Conservatives

We don’t need an elected Lords – just a much smaller one

22 August 2015 9:00 am

When I took my seat in the Lords as a very nervous 21-year-old, Manny Shinwell, the redoubtable Labour peer, welcomed…

Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may…

Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without…

Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

13 June 2015 9:00 am

At 6.30 p.m. on 7 May, the Camerons invited guests at their home in Oxfordshire into the garden for a…

There’s no date yet for an EU referendum. But the ‘yes’ campaign has started

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Forty years ago this week, Britain voted to remain part of the European Community. That remains the only direct vote…

Portrait of the week

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general…

How did the polls get it so wrong? Jim Messina knows

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Not all the pollsters got it wrong. On the morning of the election, a set of strikingly accurate predictions was…

David Cameron's big secret: he's not a great politician

14 May 2015 4:00 am

This was a vital election. A Tory failure would have been an act of political treason. Five years ago, the…

Do you think the age of boom and bust is over? All our party leaders are betting that it is

9 May 2015 9:00 am

After working for Bill Clinton, the political strategist James Carville said he had changed his mind about where power really…

Portrait of the week

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The British economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, the slowest quarterly growth for…

Spectator letters: What has happened to the instinctive Tory faith?

2 May 2015 9:00 am

An instinctive Tory faith Sir: For once Bruce Anderson does not exaggerate: David Cameron did indeed win golden opinions for…

‘The wealth gap has been allowed to get too big.’ Ed Miliband? No, Boris Johnson

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Boris Johnson strides into the Uxbridge Conservative Club, asks after the barmaid’s health and sits down beneath a portrait of…

Five arguments for voting Tory (and one for anything but)

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Andrew Roberts  Biographer The Cameron ministry of 2010-15 will go down in history as having made Britain as the most…

A clear-eyed account of socialism: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in ‘Hope’ at the Royal Court

If you thought politics was boring, you should check out today’s political theatre

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Writers and producers have shown little appetite for putting the coalition on stage. Several reasons suggest themselves. In 2010 wise…

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

Plutarch and Aristotle vs Lynton Crosby

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Attack Ed Miliband and sing up the long-term economic plan: that is the now obviously useless scheme devised by the…

Why so many bankers secretly like Labour’s non-dom proposal

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The interesting thing about Labour’s pledge to abolish non-dom tax status — a squib designed to trap Tories into expressing…

A 1992 election-day lunch with the young David Cameron

25 April 2015 9:00 am

I can claim a milligram of credit for David Cameron’s first star billing. In early 1991, standing in for the…

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

Campaign songs and the singers who wish they weren’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Out of tune The use of a song, ‘Love Natural’ by the Crystal Fighters, at the launch of the Labour…

The Tories have survived a near-death experience. But they’re not home yet

18 April 2015 9:00 am

At 5.45 a.m. Lynton Crosby holds the first meeting of the day at Conservative campaign HQ. The aim is to…

Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Quite often when I deliver myself of an opinion to a friend or colleague, the reply will come back: ‘Are…

Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era…

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Why aren’t the Tories winning?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife…