Conservatives

Who is the busiest Tory leadership candidate of them all?

18 April 2019 2:08 am

Tory MPs agree that Theresa May’s days in Downing Street are numbered, but when it comes to picking her replacement…

Liz Truss: the Tories can win over the Boohoo generation

13 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Get some boomerangs,’ Liz Truss says to her aides. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury isn’t looking for something to…

iPlod: Sajid Javid’s new internet rules will have a chilling effect on free speech

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Monday wasn’t the best day for the government to launch Online Harms, its white paper on internet regulation. As Sajid…

In what possible way was Nick Boles ever a Conservative?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Who is your favourite brave Remainer Conservative MP? Anna Soubry has to be near the top of the list, for…

How I know the Conservative party is doomed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Gosh, it’s depressing watching the natural party of government committing slow-motion suicide. It’s depressing even if you’re not, as I…

Welcome to the hard centre – and the future of British politics

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Conservative party has to move beyond Brexit and leaders: what is it going to be about? I suggest it…

When will the Tories learn: murdering animals isn’t a vote-winner

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Buoyed by its huge popularity in the opinion polls and the fact that it is managing Brexit so well, the…

We need to stop buying into this ‘divided Britain’ narrative

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Amid all the argument in Westminster, everyone can agree on one thing: the country is bitterly divided. The 52:48 divisions…

The Tories are risking their reputation as the party of law and order

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Home Office record is normally off limits at cabinet. But when ministers discussed the government’s strategy for reducing…

Letters: why is the C of E still messing around with the Carlile report?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The Carlile report Sir: The Bishop of Bath and Wells tells us (Letters, 2 December) that nobody is holding up…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

Boris, the conviction politician

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Diary

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The best reason for visiting party conferences is to sniff the air. It’s fragments of conversation drifting through a bar,…

If only the Tories understood economics

7 October 2017 9:00 am

‘I don’t think I’m quite as Austrian as you are,’ a Tory minister said to me the other day. And…

Theresa May’s phoney war

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. We are being…

Forgive and forget

2 September 2017 9:00 am

To begin with, Theresa May was not planning to take a three-week holiday — but she was subtly advised that,…

Dear Leavebugs, it’s time to admit your mistake

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Brexit,’ says my friend David Aaronovitch, ‘is dying.’ We Remainer irreconcilables certainly hope so. But there’s a slim chance the…

Let’s keep up the Moggmentum

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

Labour’s middle-class problem

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Be fair. Theresa May’s plan actually half-worked. No, there was a plan. I know the consensus now seems to be…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

Of course the old Tory hatreds are back. That’s referendums for you

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Of course it’s vicious. It was always going to be. Sure, they’ve spent decades living peacefully side by side, but…

I want to see President Trump – if only because of who he’d annoy

6 February 2016 9:00 am

I suppose spite and schadenfreude are thinnish reasons, intellectually, for wishing Donald Trump to become the next American president (and…

The political wisdom of people who don’t even know what a circle is

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Why are liberals morons? I’m sure that this question has rattled around your mind before, perhaps when watching one of…

Tearing tax credits away from the working poor is a battle of choice, not necessity

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Just over 30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided to look at local government finance. A young aide, John Redwood,…