Conservatives

Did Johnson mislead the Commons?

18 January 2022 5:12 am

Boris Johnson had hoped to move attention this week from parties — with a series of policy announcements planned as part of…

Can Boris really blame the press for his defeat?

18 December 2021 2:17 am

When asked what went wrong in North Shropshire, Boris Johnson gave a fascinating answer: journalists. Apparently, they have been reporting…

Stratton resigns – but the row isn't over

9 December 2021 3:50 am

The row over the Downing Street ‘party’ has claimed its first victim. On Wednesday Allegra Stratton announced that she was…

Could there be a Tory upset in North Shropshire?

30 November 2021 10:50 pm

As the government turns its attention to the new Covid variant, the ramifications of the Owen Paterson sleaze row are…

The vaccine cheer is gone

19 November 2021 6:55 am

I am 45, which means I’ve now had my third Covid vaccine. The experience of getting that injection crystallises a…

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…

Gove gets into gear

13 November 2021 2:06 am

‘This government ends if the red wall reverts back to type and we lose 45 seats then end up in…

Will the Tories cut taxes before the next election?

30 October 2021 12:35 pm

The Tory party has reached a fork in the road, I say in the Times today. One path involves sticking…

Andrew Mitchell relives the agony of Plebgate

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell, as he readily admits, was born into the British Establishment. Almost from birth, his path was marked out:…

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…

Why did we decide that Covid was over?

25 October 2021 12:45 pm

Look, I don’t know much epidemiology. Can’t pretend to. So what follows is, necessarily, a personal finger to the wind.…

Why Covid means the big state is back

15 October 2021 9:31 am

History suggests that when the state expands in a crisis, it doesn’t go back to its pre-crisis level once the…

David Frost's protocol diplomacy

13 October 2021 12:03 am

As a general rule in post-Brexit politics, when David Frost makes a public intervention on the Northern Ireland protocol, it…

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…

Build Back Boris!

7 October 2021 10:30 pm

As a clarion call, a sounding of hosannas, a piece of fiery rhetoric to hold puissance over the soul of…

Levelling up is Johnsonian cakeism

7 October 2021 1:45 am

Until this morning, few people in Britain will have heard of the works of Wilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). Now, thanks to…

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…

WhatsApp collapse throws Tory plots into chaos

5 October 2021 2:33 pm

The world’s oldest democratic party has had a few problems with technology in recent years. Famously it was the 2018…

Boris's tetchy Marr interview showed the risks he is taking

4 October 2021 8:33 am

Boris Johnson’s rather testy interview with Andrew Marr this morning revealed the political gamble that he is taking. Johnson is calculating…

We're living through eerie reminders of the 1970s

25 September 2021 9:19 am

There are eerie parallels with 1970s at the moment, I say in the Times today. The inflation of that decade was…

Javid avoids Tory Covid powers fightback – for now

15 September 2021 7:34 am

Tory MPs were not happy when Sajid Javid unveiled the Covid winter plan in the Commons this afternoon. They’re dissatisfied…

Why didn't Tory MPs oppose Boris's tax hike?

7 September 2021 10:55 pm

Boris Johnson has just announced his plans to increase National Insurance by 1.25 per cent for both workers and employers…

The failure of the right

14 August 2021 4:30 pm

Sometimes things that don’t happen are as important as those that do. In the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze, about…

The rise of the unwhippable Tories

16 July 2021 1:20 am

When the government announced a Commons vote on its decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent…