Conservative party

It’s time to take Italian wine seriously

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Tuscany: earth has not anything to show more fair. The landscape is charming. The gentle hills seem to smile down…

Britain is not a technocracy

16 October 2023 5:00 pm

The term ‘technocracy’, or more often ‘technocrat’, is found everywhere. Both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer are referred to as…

Tories know how to find themselves a good drink

7 October 2023 9:00 am

I feel old, and feelings are not always wrong, This eheu fugaces mood came on me at the Conservative party…

Can Sunak establish himself as a radical?

30 September 2023 9:00 am

The Conservatives gather in Manchester this weekend for what may well be their last hurrah as a governing party. Bookmakers…

Barometer

30 September 2023 9:00 am

‘The zealots are turning people off’: Claire Coutinho on net zero and her bond with Rishi Sunak

30 September 2023 9:00 am

The new Energy Secretary on net zero and her bond with the PM

At least Britain isn’t that corrupt

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Long-time readers may recall that I take a special interest in the art of corruption. And this week America has…

Sunak’s new strategy: hard truths

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The last time Tory activists and MPs gathered for their annual party conference, it didn’t end well. Liz Truss had…

Broken Britain: what went wrong?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Who broke Britain?

Portrait of the Week

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Britain has an entitlement problem

9 September 2023 9:00 am

An Institute for Fiscal Studies paper, published at the end of last month, makes grim reading. Through the prism of…

The Tories need a shake-up – and Sunak knows it

2 September 2023 9:00 am

When prime ministers sense the end is near, they tend to follow a similar pattern. They change senior civil servants…

India’s century: Sunak’s plan for a new Indo-Pacific alliance

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The PM’s visit to New Delhi could be a defining moment

Portrait of the week

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Is Ulez too fashionable to fact check?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Next Tuesday, London’s Ulez scheme will be expanded. A new network of cameras filming the traffic movements of millions of…

The problem with the Tories’ ‘local heroes’

26 August 2023 9:00 am

You know the Conservative party is in trouble when it does not dare use its name on leaflets. Instead, it…

The covert campaign against field sports

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The renewed war on rural pursuits

Spinning

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Letters

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Supercops: the return of tough policing

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Old-school policing is back

Can the Tories come up with a tax offer in time?

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Last summer, all the Tory party could talk about was tax. It was at the heart of the leadership contest…

I sledged Steve Smith for England

29 July 2023 9:00 am

In this summer of sporting dramas, every patriotic sports fan likes to think he’s done his bit to help. I…

Portrait of the week

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Tory floundering over China is a gift to Labour

22 July 2023 9:00 am

The government’s floundering over China is a gift to Labour

Rishi Sunak is right about illegal migration

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The Illegal Migration Bill is having a distorting effect on the Tory party. It has put Theresa May and Iain…