James Forsyth

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

Oxford’s remarkable vaccine success

2 March 2021 5:48 am

It is worth taking a moment to stand back and applaud Sarah Gilbert and the Oxford vaccine team’s achievement. The…

What will life look like after 21 June?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Alas’ is a word used many times by Boris Johnson during the pandemic. It is how he prefaces announcements that…

Boris hints at a 'no jab, no job' policy

23 February 2021 7:33 am

The most striking moment of Monday night’s press conference was Chris Whitty’s declaration that it was the ‘professional responsibility’ on…

It is time to make friends with the EU

20 February 2021 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Clément Beaune, Emmanuel Macron’s Europe Minister, clipped out the section of his media interview criticising Britain’s vaccination…

Britain’s battle to prevent ‘green protectionism’

20 February 2021 3:45 am

The UK’s commitment to get to net zero by 2050 is going to require some difficult political choices. But it…

The EU needs to stop punishing Britain for Brexit

19 February 2021 3:01 am

There have always been those on the European side who believe that for the EU project to succeed, Brexit must…

How did an enigma like Theresa May become PM?

16 February 2021 5:36 am

Theresa May is not the easiest person to speak to in Westminster. She is reluctant to get drawn into a…

The Northern Ireland protocol problem

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula von der Leyen now admits that she overreacted in the EU’s vaccine row with the UK. She has spoken…

Vaccine success is a boost for Boris – and the Union

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Imagine for a minute what British politics would be like without a Covid vaccine. The cabinet would be deeply, and…

What’s next for the Special Relationship?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

This is a crucial year for the UK’s two most important relationships. The Anglo-American alliance, our strongest diplomatic and security…

How the EU vaccine row could escalate

28 January 2021 3:09 am

The EU is now insisting that AstraZeneca use vaccine produced at its UK site to make up for a shortfall in…

Could the Australian approach to Covid work in Britain?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The government’s most important economic policy is its vaccination programme. The speed at which people are immunised will determine when…

We’re starting to see a new foreign policy for Brexit Britain

16 January 2021 9:00 am

What will Brexit Britain do differently? This is going to be the most important question in our politics for the…

Is there a Brexit deal?

24 December 2020 7:59 am

Tonight we are still waiting for confirmation that a Brexit deal has been done. But the noises coming out of…

No deal isn't what Paris thinks it is

23 December 2020 8:52 am

The Brexit waiting continues. The negotiators are still talking but, according to one of those close to the negotiations on…

How Britain will counter China’s wolf-warrior diplomacy

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The most significant and lasting change brought about by Covid is that it has woken the West up to the…

Fishing is now the sole major obstacle to a Brexit deal

18 December 2020 7:04 am

Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson spoke this evening to try and give the negotiations a shove. The statement…

The deal-or-no-deal debate is different this time

12 December 2020 9:00 am

When a deadline is missed for Brexit negotiations, it is tempting to think there will be another chance to keep…

How to solve Brexit's ratchet clause problem

11 December 2020 10:19 pm

At the moment, the biggest single obstacle in the Brexit talks is the so-called ‘ratchet clause’. This is what Boris…

Why Boris Johnson can’t sign the current Brexit deal

11 December 2020 6:02 am

The negotiations are still underway in Brussels. But both the UK and the EU are now talking far more openly…

Can Boris's dash to Brussels secure a Brexit deal?

8 December 2020 6:21 am

The upshot of Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen’s conversation this evening is that the pair will meet in…

Can Boris win round his rebel MPs?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

Brexit talks go down to the wire

4 December 2020 7:47 pm

After the past few years, it is hard to take Brexit deadlines seriously; they have a tendency to always slide…

Boris will be worried by the growing Tory rebellions

4 December 2020 3:25 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

A vaccine won't heal the scarring of lockdown

28 November 2020 9:00 am

How can Britain recover post-Covid?