Patrick O'Flynn

Starmer’s partygate hypocrisy

3 May 2022 9:50 pm

Awarding themselves the unearned prize for moral superiority and assuming that the electorate will do so too is a crippling…

Why Channel crossings are starting again

2 May 2022 7:26 pm

For a week and a half no migrants at all crossed the Channel in dinghies. A theory began to take…

The Rwanda plan could save Boris

14 April 2022 10:10 pm

If you want to see what explosive growth looks like then I invite you to eschew all the old Covid…

It's time to clamp down on militant protesters

12 April 2022 5:45 pm

The right to protest against the policies of the government of the day, the system in general or even just…

Sulky Sunak has scuppered himself

8 April 2022 11:30 pm

There is a scene in one of the Lord of the Rings films in which kindly Bilbo Baggins becomes contorted…

Does Rwanda offer the answer to Britain's Channel migrant crisis?

6 April 2022 11:21 pm

Away from the well-merited focus on Ukraine, normal politics carries on in Britain. One has to poke around a bit…

Starmer is playing into Iran's hands

23 March 2022 9:45 pm

Who was to blame for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being held captive in Iran? It shouldn’t take a professor of ethics to…

Why is Britain reluctant to open its doors to Ukrainians?

8 March 2022 10:33 pm

Among opposition politicians there is a new question being asked of the war in Ukraine: why has the UK not…

Is Rishi Sunak any good at politics?

19 February 2022 7:11 pm

Is Rishi Sunak any good at politics? In recent days Labour sources have been putting it about that they no…

Will Starmer apologise for his slur against Boris?

9 February 2022 3:18 am

Well I don’t know about you, but I definitely heard a nasty slur flung from one leader to another during…

The great Tory Red Wall betrayal

4 February 2022 6:00 pm

Boris Johnson may well have to go. His own proximity to a party in his private flat in Downing Street…

The rampant egotism of Boris’s backbench MPs

22 January 2022 6:59 pm

The post-war Conservative statesman David Maxwell Fyfe once claimed that loyalty was the Tory secret weapon. Like many of his…

Boris can't fix the migrant crisis

18 January 2022 12:05 am

British prime ministers like to deploy the armed services in civilian life because doing so is one of the few…

Boris’s biggest mistake was taking his allies for granted

15 January 2022 6:00 pm

It is often said that there are few convinced ‘Boris-ites’ to be found among the ranks of Conservative MPs and…

How long until we tire of Boris?

11 January 2022 10:50 pm

The brilliant but troubled footballer Mario Balotelli once scored a goal in a Manchester derby match and then lifted up…

The flaw in Starmer's 'patriotic' pitch for power

5 January 2022 12:47 am

If campaign messaging is too subtle then the chances are that the electorate won’t even notice it, so in his…

Why have the Tories given up on fixing immigration?

30 December 2021 11:48 pm

In the fiercely competitive world of politics, it is not often that an opponent presents you with an Achilles heel…

Boris's lockdown gamble could spell big trouble for Labour

28 December 2021 10:12 pm

Has Boris Johnson just been thrown a lifeline by a devolution settlement that has caused nothing but trouble for UK…

Labour looks like a proper opposition. That doesn't mean they'll win

23 December 2021 9:02 pm

There’s no point denying it, Labour is doing a bit better these days. Its poll rating is averaging a 39,…

It’s time to end the era of forced lockdown restrictions

22 December 2021 12:47 am

Monday’s Cabinet meeting held over Zoom was a fraught affair by the sounds of it. Michael Gove and Sajid Javid…

Johnson is imperilled. So why are his enemies helping him?

13 December 2021 8:00 pm

It’s a topsy turvy world when your friends and allies do you all kinds of damage and then your enemies…

Boris’s successor should be Rishi Sunak, not Liz Truss

11 December 2021 9:00 pm

Is the ball about to come loose at the back of the scrum? Though an imminent defenestration of Boris Johnson…

'Partygate' is Boris's biggest crisis yet

8 December 2021 10:30 pm

In politics some rows gain potency from blowing up at a bad time. Some because of their symbolic power. Some because…

Boris must act to prevent a repeat of the Channel migrant tragedy

25 November 2021 9:38 pm

The tragic drowning of more than two dozen people in the English Channel yesterday should remind us that closing down…

Is Boris brave enough to solve the Channel migrant crisis?

19 November 2021 1:58 am

The sheer number of useless interventions that have been touted as offering a solution to the cross-Channel migrants crisis is…