Boris Johnson

Why the cabinet reshuffle might not be so radical after all

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Prime ministers are never more powerful than just before a cabinet reshuffle. Ministers fall over themselves to be helpful, hoping…

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…

Fraser Nelson: What categories should we include in our Parliamentarian of the Year awards?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The night before our last issue went to press, I received a message from the Prime Minister saying that he…

My fellow Remainers should not aim for a ‘soft Brexit’

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘I like to write when I’m feeling spiteful,’ remarked D.H. Lawrence. ‘It’s like having a good sneeze.’ A perennial challenge…

For cod’s sake, don’t sacrifice the fish

11 January 2020 9:00 am

One of the more dispiriting experiences of the British supermarket is a visit to the fish counter. On a  historically…

Revealed: Boris’s blueprint for Brexit

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For the first time since the referendum, the United Kingdom has a strong government that knows what it wants from…

How the Tories plan to hold together their new electoral coalition once ‘Brexit is done’ and Corbyn gone

21 December 2019 9:34 pm

The thumping majority by which both the second reading and the programme motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed yesterday,…

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…

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

The mysteries of the Corbyn world-view

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It is worth fixing for posterity the feelings which, on polling day, swirled in the breasts of many who wanted…

Labour’s failure isn’t necessarily the Tories’ success

21 December 2019 9:00 am

A moment arrives when one does just have to admit defeat. We shall leave the European Union and there isn’t…

Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The era of uncertainty has ended. Boris Johnson’s decisive victory has not only broken the Brexit deadlock created by Theresa…

Andrew Marr: Twitter fooled everyone during this election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s an unfashionable thought, but having spent many hours in the university sports hall where constituency votes for Boris Johnson…

Petronella Wyatt: The time I saw Boris cry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is nothing like Churchill, a view with which my friend Andrew Roberts concurs. But in the 20-odd years…

‘I’ve had two totally successful marriages’: Stanley Johnson interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

If anything could make me feel sorry for Boris Johnson, it’s meeting his father, Stanley. Before we met, he sent…

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Why Boris Johnson is talking about ‘ten years’ time’

20 December 2019 3:47 am

One of the most striking things about the government’s Queen’s Speech was Boris Johnson’s focus on where the country could…

The three components of Boris’s plan for government

18 December 2019 9:33 pm

The two most significant consequences of this election are that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU and the Tories…

Never underestimate Boris Johnson

15 December 2019 9:34 pm

Much of the political class is still in a state of shock. Many are tempted to echo Lord Melbourne: ‘What…

The Tories know they must deliver for their new voters

14 December 2019 11:01 pm

‘If Darlington high street isn’t visibly better in four years’ time, we’ll be in trouble’, one of Boris Johnson’s confidants…

Boris Johnson promises to ‘unite and level up’ the UK. Can he really achieve that?

14 December 2019 2:53 am

Boris Johnson’s victory speech in Downing Street was aimed at the voters unsure about his government, whether they be the…

Could this be the defining moment of the election campaign?

10 December 2019 5:50 am

An interview earlier today with my colleague Joe Pike captures the contradiction at the heart of Boris Johnson’s campaign. He…

The three things that would have to happen to block a Tory majority

9 December 2019 11:38 pm

In 72 hours time, voting will be well underway. We will be talking about turnout being ‘brisk’. Right now, the…

Tories benefit from no-show at chaotic TV debate as election enters final days

9 December 2019 7:49 am

Believe it or not, there was yet another televised election debate tonight, this time on Channel 4, called the ‘Everything…