Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Even psychiatrists don’t know how the drugs they prescribe work

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What is it like to go mad? Not so much developing depression or having a panic attack — which is…

Can Boris and his ministers agree on the point of the Covid app?

21 July 2021 7:51 am

What is the point of the Covid-19 app? Ministers seem to be as in the dark about the answer to…

Ministers are compounding the Covid confusion

18 July 2021 9:00 pm

After several hours of rage that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were going to be able to avoid self-isolation —…

How did the Tories get taking the knee so wrong?

14 July 2021 9:06 pm

Steve Baker’s warning to his colleagues about the way they respond to footballers taking the knee has shaken like a…

Johnson urges caution ahead of final easing

13 July 2021 7:25 am

How different will life be after 19 July? Not very, if the Prime Minister’s press conference this evening was anything…

Are ministers prepared for ‘freedom day’?

12 July 2021 4:31 am

Is the government having a wobble over ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July? Well, for one thing you won’t hear ministers…

Labour's unlocking problem

7 July 2021 1:20 am

Labour is unhappy with the government’s plan for unlocking, with leader Sir Keir Starmer calling it ‘reckless’. In the Commons…

Sajid Javid appointed as new Health Secretary

27 June 2021 5:11 am

Sajid Javid is the new Health Secretary, replacing Matt Hancock following his resignation. Javid has been out of government ever…

Rishi Sunak: I'm a fiscal Conservative (unlike Boris)

17 June 2021 6:44 am

When Rishi Sunak told Andrew Neil this evening that he had his eyes on the future, he was ostensibly talking…

Speaker blasts Boris again over lockdown announcement

15 June 2021 7:10 am

The government has just suffered a further verbal drubbing for the way it announced it would be delaying the roadmap…

The questions Matt Hancock still has to answer

28 May 2021 5:24 am

Matt Hancock’s approach to Dominic Cummings’s allegations has been to come out fighting. He believes he has spent most of today…

Is the reshuffle the answer to Labour's woes?

10 May 2021 7:27 am

More than 24 hours after he started trying to reshuffle his shadow cabinet, Sir Keir Starmer has finally got what…

Can Anas Sarwar woo voters back to Scottish Labour?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Can Anas Sarwar woo Scottish voters back?

In defence of dandelions

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Dandelions are one of the cheeriest wild flowers. They are loved by children for their ‘clock’ seed heads, are entirely…

How Labour will spin defeat in Hartlepool

6 May 2021 1:23 am

Campaigning in the Hartlepool by-election is reaching its feverish final hours as the Labour party tries to hold onto the…

Can Labour make the Tory sleaze allegations stick?

27 April 2021 7:53 pm

One of the reasons the row isn’t fading about Tory sleaze allegations and the Prime Minister’s conduct is that there…

Is No. 10 planning a vaccine passport ruse?

22 April 2021 1:21 am

Michael Gove’s trip to Israel to study the country’s ‘green pass’ system isn’t diminishing the impression among Conservative MPs that…

Starmer will regret his submission to liberal intolerance

7 April 2021 3:15 am

Keir Starmer obviously regrets visiting Jesus House last week because of the furore it has caused in his own party.…

Is Matt Hancock trying to spin a vaccine supply crisis?

18 March 2021 5:33 am

Matt Hancock was tremendously smiley when he led Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing. In between beaming, he managed to tell us…

Rishi Sunak's real opponent

10 March 2021 2:01 am

Things are starting to get more awkward for Rishi Sunak — something the Chancellor has long been prepared for. He…

Did Boris Johnson do 'everything he could' to limit Covid deaths?

27 January 2021 5:44 am

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Simon Stevens held a very sombre press conference in Downing Street this evening to mark…

The delicate balancing act of lockdown messaging

12 January 2021 7:14 am

Matt Hancock spent Monday evening trying to explain a very delicate tension to the public. There’s the good news of…

The healthcare backlog will be Boris Johnson’s next challenge

8 January 2021 6:52 am

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press briefing this evening was largely an upbeat discussion of how the vaccination programme is being rolled…

Boris Johnson’s Christmas Covid gamble

17 December 2020 3:56 am

Boris Johnson is taking a gamble with his decision to stick with the easing of Covid restrictions for Christmas. The…

The Tory Covid wars aren't going away

8 December 2020 3:58 am

The Covid wars in the Tory party aren’t going away any time soon, not least because MPs are expecting a…