James Forsyth

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

The deal-or-no-deal debate is different this time

12 December 2020 9:00 am

When a deadline is missed for Brexit negotiations, it is tempting to think there will be another chance to keep…

How to solve Brexit's ratchet clause problem

11 December 2020 10:19 pm

At the moment, the biggest single obstacle in the Brexit talks is the so-called ‘ratchet clause’. This is what Boris…

Why Boris Johnson can’t sign the current Brexit deal

11 December 2020 6:02 am

The negotiations are still underway in Brussels. But both the UK and the EU are now talking far more openly…

Can Boris's dash to Brussels secure a Brexit deal?

8 December 2020 6:21 am

The upshot of Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen’s conversation this evening is that the pair will meet in…

Can Boris win round his rebel MPs?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

Brexit talks go down to the wire

4 December 2020 7:47 pm

After the past few years, it is hard to take Brexit deadlines seriously; they have a tendency to always slide…

Boris will be worried by the growing Tory rebellions

4 December 2020 3:25 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

A vaccine won't heal the scarring of lockdown

28 November 2020 9:00 am

How can Britain recover post-Covid?

The gamble Boris feels he must take

28 November 2020 1:40 am

Both Boris Johnson and Robert Jenrick have used their media appearances today to try and calm Tory MPs after yesterday’s…

More devolution in England could save the Union

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Tory MPs are already starting to talk about May’s various elections. Boris Johnson’s first post-Covid electoral test will take place…

Will the vaccine revive Boris?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

The first full week of the new national lockdown had the potential to be very difficult for Boris Johnson. Although…

Why No. 10 is cautious about the Covid vaccine

13 November 2020 3:41 am

The news about the Pfizer vaccine has persuaded Tory MPs that there is now a route out of this crisis,…

This lockdown comes at a high political cost

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has his first attack line of the next general election campaign. He will say that England’s second lockdown…

Boris can't afford a third lockdown

6 November 2020 3:49 am

Boris Johnson is holding a press conference at 5 p.m. on the new England-wide lockdown. This follows last night’s vote…

Johnson lays out the lockdown exit strategy

3 November 2020 4:20 am

Boris Johnson’s statement to the House of Commons this afternoon was a reminder of how much more difficult this second…

Why a new lockdown is so difficult for Boris Johnson

1 November 2020 3:27 am

Boris Johnson had set his face against an England-wide lockdown. He rejected the idea when Sage proposed it back in…

What will post-pandemic politics look like?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

A few days ago, I came across a group of Tory MPs in a House of Commons corridor looking rather…

The challenge the Tories face after the pandemic

30 October 2020 3:50 am

After the last few years of political turmoil, Westminster can’t break the habit of waiting for the latest poll to…

Boris Johnson’s high-risk Brexit strategy

24 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s a reason why No. 10 is always so inclined to ratchet up the tension in any given scenario. Downing…

How will Number 10 deal with Joe Biden?

24 October 2020 12:23 am

Donald Trump may have turned in a more effective debate performance last night, but Joe Biden is still the favourite…

Why No. 10 thinks it has the negotiating edge on Brexit

22 October 2020 5:40 pm

The European Council conclusions issued last Thursday were a misstep by the European Union. It is positively Carthaginian to think…

There are no good choices for Boris Johnson

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Boris Johnson used to be defined by his commitment to having his cake and eating it. But now he isn’t…

Boris's Covid balancing act is getting harder

16 October 2020 2:18 am

I’m pro-cake and pro-eating it’, Boris Johnson used to quip. But now he is in a hideously difficult position as…

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions

Could local lockdowns cost Boris Johnson the north?

9 October 2020 1:45 am

When the lockdown tiers are announced, it is inevitable that huge swathes of the north will be under much tighter…