UK politics

Boris Johnson fires a warning shot to Sunak

19 February 2023 10:28 pm

Rishi Sunak is once again facing an unhelpful intervention from one of his predecessors. As the Prime Minister attempts to…

It’s time for ‘reality-based’ politicians to start addressing Brexit

13 February 2023 5:42 pm

Praise be. A day or two ago, something potentially quite exciting took place in Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire. It was a two-day…

The Westminster Holocaust memorial ignores Jewish suffering

12 February 2023 11:20 pm

It’s groundhog day all over again for the long-planned Holocaust memorial and learning centre in Westminster’s Victoria Tower Gardens. This…

Liz Truss, Brexit and the petulant anger at reality

6 February 2023 11:45 pm

The time it takes to mount a political comeback gets shorter and shorter, doesn’t it? The last prime minister but…

Three years on, is Brexit worth celebrating?

1 February 2023 1:48 am

Today, if you feel so inclined to celebrate it, is Brexit Day: the date on which, three years ago, Britain…

Rishi Sunak is no John Major

31 January 2023 12:36 am

As the skies darken over Rishi Sunak’s embattled government, with ministers being fired or placed under investigation, opinion polls dire…

Government borrowing hits £27.4 billion

24 January 2023 9:34 pm

Rishi Sunak ruffled his own party’s feathers last week when – in reference to last autumn’s market turmoil – he…

Is Sunak heading for trouble on the Protocol?

17 January 2023 3:42 am

There has been excited chatter in recent days that a breakthrough on the Northern Ireland Protocol could be imminent. Last…

Why won’t the Conservatives stand up for conservatism any more?

30 December 2022 1:59 am

Is it supposed to be enough for those of us of a culturally and socially conservative persuasion to know that some Tory…

Trade talks between the UK and the EU are heading for a blow-up

22 February 2020 9:01 pm

‘The reality is the talks will blow up shortly’. As I say in the Sun this morning, this is the…

The Budget will show how the Tories plan to win the next election

21 February 2020 9:49 pm

It’s only a few weeks until Budget day and the papers are filled with reports of the various revenue-raising measures…

Boris Johnson’s lead Brexit negotiator sets out his red lines

18 February 2020 10:02 am

What are the UK’s red lines in the upcoming trade talks with the EU? Although Boris Johnson has said publicly…

Is the Labour leadership contest already a done deal?

12 February 2020 11:57 pm

Labour’s leadership contest has been attracting less and less media interest as it goes on. Despite this, Jeremy Corbyn’s successor…

The motivation behind the government’s plans for the BBC

6 February 2020 6:21 am

Since Boris Johnson returned to No. 10 with a majority of 80, there’s been a growing sense that the Prime…

Emergency terror laws set to end early prisoner release

4 February 2020 4:46 am

The government has this afternoon unveiled its response to the Streatham terrorist incident on Sunday – which saw a man recently…

Why Australia-style deal is the new Brexit buzzword in government

2 February 2020 10:56 pm

As the second round of Brexit negotiations loom with the EU, there’s already talk of an early bust-up coming up…

The UK has left the EU

1 February 2020 10:36 am

In practical terms, little has changed tonight. Businesses and citizens here will not feel any real difference in the coming…

Labour official election report: result nothing to do with Corbyn

29 January 2020 11:55 pm

There’s nothing like a period of reflection after a historic election defeat. It offers those involved a chance to look…

How Boris Johnson can emulate Margaret Thatcher

26 January 2020 6:30 pm

An open letter to Boris Johnson: People, even including your opponents, are getting used to the idea that you are…

Boris Johnson won’t dance to the tune of big business on Brexit

24 January 2020 9:02 pm

Now that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill has received royal assent and become law, the UK will leave the EU at…

Keir Starmer makes it onto the Labour leadership ballot: who else will join him?

21 January 2020 5:15 am

Keir Starmer has made it through to the final round of the Labour leadership contest, having secured the backing of…

Is Labour heading for another Kinnock moment?

18 January 2020 3:08 am

‘You end in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council – a Labour council – hiring taxis to scuttle round…

MPs need an alternative career path to just becoming a minister

17 January 2020 5:53 am

Parliament feels rather quiet at the moment, and it’s not just because there are no longer constant knife-edge votes on…

Inside the Labour leadership campaigns: who is running the show?

15 January 2020 9:10 pm

Now that the second phase of the Labour leadership contest is underway, the five candidates are finalising their campaign teams.…

Labour leadership contest: the state of the race so far

6 January 2020 6:15 am

The candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn have been busily launching their campaigns and giving political interviews this weekend, with the…