UK politics

Keir Starmer needs a better answer to the Jeremy Corbyn question

13 June 2024 7:52 am

Keir Starmer looked baffled by tonight’s questions. Rishi Sunak looked resigned. Separating the two candidates – having them face Beth…

Sunak’s manifesto is not credible

12 June 2024 2:16 am

Rishi Sunak’s manifesto launch was necessarily defensive: the Prime Minister is trying to stem the losses in this election campaign…

The Green party is terrifying

7 June 2024 7:27 pm

Is the Green party the most controversial force in British politics? It’s certainly giving Reform a run for its money. In…

Who will survive to lead the Tories?

2 June 2024 4:11 am

In spite of his conviction for falsifying business records, Donald Trump is still expected by many to make a remarkable…

The statistic that should terrify Tory HQ

31 May 2024 7:48 pm

The tightening looks on. On Tuesday, my polling firm JL Partners published its first campaign poll showing a 12-point Labour…

Starmer purges the Corbynites

30 May 2024 7:16 pm

One of the first thing Keir Starmer and his team decided to focus on after winning the Labour leadership was…

National service won’t create real soldiers

28 May 2024 4:00 pm

There are strong arguments for national service in terms of national solidarity, training and self-discipline. In the end, however, the…

Sunak is right, Britain needs national service

26 May 2024 8:33 am

The Tories have announced that, if re-elected, they will introduce national service. And it won’t be the miserable existence imposed…

Sunak: let’s bring back national service

26 May 2024 8:00 am

The first big new policy announcement of the election campaign is in from the Tories, and it’s likely to be…

The smoking ban will be back

25 May 2024 5:21 pm

Has Rishi Sunak’s surprise summer election spared Britain some nanny state interventions? At first glance it seemed so, as it…

Michael Gove leads the Tory exodus

24 May 2024 8:27 pm

When Rishi Sunak told cabinet colleagues about his decision to call a general election, Michael Gove sought to raise spirits…

Why are Scottish nationalists so thin-skinned?

15 May 2024 6:59 pm

Scottish nationalists are not happy. What’s new, I hear you ask. Did they lose another leader? Has Sainsbury’s been selling…

Who are ‘the blob’?

10 May 2024 9:49 pm

Liz Truss calls them the ‘deep state’, Dominic Cummings ‘the blob’ and for Sue Gray they are simply former colleagues.…

Keir Starmer is ashamed of his party

9 May 2024 2:58 am

Questions from backbenchers dominated PMQs. Sir Edward Leigh is keen to end unfettered immigration and he announced a way to…

Tories aren’t panicking – they expected a drubbing

3 May 2024 8:59 pm

Unsurprisingly, the overnight results from the local elections have been very bruising for the Conservatives. Local election results day is…

Lindsay Hoyle is a hooligan

2 May 2024 2:59 am

How does it feel to wake up and discover that you’re a socialist? We got the answer at PMQs where…

Brexit has not made food unaffordable

30 April 2024 11:01 pm

Imagine that for the past 30 years all food entering Britain from EU countries had been subject to stringent sanitary…

Humza Yousaf quits – sparking SNP leadership contest

29 April 2024 10:26 pm

Humza Yousaf is stepping down as first minister of Scotland. After feverish speculation over the weekend, Yousaf has announced this…

Rishi Sunak vows to boost defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP

24 April 2024 12:48 am

After finally getting his Rwanda legislation through the Lords, Rishi Sunak is in Warsaw today to meet with Nato Secretary-General…

Will there be a summer election?

22 April 2024 8:13 pm

It’s less than a fortnight till the local elections where Rishi Sunak will face his last major electoral test before…

Never forget the politicians who pushed gender politics

12 April 2024 11:45 pm

The great trans hoax is coming to an end. The idea of thousands of people being ‘trapped’ in the wrong…

Can David Cameron charm the Americans?

9 April 2024 11:31 pm

David Cameron is stateside today as the Foreign Secretary tries to muster up support for the US to send aid…

Dowden: UK position on arms sales to Israel ‘has not changed’

8 April 2024 4:57 am

Dowden: UK position on arms sales to Israel ‘has not changed’ Israel and Hamas are expected to hold a new…

The Tories are resigned to an almighty defeat

6 April 2024 5:00 pm

The herd of Conservative MPs is on the move again, this time obediently setting off towards the abattoir in which…

Why did the SNP make allowances for Spain during Covid?

25 March 2024 5:06 am

The Covid Inquiry’s recent Scottish sojourn brought several weeks of bad headlines for the SNP. One revelation got less attention…