Patrick O’Flynn

Why didn’t Sunak listen to Braverman’s migration warning?

5 December 2023 9:28 pm

Conventional wisdom about politics isn’t quite always wrong: it is merely shown by the passage of events to have been…

Newsnight doomed itself

30 November 2023 9:36 pm

Whither Newsnight? Or do I mean wither, Newsnight – shortly to be reduced to a 30-minute debate show shorn of…

Sunak doesn’t realise the trouble he’s in on immigration

28 November 2023 11:43 pm

As they headed into the autumn, Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives needed a gamechanger. Their gradual recovery in the polls…

Will Farage return to haunt the Tories?

25 November 2023 10:01 pm

The rise of Ukip and the highway to Brexit was greatly smoothed by the widespread perception that British governments had…

Sunak has no excuse for immigration being this high

23 November 2023 10:35 pm

Of all the essential tasks facing Rishi Sunak when he became Prime Minister, bringing down the level of legal immigration…

Is Rishi Sunak preparing to throw Tory Red Wall MPs overboard?

18 November 2023 6:00 pm

Can the people around Rishi Sunak really be dim enough not to have anticipated that his reshuffle would go down…

Don’t blame ‘lefty lawyers’ for the Rwanda debacle

15 November 2023 10:26 pm

There is no point in critics of our activist judiciary kicking off about today’s Supreme Court’s decision that the government’s…

Rishi Sunak will regret bringing back David Cameron

13 November 2023 9:42 pm

So farewell then to the great realignment: Suella Braverman out of a great office of state and David Cameron back…

How Sunak can use Braverman’s biggest weakness against her

13 November 2023 6:09 pm

So Suella Braverman is going to get whacked then. One discerns this from the behaviour of senior ministers sent out…

Rishi Sunak is in office but not in power

11 November 2023 5:40 pm

Can Rishi Sunak still catch a break or has the plughole spiral of British politics now dragged him firmly into…

Sacking Suella could sink Sunak

9 November 2023 11:23 pm

If prizes were dished out for saying what the unwashed and un-woke are thinking then Suella Braverman would be garlanded…

Rishi Sunak’s Oliver Dowden problem

7 November 2023 5:00 pm

Margaret Thatcher was said to have once remarked that every prime minister needed a Willie. Given that humour was not…

Sunak has united conservatives but not how he hoped

29 October 2023 6:00 pm

Why are the Conservatives doing quite so badly? Smashed in two by-elections, dropping further in the polls, last days of…

Tory voters are no longer scared of Labour

20 October 2023 7:47 pm

Amid all the discussion in Tory circles about whether the next election will have more in common with the narrow…

Is migration really about to halve?

17 October 2023 9:31 pm

Could our current record levels of immigration be a flash in the pan, a statistical spike brought about by the…

What is the right punishment for Just Stop Oil’s Cambridge protestor?

13 October 2023 11:22 pm

As a longstanding supporter of ancient over modern in the architecture stakes, it can only grieve me to see the…

The winners and losers of this year’s conference season

12 October 2023 11:59 pm

Conference season 2023 is done and dusted, with punchy Wes Streeting having performed the final significant act yesterday via his…

Could Nigel Farage unlock victory for Keir Starmer?

7 October 2023 6:00 pm

What is Labour’s offer for Nigel Farage? Yes, you read that right. Of course, Keir Starmer’s party detests almost everything…

Tory MPs can dare to dream about the next election

23 September 2023 5:15 pm

Were you a centre-right leader seeking the perfect person to condemn you for implementing a mildly populist measure then a…

‘Associate membership’ of the EU would be a disaster for Britain

20 September 2023 8:56 pm

The idea of the United Kingdom becoming an ‘associate member’ of the European Union is a non-starter because it would…

Starmer’s migrant plan is even worse than the Tories’

14 September 2023 8:32 pm

Labour’s long-awaited approach to stopping the Channel boats is so pusillanimous that it ought to be a political gamechanger for…

Could a return to its ‘nasty party’ roots save the Tories?

11 September 2023 10:07 pm

Next year’s general election could either be a 1992 or a 1997, commentators have speculated: a slender Tory win or…

Kemi Badenoch’s growing popularity makes her vulnerable

6 September 2023 8:59 pm

The news is grim for supporters of Kemi Badenoch: our heroine has climbed to the top of the Conservative Home…

Sunak has resorted to relying on rain to stop the boats

4 September 2023 8:57 pm

There is something curious about even the very modest degree of success the Prime Minister has been able to herald…

Might a Tory defeat in 2024 be something to celebrate?

2 September 2023 4:00 pm

When a party’s own natural supporters decide they have good reason to turn against it then the writing is normally…