UK politics

Rishi’s Tory rating turns negative

5 July 2023 12:28 am

As the average mortgage rate for a five-year fixed deal rises to 6 per cent, Rishi Sunak can find little…

John Major has learned nothing over Brexit

2 July 2023 6:35 pm

Rishi Sunak’s government is sometimes compared to that of John Major, the man who succeeded Margaret Thatcher in 1990, went…

‘We’ve got to hold our nerve’: Rishi Sunak’s BBC interview

25 June 2023 8:52 pm

As mortgage rates surge and a new Opinium poll finds Labour’s lead has jumped to 18 points, Rishi Sunak appeared…

Is Labour bluffing on Lords reform?

22 June 2023 9:22 pm

Is Labour really going to reform the House of Lords? The party has ended up in a bit of a…

Sunak can’t afford to lose Braverman

23 May 2023 12:07 am

Back in the early days of the Blair governments, Alastair Campbell was reputed to have a rule for resignations: once…

The Tories would be lost in opposition

21 May 2023 12:15 am

It is widely observed that many Conservatives are preparing to lose power at the next general election.  The Conservative Democratic…

A Lib-Lab coalition would be hilarious

15 May 2023 11:10 pm

Talk of a new Labour-Lib Dem coalition is in the air. This is piquantly nostalgic to those of us whose…

Britain is stuck in a fertility trap

14 May 2023 4:35 pm

Pope Francis wants you to have sex. Or at least he wants Italians to have more sex. The country, he says,…

The UN is wrong about Britain’s treatment of trans people

14 May 2023 3:02 am

Is Britain a hostile environment for trans people? The United Nations’ independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity has delivered…

Can Britain become the Saudi Arabia of carbon capture?

1 May 2023 12:09 am

Boris Johnson wanted to make Britain ‘the Saudi Arabia of wind’. But Grant Shapps is keen to send Britain’s green…

Violent extremists won’t spoil Joe Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland

11 April 2023 11:10 pm

What can violent extremists do to wreck Joe Biden’s first visit to Northern Ireland? The answer is precious little. The…

What I learned from Nigel Lawson

8 April 2023 9:00 am

His practical radicalism brought permanent change

Will cruise ships solve the migrant housing crisis?

29 March 2023 7:30 pm

In an ironic twist, cruise ships are being hailed as the latest measure to help ‘stop the boats’. Most Fleet…

Rishi Sunak is right to get tough on begging

28 March 2023 5:48 pm

When Rishi Sunak presented the latest attempt by a prime minister to get tough on anti-social behaviour, it wasn’t the…

Is it time to ban second jobs for MPs?

27 March 2023 4:59 pm

There are some genres of newspaper story that never die. Among them are sightings of Lord Lucan, public moralists discovered…

Why Boris Johnson might escape a partygate punishment

24 March 2023 1:10 am

After several months of anticipation, two contentious legal submissions from Lord Pannick KC and a bumper 52-page witness statement, Boris…

PMQs proved that we have too many politicians

23 March 2023 2:46 am

PMQs drove up a cul-de-sac today. Sir Keir’s team of researchers have discovered a crime blackspot where ten houses have…

Sunak avoids large Tory rebellion on Brexit deal

23 March 2023 2:28 am

Rishi Sunak’s Windsor Framework has won support in the House of Commons at 515 ayes to 29 noes. As expected,…

The Lineker row isn’t about free speech – it’s a moral coup

11 March 2023 8:00 am

So the cancel-culture set believes in free speech now? What a turnaround. People who have spent the past decade turning…

The Illegal Migration Bill will define the next election

8 March 2023 1:37 am

The government’s Illegal Migration Bill is finally here. Speaking in the House of Commons this lunchtime, the Home Secretary unveiled…

What Miriam Cates gets right – and wrong – about declining fertility

24 February 2023 2:11 am

Fulfil your civic duty. Get married. Have children. That was the message from Miriam Cates, the increasingly prominent Conservative backbencher, to guests…

Rishi risks another asylum outcry

23 February 2023 8:34 pm

With the likelihood of a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol fading this week, a new issue has emerged to…

The DUP has a right to be difficult over the Northern Ireland Protocol

23 February 2023 6:08 pm

It’s easy to take an unsympathetic view of the Democratic Unionist Party. For many, its politicians are caricatures of the…

The SNP leadership race has turned into the mother of all culture wars

22 February 2023 10:55 pm

Bring back Nicola Sturgeon. The race to replace her as SNP leader and first minister has turned into the mother…

Sunak is taking a gamble on the Protocol

20 February 2023 9:06 pm

Westminster is back to the Brexit wars this week. Once again, a Conservative leader is trying to finalise a deal…