Conservatives

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…

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