Patrick O'Flynn

The media has a climate change blind spot

22 October 2021 5:26 am

Are you someone who is delighted by the government’s eye-wateringly expensive commitment to deliver ‘net zero’ by 2035, or are…

Don't bet on the EFFing crisis bringing down Boris

13 October 2021 6:06 am

Boris Johnson is taking one heck of a risk by making labour shortages a deliberate part of his economic strategy. That,…

The powerlessness of Priti Patel

6 October 2021 1:30 am

It is hard not to feel sorry for Priti Patel. She would surely have been a Tory conference darling at the…

Starmer's essay is gold dust for Boris

25 September 2021 3:30 pm

Keir Starmer’s incredible shrinking pamphlet was initially said to run to 14,000 words, then 13,000, then 12,500 and now 11,000…

Does Liz Truss have what it takes to be Foreign Secretary?

18 September 2021 8:30 pm

In the dying days of Theresa May’s benighted premiership I spotted a long-serving Tory MP on the same weekend train…

Emma Raducanu’s amazing triumph does not belong to the left

12 September 2021 3:59 pm

It didn’t take long for the open-borders brigade to try and politicise the magnificent feat of British teenager Emma Raducanu…

The rise and rise of Rishi Sunak

8 September 2021 9:45 pm

When Victoria Beckham noticed that her husband David had developed a winning way, not just with her but with almost…

Boris and Priti can't blame France for the Channel migrant crisis

7 September 2021 9:17 pm

The sun is beating down again, the waves are less choppy in the English Channel and the small boats full…

Why Boris Johnson’s opponents keep failing

30 August 2021 4:13 pm

Which Boris Johnson should Labour fight? There is little doubt about the personality traits most left-wing activists think they have…

Is Theresa May in any position to criticise Boris?

21 August 2021 3:00 pm

When Theresa May told a joke at her own expense at a reception of Tory MPs held to celebrate Boris…

The failure of the right

14 August 2021 4:30 pm

Sometimes things that don’t happen are as important as those that do. In the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze, about…

Talk tough and do nothing: The abject failure of Patel's migrant strategy

8 August 2021 9:15 am

It is somehow fitting that during an Olympic Games a department of Her Majesty’s government is busy smashing records. In…

Boris's poll slump isn't such good news for Starmer

2 August 2021 8:10 pm

Labour narrowing the poll gap with the Conservatives has got to be good news for Keir Starmer, right? Wrong, actually.…

The danger of Boris Johnson’s eco-obsession

1 August 2021 6:59 am

It is a notable feather in Nigel Farage’s cap that his new evening show on GB News has already become…

Starmer faces a difficult summer

27 July 2021 10:20 pm

Like Covid data, polling data has a built-in time lag of several days. Those sifting the evidence on coronavirus typically…

Labour is picking the wrong fight with Priti Patel

24 July 2021 3:45 pm

The position of Home Secretary Priti Patel is clearly untenable. Presumably this means she must resign. Who says so? Why,…

The arrogance of Boris and Rishi's failed isolation dodge

18 July 2021 8:30 pm

It’s hard to break into the global top ten of insufferably arrogant political acts. You need to do something really memorable…

Keir Starmer's fundamental problem

17 July 2021 4:05 pm

Half a century ago, Willie Whitelaw accused Harold Wilson of ‘going around the country stirring up apathy’. I can think…

In defence of levelling up

16 July 2021 8:30 am

Modern pragmatist political leaders are generally keen to reassure us that there is a unifying philosophy to be found running…

Boris's cunning has allowed him to share in England's Euro 2020 glory

10 July 2021 3:45 pm

You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose. That was the formula of legendary New York governor Mario Cuomo and…

Stop politicising football

9 July 2021 9:15 am

Before the England football team plays in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday we need to get one thing straight: who…

How Keir Starmer can rescue his leadership

2 July 2021 8:23 pm

In January 1990 things looked truly bleak for Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. He had not won a trophy…

What does Starmer actually stand for?

29 June 2021 11:55 pm

The biggest reason Keir Starmer has proved a flop is not that he leads an unelectable rabble, or that Labour’s…

It's time for Rishi Sunak to stand up to Boris Johnson

27 June 2021 4:00 pm

Finally the pandemic fog is lifting and the outlines of post-Covid politics are starting to take shape. While the Government…

Brexit, lockdown and the fracturing of British politics

17 June 2021 8:45 am

Is our society becoming less tolerant and more viscerally tribal? Or is our politics provoking people into committing more angry…