Robert Peston

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?…

Why Huawei may be allowed in the UK 5G network

24 January 2020 1:44 am

Brandon Lewis, the security minister, is something of a genius at winsomely saying next to nothing. Even so I emerged…

On Brexit, no one quite knows where Boris is taking us

19 January 2020 6:00 am

I am not going to lie: I am bored sick with Brexit. Like so many of you, I have become…

Boris Johnson will block the Brexit transition being extended in law

17 December 2019 9:19 am

Those who thought Boris Johnson would exploit his huge majority to be flexible on the end-2020 deadline for negotiating a…

The three ‘C’s’ that explain Boris’s historic election win

14 December 2019 2:07 am

This was an election as important and as divisive for the UK as Margaret Thatcher’s victory in 1979. Vast numbers…

Could this be the defining moment of the election campaign?

10 December 2019 5:50 am

An interview earlier today with my colleague Joe Pike captures the contradiction at the heart of Boris Johnson’s campaign. He…

Boris Johnson has gambled big by pledging to spend small

25 November 2019 8:06 am

Boris Johnson just took a very big political risk, by not making any serious attempt to compete with Labour on…

Corbyn has all but declared class war with this manifesto

22 November 2019 6:35 am

I am not sure if it is class war exactly but something very like it is back. Perhaps it is…

Are Boris and Corbyn both playing us all for fools?

20 November 2019 5:23 am

A question I don’t expect my colleague Julie Etchingham to put to the two party leaders in ITV’s debate is…

Is a vote for the SNP really a vote for prime minister Corbyn?

9 November 2019 12:29 am

Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to form a “progressive alliance” after the election to evict Boris Johnson from 10 Downing…

SNP and LibDems join forces to pursue 9 December election

27 October 2019 8:14 am

The Scottish National Party and Lib Dems have joined forces to attempt to force a general election in early December,…

Should we be blaming Balliol, rather than Eton, for our political woes?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In our house, the biggest source of tension is that I think there is an important difference between deferring a…

Tomorrow will be the make-or-break day for Boris Johnson’s Brexit

22 October 2019 7:03 am

The important vote on Tuesday will be on the timetable, or programme motion, for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the law…

Boris sends three letters to the EU – and says he does NOT want a Brexit extension

20 October 2019 8:12 am

The Prime Minister will today send, but not sign, a letter requesting a Brexit delay till January 31 2020, and will…