Politics

A fake Tory leadership war has begun

19 August 2017 9:00 am

When a new MP is offered a job as a parliamentary private secretary for a cabinet member, it’s often a…

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

The dark clouds that threaten Brexit

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you’re a civil servant working on Brexit. Whitehall has recognised that the…

The Tories need a ‘what’ as much as a ‘who’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May has made it to the summer. In the aftermath of the election, Downing Street’s immediate aim was to…

The Tories can see off Jeremy Corbyn – here’s how

8 July 2017 9:00 am

The Tory party is suffering from an intellectual crisis of confidence. Before 8 June, its collective view was that Jeremy…

To save the Tories and boost her own legacy, Theresa May must stay

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes crises end simply because all of the participants are exhausted. Essentially, this is what has happened with the post-election…

Why the Corbyn surge astonished everyone, even MPs

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Science,’ wrote Jules Verne, ‘is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because…

Why hasn't the Remain dog barked in this election?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The hopes of those who want Britain to stay in the EU have been dashed by this election. There has…

Will Theresa May ever resist a backlash?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elections matter. They are fundamental to our way of life. So, while it is appropriate that the campaigns stopped on…

Theresa May has both luck and skill on her side in this election campaign

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Normally, the first anniversary of a prime minister taking office is the occasion for a lot of opinion polls and…

Never mind the general election – Corbynism isn’t going away

6 May 2017 9:00 am

General elections are meant to produce a government and an opposition — ideally, a decent version of both. It is…

Why the Tories are talking up Labour

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Considering that their party is expected to win by a landslide, the Tory spin doctors sound unusually panicked. They are…

If Donald Trump is listening to his generals, that’s great news for Britain

15 April 2017 9:00 am

‘Great Britain has lost an Empire and not yet found a role’. Fifty-five years on, Dean Acheson’s remark has not…

How both Britain and the EU might claim victory in the Brexit talks

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…

Philip Hammond knows he's unsackable. He's still not taking risks

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Chancellors often enjoy a Budget for the chance it gives them to show off. They enjoy wrong-footing their opponents with…

Trump’s real strategy for facing Putin: speak softly and buy more nukes

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has not lost his capacity to surprise: few would have bet on him starting his address to Congress…

For the sake of Britain’s constitution, will everyone please shut up?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

One of the striking features of Britain’s unwritten constitution is how it relies on various people keeping their opinions to…

What happens to Tories when they're certain that they’ll win? We’ll find out

11 February 2017 9:00 am

There are few things more predictable than people talking about the unpredictability of politics. We live in an age, we…

What No. 10 has learned about dealing with the Donald

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Imagine if Donald Trump declared that Islam had ‘no place’ in his country, or proposed banning the burqa ‘wherever legally…

Brexit makes Parliament matter again. Is it ready?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Parliament is the cockpit of the nation, but MPs have been on autopilot rather a lot in the past 40-odd…

Theresa May has taken control – this is a Brexit plan the EU can't stop

21 January 2017 9:00 am

‘No negotiation without notification’ has been the EU’s mantra since 24 June last year. Its leaders have been determined that…

Theresa May is the most left-wing Tory Prime Minister for 40 years

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Curbs on executive pay, restrictions on foreign takeovers and workers on boards. Not Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for Britain, but ideas…

Theresa May can do whatever she wants. So what does she want?

7 January 2017 9:00 am

It is the fate of all new prime ministers to be compared with their recent predecessors. Theresa May has already…

Brexit is a revolution – and it’ll be decades before we know it’s worked

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Few years will live as long in the memory as 2016. Historians will ponder the meaning and consequences of the…

The economic consequences of Philip Hammond

19 November 2016 9:00 am

What are now called ‘fiscal events’—the Budget and the Autumn Statement—have become the biggest dates in the Westminster calendar. The…