James Forsyth

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

Don’t pick a fight with the SNP

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Since the Holyrood elections in May, the campaign for Scottish independence has been noticeably quiet. But that is about to…

Should Britain be vaccinating teenagers?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Last week there was acute concern in government about the country’s re-opening. Would restrictions need to be reimposed when schools…

The problem with not vaccinating teenagers

30 July 2021 7:31 am

In the last week, the number of people testing positive for Covid has dropped by 36 percent. A fall in…

The tax-and-spend Tories

24 July 2021 9:00 am

When you ask a government minister why something hasn’t happened, you get a one-word answer: ‘Covid’. It has become the…

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

Can Boris crack the unwhippables?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Whitty's lockdown warning will trouble Boris

16 July 2021 8:04 pm

In a Science Museum webinar yesterday, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned about the increasing number of people in…

The rise of the unwhippable Tories

16 July 2021 1:20 am

When the government announced a Commons vote on its decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent…

Sajid Javid says restrictions could return after ‘freedom day’

13 July 2021 1:34 am

In another sign of the government’s more cautious approach to the July 19 unlocking, Sajid Javid has just told the…

The long list of problems waiting for the Tories after 19 July

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The long-awaited easing of restrictions will not be the triumphant moment that many expected back in May. The Delta variant…

Boris Johnson's survival rests on reforming Whitehall

10 July 2021 2:22 am

More than 40 years after it was written there are still lines in Yes Minister that are painfully accurate about how…

Freedom day will usher in new problems for the Tories

9 July 2021 1:37 am

The next few weeks in politics will be dominated by the 19 July reopening, and whether hospitals can cope with the…

The cold reality facing Sajid Javid

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The most difficult time for a new secretary of state is normally the first three months in the job. An…

Boris bids to reset Anglo-German relations

3 July 2021 12:14 am

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel have just held a joint press conference following their meeting at Chequers. The usual contrast…

Labour hold Batley and Spen

2 July 2021 2:45 pm

Labour have held on to Batley and Spen. In a result that will win some breathing space for Keir Starmer’s…

How Boris Johnson plans to reopen the country

2 July 2021 8:43 am

Next week, the government will set out what the reopening will look like. I understand that the current plan is…

The sausage war ceasefire is a good sign for UK-EU relations

30 June 2021 8:55 pm

The sausage dispute between the UK and the EU may sound like something out of Yes Minister but it is…

Life is about to get harder for Boris Johnson

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Covid restrictions are meant to end on 19 July. But parliament will not return to normal until September. The Commons…

The new leviathan: the big state is back

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Boris and Biden have placed their faith in the power of big government

Does ‘Johnson’s law’ explain why people won’t work from home?

18 June 2021 9:22 pm

Even after the one metre rule and the limits on numbers are removed on July 19th, we will not be…

The lockdown delay has triggered a constitutional crisis

15 June 2021 1:17 am

It is not the Battle of Marston Moor, but it strikes me that we are now in something of a…

Boris Johnson's Northern Ireland problem

14 June 2021 12:08 am

In an at times grouchy press conference, Boris Johnson tried to calm the row over the Northern Ireland protocol. The…

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Why this G7 summit matters more than most

12 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s risky planning a trip to the British seaside at any time of year. But if the weather forecast is…

Macron is wrong. Nato must stand up to China

11 June 2021 9:24 pm

Joe Biden wants to use his visit to Europe for the G7 summit and the Nato meeting to rally democracies…

Have we hit peak graduate?

5 June 2021 10:00 am

The Tory party has turned sharply against the idea of ever larger numbers going to university. The reasons for this…