Robert Peston

Is Leicester going to see England’s first local lockdown?

27 June 2020 11:53 pm

The first local lockdown – and therefore a test of whether local lockdowns will be effective in suppressing coronavirus outbreaks…

Dominic Cummings has become a symbol of a very British inequality

26 May 2020 7:10 pm

Dominic Cummings knows all about how perception damages public confidence in political parties. Here he is in June 2017: ‘People…

Dominic Cummings has a human shield: Boris Johnson

25 May 2020 4:11 am

The rule of modern politics, let’s call it Trump’s first law, is that if you are being attacked for apparently…

Why Dominic Cummings' departure may only be a 'matter of time'

24 May 2020 8:45 pm

Dominic Cummings’s role in government no longer looks sustainable, as members of the cabinet and Tory MPs turn against him…

Why didn't Boris act sooner against coronavirus?

18 May 2020 9:43 pm

It is too easy to become obsessive in whole or partial lockdown. And my obsession for weeks now is why…

Two big gaps in Boris Johnson's lockdown statement

11 May 2020 6:03 am

There were three messages in Boris Johnson’s address to the nation, and quite a lot of important gaps. The messages…

Do antibodies deliver immunity to coronavirus?

6 May 2020 3:15 pm

Assume an alert flashes on your NHSX Covid-19 tracking app that you’ve been in contact with someone who has the…

Is the PM an example of why those with Covid-19 should be hospitalised earlier?

4 May 2020 12:25 am

There is so much to ponder in the prime minister’s interview about how Covid-19 almost killed him. But, in respect…

How the lockdown could be modified

1 May 2020 4:35 pm

We’ll get a fairly detailed plan from the PM next week encouraging businesses to start operating again, public transport to…

The viral transmission rate will be key to relaxing the lockdown

24 April 2020 9:37 pm

The next big event in the saga (I choose my words carefully) of our Covid-19 lockdown is the preliminary results…

The scientists are now running the country

17 April 2020 4:20 pm

What we learned on Thursday is that, at least while the Prime Minister is convalescing, the boffins of the government’s…

The nerve-wracking task of governing without the PM

7 April 2020 8:48 pm

I had been puzzling about why for most of the past 12 days, until last night, the PM and his…

What will a coronavirus 'exit strategy' look like?

7 April 2020 2:15 am

At the daily press briefings of senior ministers, the medical and the scientific advisers, there is a reluctance to talk…

The heartbreaking decisions doctors are preparing to face

1 April 2020 4:18 am

In recent days, I have had more than enough upsetting conversations with doctors to last a lifetime. About how they…

Coronavirus can help us confront the uncomfortable truth about death

30 March 2020 10:13 pm

In recent years, I’ve been thinking about the right way to die, having been with my late wife Sian Busby…

The lethal ambiguities in the 'stay at home' coronavirus advice

25 March 2020 4:42 am

There are still potentially lethal ambiguities in the government’s coronavirus advice about who should go to work; such is the…

Boris had little choice but to impose a coronavirus crackdown

24 March 2020 7:50 am

Very few of us alive thought we would ever hear a prime minister of the United Kingdom, with its centuries…

UK quarantines elderly as over-70s told: stay at home

15 March 2020 7:08 am

People over 70 will be instructed by the government to stay in strict isolation at home or in care homes…

What the government doesn't yet know about the coronavirus

14 March 2020 9:14 am

I understand a bit more than I did about what the prime minister, the chief medical officer Chris Whitty and…

The price we'll pay for halting coronavirus

13 March 2020 4:46 am

As I have repeatedly mentioned, the view of the chief medical officer Chris Whitty, which has shaped the Government’s response…

China's coronavirus victory might be short-lived

11 March 2020 3:57 am

I’ve just been talking to a Government official about ‘how the market is being sounded out’ about the cost and…

Inside the relationship between politicians and the media

7 March 2020 8:30 pm

Global system breakdown has defined all our lives for 13 years. From the banking system’s boom and bust to the…

Will Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings be knocked off course by Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation?

2 March 2020 1:07 am

There are a handful of big things to watch out for following Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation as Home Office Permanent Secretary:…

Are we heading for a no-deal Brexit in January 2021?

27 February 2020 10:04 pm

There is a recurring and important phrase in the 36-page document published this morning setting out “the UK’s approach to…

Boris Johnson’s Blairism is bamboozling Labour

31 January 2020 6:07 am

Is Boris Johnson the Blairite who may not speak his name? All the PM’s talk of levelling up rather than levelling down?…