Politics

Are the Australian election results a bad sign for the Tories?

24 May 2022 6:49 pm

Scott Morrison’s Liberals were absolutely thrashed in the Australian elections this weekend. The party’s vote collapsed, and there were big-name…

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

Will the bad luck of the Philippines ever turn?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The Philippines is the odd man out in Asia, a predominantly Catholic country colonised first by Spain, then the United…

Who governs Britain? Not ministers, it seems

14 April 2022 4:00 pm

Who governs Britain? It’s a dangerous question, as Ted Heath learned half a century ago. But while he was concerned…

Why I resigned over partygate

14 April 2022 4:02 am

This is an edited version of Lord Wolfson’s resignation letter, following the Met’s decision to fine Boris Johnson and Rishi…

Boris thinks he can ride this scandal out

13 April 2022 3:45 am

Boris Johnson has now apologised for receiving a fixed penalty notice for attending a lockdown-busting party. In a clearly very…

Is Rishi just too rich for politics?

9 April 2022 6:20 pm

The obvious and perhaps only way out of this mess for Rishi Sunak was for his wife to pay double…

Rishi’s wife changes tack on tax

9 April 2022 4:20 am

This evening Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty has announced that she will pay UK taxes on her overseas income, following a public backlash…

Why Russian tactics won't win the war

26 March 2022 7:31 pm

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, the war has settled into a largely attritional struggle –…

The battle for the Tory party’s soul

12 February 2022 9:00 am

When news broke over the weekend that former minister Nick Gibb had become the 14th Tory MP to publicly call…

The day Boris tried to bribe me

12 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s not every day that a future prime minister offers you a bribe, but that’s what happened to me 38…

A rather pointless PMQs lets Boris off the hook

27 January 2022 12:09 am

Given the extraordinarily low expectations, Prime Minister’s Questions went reasonably well for Boris Johnson today. That is partly because it…

Robert Harris on Boris Johnson, cancel culture and rehabilitating Chamberlain

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Jones talks to the writer Robert Harris about Blair, Johnson and Polanski, cancel culture and his quest to rehabilitate Neville Chamberlain

What really happened to Politics For All

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Why was Politics For All shut down?

I’m sharing my boyfriend with 60,000 other people

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The trouble with dating a social media star

The Colston verdict is the triumph of values, not law

6 January 2022 8:43 am

The verdict is in on the case of the Colston statue in Bristol. Not guilty. Every one of the accused…

Why should I be 'cancelled' for arguing that biological sex is real?

30 December 2021 6:28 am

‘I just get the impression she hates men’, said a wound-licking James Max, on TalkRADIO, after he interviewed me on Wednesday.…

British horse racing’s debt to the Middle East

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A joyful Saturday at Ascot recently reminded me that when the old Hurst Park Racecourse (near Hampton Court Palace) closed…

Richard Needham takes a businesslike attitude to the Troubles

11 December 2021 9:00 am

This memoir from Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey, businessman and former Northern Ireland minister, has a frank opening:…

The best podcasts about money

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Stories about money are never about money. They are about pain, about family, about atrocity, about luck, about health, about…

'You should see some of the other scripts that come through': Robert Carlyle interviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Robert Jackman talks to Robert Carlyle about Begbie, playing a Tory prime minister and the merits of keeping your head down

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…

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…

Emma Raducanu’s amazing triumph does not belong to the left

12 September 2021 3:59 pm

It didn’t take long for the open-borders brigade to try and politicise the magnificent feat of British teenager Emma Raducanu…

Why isn't the vaccine UK approved for 12- to 15-year-olds?

4 September 2021 10:20 am

This afternoon, the JCVI has essentially passed the buck on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. It has declared that the health benefits…