Conservatives

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

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 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…

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…

Matthew Parris vs Matt Ridley on Brexit bitterness

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A conversation about Brexit and bitterness

Why I didn’t celebrate Oscar Wilde’s birthday

29 October 2016 9:00 am

On Wednesday 19 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, a reception was held to celebrate…

Don’t let the defeat of Islamic State mean more terror at home

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The Islamic State’s pretence to nationhood was based on the holding of territory. With the battle for Mosul this week,…

Real politics blossoms outside the conference hall

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s age, perhaps disillusion, or perhaps party conferences really aren’t what they used to be, but I have struggled…

We know who Theresa May is against. But who is she for?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

One of the professional drawbacks of coming from Scotland and then moving to London is that I don’t really know…

In defence of David Cameron’s achievements

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It is too early to tell what sort of Prime Minister Theresa May will turn out to be, but we…

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…

In a Birmingham jail, I discovered the point of Michael Gove

17 September 2016 9:00 am

I went to prison last week, in Birmingham. Early start, off on a train from Euston. It was my kids’…

Theresa May: heir to Brown

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Standing outside No. 10, our newly chosen — though not elected — Prime Minister decided to address the country directly.…

Why Theresa May’s honeymoon will come to an abrupt end

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May has been keen to stress that she doesn’t want this country or her government to be defined by…

David Cameron’s legacy (it's not just Brexit)

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Midway through his final cabinet meeting, David Cameron realised — with some horror — that it had turned into a…

Joseph Chamberlain, Theresa May's new lodestar

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Joseph, not Neville

Beware the aides of May! The people who'll really run the new government

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Nick Timothy: agenda setter, guru and champion of ‘ordinary people’

Why it takes more thinking to be a Tory than a socialist

16 July 2016 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories…

How Theresa May can seize the Brexit revolution

9 July 2016 9:00 am

It’s time for a fresh type of Conservatism

‘I had to step up’: Michael Gove on how he changed his mind about Boris

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Michael Gove on leadership, his wife, Brexit, Boris – and why anybody should trust him again

Why I lie about voting Leave

2 July 2016 9:00 am

There are lies, damned lies and pretending to back Remain. I lie because I am a coward. I hug friends…

The referendum was a game of chicken with the voters

2 July 2016 9:00 am

I have worked in advertising for 28 years. In that time I have seen many briefs for communication campaigns, but…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

Of course the old Tory hatreds are back. That’s referendums for you

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Of course it’s vicious. It was always going to be. Sure, they’ve spent decades living peacefully side by side, but…