James Forsyth

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

No. 10 moves to kickstart the booster campaign

23 October 2021 10:12 am

In a move that as important as any in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Emily Lawson is returning to run the…

The problem with ‘David’s law’

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Two members of parliament have been killed in the past five and a half years. This, one long-serving MP laments,…

Banning anonymity creates more problems than it solves

21 October 2021 8:45 pm

There are growing calls to end internet anonymity in the wake of Sir David Amess’s death. The Tory MP Mark…

The legacy of Covid: a much bigger state

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Covid transformed the role of the state. During the pandemic, the government did things it would never normally even contemplate.…

Why Covid means the big state is back

15 October 2021 9:31 am

History suggests that when the state expands in a crisis, it doesn’t go back to its pre-crisis level once the…

Why Anglo-French relations will only get worse

13 October 2021 7:55 am

The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has given a very frank interview to the New York Times. It is…

Boris’s hostage to fortune

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Most prime ministers would be worried about supply chain shortages. But as became increasingly clear at the Tory party conference…

The Tories will pay a price for Boris's housing strategy

9 October 2021 2:55 am

One of the themes of Conservative conference was that the government has dropped plans for a radical reform of the…

Boris is sprawling across the centre ground

7 October 2021 12:20 am

That was the most Boris Johnson speech imaginable. His supporters at party conference will have lapped it up, they certainly…

Boris's tetchy Marr interview showed the risks he is taking

4 October 2021 8:33 am

Boris Johnson’s rather testy interview with Andrew Marr this morning revealed the political gamble that he is taking. Johnson is calculating…

Boris Johnson and the Tory identity crisis

2 October 2021 12:01 pm

The Tory conference in Manchester will be a relatively muted affair. In part, this is because — as I say…

‘Let prisoners work’: an interview with Dominic Raab

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Dominic Raab on prisons, patriotism and standing in for Boris

The German elections are good news for Macron

28 September 2021 7:31 am

The German election result means that a three party coalition will almost certainly be needed to form a government. Olaf…

We're living through eerie reminders of the 1970s

25 September 2021 9:19 am

There are eerie parallels with 1970s at the moment, I say in the Times today. The inflation of that decade was…

New world order: can Britain, America and Australia contain China?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The new special relationship is here to stay

Why the world is in for a dangerous decade

24 September 2021 9:19 am

The Australia/UK/US (Aukus) deal for Australia to acquire nuclear submarines is the clearest demonstration yet of the UK’s tilt to…

The Tories need a new purpose

18 September 2021 9:00 am

One of the things that distinguishes Boris Johnson from the last three Tory prime ministers is that he has a…

Can booster shots help Britain avoid another lockdown?

14 September 2021 10:01 pm

For weeks now, ministers have been getting increasingly frustrated by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s failure (JCVI) to back…

Boris’s premiership is entering a dangerous new phase

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The announcement of a tax increase for both workers and employers to fund more spending on health and social care…

Why didn't Tory MPs oppose Boris's tax hike?

7 September 2021 10:55 pm

Boris Johnson has just announced his plans to increase National Insurance by 1.25 per cent for both workers and employers…

Why isn't the vaccine UK approved for 12- to 15-year-olds?

4 September 2021 10:20 am

This afternoon, the JCVI has essentially passed the buck on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. It has declared that the health benefits…

The Tories aren’t in party mood

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nearly two years on from the general election and 11 years since the Tories took office, they remain comfortably and…

How China tried to suppress the lab leak investigation

14 August 2021 11:53 am

The lead figure in the World Health Organisation’s work on the origins of Covid-19 has givena remarkable interview to Danish…

How to burst the grade inflation bubble

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Tories regard a return to rigorously marked exams as one of their big achievements in education. In 2010, the…

Why Biden will not change tack on Afghanistan

13 August 2021 7:57 am

Afghanistan will be a stain on the Biden presidency. His decision to continue with a US withdrawal from the country…