general election

How dangerous is it to fly by helicopter?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Crime without borders How many nations are signed up to the International Criminal Court? – 124 signed the Rome Statute…

The day Keir Starmer cried on me about his childhood

18 May 2024 9:00 am

I have had a good idea. It may even be an important idea. See what you think. The other day…

Hope might be the only strategy Sunak has left

11 November 2023 9:00 am

The first King’s Speech for more than 70 years was a festival of the expected: the royal reading of a…

The Tory vote squeeze

28 October 2023 9:00 am

When the cabinet gathered on Tuesday morning, the meeting started as a sombre affair. Just days before, the Conservatives had…

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…

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…

How Labour won back Britain’s millionaires

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Labour’s new private donors

Rishi Sunak is no John Major

31 January 2023 12:36 am

As the skies darken over Rishi Sunak’s embattled government, with ministers being fired or placed under investigation, opinion polls dire…

What weather records were broken in 2019?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Keeping it in the family A study by the Middle East Technical University claimed to prove that the pronounced chin…

Does the outcome of the Ashes dictate who wins a general election?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Party speak Should the next Speaker of the House of Commons be a Labour MP on the basis that John…

The rebel alliance has taken control of parliament – and Brexit. What happens next?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Every Monday, a group of unlikely bedfellows meet in Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary office. Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat leader; Ian Blackford,…

How often has a general election been held on a Monday?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

A Monday poll? The government was considering a general election on 14 October — a Monday. This raised eyebrows because…

Why Boris Johnson needs an election to deliver Brexit

14 August 2019 11:11 pm

What more-or-less all Tory MPs seem to have missed is that Philip Hammond, the ex-chancellor who has become the anti-no-deal…

We’re heading for a 1 November election

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The United Kingdom is a country governed, in large part, by convention —but in the heat of the Brexit debate,…

Will 2019 be Jeremy Corbyn’s year?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a time when an opposition leader has had such a promising start to the new…

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…

Corbyn knows elections are won on social media but the Tories have barely logged on

18 November 2017 9:00 am

There is a naive belief at the top of government that because the Tories are only a fart’s yard behind…

Portrait of the Year

12 December 2015 9:00 am

January David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that only electing the Conservatives could ‘save Britain’s economic recovery’. Labour unveiled a…

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench…

Take it from Taki: this could be the start of something really big

16 May 2015 9:00 am

OK. Magnanimity in victory is a sine qua non among civilised men and women, so let me not be the…

My rich leftie neighbours must be in a state of psychotic denial — or stoned

16 May 2015 9:00 am

The ‘I’m Voting For Chuka’ posters in my rich neighbours’ front windows pushed me over the edge. There is nothing…

Power couple: 'Dave and Sam' (Photo: Getty)

What Italy made of the result of the British general election (not much)

16 May 2015 9:00 am

On election day I was in Puglia in the ‘heel’ of Italy, where interest in British politics could hardly be…

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

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Whoever wins the election, the London Mayor is going to be all right

Why I'd never own a rabbit hutch – or vote Green

2 May 2015 9:00 am

‘I suppose,’ said my dad philosophically, ‘I could always vote Green.’ ‘Oh, for goodness sake! Not you as well!’ I…

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015 9:00 am

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election…