Priti Patel

Can Priti Patel’s asylum shake-up help Britain take back control?

26 March 2021 2:54 am

Every Home Secretary is forced to confront the cold political realities of the office. What they set out to deliver…

A Priti poem: an ode to the Home Secretary

28 December 2020 9:00 pm

Priti Patel, Ms Priti Patel, Burnished by sunshine of far Israel, How we all cheered when on Marr you did…

Do civil servants need to be 'robust' or 'resilient'?

28 November 2020 9:00 am

‘Why do they keep saying they need Brazilians?’ asked my husband, coming up for air from a hazy mixture of…

The trouble with ‘taking back control’

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I sympathised with Leave voters who yearned to ‘take back control’ of British borders. After all, if being a country…

Was Priti Patel really ‘gaslighting’ MPs?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Gaslight has been a useful word meaning ‘to manipulate a person by psychological means into questioning his or her own…

The success of British Indians is troubling for some. Why?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The success of British Indians is troubling for some. Why?

Britain has its first punk-rock government

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The most surprising thing about the letter from Guardian and Observer journalists moaning about Suzanne Moore’s supposed ‘transphobia’ is that…

Cartoonists have a right to free speech

14 March 2020 9:00 am

I’m no fan of Steve Bell, the Guardiancartoonist. I can’t say I’ve ever laughed at one of his squibs, which…

The Tories cannot afford a war with the civil service

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Thirteen years ago, when John Reid became Home Secretary, he declared the ministry he presided over ‘not fit for purpose’.…

The unbearable lightness of Boris Johnson

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Months ago, not long after Boris Johnson’s 2019 general election triumph, I wrote a Times column of a cautiously hopeful…

Will Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings be knocked off course by Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation?

2 March 2020 1:07 am

There are a handful of big things to watch out for following Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation as Home Office Permanent Secretary:…

In defence of Priti Patel

29 February 2020 9:00 am

We will rue the day we all decided bullying was a bad thing. The consequence is that the inept, the…

Battle begins

31 August 2019 9:00 am

What makes Boris Johnson an improvement on Theresa May? Those of us who cheered him on into 10 Downing Street…

Why can’t Theresa May get a grip on Westminster scandals?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

How much longer can things go on like this? That is the question on the lips of Tory ministers and…

The first real gaffe of the EU referendum? It’s from Charles Moore

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It was a famous American editor and columnist Michael Kinsley who once defined the political ‘gaffe’ as something that occurs…

Cameron’s first EU referendum battle: shutting up his own MPs

20 February 2016 9:00 am

On the day that David Cameron delivered his Bloomberg speech, the 2013 address in which he committed himself to a…

David Cameron's misogynistic reshuffle

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but look nice