James Forsyth


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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


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

SNP Party leader Nicola Sturgeon Photo: Getty

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

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

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

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

Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wales

Never mind the general election: Tories are already fighting the Europe referendum

29 November 2014

It is quite normal in British politics for a political party to turn on itself after an election defeat — but the Tories now seem to be preparing themselves for… 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

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

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


Get ready for an election where everyone loses (except maybe the Lib Dems)

4 October 2014

Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Read more

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Starts

Cameron must reunite the Tories or lose the next election

27 September 2014

No one goes to Birmingham to revive a marriage. But that is what David Cameron and the Conservative party must do next week at conference. They must find a way… Read more

John Prescott and Alistair Darling Join The Scottish Labour Battle Bus

'There's no one left to tell the truth': how Scottish unionism lost the plot

13 September 2014

This is really happening. The Scots could vote to end the greatest, most successful union in human history next week. Westminster has, at last, woken up to this threat and… Read more


David Cameron's next big European mistake

30 August 2014

David Cameron loathes European Union summits, and with reason: they seldom go well for him. He has been ambushed by the French, betrayed by the Germans, seduced by the Swedes… Read more

David Cameron cut short his holiday to return to Westminster, following the beheading of  journalist James Foley Photo: Getty

David Cameron's fog of war

23 August 2014

It was clear that things were going wrong for David Cameron when he had to say that his position on Iraq was ‘very, very simple’. To use that phrase was… Read more


It costs £34,000 to become an MP. No wonder they expect higher pay

16 August 2014

Mark Simmonds has been in politics long enough to know not to expect much sympathy from his constituents. He resigned as a Foreign Office minister this week because his £89,435… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Spends A Holiday In Cornwall With His Family

Why this could be David Cameron's last summer in politics

2 August 2014

At this time of year, whenever you see a British politician looking particularly busy, you can take it as a sign that they are about to go off on holiday.… Read more