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One thing is missing from the government’s coronavirus response: an endgame

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The failures of Britain’s pandemic planning have been brutally exposed in the past few weeks. The scandalous lack of protective…

The government must be as ready to remove restrictions as it was to impose them

28 March 2020 9:00 am

For days, the Prime Minister had been resisting the kind of measures which have placed many other countries into lockdown,…

The cure to this crisis can be found in our communities

21 March 2020 9:00 am

For the Chancellor to produce an emergency bailout package just six days after delivering his Budget is an extraordinary state…

Is Boris about to abandon his own debt rules?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

It’s always tempting for governments to respond to economic trouble with a debt-fuelled spending splurge, but it’s a notoriously blunt…

The Tories cannot afford a war with the civil service

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Thirteen years ago, when John Reid became Home Secretary, he declared the ministry he presided over ‘not fit for purpose’.…

The ‘Westminster paedophile ring’ is a lesson in how not to carry out a police investigation

29 February 2020 9:00 am

A cornerstone of any -functioning democracy is the separation of police and the courts on one hand, and government and…

Britain is booming – despite Brexit

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

After the vote for Brexit, it was often said that our departure from the EU was most likely to harm…

Borrow-and-spend Boris risks repeating Gordon Brown’s mistakes

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not clear, but has become more so with the announcement this week…

Boris must have the courage to spell out the true cost of ‘net zero’

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After being sacked as the chairman of the COP26, the UN climate conference which is to take place in Glasgow…

Britain is taking on a new role – as the European Union’s strongest ally

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The moment of Britain’s departure from the EU was always likely to be an anticlimax, both for those who expect…

Britain’s misguided approach to asylum is threatening lives

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The news this week could easily have led with the deaths of 14 Afghan and Iraqi migrants in the English…

Treating oil companies as pariahs will kill off any green revolution

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When fossil fuel divestment was merely a gesture by universities, the Church of England and the Prince of Wales it…

There will never be a better time for Tory radicalism. Is Boris ready?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

What is the point of a Conservative majority? The answer might once have been to implement Conservative policies. But now…

Twelve things we’ve learned from the 2019 election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Britain’s parliamentary democracy is easily mocked: the medievalisms, the men in tights, the ayes to the right. But it has…

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why the Labour party tried so hard to avoid this general election. They looked certain to…

This is the most important election in modern history – so vote, and vote Tory

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Does safety-first Boris Johnson have any ambitions on the world stage?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

There is a large vacuum at the heart of this general election campaign. Aside from the topic of our relations…

The Tories must be careful not to pave the way for Corbynism

23 November 2019 9:00 am

To say one thing for John McDonnell, he shows a refreshing preparedness to use a general election to lay out…

Our flood defences aren’t fit for the climate we have now

16 November 2019 9:00 am

This week’s political fuss over whether the floods in Yorkshire constitute a ‘national emergency’ misses the point. It is too…

The case for amnesty: why it’s time to offer citizenship to illegal immigrants

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There is an unspoken truth about British life: we have two classes of citizen. The first are those born or…

Boris is taking a huge gamble with an election – but it could pay off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Contrasting Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for a general election with Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance, it would be easy to assume that the…

Brexit and the power principle

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It has become perceived wisdom that we are heading for a ‘people vs parliament’ election. But that is a false…

The vindication of Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Before the referendum, David Davis thought that the Brexit process would be straightforward. ‘The first calling point of the UK’s…

Boris needs to be explicit: it’s the UK’s offer or no deal

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The past few months have been characterised by weeks of high drama which, for all the excitement, have resolved nothing.…

The Conservatives have become the true workers’ party

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The party conference season has showcased two very different visions of Britain. Jeremy Corbyn speaks of the country as one…