Rishi Sunak

Rishi in, Keir out: 2020's most popular baby names

19 October 2021 7:56 am

Once the popularity of politicians was judged by how many babies they were asked to kiss – now it’s by…

Sunak faces the free-marketeers

6 October 2021 7:47 am

Rishi Sunak didn’t give too much away tonight when he spoke at the ThinkTent Conservative Party Conference. The Chancellor is…

Does Liz Truss have what it takes to be Foreign Secretary?

18 September 2021 8:30 pm

In the dying days of Theresa May’s benighted premiership I spotted a long-serving Tory MP on the same weekend train…

The rise and rise of Rishi Sunak

8 September 2021 9:45 pm

When Victoria Beckham noticed that her husband David had developed a winning way, not just with her but with almost…

Why Johnson's tax gamble will pay off

7 September 2021 8:35 pm

Boris Johnson’s announcement today, promising he will fix the £15 billion hole in health and social care, may well be…

Will Johnson's cabinet of cardboard cutouts make a stand?

7 September 2021 5:03 pm

Cabinet government has become a very degraded thing. When I checked last night, cabinet ministers had still not been told…

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

What the NHS pay rise says about Boris Johnson's priorities

23 July 2021 3:03 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago, a leaked report revealed that the government was considering using a national insurance…

It's time for Rishi Sunak to stand up to Boris Johnson

27 June 2021 4:00 pm

Finally the pandemic fog is lifting and the outlines of post-Covid politics are starting to take shape. While the Government…

Johnson vs Sunak: The political battle of the autumn?

21 June 2021 7:27 pm

As ministers grow increasingly confident that they will be able to unlock by 19 July, Boris Johnson is facing a…

Rishi Sunak and the coming Tory battle over climate change

18 June 2021 9:49 am

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, isn’t normally given to waffle, which makes his maiden appearance on GB News all the more…

Rishi Sunak: I'm a fiscal Conservative (unlike Boris)

17 June 2021 6:44 am

When Rishi Sunak told Andrew Neil this evening that he had his eyes on the future, he was ostensibly talking…

Will the G7 tax deal survive?

10 June 2021 8:35 am

What are the chances of the G7’s agreement on a minimum rate of corporation tax actually coming into effect? While…

Inflation fears grow

13 May 2021 8:45 pm

Two months ago The Spectator reported on what was keeping Rishi Sunak awake at night ahead of the Budget: an inflation…

How Boris eclipsed Cameron

17 April 2021 3:45 pm

Remember the days when David Cameron was the sleek young prime minister who had brought to an end 13 years…

Rishi Sunak's real opponent

10 March 2021 2:01 am

Things are starting to get more awkward for Rishi Sunak — something the Chancellor has long been prepared for. He…

Rishi’s nightmare: will inflation crush the recovery?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Fear of inflation is stalking the Treasury

The case for keeping business taxes low

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why should business pay tax at all? That’s a provocative but forlorn question to ask in Budget week. Business pays…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from the vaccine rollout

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Barely a year has passed since Rishi Sunak’s first Budget. Its centrepiece was a £30 billion stimulus designed to calm…

Rishi Sunak is a prime minister in waiting

4 March 2021 4:45 am

It is always a pleasure to see a first-rate mind in action, as we did during today’s Budget. Equally, when…

Will Rishi Sunak's Budget give Britain the boost it needs?

4 March 2021 3:00 am

For a man who has only delivered two Budgets, Rishi Sunak is no stranger to fiscal announcements. Last March’s £30bn spending…

The Budget could be an awkward moment for fiscal conservatives

28 February 2021 5:00 pm

There is no getting around the fact that these are awkward times for fiscal conservatives, such as myself. It has…

Are the Tories about to ditch one of their biggest policy achievements?

28 February 2021 3:05 am

We already know much of what will be in Rishi Sunak’s Budget next week. Another £30bn for Covid-relief measures: furlough…

The Brexit deal has left the City to fight for its own future

9 January 2021 9:00 am

‘This Article shall not apply with respect to financial services.’ That’s what it says on page 92 of the EU-UK…

Portrait of the year: Coronavirus, falling statues, banned Easter eggs and compulsory Scotch eggs

19 December 2020 9:00 am

January Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, signed the EU withdrawal agreement, sent from Brussels by train. Sajid Javid, the Chancellor…