Conservatives

Theresa May doesn’t want yes-men – and hasn’t got them

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told her audience at the Conservative party conference that she wanted to continue, like…

Andrew Marr: Feeling the fear at the Tory conference

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The best reason for visiting party conferences is to sniff the air. It’s fragments of conversation drifting through a bar,…

How to make friends without making enemies

7 October 2017 9:00 am

As the breeze of popular opinion — popularis aura — blows sweetly over the much-loved Corbyn-McDonnell Old Labour tribute act,…

If only the Tories understood how free market economics works

7 October 2017 9:00 am

‘I don’t think I’m quite as Austrian as you are,’ a Tory minister said to me the other day. And…

What is Boris Johnson up to?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Theresa May’s phoney race war is dangerous and divisive

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Her cynical attack on institutional racism is dangerous and divisive

Theresa May’s great comeback is now underway

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May is hoping that you will

Dear Leavebugs, it’s time to admit your mistake

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Brexit,’ says my friend David Aaronovitch, ‘is dying.’ We Remainer irreconcilables certainly hope so. But there’s a slim chance the…

What’s Labour going to do with the middle classes?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Be fair. Theresa May’s plan actually half-worked. No, there was a plan. I know the consensus now seems to be…

Let's keep up the Moggmentum

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

I hate to say it, but I can’t blame the millennials who voted for Corbyn

17 June 2017 9:00 am

On the morning after the election I was drinking coffee with one of my heroes, Sir Roger Scruton. We talked…

Nick Timothy is a Tory visionary – he deserves a second chance

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I first met Nick Timothy in July 2015. He had just been appointed director of New Schools Network, the free…

Politics and the English language in 2017

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Politics and the English language in 2017

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…

The Tories should promise to cut the top rate of income tax to 30 per cent

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants to put up income tax only for people who earn more than £80,000 a year, he says.…

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…