Patrick O’Flynn

Truss is in a stronger position than Thatcher – for now

7 September 2022 7:35 pm

People used to understand that they were ageing when they noticed police officers in their neighbourhood looking unfeasibly young. Given…

The issue that will win or lose the election for Liz Truss

6 September 2022 3:56 pm

Nobody knows what they think about Liz Truss. Not literally nobody – those of us with a wholly unusual level…

Albanian channel crossings are making our borders look like a joke

25 August 2022 11:27 pm

The wholesale abuse of the United Kingdom’s asylum system has taken a novel, absurdist twist in the last few months.…

Don’t write off Michael Gove

20 August 2022 7:00 pm

No senior politician has ever possessed a talent for upsetting prime ministers to match that of Michael Gove’s. David Cameron…

The Channel migrant crisis will make or break Liz Truss

16 August 2022 9:07 pm

Liz Truss has been clear about her key selling point throughout her leadership campaign. At its launch she boasted: ‘I…

Why Rishi Sunak shouldn't quit

10 August 2022 7:56 pm

We are in the depths of silly season. The perfect time, then, for the Conservative party to be choosing a…

How 'taking the knee' spoiled football

6 August 2022 4:30 pm

Premier League footballers ‘taking a knee’ came in at the tail end of the 2019-20 season, when stadiums were empty…

Why can't we enjoy England's football win without politicising it?

1 August 2022 7:45 pm

Not everything has to be politicised all the time. Some things are just news. Often bad news, such as an…

The triumph of Truss

30 July 2022 4:47 pm

This week has seen a dramatic development that has taken the Westminster Village by surprise: Britain suddenly has an identifiable…

The decline and fall of Rishi Sunak

27 July 2022 7:31 pm

Ed Balls, the intellectual powerhouse behind the economics of the New Labour era, was once described as having a brain…

Why I’m coming round to the idea of Prime Minister Truss

21 July 2022 7:47 pm

The prospect of Liz Truss becoming the United Kingdom’s third female prime minister is antagonising all the right people. Almost…

Kemi Badenoch will be the new Tory leader's secret weapon

20 July 2022 7:52 pm

There was an unmistakable whiff of an Addams Family portrait about the cabinet photocall that marked the final gathering of…

Liz Truss was the biggest loser of last night’s debate

16 July 2022 3:57 pm

Enid Blyton made a lot of money out of the Famous Five. Maybe she could have invented a brand called…

The triumph of Tory mediocrity

14 July 2022 7:40 pm

Every loser wins, once the dream begins. So sang the EastEnders actor Nick Berry in a godawful mid-1980s pop song…

Could Sunak implode?

11 July 2022 9:25 pm

There are few positions so perilous as being the frontrunner in a party leadership contest. Just being the heir apparent when…

The case for Kemi

10 July 2022 8:44 pm

At the very top end of politics there is a vital distinction that is underappreciated whenever the case for change…

There is no way out for Boris Johnson

6 July 2022 6:56 pm

Just after 6 p.m. yesterday it seemed like the Boris Johnson regime was in total, house of cards style collapse.…

Starmer should never be allowed to forget his Brexit betrayal

4 July 2022 7:35 pm

Keir Starmer has set down Labour’s Brexit red lines: if his party wins power, he will not take the UK back into…

How the Tories can bin Boris

27 June 2022 9:57 pm

There are not very many good things to say about the Conservative party in Parliament these days. Barely a month…

Tories shouldn't bin Boris yet

24 June 2022 7:25 pm

If only they had waited until today. Had Tory MPs cleared the threshold for a confidence vote in Boris Johnson…

Boris versus the unions

21 June 2022 8:28 pm

In politics, a leader sometimes needs to be ruthless and mean, patiently soak up the public opprobrium directed his way…

Is Boris willing to make the Rwanda plan work?

15 June 2022 1:12 am

Priti Patel’s first go at deporting migrants to Rwanda is turning before our eyes into one of those answers from…

Will the government stand up to mob rule?

12 June 2022 11:57 pm

A very big week is in store for the government’s strategy to tackle illegal immigration with all eyes on the…

The Tories are becoming ungovernable

6 June 2022 8:00 pm

Today’s no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson is best seen as the next stage of a determined long-term plot to bring…

Is the fall of Boris inevitable?

5 June 2022 9:10 pm

A funny thing happened on the way to the cathedral for the service of thanksgiving to the Queen on Friday.…