UK politics

J.K. Rowling and the darkness on the left

29 September 2018 9:00 am

You rarely come across a character in modern literature like Jimmy Knight. He’s a racist, but that’s not what makes…

The dreadful state of British politics

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Conference season always shows our political parties at their worst. It would be a kindness if these things were not…

How John McDonnell wooed Mumsnet

22 September 2018 9:00 am

As so often these days, if you want real political insight, go to Mumsnet. In a web chat there today,…

Theresa May’s weakness is a virtue

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Something rather remarkable happened yesterday: Theresa May had a good day. This counts as news and is itself testament to…

The Remainers are in charge now

14 July 2018 9:00 am

There has been a Remainer coup. Remainers now inhabit virtually all of the highest offices in the land. Overnight, adherents…

Businesses should try and shape Brexit – not fight it

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Airbus will abandon the UK. The car factories will all be closed down. Trade will grind to a halt, we…

Brexit has become England’s white whale

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Brexit must happen. Of course it must, for the people have decreed it should and, in this instance, their command…

Why Brexit will never end

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I hate to take issue with a fellow Spectator writer, but Robert Peston’s revelation that a “no deal” Brexit is…

Brexit is fast becoming a Tory no-win

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit dilemma is becoming more acute. Last week, she failed to garner the support of the Brexit inner…

Children’s cinema is conservative – and brilliant

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Oscars promise to be truly unbearable this year, with vomit-inducing levels of sanctimony followed by the usual gibberish from…

Europeans are Britain’s new minority

17 February 2018 9:00 am

If you ran the marketing department of a progressive organisation, which wanted to advertise its inclusiveness, how would you do…

The Labour party has turned into a political bed-blocker

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Just as it seems that Labour has reached the bottom of the abyss, Jeremy Corbyn and his party somehow manage…

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…

Sorry, Philip Hammond, autumn Budgets aren’t a new idea

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Autumn Budgets Philip Hammond announced that in future the Budget will be held in autumn rather than spring. This is…

In defence of Zac Goldsmith

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m baffled by the reaction to Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. It is…

The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

Of course Tony Blair made a ‘secret deal’. That’s what good PMs do

23 July 2016 9:00 am

As a founder member of the Guild of Blair-Bashers, someone who reacted strongly against him from our first encounter at…

Strawberries with one man Brexit’s making very rich

16 July 2016 9:00 am

I first met a boyish, sunny Tony Blair more than 20 years ago. Our encounters have always been slightly tense…

‘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

The true meaning of Sadiq Khan’s claims to virtue

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he wanted ‘the most transparent, honest and accessible administration London has ever…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Young people are being taught to resent their elders on the basis of tendentious claims and alarmist statistics

OK: I’m convinced: one EU referendum might not be enough

17 October 2015 9:00 am

We now have to take seriously the possibility that in the EU referendum Britain will vote to leave. I had…