James Forsyth

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

If David Cameron can't get the floods right, all his hopes will wash away

15 February 2014 9:00 am

It is all hands to the pump in Downing Street. The entire No. 10 operation from the Prime Minister down…

Ed's finally reforming Labour. So why are the unions happy?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Ed Miliband has his legacy. Or, at least, what he hopes will be the first part of it. He has…

The coalition is now an open marriage

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Without any fanfare or formal announcement, the government has moved into a new phase. ‘We’re not in a coalition now.…

What the NHS owes the Tories

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Pinned to the wall of Jeremy Hunt’s office in the Department of Health is an A1 piece of paper detailing…

Cameron’s mission for 2014: stay out of third place

18 January 2014 9:00 am

European elections are normally an afterthought in British politics. As even David Cameron admits, most of us struggle to remember…

James Forsyth: The Lib Dems' fight to keep facing both ways

4 January 2014 9:00 am

This will be the coalition’s last full year, and it is remarkable how few people are talking about how it…

James Forsyth: Insurgents are remaking British politics

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Next year will decide the fate of the United Kingdom. The Scottish independence referendum on the 18th of September could…

Mandarins routinely take Fridays off and sometimes can't spell ministers' names. Why does this go on? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

It’s a fact that most ministers are most scared, not of their political rivals but of their civil servants. Ministers…

Filming Bono, fighting Balls - how George Osborne's preparing for his autumn statement

30 November 2013 9:00 am

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn statement: [audioboo url=”https://audioboo.fm/boos/1763353-isabel-hardman-and-james-forsyth-discuss-george-osborne-s-autumn-statement”][/audioboo] Next week’s autumn statement looks at first…

How the Blair-Brown tussle influences the top Tory and Labour partnerships

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Listen to James Forsyth discuss the tale of two political partnerships: [audioboo url=”http://audioboo.fm/boos/1746142-james-forsyth-on-david-george-and-ed-ed”/] Six and a half years after Gordon…

John Bercow must rein it in — Parliament can't afford to depose two Speakers in a row

16 November 2013 9:00 am

John Bercow could go down as a great reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. It’s thanks to him, in…

Aren't we already losing Scotland?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Westminster has been gripped by talk of a referendum this week. But the excitement hasn’t been about the vote in…

The next election will break all the rules

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Ed Miliband’s aides used to scurry around the parliamentary estate, their shoulders hunched. A look in their eyes suggested that…

Growth is not enough — the Tories must show they're not the party of the rich

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The mood was grim when David Cameron, George Osborne and their advisers convened for a crunch meeting on 4 February…

What must Cameron give to Clegg for the Lib Dems to stay loyal?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Ten days before polling day in 2010, it was clear that a hung parliament was the most likely result of…

James Forsyth: Why hung parliaments are here to stay

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Reshuffles are meant to demonstrate the power of a leader, to show that they are in command of their party.…

James Forsyth: Two men have united the Tories – Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 Manchester   The Tory party has been at peace with itself this week. Eurosceptic backbenchers have given Nigel Farage a…

Ukip, the gateway drug — how Cameron can exploit Nigel Farage

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Cameron must appeal not to the party’s leadership but to its voters

Chris Grayling: 'I want to see our Supreme Court supreme again'

28 September 2013 9:00 am

It’s not enough to repeal the Human Rights Act, says Chris Grayling – our Supreme Court, not Strasbourg, must be supreme

Laugh now, but Ed Miliband and Ed Balls could soon be running the country

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Unless something drastic changes in the polls, the Tories will pay dearly for treating Miliband as a joke. And so will the rest of us

Tristram Hunt: Ed Miliband would be 'radical' in office - if he gets there

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Tristram Hunt represents the slice of Labour that Miliband most needs to hold on to

Nick Clegg's secret reasons to be cheerful

14 September 2013 9:00 am

His party may be struggling to reach double digits in the polls, but Nick Clegg is entitled to feel smug…

Syria vote? What Syria vote? David Cameron's strategy is to forget it ever happened

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The political conference season may be lacking in party activists nowadays, but it has lost none of its importance to…

Ed Miliband may be stumbling - but don't forget his huge headstart

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Coming back to the office after a holiday is never a pleasant experience. There’s the clogged inbox, the reminders that…

Is the EU stopping Britain’s shale revolution?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

A few months after the last election, Oliver Letwin warned Cabinet colleagues that a chunk of Britain’s income would be…