election 2019

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

21 December 2019 9:00 am

How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

Gay giraffes and dead in ditches: The Spectator 2019 quiz

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson stood for party leader as a One Nation Tory, he fought the campaign as a One Nation Tory…

How common are volcanic eruptions?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Volcanic eruptions At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How…

Letters: Why have the Conservatives decided Chesterfield is a lost cause?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Given up on Chesterfield? Sir: Matthew Parris makes some interesting and accurate points about growing Tory support in the north…

Labour prepares for life after Corbyn

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s election night speech did little to address the fact he led Labour to its worst result since 1935.…

I’ve found a lovely new home – in Russia

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Staraya Russa. About two thirds of the way from Moscow to St Petersburg, in the historic Novgorod Oblast, once the…

The new Conservatism has begun

14 December 2019 9:00 am

The shifting character of our political parties

All the world’s a stage: this election has echoes of Shakespeare and Dickens

14 December 2019 9:00 am

This election has echoes of Shakespeare and Dickens

This is the most important election in modern history – so vote, and vote Tory

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Remembering the genius of Clive James

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Clive James Stirs.’ That was the standard subject line for the emails I used to get from the great Australian…

Letters: Governments should be promoting marriage, not discouraging it for the sake of equality

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Look closer to home Sir: In your interview with Boris Johnson (‘Austerity was not the way forward’, 30 November) he…

Six weeks is too long for an election campaign

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The number of parties represented in national election debate multiplies. There are now seven crowding on to television podiums and…

The Tories are right to be nervous

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Despite their consistent poll lead, the Tories are anxious. There is only a week to go and in many seats…

I'm calling it: the Tories will win a majority

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s time to stick my neck out. What follows is anecdotal and my hunches have often been wrong. But I…

What the Tories don’t understand about Corbyn voters

7 December 2019 9:00 am

What the Tories don’t understand about Corbyn’s voters

‘Corbyn is led by ideology, I’m led by economics’: Sajid Javid’s spending plan

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Sajid Javid on a new economic plan for a new era

Viral videos, not leaders’ debates, could decide this election

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The real election battleground is one you can’t see

This election will change Britain – and Europe – for good

7 December 2019 9:00 am

This election will change Britain – and Europe – for good

Must try harder: Labour wants to reverse a decade of progress in education

7 December 2019 9:00 am

If education rather than Brexit or the NHS was the biggest issue in this election campaign, the Tories would be…

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

Andrew Marr: December elections are a very bad idea

30 November 2019 9:00 am

December elections are a bad idea. Never mind politicians talking rot — the ludicrous promises, the ludicrous numbers — it’s…