Boris Johnson

Alan Duncan rants about ‘idiot’ parliamentary colleagues and Britain’s waning influence

24 April 2021 9:00 am

As a budding political apparatchik, my first job out of university was as a junior parliamentary assistant to Alan Duncan…

Can Boris Johnson's green makeover woo red wall voters?

23 April 2021 12:15 am

COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to be held in Glasgow, isn’t until November, but work is already…

Boris is right to scrap televised press briefings

21 April 2021 11:00 pm

It may have been drowned out by the collapse of the European Super League last night, but for the government’s…

Boris scraps daily White House-style briefings

21 April 2021 3:15 am

Boris Johnson has axed plans for televised White House-style press conferences. The announcement came six months after Allegra Stratton was unveiled…

Why Boris was so reluctant to cancel his India trip

20 April 2021 2:52 am

Just a few hours after Boris Johnson confirmed that his trip to India had been postponed, the country has been placed…

The return of Tory sleaze?

17 April 2021 4:00 pm

‘It’s the return of Tory sleaze’: so said Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. His was an assertion…

How Boris eclipsed Cameron

17 April 2021 3:45 pm

Remember the days when David Cameron was the sleek young prime minister who had brought to an end 13 years…

Spectacular invective: Jonathan Meades lets rip about Boris and Brexit

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The title alludes to Jonathan Meades’s first collection of criticism, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, and to the album by…

The deafening rise of ‘background’ music

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The unstoppable rise of ‘background’ music

The green games: the Prime Minister’s big plan to rebrand Britain

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s Olympic ambitions for the COP26 summit

David Cameron has done nothing wrong

14 April 2021 1:00 am

To paraphrase the old adage, truth can still be pulling on its boots when a misconception is already half way…

Boris on liberty: the PM has always been against ID cards – until now

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The PM has always been against ID cards… until now

Boris will need Labour support for vaccine passports

9 April 2021 2:50 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

Johnson is in trouble over vaccine passports – and it's showing

6 April 2021 4:20 am

The biggest question facing Boris Johnson at this evening’s press conference was so-called vaccine passports. Plans for his scheme were…

Johnson takes the next step out of lockdown

6 April 2021 3:05 am

When Boris Johnson first unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown, there was a promise of an end to restrictions by 21…

Talking down vaccines is a short-sighted tactic

3 April 2021 12:48 am

How strange to have spent a year in a world where to hug someone outside of your household is not…

Boris tries to avoid a vaccine war

24 March 2021 5:31 am

After France’s Europe Minister became the latest politician to threaten a vaccine export ban on the UK, Boris Johnson used today’s…

Unopposed: why is Keir Starmer making life so easy for the PM?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of the Starmer-Johnson double act

Boris Johnson attempts to calm vaccine concerns

19 March 2021 5:23 am

The message from Boris Johnson’s press conference this evening was one of reassurance. Following the decision by several EU member…

Boris Johnson undersold his security review

18 March 2021 7:00 pm

It was the political equivalent of Halley’s comet. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson underestimated his own achievement. He claimed that the…

MPs question Johnson's plan for Global Britain

17 March 2021 6:59 am

Boris Johnson still has a journalist’s ear for snappy phrases — levelling up, an oven-ready Brexit, Global Britain. The PM…

Boris's China plan is a missed opportunity

17 March 2021 12:05 am

From Brexit to China, ‘cakeism’ – the idea that it is possible to govern without making hard choices – appears…

Boris, Biden and the era of big government

13 March 2021 4:22 am

Bill Clinton’s declaration that ‘the era of big government is over’ summed up the late 1990s political zeitgeist. Centre-left political…

Can Boris sustain his royal silence?

9 March 2021 4:32 am

Boris Johnson is clearly determined to avoid being dragged into this Harry and Meghan story. At his press conference this afternoon,…

A quick fix: how Boris and Carrie can bring Dilyn to heel

6 March 2021 9:00 am

How Boris and Carrie can bring Dilyn to heel