James Forsyth

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

The Tories have one man to thank for keeping them float: Jeremy Corbyn

If Corbyn’s not in the lead now, he never will be

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Statistically, a Tory victory at the next election is unlikely. British voters tend not to grant a fourth term to…

The Tories have never been less prepared for a general election

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘What would a Conservative manifesto say on Brexit?’ Many Tories consider this question a slam-dunk argument against an early election.…

Theresa May has been given a second chance to save Brexit. She’d better not blow it

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Theresa May will soon arrive in Brussels with a series of unlikely demands. She must tell the European Union that…

Brexit goes back to the backstop

26 January 2019 9:00 am

As the prime minister walks up the main staircase in No. 10, he or she must pass the portrait of…

Taking back control: parliament’s plan for Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Straight after the government’s epic defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday night, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Business…

Does May even have a Plan B?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Cabinets these days are fractious affairs. Ministers take increasingly unsubtle digs at each other as they rehearse the same old…

Brexit is a fight for the very sovereignty of our nation

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Who should govern Britain? This has always been the most contentious question in British politics. Magna Carta, the Reformation, the…

Britain is heading towards a soft Brexit or a second referendum

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Unless Theresa May delays the vote, 11 December 2018 might be about to become one of the most important in…

What if the Brexit vote fails?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

We are heading into uncharted waters. The great hope of No. 10 and cabinet loyalists was that once Theresa May’s…

May’s legacy: her Brexit deal could crush the Tories

24 November 2018 9:00 am

At David Cameron’s final Prime Minister’s Questions, a Labour MP asked him how his plan to get the Tories to…

The maths probably won’t work for May, however hard she tries

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The bad news for Theresa May is that Brexit isn’t over. She might have agreed terms with the European Commission…

Brexit is served – and neither option is palatable

10 November 2018 9:00 am

When the Lisbon Treaty was signed in 2007, the inclusion of Article 50 was hailed as a concession to British…

This Budget showed the Tories preparing for defeat, not victory

3 November 2018 9:00 am

There’s a spectre haunting the Tories — the spectre of 1997. Tories fear that history could be about to repeat…

Even ministers don’t understand Brexit

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The Brexit negotiations are becoming so complicated that even the cabinet admits that it doesn’t understand what is going on.…

Divide and rule: how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The story of Britain and Ireland’s relationship has, all too often, been one of mutual incomprehension: 1066 and All That…

Will Theresa May risk putting her Brexit rebels on the spot?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Before every Budget, George Osborne would tell his aides to prepare for it as if it were their last. His…

Wanted: a Tory domestic agenda

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn used to be a punchline at the Conservative party conference. Tories believed that his election as Labour leader…

All by herself: Theresa May and the politics of isolation

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Few people would choose to celebrate their birthday by listening to Philip Hammond speak, but that is the pleasure that…

Forget hard and soft Brexit – we’re heading for a blind Brexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Brexit won’t be over by 29 March 2019. Britain will legally leave the European Union on that date. But that…

The Tory battle has only just begun

15 September 2018 9:00 am

It looks as if the Conservative party is already at war. Fifty or so Brexiteer Tory MPs openly meet to…

A Canada-style Brexit deal might come back on to the table

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Over the summer, a no-deal Brexit became less likely. Eurosceptic ultras have been forced to be less blasé. The return…

Who wins when everyone is in crisis?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s three main political parties are in crisis. That isn’t meant to happen. If only by a process of elimination,…

Why austerity is coming to an end

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The last day of the parliamentary term is usually an occasion for the government to get a whole bunch of…

May’s summer delusion: the recess won’t solve anything

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The summer holidays couldn’t come soon enough for Theresa May. So desperate was she to get MPs away from Westminster…

The real Brexit drama is just beginning

14 July 2018 9:00 am

‘The numbers just don’t stack up,’ one cabinet minister wearily declared to me on Monday night. This is, perhaps, the…