Judgment day: the danger of courts taking over politics

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Over-mighty courts are bad for democracy

Word of the week: ‘prorogue’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It was most unlooked-for that a king should ally with Whig politicians to seek parliamentary reform, but that was what…

Portrait of the week: Brexit flextension, the demise of Debenhams and a real shower in the Commons

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for an extension…

Westminster's splitting headache: who will quit next?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Team Corbyn is concerned – and rightly so

The brutal truth is that May is heading towards a softer Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Backbench MPs want to take back control of Brexit. Will they succeed?

The unbearable pointlessness of Parliament

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Westminster activity is unceasing – and mostly worthless

Britain is heading towards a soft Brexit or a second referendum

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Are we about to arrive at the most important date in recent British history?

Portrait of the week: Mark Carney’s kind offer, the return of Parliament and Steve Bannon vs the New Yorker

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Mark Carney kindly said he would stay on as governor of the Bank of England if it helped the…

Order, order! In the Commons, you are where you sit

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Parliament-watchers discern plenty about your political leanings from where you park your posterior

Cull the lawyers – there are too many for democracy to work

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Too many lawyers become MPs

Rumours of sexual misconduct swirl around Westminster

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Home A great ferment of accusations of sexual impropriety was made against people in Parliament and out of it. Bex…

It’s not victim shaming to suggest there might be two sides to every story

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere towards the end of the 1980s I was suddenly promoted three grades upwards in my job at the BBC;…

Befriending Laura Pidcock: an interview with a Labour firebrand

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Labour MP Laura Pidcock isn’t half as fierce as she seems

Bristol ablaze: anger at the Lords’ rejection of the Second Reform Bill sparked riots in Queen’s Square, Bristol, October 1831 (William James Muller)

Britain über alles: Victorious Century reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The 19th-century belonged to us, according to David Cannadine’s ambitious new history. Jane Ridley is mesmerised by it

Maybe nations aren’t enough – but we still need them

1 April 2017 9:00 am

An email from the high-minded Carnegie Endowment, marking the triggering of Article 50 and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of…

The Tories could – and should – have got rid of John Bercow years ago

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Seeing off the Speaker Sir: If senior Tories in Buckingham had had their way, John Bercow’s career as Speaker could…

In (conditional) defence of John Bercow

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Duddridge is not wrong. The Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, who has put down a ‘no confidence’…

Speaker Bercow has split the House and dishonoured his office

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

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…

Lord Reed’s dissenting judgment in the Supreme Court is spot on

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The English tradition of dissenting judgments in important civil cases is a good one. They are often better than the…

Labour of the negative

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s disregard for Parliament is terrible for his party and for our representative democracy

Matthew Parris is simply wrong about us Leavers

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Lurid about Leavers Sir: Matthew Parris has spent much of the past few months denigrating those of us who want…

Iraq: the real question

9 July 2016 9:00 am

‘If it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region’ — Note from Tony Blair to George W. Bush, 2…