Conservative party

Johnson is imperilled. So why are his enemies helping him?

13 December 2021 8:00 pm

It’s a topsy turvy world when your friends and allies do you all kinds of damage and then your enemies…

Boris Johnson is preparing to fight the wrong election

26 November 2021 4:00 am

The next election won’t be like the 2019 campaign. It will be far tougher for the Tories. Ministers were struck…

Prime Minister's rambling speech revives Johnson jitters

23 November 2021 1:05 am

After three torrid weeks, Tory MPs were hoping for a better start to this one. Alas, it has got off to…

Johnson is making the sleaze row worse

17 November 2021 10:30 pm

Is there anyone left in the Conservative party who is happy with Boris Johnson? The Prime Minister has now managed…

The sleaze row isn't finished yet

15 November 2021 10:28 pm

Number 10 will have been relieved that the weekend did not bring new stories about Conservative MPs raking in lots…

Boris Johnson will struggle to contain this sleaze row

10 November 2021 9:52 pm

A week ago today, Tory MPs were getting increasingly nervous about Downing Street’s plan to stay the guilty verdict against…

Three little words that could cost Boris

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson knows the value of three-word slogans. ‘Take back control’ and ‘get Brexit done’ helped propel him to his…

The Tory blame game over COP26 has already started

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Anxiety among Tory MPs is growing

Rishi Sunak's low tax pitch to MPs

28 October 2021 4:48 am

Is Rishi Sunak a low tax chancellor? He certainly likes to tell anyone who will listen that he is. Yet…

A matter of Truss: the unlikely rise of Lizmania

10 October 2021 2:30 pm

If Boris Johnson were to vanish tomorrow, who should replace him? The American pollster Frank Luntz asked this of about 200…

The Tories will pay a price for Boris's housing strategy

9 October 2021 2:55 am

One of the themes of Conservative conference was that the government has dropped plans for a radical reform of the…

Sunak faces the free-marketeers

6 October 2021 7:47 am

Rishi Sunak didn’t give too much away tonight when he spoke at the ThinkTent Conservative Party Conference. The Chancellor is…

Priti Patel strikes a bullish tone

6 October 2021 1:45 am

The theme of Priti Patel’s party conference speech this afternoon was very much ‘large and in charge’. She devoted much…

Running on empty: the government is out of fuel – and ideas

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The government has no ideas and no direction

The Tories aren’t in party mood

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nearly two years on from the general election and 11 years since the Tories took office, they remain comfortably and…

How do we stop the next David Cameron?

13 August 2021 6:14 am

One of the enduring charms of British politics is how slight the pecuniary rewards are for taking up the job…

Boris Johnson's popularity problem

3 August 2021 7:50 am

The Westminster rumour mill is in overdrive today on the question of whether Rishi Sunak will be Boris Johnson’s successor in…

Should Britain be vaccinating teenagers?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Last week there was acute concern in government about the country’s re-opening. Would restrictions need to be reimposed when schools…

The tax-and-spend Tories

24 July 2021 9:00 am

When you ask a government minister why something hasn’t happened, you get a one-word answer: ‘Covid’. It has become the…

Can Boris crack the unwhippables?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Nanny Boris: the PM’s alarming flight from liberalism

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Has Covid killed the PM’s liberalism?

In defence of levelling up

16 July 2021 8:30 am

Modern pragmatist political leaders are generally keen to reassure us that there is a unifying philosophy to be found running…

Life is about to get harder for Boris Johnson

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Covid restrictions are meant to end on 19 July. But parliament will not return to normal until September. The Commons…

The Tories, Islam, and the importance of pluralism

25 May 2021 8:52 pm

The Conservatives will be relieved that an independent investigation has not found the party to be institutionally racist, though relief…

Boris’s Tory enemies don’t know how lucky they are

22 May 2021 7:01 pm

It is often said that most Conservative MPs have a highly ‘transactional’ relationship with Boris Johnson. The inference is that…