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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.


Quietly, David Cameron is dreaming of another coalition (and scheming for it)

28 March 2015

David Cameron is honest to a fault — or so he told us this week. While cooking lunch in the kitchen of his Oxfordshire home, he was asked, in terms,… Read more

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A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

21 March 2015

George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were his last. This time round, the Chancellor and those around him needed no reminding of… Read more


Wanted: a party leader willing to talk about defence

14 March 2015

In the 1984 US presidential election, Ronald Reagan came up with an effective way of embarrassing his rival Walter Mondale over defence. ‘There’s a bear in the woods,’ ran his… Read more


Interview: George Osborne's Manchester manifesto

7 March 2015

Puccini’s doesn’t seem like George Osborne’s sort of restaurant. It is a pizza-and-pasta place in the safely Labour constituency of Salford and Eccles, Greater Manchester, most notable for the fact… Read more


No one wants to fight a national campaign. This will be the least general election in years

28 February 2015

There’s normally an easy way to tell which party is losing a general election campaign. Whenever one side starts telling you to ignore the national polls and look at what… Read more

Liberal Democrats Canvas Before May's General Election

Why the Lib Dems aren’t scared of this election (and why they should be)

21 February 2015

One of the most remarkable features of this parliament has been the sangfroid of the Liberal Democrats. Nothing seems to shake them. The mood of the two main parties is… Read more


The Tories are coming to believe in David Cameron's election hunch

14 February 2015

‘You did this,’ David Cameron repeatedly declared to Tory donors as he reeled off a list of the government’s achievements at the Black and White ball on Monday night. Three… Read more

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How Labour lost Scotland (and could lose the Union)

7 February 2015

Just four months ago Scotland was the scene of great cross-party co-operation — unprecedented in peace-time politics. Gordon Brown was offering advice on David Cameron’s speeches, Douglas Alexander and the… Read more


Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015

Napoleon notoriously preferred his generals to be lucky — and on that score at least, he would have approved of David Cameron. The triumph of the Syriza party in Greece… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Manchester

George Osborne’s 13 tests for an election victory (and how many he’s passed)

24 January 2015

These days George Osborne is rarely seen in public without a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket. But he used to take pride in being recognised as a political insider… Read more

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical leftist party Syriza Photo: Getty

Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens are being studied by every politico from the Prime Minister… Read more


Welcome to the election race that everyone will lose

10 January 2015

On 19 June 1815, after the battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington declared that ‘nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won’. Two… Read more

65th Anniversary On The NHS

Even Ukip don't dare break the unhealthy consensus on the NHS

3 January 2015

There’s an irony about Ukip’s rise. Nigel Farage party’s popularity is driven by a widespread sense that the main parties are all the same. Yet in the past four years,… Read more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits The UK

From coalition to chaos – get ready for the age of indecision

13 December 2014

A recent email from Samantha Cameron started an intriguing debate in the Prime Minister’s social circle. It was an invitation to a Christmas party at Chequers and word quickly spread… Read more


Interview: Alex Salmond’s game plan for the Commons

13 December 2014

Alex Salmond is losing his voice but that’s not going to stop him from talking — I doubt that anything would, or could. I meet him in the Savoy, after… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

The very model of a political Chancellor

6 December 2014

Autumn Statements lack the drama and traditions of the Budget. Gladstone never delivered one, there is no Autumn Statement box and no possibility of a dram of whisky as the… Read more


The technology giants are breathtakingly irresponsible about terrorism

29 November 2014

The arrogance and intransigence of some of the technology companies in the fight against terrorism has become extraordinary. We learned this week that one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murderers, Michael… Read more

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's political earthquake – and what it will do to Westminster

22 November 2014

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s new first minister has come into office on a tide… Read more


It’s not just Ed Miliband. Labour’s on the wrong side of history

15 November 2014

Ed Miliband is the least of Labour’s problems. Its troubles go far deeper than any individual. They are structural and, potentially, fatal. It is certainly easier for Labour MPs, and… Read more

Ed Miliband Faces A Fight To Save Its Scottish MPs

How Ed Miliband lost his winning hand

8 November 2014

Ed Miliband’s internal critics used to complain that he had a 35 per cent strategy. They claimed that his unambitious plan was to eke out a technical victory by adding… Read more


Ukip’s Patrick O’Flynn on the ‘genius’ Nigel Farage and why Douglas Carswell’s votes won’t set party policy

8 November 2014

Interviews with Ukip bigwigs used to happen in pubs. But times are changing. When I meet Patrick O’Flynn — the party’s economics spokesman, and until recently chief spin doctor —… Read more

Shadow International Development Secretary Jim Murphy Photo: Getty

Scotland needs Jim Murphy (even if he doesn’t want to go back there)

1 November 2014

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Read more


It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to hot-foot it to a tougher position on the free movement… Read more

Douglas Carswell UKIPs First MP Enters Parliament

Ukip is here to stay – especially if Labour wins

18 October 2014

British politics is rather like one of those playground games of football where one match is being played lengthways and another sideways. The two regularly get tangled up, making it… Read more

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

The Lib Dems' dirty secret: they want to stay with the Tories

11 October 2014

The last Liberal Democrat conference before the general election has been dominated by denunciations of the ‘nasty’ Tories. Lib Dems claim they are shocked to find George Osborne proposing a… Read more