Patrick O'Flynn

Boris’s Tory enemies don’t know how lucky they are

22 May 2021 7:01 pm

It is often said that most Conservative MPs have a highly ‘transactional’ relationship with Boris Johnson. The inference is that…

Andy Burnham is Labour's king over the water

19 May 2021 3:00 pm

There are few things so perilous for an under-performing opposition leader as the emergence of a ‘king over the water’.…

Labour are deluding themselves about Boris's 'vaccine bounce'

15 May 2021 3:30 pm

That vast battalion of pinko pundits who confidently expected Boris Johnson to get a drubbing in last week’s elections has…

Starmer is Labour's Iain Duncan Smith

10 May 2021 9:25 pm

After a gruelling election campaign the most important thing to do is to have a rest and have a think. Everyone…

The London mayoralty needs to be reformed

9 May 2021 8:23 am

Who does a capital city belong to? In the case of London tonight, one answer could be ‘Labour’, now that…

Labour is doomed whether Starmer stays or goes

7 May 2021 7:37 pm

So the Conservatives have won the ‘pools, as we used to say of jackpot winners before the advent of the National…

Hartlepool and the theft of the Labour party

5 May 2021 4:00 pm

When the unthinkable happened in 1882 and England lost a test match on home soil to Australia there followed a…

How Boris eclipsed Cameron

17 April 2021 3:45 pm

Remember the days when David Cameron was the sleek young prime minister who had brought to an end 13 years…

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…