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Boris Johnson’s guilt

28 May 2022 9:00 am

An ability to survive narrow scrapes has been one of Boris Johnson’s defining qualities. The pictures of Downing Street’s lockdown…

Sanction Gerhard Schröder

21 May 2022 9:00 am

From the start of the war in Ukraine, the democratic world has shown striking unity in the economic boycott of…

The problem with Macron’s vision for Europe

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Ukraine crisis has transformed international affairs, forcing countries the world over to rethink their alliances and interests. New patterns…

Can anything save Boris Johnson?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As Boris Johnson faced the possibility of a no-confidence motion earlier this year, a large number of Tory MPs decided…

Brexit’s potential is beginning to be realised

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The purpose of Brexit was to strengthen Britain’s ties with both the world beyond Europe and with Europe itself, but…

Britain and the West must step up support to Ukraine

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The first few weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine went so badly that it was tempting to see the withdrawal…

The French election should be a warning for Boris

16 April 2022 9:00 am

In just over a week’s time, Emmanuel Macron will most likely win a second term. He has the opponent he…

To survive, Boris Johnson must do more than pose as a war leader

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Attending an impromptu birthday party in the office is not the most heinous of crimes, and of course Britain’s fixation…

What happened to Tory radicalism?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Whatever advantages money may have brought Rishi Sunak as he rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wealth has…

Boris Johnson and the partygate hangover

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Afew weeks ago it seemed that the issue of Downing Street parties over lockdown had been usurped by a more…

The return of fiscal conservatism

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Next month, Rishi Sunak will break a Tory manifesto pledge by increasing National Insurance as the tax burden heads to…

The soft censorship of the Online Harms Bill

19 March 2022 9:00 am

The arrest of a reporter who held up a poster during a Russian news broadcast criticising the war in Ukraine…

It’s time to drop the net zero agenda

12 March 2022 9:00 am

For years British energy policy has been an exercise in wishful thinking. We’ve been living in a fantasy world in…

Britain must give Ukrainians an unconditional right to asylum

5 March 2022 9:00 am

During the Cold War, any citizen of a Soviet bloc country who made it to Britain and claimed asylum was…

Abolishing Covid restrictions now is bold, brave – and necessary

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Shortly after Covid emerged, our civil liberties were suspended. The government took control of when and for how long we…

Andrew, Harry and the enduring prudence of the Queen

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Prince Andrew’s decision to settle his case with Virginia Giuffre means he will be spared the potentially humiliating ordeal of…

Why Putin wins

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Did Vladimir Putin ever intend to invade Ukraine? Or were his troop manoeuvres just a game — another test of…

What's the point of Boris?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The anger against the Prime Minister for failing to observe the rules which he imposed upon the rest of us…

What Boris must do now to survive

29 January 2022 9:00 am

When Omicron struck, Britain was already the most boosted country in Europe. Our programme was so advanced that 80 per…

After Omicron: there’s no longer a case for restrictions on liberty

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Covid-19 is in decline in Britain, with Omicron cases now falling as fast as they rose. The booster programme —…

Now Boris must make another admission: lockdown was a mistake

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On 20 May 2020, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement on social media which summed up the conditions in the…

Counting the costs

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Two and a half years into his premiership, Boris Johnson has enjoyed no more than a month of that time…

It's not too late for Boris Johnson

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It is two years since Boris Johnson achieved one of the most remarkable election victories in modern history. The large…

Boris’s Covid rules are coming back to bite him

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In normal circumstances, no one would care if staff in No. 10 held a Christmas party. But last year, Boris…

The army can’t be deployed for every crisis

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Last week, the government published its blueprint for how it intends to remodel the army. According to the plan, it…