Politics

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…

Donald Trump won't be as bad as you think

12 November 2016 9:00 am

For 18 months, Donald Trump was amazingly useful to British politicians. Whatever their party, he provided them with the most…

What’s wrong with early voting

5 November 2016 9:00 am

 Washington The outcome of America’s elections might become clear in the first minutes of vote-counting next Tuesday night. That is…

Theresa May's missing opposition

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Oppositions don’t win elections — governments lose them. This has long been the Westminster wisdom. But the truth is that…

Order, order! Theresa May must call time on ministerial bickering

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Even by the accelerated standards of modern politics, this is fast. Three months after the Chancellor was appointed, the Treasury…

Will Brexit butcher the banking system?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The financial sector is bracing itself for the worst... but there are reasons to think London’s pre-eminence will continue

Theresa May’s first Tory conference as PM was a love-in for the right

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May doesn’t use an autocue for her speeches. She feels that reading off a screen at the back of…

‘Just managing’ is not enough in No. 10, Prime Minister

1 October 2016 9:00 am

What does Theresa May believe? The new Prime Minister has had the summer to settle into her job and has…

Corbyn has won - again. This could be the end of the Labour party

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Those of us on the left should imagine how our political rivals felt when watching Jeremy Corbyn’s latest victory speech. English…

Inside David Cameron’s personal Brexit

17 September 2016 9:00 am

In the days following David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister, Michael Gove tried to persuade the Cameroons to back Boris…

Theresa May’s not bluffing on immigration

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Why has ‘trust’ became such a dominant issue in British politics in the early 21st century? Is it the failure…

Theresa May enters the Brexit minefield

3 September 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron resigned, the Conservative Party Board pushed back the planned date for the election of a new leader…

Will Labour split? Don’t hold your breath

27 August 2016 9:00 am

All political parties are a mess: coalitions of people with different beliefs, stitched together — like Frankenstein’s monster — into…

Take it from an ex-Trot: Labour needn’t worry about Trotskyists

20 August 2016 9:00 am

How strange it is that an obscure Tsarist prison warder in Odessa is commemorated forever in thousands of tiny, irritable…