Patrick O'Flynn

Has Boris lost the plot?

15 July 2020 12:10 am

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir? That defence of the political u-turn was…

Prepare for Javid vs Sunak in the next Tory leadership contest

11 July 2020 4:45 pm

In 1992 a young footballer named Dion Dublin left my local team, Cambridge United, to take up one of the…

Get ready for Starmer's Brexit conversion

4 July 2020 4:03 pm

A new problem is looming for Sir Keir Starmer: a leader of the opposition needs some shop windows if he…

Keir Starmer is stuffed

25 June 2020 7:10 pm

The British political and media establishment had Remain winning the Brexit referendum at a canter, Hillary Clinton as US president…

Boris should keep calm and ignore the polls

18 June 2020 12:21 am

When those words and phrases of the year lists come out there is bound to be a place in them…

Boris Johnson needs an alternative vision for Britain

11 June 2020 12:32 am

In the run up to December’s election, many on the Left and in the media sought to present Boris Johnson…

Boris Johnson needs to get a grip

6 June 2020 7:00 pm

It’s pointless to deny that the government is currently performing poorly across a wide range of fronts – and I…

It's time for Lib Dems to accept that the party's over

25 May 2020 4:38 pm

Who are you backing in the latest Liberal Democrat leadership contest then – Layla ‘you got me on my knees’…

Tories should listen to Farage’s warnings about Channel migrants

18 May 2020 9:59 pm

The idea of a flotilla of little ships crossing the English Channel from France to deposit their beleaguered human cargo…

Boris's sloppy PMQs performance is becoming a problem

14 May 2020 2:05 am

A former prime minister once told me that PMQs in the Commons is an event that can only be enjoyed…

Johnson's honeymoon is well and truly over

8 May 2020 9:52 pm

When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions. This has been a week in which pretty…

What the country needs most is Boris Johnson back at his desk

18 April 2020 9:05 pm

Boris Johnson has been out of action for almost a fortnight. His last meaningful act before going into hospital was…

There might be a way to avoid higher taxes after coronavirus. Here's how

10 April 2020 9:33 pm

‘Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the state has no source of money other than money which people earn…

Boris's coronavirus pragmatism is confounding his critics

28 March 2020 7:00 pm

If ever Britain has undergone a period of authoritarian socialism, then this is surely it. Massive state intervention in the…

What Boris Johnson’s opponents need to know about the PM

18 February 2020 5:13 am

Margaret Thatcher famously said of Mikhail Gorbachev “We can do business together”. Clearly she wasn’t endorsing the policies and outlook…

Sajid Javid’s departure doesn’t matter

14 February 2020 11:25 pm

Much of the reaction to Sajid Javid’s departure yesterday, alongside the sacking of several other Cabinet ministers, would have you…

Let’s not forget the unintentional heroes of Brexit

8 February 2020 6:30 pm

A week on from Brexit day, it is worth stopping and reflecting on just how Britain’s departure from the EU…

Harry and Meghan have placed the Queen in an impossible position

10 January 2020 2:20 am

In the Queen’s Christmas message, she observed that 2019 had “felt quite bumpy” at times. Her implication was that a…

Britain and the Royals must do more for Australians in their hour of need

8 January 2020 6:00 pm

In the Netflix series The Crown an entire episode is dedicated to the disaster at Aberfan. More than 100 people…

Give Nigel Farage a peerage

3 January 2020 11:58 pm

Almost half of Tory supporters think that Nigel Farage deserves a peerage, according to a new poll. And while some…

The Tory war over Europe is finally over

21 December 2019 5:25 pm

Happy Christmas (War Is Over). John Lennon probably didn’t have the decades long Conservative dispute over Europe in mind when…

Boris’s big win is a decisive moment in the battle for Brexit

13 December 2019 8:42 pm

So in the end Leave voters decided to save Nigel Farage from himself by once again using their strategic nous…

Today is an exciting and nerve-wracking day for Brexiteers

12 December 2019 5:30 pm

It’s tense for us Brexiteers, isn’t it? We know that if the Tories don’t secure a Commons majority today then…

Only Brexit voters can save Nigel Farage from himself now

7 December 2019 6:00 pm

Nigel Farage last painted himself into a corner at the end of the 2015 general election. Now he has done…

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party u-turn still isn’t enough

12 November 2019 12:20 am

Nigel Farage says his party will stand aside in all 317 seats the Tories won in 2017. This drastic u-turn in…