James Kirkup

Labour MPs need to grow up

9 May 2024 8:44 pm

Westminster is full of clever people who spend a lot of time stupidly making simple things complicated. The story of…

What Rishi Sunak can learn from Gordon Brown’s golden mistake

7 May 2024 4:13 pm

Gordon Brown is a historian by education, so he might just appreciate the fickleness of posterity. Over a decade at…

Why are police officers slow to respond to domestic abuse call-outs?

30 April 2024 9:02 pm

Popping out to buy milk the other night, I saw how women die. My nearest local shop in south-west London, the…

How to defuse the pension timebomb

24 April 2024 9:56 pm

Another day, another smart report arguing for higher payments into our pensions. Standard Life and WPI Economics have published a…

A pension crisis is brewing

19 March 2024 5:00 pm

Ten years ago, George Osborne blew up the British private pension system. Because pensions are boring and complicated and move…

Britain is too sick

7 March 2024 5:38 am

Britain is running out of workers. The UK population may be growing, but the share of that population that is…

Does Labour want an anti-CV revolution?

2 March 2024 2:39 am

Alison McGovern, Labour’s shadow employment minister is one of those politicians  who are always worth watching. She combines the ability…

The pension bomb facing Generation X

15 February 2024 7:08 pm

Happy birthday to me. Today I turn 48. I’m celebrating in an age-appropriate way: a trip to the physio for…

The surprising truth about ‘Nanny State’ Britain

31 January 2024 3:03 am

This week, a Conservative Prime Minister announced he was banning something – disposable vapes. The reaction to that ban –…

I voted Remain, but there should be more pro-Brexit lords

30 December 2023 11:00 am

Liz Truss has sent Matthew Elliott to the House of Lords in her resignation honours list. There are some obvious…

Alistair Darling was a great man

1 December 2023 1:04 am

The death of Alistair Darling is a grievous loss. British politics has lost a man of decency, character, integrity and…

In defence of David Cameron’s comeback

14 November 2023 12:15 am

David Cameron is back. This will make some people unhappy, because they dislike the man. Common reasons for disliking Dave include…

Are we diluting the meaning of ‘mental health’?

6 November 2023 5:25 pm

What does ‘mental health’ mean? Is the answer to that question undergoing a generational change, as younger people become more…

How Brits turned soft on crime

7 October 2023 5:00 pm

It is almost exactly 30 years since a young Labour politician told his party’s annual conference in Brighton that as…

I dislike David Cameron, but he was right on gay marriage

18 July 2023 1:49 am

The other day, I found myself at a large event in a posh garden where David Cameron was present. Being…

Rowing back on his climate plan, Starmer is in it to win it

10 June 2023 12:38 am

Over almost 30 years in and around Westminster, I’ve noted some persistent and essential differences in the culture and mindset…

What the campaign to abolish inheritance tax tells us about British politics

3 June 2023 4:00 pm

The Daily Telegraph, where I worked for a decade, has launched a campaign for the abolition of inheritance tax (IHT).…

The trouble with Britain’s net migration figure

25 May 2023 8:29 pm

Where to start with the net migration figures? As someone who has generally defended liberal immigration policies, I could just shout,…

The Tories would be lost in opposition

21 May 2023 12:15 am

It is widely observed that many Conservatives are preparing to lose power at the next general election.  The Conservative Democratic…

We need to talk about the Liberal Democrats

6 May 2023 1:11 am

Since 2015, it has been common and rational for people in Westminster to ignore the Liberal Democrats. After the end…

Will the Tories become radicalised over the ECHR?

27 April 2023 5:18 am

I’m writing this shortly after hosting Professor Tim Bale and David Gauke at the Social Market Foundation for a talk…

Women are being ignored again in the surrogacy debate

11 April 2023 9:02 pm

Just over five years ago, I wrote an article here about sex and gender and the issues raised by policies…

There’s still a hint of life in the Tory party

1 March 2023 6:00 pm

Westminster is a place of consensus, orthodoxy and prevailing wisdom. At any given moment, there is the Narrative, the story…

How self-ID helped bring down Nicola Sturgeon

15 February 2023 9:54 pm

In the years when I wrote a lot about sex and gender and politics and law, I made the same…

Why yesterday’s men will loom large in 2023

1 January 2023 10:09 pm

New year, old politicians.  Yesterday’s men will loom large in the politics of 2023. British politics has a nostalgia problem,…