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Forget ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ — what we need is an open Brexit

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The unexpected outcome of the general election has led some to hope that a weakened government will be forced to…

No, the election was not a rebellion against Brexit – or ‘austerity’

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The lessons to be learned from the Conservatives’ poor showing in the election could fill more pages than the national…

Theresa May has learned the hard way how much she needs the Conservatives

10 June 2017 9:00 am

As if we needed reminding, this past week has shown that the Islamist threat is a truly global problem. In…

May took voters for fools – and she has paid the price

10 June 2017 9:00 am

During the election campaign — or what passed for it — Theresa May would sometimes declare that Britain was facing…

Theresa May’s campaign mistakes... and the hard lessons she must learn

3 June 2017 9:00 am

On the eve of the US presidential election, experts at Princeton university decided that Donald Trump had a 1 per…

A proper discussion about terrorism is the best way to honour Manchester's dead

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Until last week, it was thought that the jihadi threat was subsiding and the security services were increasingly able to…

Is the Trump presidency in its last days?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has often wrong-footed the media. In last year’s election his campaign seemed to be always on the verge…

The Conservatives are being dragged leftwards

13 May 2017 9:00 am

It would be easy to dismiss Jeremy Corbyn’s launch of the Labour party’s election campaign this week on the grounds…

Britain must get ready to walk away from Brexit negotiations

6 May 2017 9:00 am

If elections were decided on voter enthusiasm rather than on plain numbers, Marine Le Pen would win this weekend’s battle…

Uniting the kingdom

29 April 2017 9:00 am

When launching the Scottish National Party’s election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon said the word ‘Tory’ 20 times in 20 minutes. For…

May’s manifesto

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Never has the Conservative party entered a general election campaign feeling more confident about victory. Much of that confidence is…

How will the EU cope without Britain?

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Many EU officials would like to present the Brexit negotiations as a case of one nervous member, weak at the…

The Tories must regain their lost momentum on social policy

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party is coming to resemble a drunk trying to get home on a bike.…

For Theresa May, the real fight really does start now

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Most people are glad to see the end of a referendum campaign, but the losing side always wants to keep…

Europe should follow Britain’s lead on refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When a humanitarian tragedy disappears from our newspapers, there are two possibilities: that the crisis is over and life for…

If the Tories can't do a Budget right, how will they handle Brexit?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

After Philip Hammond delivered his Budget last week, he went to speak to a meeting of Conservative backbench MPs. Several…

Philip Hammond’s budget disaster

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Some Budgets are historic, most are boring and a small number can be remembered as a disaster. After just a few months, Philip…

Carry on Major: real democrats don't shout down Europhiles

4 March 2017 9:00 am

As Prime Minister, John Major was intolerant of opposition from within the Conservative party over the EU — memorably calling…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00 am

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

The Labour party has turned into a political bed-blocker

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Just as it seems that Labour has reached the bottom of the abyss, Jeremy Corbyn and his party somehow manage…

Trump has his enemies just where he likes them

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Throughout John Bercow’s political career he has felt the need to atone for his student days when he was a…

Police must apologise to those falsely accused of sex offences

4 February 2017 9:00 am

This week, 49,000 gay men were granted posthumous pardons. Had Harold Macmillan’s government taken notice of this magazine in 1957…

Now we'll find out who's really serious about free trade

28 January 2017 9:00 am

After any other US election it would cause little comment that the new president had chosen the British Prime Minister…

The right way to do Brexit: positive – but tough

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From the start of the European Union referendum campaign, competing visions of Brexit have been advocated. To Nigel Farage, the…

No, he didn’t: Obama’s legacy

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could…