James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

A vaccine won't heal the scarring of lockdown

28 November 2020 9:00 am

How can Britain recover post-Covid?

The gamble Boris feels he must take

28 November 2020 1:40 am

Both Boris Johnson and Robert Jenrick have used their media appearances today to try and calm Tory MPs after yesterday’s…

More devolution in England could save the Union

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Tory MPs are already starting to talk about May’s various elections. Boris Johnson’s first post-Covid electoral test will take place…

Will the vaccine revive Boris?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

The first full week of the new national lockdown had the potential to be very difficult for Boris Johnson. Although…

Why No. 10 is cautious about the Covid vaccine

13 November 2020 3:41 am

The news about the Pfizer vaccine has persuaded Tory MPs that there is now a route out of this crisis,…

This lockdown comes at a high political cost

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has his first attack line of the next general election campaign. He will say that England’s second lockdown…

Boris can't afford a third lockdown

6 November 2020 3:49 am

Boris Johnson is holding a press conference at 5 p.m. on the new England-wide lockdown. This follows last night’s vote…

Johnson lays out the lockdown exit strategy

3 November 2020 4:20 am

Boris Johnson’s statement to the House of Commons this afternoon was a reminder of how much more difficult this second…

Why a new lockdown is so difficult for Boris Johnson

1 November 2020 3:27 am

Boris Johnson had set his face against an England-wide lockdown. He rejected the idea when Sage proposed it back in…

What will post-pandemic politics look like?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

A few days ago, I came across a group of Tory MPs in a House of Commons corridor looking rather…

The challenge the Tories face after the pandemic

30 October 2020 3:50 am

After the last few years of political turmoil, Westminster can’t break the habit of waiting for the latest poll to…

Boris Johnson’s high-risk Brexit strategy

24 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s a reason why No. 10 is always so inclined to ratchet up the tension in any given scenario. Downing…

How will Number 10 deal with Joe Biden?

24 October 2020 12:23 am

Donald Trump may have turned in a more effective debate performance last night, but Joe Biden is still the favourite…

Why No. 10 thinks it has the negotiating edge on Brexit

22 October 2020 5:40 pm

The European Council conclusions issued last Thursday were a misstep by the European Union. It is positively Carthaginian to think…

There are no good choices for Boris Johnson

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Boris Johnson used to be defined by his commitment to having his cake and eating it. But now he isn’t…

Boris's Covid balancing act is getting harder

16 October 2020 2:18 am

I’m pro-cake and pro-eating it’, Boris Johnson used to quip. But now he is in a hideously difficult position as…

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions

Could local lockdowns cost Boris Johnson the north?

9 October 2020 1:45 am

When the lockdown tiers are announced, it is inevitable that huge swathes of the north will be under much tighter…

Prime ministers can’t pick the crises that define them

3 October 2020 9:00 am

In a non-Covid world, next week would be the Tory party conference. Boris Johnson would march on to the stage…

Closing time: the Tory brawl over Covid rules

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The looming Tory rebellion against the government’s Covid policy

A Brexit breakthrough could be on the cards

26 September 2020 1:18 am

Earlier this month, the prospects for a Brexit deal did not look good. The talks weren’t making progress. But there…

The Brady amendment could spell trouble for Boris Johnson

25 September 2020 3:02 am

If opposition parties back it, the Brady amendment – which calls for parliamentary votes before nationwide Covid restrictions are introduced – will…

Why No. 10 fears the second wave

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The government is bracing itself for a second wave of coronavirus. Everyone knew the autumn and winter would be more…

Has Boris done enough to halt the Tory rebellion?

15 September 2020 2:27 am

Boris Johnson has just been speaking in the Commons as the government tries to quell the Tory revolt over the…

No. 10’s no-deal dilemma

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Backbenchers are discussing when to give Downing Street a bloody nose, a former prime minister is on the warpath and…