‘Everyone’s out for Boris’

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The Tory leadership contest is starting with an attempted assassination

Corbyn can be beaten – here’s how

8 July 2017 9:00 am

The Tory party is suffering from an intellectual crisis of confidence. Before 8 June, its collective view was that Jeremy…

Why May must stay

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes crises end simply because all of the participants are exhausted. Essentially, this is what has happened with the post-election…

This uneasy dawn

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The Tory party is having the wrong conversation. Whenever two or three Conservative MPs are gathered together, they discuss who…

The Maybot 3000

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Had Theresa May won the election with the landslide she expected, she’d have fired several of the cabinet with her…

Why hasn’t the Remain dog barked in this election?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The hopes of those who want Britain to stay in the EU have been dashed by this election. There has…

Why hasn’t the Remain dog barked in this election?

8 June 2017 1:00 pm

The hopes of those who want Britain to stay in the EU have been dashed by this election. There has…

Weak and wobbly

3 June 2017 9:00 am

When Theresa May decided to go for an early election, she transformed the nature of her premiership. Up to that…

Will Theresa May ever resist a backlash?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elections matter. They are fundamental to our way of life. So, while it is appropriate that the campaigns stopped on…

Twelve months of May

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Normally, the first anniversary of a prime minister taking office is the occasion for a lot of opinion polls and…

Never mind the election – Corbynism isn’t going away

6 May 2017 9:00 am

General elections are meant to produce a government and an opposition — ideally, a decent version of both. It is…

Why Tories are talking up Labour

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Considering that their party is expected to win by a landslide, the Tory spin doctors sound unusually panicked. They are…