James Forsyth

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

China is not as strong as it appears

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The theory that the pandemic began with a leak from a research laboratory in Wuhan is rapidly gaining currency. Since…

Prepare for China's nationalist turn

4 June 2021 1:17 am

In recent days, it has been striking how many people in Westminster and Whitehall now think the lab leak theory…

Keir Starmer’s interview gamble pays off

2 June 2021 6:52 pm

One of the biggest challenges for any leader of the opposition is getting noticed. Doing that requires taking some risks…

How much damage to the government has Dom’s bomb done?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The more anticipated a parliamentary appearance, the less it tends to live up to its billing. But Dominic Cummings’s testimony…

Will Cummings’s accusations damage Boris Johnson?

27 May 2021 3:57 am

One of Dominic Cummings’s strengths as a campaigner was his genius for a clear message – think ‘Take Back Control’…

Bloc buster: David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

22 May 2021 9:00 am

David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

The future looks bleak for Tory free-marketeers

21 May 2021 11:40 pm

The free-market Tory right’s victory on the Australia trade deal obscures the fact that the economic direction of the party…

The Australian trade deal is about more than just trade

19 May 2021 8:55 pm

What happens with an Australia trade deal won’t just reveal how serious this country is about free trade but also…

Keir Starmer isn’t Labour’s biggest problem

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has turned a drama into a crisis. The local elections were always going to be difficult for Labour.…

Why the Tories mustn't give in to the Nimbys

15 May 2021 12:35 am

A 15-point YouGov poll lead and last week’s election performance suggests that things look good for the Tories in England.…

Can Labour survive the next election?

14 May 2021 3:13 am

Keir Starmer is having a torrid time. Today brings another poll showing his personal approval rating falling. The Labour leader…

Could the Tories lose the South?

11 May 2021 2:02 am

The coming Batley and Spen by-election — triggered by the incumbent MP’s election as the first mayor of West Yorkshire — is currently attracting a…

Westminster must avoid the Sturgeon trap

10 May 2021 7:28 pm

The challenge for the UK government in the coming months is to make Nicola Sturgeon look like a constitutional obsessive.…

Andy Street's success is part of the English political realignment

9 May 2021 3:07 am

Andy Street won the West Midlands mayoralty in 2017 by the slimmest of margins, with 50.4 percent of the vote…

Can the UK government navigate the SNP's calls for a second referendum?

9 May 2021 2:00 am

The Unionist tactical voting in Scotland makes it tempting to see the country as split down the middle between pro-independence…

What’s next for the Union?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union faces two simultaneous challenges in Northern Ireland and Scotland that both look set to worsen in the coming…

The nightmare: Boris’s battles are just beginning

1 May 2021 9:00 am

While Johnson and Cummings attack each other, a bigger problem is looming

Putin’s on manoeuvres – are we ready?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

‘What follows plague?’ I asked a medieval historian at the start of the pandemic. ‘War,’ he replied. In recent days,…

How the Tories can tackle generational inequality

23 April 2021 8:53 pm

Covid is far more fatal for the old than the young. But it is the young who have borne the…

Can Boris beat the vaccine passport rebels?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

Boris will need Labour support for vaccine passports

9 April 2021 2:50 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

The fightback: it’s time for the West to take on China

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Western democracies must unite against China’s economic bullying

London's mayoral race is a warning to Tories nationwide

2 April 2021 9:37 pm

The London Mayoral election is more of a procession than a race. The only real question is whether Sadiq Khan…

Why is New Zealand afraid of criticising China?

2 April 2021 2:27 am

It is becoming harder and harder to ignore China’s aggressive behaviour. As I say in the magazine this week, China…

Sturgeon fights on ­– but at what cost?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

A year ago this week Alex Salmond was acquitted on all 13 charges in his sexual assault trial. In normal…