Conservatives

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…

The Tories should ignore the Amersham by-election

19 June 2021 1:01 am

Chesham and Amersham has fallen. The once uber-Tory Chilterns citadel has been snatched by the Lib Dems, with local campaigners…

Rishi Sunak: I'm a fiscal Conservative (unlike Boris)

17 June 2021 6:44 am

When Rishi Sunak told Andrew Neil this evening that he had his eyes on the future, he was ostensibly talking…

Could the Tories lose the South?

11 May 2021 2:02 am

The coming Batley and Spen by-election — triggered by the incumbent MP’s election as the first mayor of West Yorkshire — is currently attracting a…

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…

Gove hints at vaccine passport app

30 March 2021 9:31 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that ministers were lining up on broadcast to insists vaccine passports were out of the…

The delightful humiliation of David Cameron

26 March 2021 8:44 pm

Say what you like about David Cameron, the man never stops trying to exceed expectations. I once thought that he’d…

Boris's U-turn defence

2 September 2020 3:02 am

Is Boris Johnson’s government jumping from one crisis to the next or is No. 10’s agenda progressing roughly as planned? It…

Boris Johnson's majority is not as big as it first appeared

30 May 2020 7:02 pm

The last week has shown that Boris Johnson’s majority of 80 isn’t as big as it first appeared, I say…

Tories should listen to Farage’s warnings about Channel migrants

18 May 2020 9:59 pm

The idea of a flotilla of little ships crossing the English Channel from France to deposit their beleaguered human cargo…

A Brexit delay could last longer than you think

3 April 2020 6:15 pm

Here’s something Brexiteers might want to keep an eye on. While the country’s attention is welded to the Tesco delivery…

The three things that would have to happen to block a Tory majority

9 December 2019 11:38 pm

In 72 hours time, voting will be well underway. We will be talking about turnout being ‘brisk’. Right now, the…