Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

How serious is the government about Net Zero?

19 October 2021 11:17 pm

The green agenda is leading the news today with Boris Johnson on a PR mission to sell his environmental plans…

Cummings throws a spanner in the Brexit works

13 October 2021 11:45 pm

Is Dominic Cummings about to derail the government’s plans for a new Northern Ireland protocol? That’s the concern inside government as Boris…

David Frost's protocol diplomacy

13 October 2021 12:03 am

As a general rule in post-Brexit politics, when David Frost makes a public intervention on the Northern Ireland protocol, it…

The cult of Irn Bru

2 October 2021 9:00 am

There aren’t many countries where Coca-Cola isn’t the most popular drink. Scotland is one of them. And unlike some of…

Its own opposition: Labour’s conference was all about in-fighting

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Labour’s conference was all about in-fighting

Was Labour conference a success for Starmer?

30 September 2021 6:20 pm

There is relief in the opposition leader’s office this morning following a broadly warm reception to Keir Starmer’s speech at…

Will this be Keir Starmer’s Kinnock moment?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Next week, when Keir Starmer appears on stage at Labour conference in Brighton, it will be the first time he…

What the Aukus pact says about Britain's foreign policy

17 September 2021 8:52 am

While the foreign secretary changed in the last 24 hours, the most important announcement regarding the direction of UK foreign…

Johnson's reshuffle rumours won't go away

15 September 2021 12:50 am

When Boris Johnson was asked at today’s Covid press conference whether he could rule out an imminent cabinet reshuffle, he…

Can Johnson win round his social care critics?

7 September 2021 7:40 pm

Is Boris Johnson’s social care plan about to sail through the House of Commons? Today the Prime Minister will unveil the…

Is Boris weaponising reshuffle rumours?

7 September 2021 5:10 am

Parliament is back today and the Prime Minister is facing an autumn filled with problems. Boris Johnson had hoped to…

‘Britain is not a superpower’: an interview with Ben Wallace

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The Defence Secretary on Afghanistan and the questions facing the West

Boris Johnson's tax gamble

4 September 2021 3:25 am

Will MPs go along with Boris Johnson’s social care plans? On Tuesday, the Prime Minister is expected to share his…

Can a ‘demented seal’ mascot save COP26?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This time last year, Boris Johnson and his team were making plans to ‘move on’ from the pandemic. He had…

Boris Johnson attempts to influence Biden

23 August 2021 11:58 pm

Ever since Joe Biden made the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Boris Johnson has been scrambling to catch up…

Boris faces a backlash from Tory MPs over Afghanistan

16 August 2021 6:01 pm

After the Taliban took over Kabul and announced victory in Afghanistan, a scramble is underway by diplomats and many Afghans…

What will the next reshuffle look like?

10 August 2021 12:25 am

Following reports over the weekend that Boris Johnson has threatened to demote Rishi Sunak to health secretary, Downing Street has today…

UK moves towards child vaccination

5 August 2021 7:15 am

It’s been confirmed today that those aged 16 and 17 in the UK are on course to be offered Covid vaccines within…

Boris Johnson's popularity problem

3 August 2021 7:50 am

The Westminster rumour mill is in overdrive today on the question of whether Rishi Sunak will be Boris Johnson’s successor in…

Is the government bluffing on vaccine passports?

31 July 2021 10:28 am

Over the past week, the government have been upping the ante when it comes to calls for vaccine passports. Long…

Why the Tories are losing support

28 July 2021 1:28 am

Boris Johnson hoped to mark his two year anniversary with a series of big domestic policy announcements as part of…

Now what? The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

Boris Johnson's plan for 'freedom day'

6 July 2021 5:12 pm

Four weeks later than planned, ministers are preparing to lift nearly all Covid restrictions from 19 July. This afternoon, Boris…

Sajid Javid's optimistic Covid forecast

29 June 2021 3:04 am

Sajid Javid used his first appearance at the despatch box since his appointment as Health Secretary to paint an optimistic…