Boris Johnson

Portrait of the week: Queen speaks, mobile masts burn and Boris Johnson goes into hospital

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people who had died from the coronavirus disease Covid-19 in the UK by Sunday 5 April…

The problems of a sick prime minister

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It is good of President Trump to offer Boris Johnson his best wishes and the best American pharmaceuticals (though no…

Dominic Raab is the constitutional choice, but a complicated one

11 April 2020 9:00 am

We have never had a moment like this before in our history: a time when the Prime Minister is, in…

Britain needs Boris, the extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

Prime Minister taken into intensive care

7 April 2020 5:29 am

In the past few minutes, Downing Street has announced that Boris Johnson is now in intensive care at St Thomas’…

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests

6 April 2020 6:57 am

Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after having a continuous temperature for 10 days since testing positive…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits cabinet, EasyJet grounded and postman soldiers on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, contracted the coronavirus disease Covid-19, as did Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. The Prince…

Pericles would have approved of the PM’s response to the pandemic

4 April 2020 9:00 am

It must be infuriating for those who see the Prime Minister as a prisoner of a rigid elitist mindset that…

How much are people eating during lockdown?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

People power Boris Johnson said that the reaction to the coronavirus crisis showed ‘There really is such a thing as…

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Frightened people love their leaders

1 April 2020 2:09 am

‘The Trump presidency is over’, said Peter Wehner, in the Atlantic. The great wizards of liberal punditry stroked their beards…

Why the coronavirus crisis could peak sooner than expected

28 March 2020 9:30 pm

The government is adjusting to the reality of dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while three of its most important figures…

Boris's coronavirus pragmatism is confounding his critics

28 March 2020 7:00 pm

If ever Britain has undergone a period of authoritarian socialism, then this is surely it. Massive state intervention in the…

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…

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,…

France’s downward spiral of coronavirus repression

24 March 2020 11:48 pm

In France there is a palpable sense of administrative and political panic in how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.…

Coronavirus will be a test of trust

21 March 2020 9:00 am

We are in a make-or-break moment for trust, not just in this government but in the British state itself. The…

Rishi Sunak’s wartime economy

21 March 2020 5:15 am

At least no one can say it isn’t bold. The United States is fiddling around with some possible cuts to…

Our politicians are only trying to do their best

18 March 2020 11:41 pm

This is a time for generosity and kindness; a moment for the cutting of slack and the making of allowances.…

UK quarantines elderly as over-70s told: stay at home

15 March 2020 7:08 am

People over 70 will be instructed by the government to stay in strict isolation at home or in care homes…

Washington is furious at Boris's Huawei bid

12 March 2020 10:30 pm

Boris Johnson faced his first major rebellion of the new parliament on Tuesday. Parliamentarians are waking up to the fact…

The great Tory Budget giveaway

12 March 2020 1:08 am

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

Inside the relationship between politicians and the media

7 March 2020 8:30 pm

Global system breakdown has defined all our lives for 13 years. From the banking system’s boom and bust to the…

The unbearable lightness of Boris Johnson

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Months ago, not long after Boris Johnson’s 2019 general election triumph, I wrote a Times column of a cautiously hopeful…

The Budget’s corona contagion

7 March 2020 9:00 am

When Sajid Javid resigned in a row with No. 10, there was much speculation about what would be in the…

Boris is taking an emperor’s approach to briefings

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The PM is insisting that the briefings he finds in his red box every evening should be, well, brief, and…