Stephen Daisley

Why are Tories still loyal to Boris Johnson?

16 January 2022 6:30 pm

As an outsider looking in, it is curious to note just how loyal some remain to Boris Johnson. Not the…

To save the Union, ignore Gordon Brown

12 January 2022 10:38 pm

As he blasts his way through the remaining support beams of the UK constitution, Gordon Brown is doing more to…

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter ban is nothing to celebrate

7 January 2022 1:14 am

Marjorie Taylor Greene is nuttier than M&M World. Not your garden-variety conservative, or even a conservative at all, but a…

Tony Blair's knighthood is long overdue

2 January 2022 12:59 am

Arise Sir Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Yes, that should give…

No, Steve Baker, voters don’t want Thatcher again

20 December 2021 5:09 am

Steve Baker’s decision to boot Nadine Dorries out of a group chat of Conservative MPs has captured the attention of…

Brexiteers will sorely miss Lord Frost

19 December 2021 8:39 am

Lord Frost’s resignation is bad news for Boris Johnson, though that’s a side matter. Prime ministers come and go, what…

China is right to laugh at the west

10 December 2021 6:54 am

Signs of the enervating weakness of the west’s governing elites aren’t that hard to find but the case of the…

Priti Patel and the progressive language police

26 November 2021 7:10 pm

There was an exchange in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon that ought to be a scandal but won’t.…

Kyle Rittenhouse and the collapse of media neutrality

25 November 2021 10:59 pm

Anyone who thought the jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case might prompt some reflection among the political and media…

Why aren't we more horrified by the Liverpool bombing?

16 November 2021 6:12 am

Back when the West was still pretending to fight the ‘war on terror’, Martin Amis made an observation about the…

It's time for Boris to turn back the Channel migrant boats

12 November 2021 9:23 pm

There is a sentence in the latest BBC report on English Channel migrant crossings that is just exquisite. Thursday saw…

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

12 October 2021 1:33 pm

In early November, Glasgow will be the focus of the world’s attention for COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference. For…

Why Boris is losing his fight against Sturgeon

5 October 2021 5:38 pm

Gavin Barwell has made a good point, albeit inadvertently. Theresa May’s former chief of staff has a book out, imaginatively…

Blue-collar Toryism comes to Scotland

4 October 2021 5:50 am

Like all good fables, Douglas Ross’s speech at Tory conference had a beginning, middle and end. Act One detailed the…

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

2 October 2021 9:00 am

With COP26 weeks away, the city is in the middle of a waste crisis

Labour is still overrun with anti-Israel cranks

28 September 2021 3:45 pm

As unhinged Labour conference motions go, the party’s anti-Aukus resolution will likely capture the headlines. The text describes the new…

Calling Tories ‘scum’ is part of Angela Rayner’s leadership pitch

26 September 2021 11:29 pm

The chair of this year’s Labour Party conference, Margaret Beckett opened proceedings yesterday emphasising the importance of civility. A few…

Australia and the new special relationship

18 September 2021 8:56 am

The awkwardly-named AUKUS agreement reflects Washington’s escalating concern about China’s dominance in the Indo-Pacific. It signals London’s determination to be…

Can doctors be 'neutral' on assisted dying?

16 September 2021 1:05 am

The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped its opposition to assisted dying after a landmark vote. In doing so, it…

From Neil to Nigel: the descent of GB News

14 September 2021 10:07 pm

I can’t claim to know any behind-the-scenes rivalries or boardroom brouhaha motivating Andrew Neil’s departure from GB News but I…

The blind spot in the SNP's 'war on drink'

19 August 2021 3:30 pm

Scotland’s grim reputation for abnormally high drug fatalities has become embedded in the public consciousness over the past year. The…

Why are Labour politicians siding with Ken Loach?

17 August 2021 3:31 am

Richard Leonard, former leader of the Scottish Labour party, has posted a photograph of himself standing beside Ken Loach on…

How do we stop the next David Cameron?

13 August 2021 6:14 am

One of the enduring charms of British politics is how slight the pecuniary rewards are for taking up the job…

Can Cole-Hamilton prevent the death of the Scottish Lib Dems?

29 July 2021 1:03 am

As expected, Alex Cole-Hamilton has put himself forward to lead the Scottish Lib Dems, announcing his candidacy with an obligatory…

Boris could make devolution reform his legacy – if he has the ambition

25 July 2021 2:27 am

Today marks two years since Boris Johnson accepted Her Majesty’s invitation to serve as her fourteenth Prime Minister. His tenure…