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Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt is up to the job of being PM

16 July 2019 7:20 am

The Final Showdown, as the Sun/Talkradio’s debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was billed, clarified some important points for…

Johnson and Hunt try to unite the Tory party in final leadership debate

16 July 2019 6:30 am

Tonight’s Sun debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was far more relaxed than last week’s head-to-head clash. But it…

Donald Trump’s stupid smart attack on the Democratic ‘Squad’

16 July 2019 12:55 am

Just when you think @realDonaldTrump has lost his ability to shock, he outdoes himself. He tweets what he’d call ‘a…

On the standard of political debate

16 July 2019 12:02 am

Just received this update from the Brexit Party: ‘Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage threw down a challenge to Tory leader-elect Boris Johnson:…

The European fighters who battled Isis – and were abandoned by their governments

13 July 2019 4:00 pm

Foreign fighters are returning from the battlefield — not Islamists but the Americans, Europeans and South Americans who fought to…

A Halloween no-deal Brexit is no longer a scary prospect

7 July 2019 5:00 pm

Project Fear is back after a seasonal break. Far from resolving anything, Theresa May’s decision to delay Brexit back in…

Labour’s losing its old heartlands. Backing Remain could make things worse

6 July 2019 9:45 pm

A moderate, halfway-competent Labour party could crush the Tories. But given that Labour members are Corbynite in inclination, what are…

Why governments should spend big on tech

6 July 2019 5:00 pm

I was talking to a large Silicon Valley video-conferencing firm the other day. ‘Just for interest,’ I asked, ‘what would…

What’s really going on in Hong Kong?

6 July 2019 3:57 pm

If you believe the American and British media, the people of Hong Kong have launched a democratic revolution and are…

Billy Connolly and the death of free speech

6 July 2019 2:00 am

I hope readers will forgive me for returning to a subject I addressed here recently. It was a reflection on the…

Some women have penises. If you won’t sleep with them you’re transphobic

2 July 2019 10:54 pm

I’m bored with writing about politicians and Brexit so this is an article about genitals instead. Feel free to make…

Why Boris Johnson’s team fear the tide is moving against him

2 July 2019 6:44 pm

William Hague is not noted for agonies of self-doubt. But the former Tory leader’s judgement, in his Telegraph column on…

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Portland Antifa are the real fascists

1 July 2019 12:16 am

If you were ever in any doubt that so-called anti-fascists are, in fact, fascists, take a look at this picture…

Will parliament be able to stop the next PM leaving without a deal?

29 June 2019 5:00 pm

Since the referendum we have seen a steady escalation of the battle between the Commons and the government over Brexit.…

Joe Biden starts strong but fizzles out in the Democratic debate

28 June 2019 4:51 pm

Day 2 of the Democratic presidential debates was a touch feistier than day 1, likely because the heavy hitters shared…

Prince Charles’ irresponsible support for homeopathy

27 June 2019 8:08 pm

You might have thought that many of the world’s scientists and doctors had come to an unequivocal decision on homeopathy:…

Will the next prime minister betray Hong Kong again?

27 June 2019 7:54 pm

For many years, a framed cover of The Spectator looked down, like a silent reproach, on the drinkers in the…

Why Tories are hooked on Boris Johnson

26 June 2019 1:45 am

Modern politicians are like drug dealers intent on keeping their clients’ hooked. They sell fixes to their core voters: upping…

Boris’s secret weapon in the fight against Corbyn

26 June 2019 12:37 am

After nine years cleaning up Labour’s mess, things are looking up. Government debt as a share of the economy is…

Boris and Carrie’s staged picture is a PR masterstroke

25 June 2019 9:33 pm

Whatever you think of Boris Johnson’s ability to be Prime Minister you have to admire the PR skills of Carrie…

Boris Johnson’s other woman

25 June 2019 1:44 am

There are few stranger relationships in Westminster than the close alliance of Boris Johnson and the campaigner, author, and self-described…

Why Tory members don’t care about the Carrie Symonds row

24 June 2019 8:24 pm

This is what a senior member of the cabinet told me this morning about whether Boris Johnson’s prospects of becoming…

History will wonder how we trusted Boris with Britain

22 June 2019 4:30 pm

I am besieged by media folk asking when I shall make good on a four-year-old threat to flee to Buenos…

Donald Trump and the politics of Netflix

22 June 2019 4:30 am

Given that there’s apparently no aspect of American life where culture wars don’t rage, the only surprise about Netflix’s latest…

The Boris campaign get the leadership final they hoped for

21 June 2019 4:24 am

There will be sighs of relief in the Boris Johnson camp this evening after Jeremy Hunt won the second spot…