Patrick O'Flynn

Sadiq Khan's victory could be bad news for Labour

4 April 2021 3:45 pm

Let’s take a look into a political crystal ball: it is Friday 7 May and a beaming Sadiq Khan is…

Diane Abbott has exposed Keir Starmer's Red Wall dilemma

20 March 2021 6:15 pm

Were Keir Starmer more like Gordon Brown in temperament then by now he’d be throwing his mobile phone at a…

The Green party is missing a trick

2 March 2021 10:53 pm

The British left is moribund. The Labour party’s ratings are sliding under Sir Keir Starmer, aka ‘Captain Hindsight’, as he…

The greatest threat to Boris's legacy

28 February 2021 6:31 pm

The government is starting to have an opinion poll problem, but it has nothing to do with any great threat…

Can Labour capture the spirit of the post-war era?

21 February 2021 6:00 pm

The right is usually much better than the left at harnessing the awesome power of the folk memories that surround…

Labour’s revealing support for reparations

15 February 2021 11:28 pm

The most extreme measure in the entire Labour Party manifesto of 2019 – and this is a high bar –…

Do Tories know the truth about Boris Johnson?

24 January 2021 6:15 pm

Exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, four Labour party grandees issued the Limehouse Declaration, signalling ‘the re-emergence of social democracy in…

How Farage plans to shake up British politics

8 January 2021 1:41 am

Right-wing protest politics has just catastrophically over-reached in America, but it is suddenly back in business in Britain. Its dominant…

Nigel Farage’s China curveball should worry the Tory party

5 January 2021 7:06 pm

I have lost count of the number of times the Conservative Party has thought it has shot Nigel Farage’s fox.…

Has Brexit already destroyed Labour’s chances?

2 January 2021 4:41 am

Part of the soap opera appeal of politics comes from the idea that it is a competitive sport based on…

If Boris doesn’t blink over Brexit, Starmer becomes unelectable

11 December 2020 7:24 pm

If it’s No Deal, then it will usher in a crisis that will highlight the leader’s negative baggage and remind…

Are the Tories still the party of Sound Money?

28 November 2020 8:00 pm

When Philip Hammond delivered a notably parsimonious Spring Budget statement in 2017, his predecessor George Osborne put out a congratulatory…

The time is ripe for a Boris comeback

14 November 2020 7:00 pm

‘The thing about the greased piglet is that he manages to slip through other people’s hands where mere mortals fail.’…

Macron has exposed the cowardice of Boris's response to terror

4 November 2020 12:06 am

Sometimes what a politician leaves unsaid tells us more than what he does say. Take the different reactions to the wave…

Instead of lockdown, let's create a National Shielding Service

1 November 2020 9:32 pm

So what would you do? That was the question that cropped up on my Twitter timeline after I’d sent out…

Keir Starmer needs a reshuffle to win back the Blue Wall

25 October 2020 6:00 pm

The most important fact about British politics is also the most mundane: the next general election is an awfully long…

Boris's Covid policy is finally starting to make some sense

15 October 2020 6:08 pm

Boris Johnson probably thought he emerged from Prime Minister’s Questions this week having maximised his freedom of manoeuvre in the battle…

Nigel Farage is watching and waiting for the next Tory slip-up

4 October 2020 5:00 pm

A few weeks ago, Nigel Farage enjoyed a get together with a very senior Conservative party figure. Brexit was, naturally,…

Could Boris quit?

20 September 2020 4:03 pm

Could Boris do a Harold Wilson? Over the years there has been much speculation about the sudden resignation of Wilson…

In defence of Boris's 'Rule of Six'

11 September 2020 4:06 pm

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it? Six months after the imposition of lockdown, we were meant to…

Starmer needs more than just competence

10 September 2020 1:14 am

Keir Starmer went back to what he most enjoys at Prime Minister’s Questions: calling the government incompetent and demanding that…

Boris Johnson’s careerist cabinet problem

6 September 2020 4:00 pm

Last year Boris Johnson won three notable domestic political victories. His hot streak began when he romped home in the…

What is the point of Boris Johnson's Tory party?

26 August 2020 3:58 pm

It was way back in 2003 that the journalist Peter Hitchens first declared the Conservative party to be ‘useless’. Peter’s…

Why Keir Starmer is failing against Boris Johnson

16 August 2020 5:00 pm

The way to beat Boris Johnson is to offer a stark contrast to his political persona. At all points radiate…

The UK’s incoherent Channel migrant strategy

11 August 2020 2:09 am

I saw a little cloud no bigger than a man’s fist that was coming in from the sea, reported the…