John McDonnell

John McDonnell is taking back control

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past few weeks, rumours have swirled in Westminster that the Labour party has acquired a new leader —…

Boris Johnson would be foolish to underestimate Labour

24 September 2019 2:13 am

In the next election, as in the last one, McDonnellism will prove a serious challenge to the Tories. John McDonnell,…

Tories should be terrified of John McDonnell

24 September 2019 12:08 am

Once again, question marks surround Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This is not new. While I was at 10 Downing Street, with the small…

The next election will be a referendum – on Corbynism

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The next general election will have been precipitated by, and will inevitably be fought over, Brexit. Yet it will also…

Right-wing comics are bringing variety back to the Fringe

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I’ve been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for five years, but this is the first time I’ve dipped my toe…

Will John McDonnell lock Tories up if Labour wins the next election?

7 August 2019 7:31 pm

Smiley, fluent and softly spoken, John McDonnell sometimes comes across as a bit cuddly. Yesterday Labour’s shadow chancellor was interviewed…

In favour of nationalisation? Take a look at Network Rail

8 June 2019 9:00 am

We don’t hear enough about Network Rail these days. By that I mean that the entity recently described by the…

Money is already draining from Britain but because of Corbyn, not Brexit

1 December 2018 9:00 am

What’s wrong with UK financial markets? The global economy is recovering, but British stocks and shares are not keeping pace.…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s fury at the EU and Labour’s Brexit chaos

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, held a special cabinet to retrieve something from the wreckage of the Brexit policy…

The cuddly new John McDonnell is more dangerous than Corbyn

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Wherever Sir Stafford Cripps has tried to increase wealth and happiness,’ wrote the Conservative Scottish journalist Colm Brogan, ‘grass never…

John McDonnell might soon regret handing out copies of Cicero

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has given all his cabinet a copy of Cicero’s advice on how to win arguments. This…

Momentum isn’t hard left. It’s a theatrical cult

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard left, my arse. Sorry to be vulgar, but surely that’s how Jim Royle, couch-potato patriarch of that glorious sitcom…

‘The first 100 days will be radical’ – John McDonnell on the Corbyn coup and its consequences

9 December 2017 9:00 am

John McDonnell looks exhausted, slumped in his parliamentary office chair. Nobody said the revolution would be easy. Do he and…

His first 100 days

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Many assume that if an election were held soon, Jeremy Corbyn would win. But what if, say, the government fell…

Uber was the ugly snowplough that cleared the path but its dominance is bound to fade

30 September 2017 9:00 am

An Uber insider tells me not to write off the ride-hailing giant too soon, because it’s a very smart company…

High life

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

I was going through my paces in Hyde Park, sweating out the booze, raising the heartbeat with short wind sprints,…

What Labour needs now is a takeover by real left-wing radicals

7 May 2016 9:00 am

To say that the Labour party is in crisis because it is ‘too left-wing’ is to miss the point spectacularly.…

The Camerons of the ancient world boasted about the tax they paid

16 April 2016 9:00 am

As Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell whinge away about how rich David Cameron’s family is, they might consider that in…

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…

Corbynglish as a second language

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Corbynterpretation [n]: The inevitable process of debate, after Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed, over what he actually meant. Does the Labour…

Life inside Jeremy Corbyn’s crazy party

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn is a rarity among politicians. All his enemies are on his own side. For the Tories, Ukip and…

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

John McDonnell’s true economic guru: the emperor Nero

10 October 2015 9:00 am

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor in the Corbynite splinter-group, has announced that £120 billion is waiting to be reclaimed from tax…

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (Photo: Getty)

What Jeremy Corbyn, like David Cameron, understands about the cold, dark heart of the British public

3 October 2015 9:00 am

There’s a hard, hard mood out there among the public and I don’t think our newspapers get it at all.…

Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…