Theresa May

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,…

The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, mass loss of council seats, dismissals and…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

The Brexit impasse proves we need political reform

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Any hopes that the parliamentary recess would help resolve the great Brexit impasse have been dashed. MPs have returned from…

Rory Stewart: Why I’d make a good prime minister

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Why Rory Stewart might have what it takes to be PM


It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…


My advice to Leavers: go for a second referendum – you might just win

13 April 2019 9:00 am

My first encounter with a plan to hold not one but two referendums on Britain’s European Union membership happened more…


Dear Remainer parliament: you won. Now revoke Article 50 – if you dare

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Dear Remainer parliament. Although we’re the voters who spurned the petition for this very course of action, we the undersigned…

Emmanuel Macron has united his country – against him

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The extent of his failure is extraordinary

If the EU refuses an extension, voters want a no-deal Brexit. MPs should listen

6 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the many tragedies of Theresa May’s premiership is that, having come up with a coherent policy on how…

The logic behind Theresa May’s late move to Labour

6 April 2019 9:00 am

There is a logic in Mrs May’s late move to Labour. It is the same logic by which both parties,…

If there's no deal, there's no Brexit

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Both main parties have been hugely damaged by Brexit

As an ex-Brexit minister I can tell you – May’s ‘plan’ was built on sand

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The list of Brexit failures is a long one – but the buck stops with No. 10

Breaking point: can either Labour or the Tories survive Brexit?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Can the PM survive Brexit?