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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…

The balance of power in our constitution has been lost

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Until recently, we used to comfort ourselves with the thought that the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution was a great national…

Why would Britain want to be a member of a club like the EU?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The past three years of agonising non-progress on Brexit have damaged Britain in many ways. Our political institutions have looked…

Britain’s jobs miracle proves there is no reason to fear technology

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Another week, another set of economic figures that suggest the country is showing remarkable resilience while politics implodes. Rather than…

The next election will be a referendum – on Corbynism

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The next general election will have been precipitated by, and will inevitably be fought over, Brexit. Yet it will also…

The G7’s doomed effort to preserve the hegemony of white power

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When the G7 was first convened in 1976 it made sense for those countries to gather. In a world divided…

To get a deal Boris needs to show (or fake) some humility

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There were many Brexiteers who were urging Boris Johnson to travel to Washington before he went anywhere else, to underline…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…

Trade deals can destroy native industries – but they still boost wealth creation

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Comments by the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers this week, claiming that Britain will come off poorly in negotiations…

If politicians are still in denial about Boris’s Brexit, the currency markets are not

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his first week as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has shocked those who had assumed that he is a joker…

If Boris achieves a deal with the EU, he will be unassailable

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a prime minister who has reached No. 10 with lower expectations. Boris Johnson has been…

It’s not just Scotland’s drugs shame – it’s Britain’s

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, the Scottish parliament was reconvened after a lapse of almost three centuries. The logic for devolution was…

The Tories can profit from Labour panic

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In some alternative universe the Labour party, as under Tony Blair in the mid 1990s, is busily preparing for government,…

The Hong Kong protesters deserve Britain’s full support

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When the tanks were rolling into Tiananmen Square and the Cold War hadn’t yet formally come to an end, it…

Britain will soon have to pick a side in the US-Iran spat

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Crises in the Gulf and Conservative leadership elections come around with unnerving regularity. It is not unknown for both to…

The Tory party has no choice but to bet on Boris

22 June 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson was appointed editor of this magazine two decades ago, an unkind soul said it was like ‘entrusting…