Theresa May

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…

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

Nick Timothy: Theresa May folded like a Brompton bike during the Brexit negotiations

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As my train hurtles northward, my phone starts to buzz. Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to hold a December election. So:…

Tacitus knew how to handle stories from ‘insiders’ and ‘sources’

14 September 2019 9:00 am

We read much about ‘fake news’ these days and of efforts to rid the internet of it. But what of…

Theresa May’s honours list makes me sick

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The BBC featured a gay wedding on Songs of Praise recently. Of course it did. The thinking was, I assume:…

Boris Johnson could be about to lose everything – or redefine British politics

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Will Boris Johnson’s decision to seek a snap election pay off?

What would you save, Marmite or the planet?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his very long letter to Jeremy Corbyn about why, after all, he will stay out of the Labour party…

I’ve started talking like a hardline Leaver

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Our involuntary responses know us better than we know ourselves. As I left King Charles Street in Whitehall last week…

If Boris achieves a deal with the EU, he will be unassailable

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a prime minister who has reached No. 10 with lower expectations. Boris Johnson has been…

What kills more people in the UK: hot or cold weather?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Losing confidence The government may soon face a vote of no confidence, the second this year. How often do these…

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The conviction of ‘Nick’ shows the evil behind McCarthyism

27 July 2019 9:00 am

‘No great surprise’ headlined the BBC television news on Tuesday lunchtime. The BBC does not admit it now, but it…

Will ‘chairman Boris’ revive cabinet government?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It has become something of a tradition in British politics: an incoming prime minister promises to restore proper cabinet government.…

The most important decision that Boris has to make

13 July 2019 9:00 am

After being backed by a majority of Tory MPs, Boris Johnson now looks set to win over party members by…

Why are hustings called hustings?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

History of hustings Why are hustings called by that name? — The word ‘hustings’ is derived from an old Norse…

An early election is beginning to look inevitable for the next Tory leader

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a joke going around the various warring tribes in the Tory leadership contest. They might not win this time,…

The Trump card: We should welcome Donald Trump's visit – and treat him as a friend

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump arrived by helicopter at Turnberry, his golf course…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party triumphs, May resigns and Corbyn has an unhappy birthday

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Home The Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, received 5,248,533 votes (out of 17,199,701 cast) in the European parliament elections,…

History will be kinder to Theresa May than we have been

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Recording the BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures has brought me to five cities and five styles of questioning. Cardiff had…

How many people make it up Everest?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Tears for fears Theresa May welled up while announcing her resignation in Downing Street. How often do leaders cry? —…

Plutarch's advice for the Tory leadership candidates

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The MPs wishing to replace Theresa May as prime minister have policies — but do they know what their electorate…

The end of May: Theresa must go so the Tories can heal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

This week’s European election was always going to be pointless, at least from a British perspective. It is possible that…

If you’re going to leave Notre Dame in ruins, why not set fire to Oxford University?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Almost everyone agrees it is a pity that so few pupils from ‘disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds’ get into Oxford. But no…

The grave mistake that has killed Theresa May’s Brexit deal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The European elections were a gift for Britain’s two new political parties, Change UK and the Brexit party. But only…

Like Theresa May, Claudius struggled to know who to trust

11 May 2019 9:00 am

After the sacking of Gavin Williamson, a former No. 10 insider said of Theresa May: ‘One of Theresa’s big faults is…

Can May and Corbyn find a Brexit compromise?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Can Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reach a satisfactory compromise on Brexit? The two leaders’ positions are not, in fact,…