James Forsyth

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

Boris Johnson's survival rests on reforming Whitehall

10 July 2021 2:22 am

More than 40 years after it was written there are still lines in Yes Minister that are painfully accurate about how…

Freedom day will usher in new problems for the Tories

9 July 2021 1:37 am

The next few weeks in politics will be dominated by the 19 July reopening, and whether hospitals can cope with the…

The cold reality facing Sajid Javid

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The most difficult time for a new secretary of state is normally the first three months in the job. An…

Boris bids to reset Anglo-German relations

3 July 2021 12:14 am

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel have just held a joint press conference following their meeting at Chequers. The usual contrast…

Labour hold Batley and Spen

2 July 2021 2:45 pm

Labour have held on to Batley and Spen. In a result that will win some breathing space for Keir Starmer’s…

How Boris Johnson plans to reopen the country

2 July 2021 8:43 am

Next week, the government will set out what the reopening will look like. I understand that the current plan is…

The sausage war ceasefire is a good sign for UK-EU relations

30 June 2021 8:55 pm

The sausage dispute between the UK and the EU may sound like something out of Yes Minister but it is…

Life is about to get harder for Boris Johnson

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Covid restrictions are meant to end on 19 July. But parliament will not return to normal until September. The Commons…

The new leviathan: the big state is back

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Boris and Biden have placed their faith in the power of big government

Does ‘Johnson’s law’ explain why people won’t work from home?

18 June 2021 9:22 pm

Even after the one metre rule and the limits on numbers are removed on July 19th, we will not be…

The lockdown delay has triggered a constitutional crisis

15 June 2021 1:17 am

It is not the Battle of Marston Moor, but it strikes me that we are now in something of a…

Boris Johnson's Northern Ireland problem

14 June 2021 12:08 am

In an at times grouchy press conference, Boris Johnson tried to calm the row over the Northern Ireland protocol. The…

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Why this G7 summit matters more than most

12 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s risky planning a trip to the British seaside at any time of year. But if the weather forecast is…

Macron is wrong. Nato must stand up to China

11 June 2021 9:24 pm

Joe Biden wants to use his visit to Europe for the G7 summit and the Nato meeting to rally democracies…

Have we hit peak graduate?

5 June 2021 10:00 am

The Tory party has turned sharply against the idea of ever larger numbers going to university. The reasons for this…

China is not as strong as it appears

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The theory that the pandemic began with a leak from a research laboratory in Wuhan is rapidly gaining currency. Since…

Prepare for China's nationalist turn

4 June 2021 1:17 am

In recent days, it has been striking how many people in Westminster and Whitehall now think the lab leak theory…

Keir Starmer’s interview gamble pays off

2 June 2021 6:52 pm

One of the biggest challenges for any leader of the opposition is getting noticed. Doing that requires taking some risks…

How much damage to the government has Dom’s bomb done?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The more anticipated a parliamentary appearance, the less it tends to live up to its billing. But Dominic Cummings’s testimony…

Will Cummings’s accusations damage Boris Johnson?

27 May 2021 3:57 am

One of Dominic Cummings’s strengths as a campaigner was his genius for a clear message – think ‘Take Back Control’…

Bloc buster: David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

22 May 2021 9:00 am

David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

The future looks bleak for Tory free-marketeers

21 May 2021 11:40 pm

The free-market Tory right’s victory on the Australia trade deal obscures the fact that the economic direction of the party…

The Australian trade deal is about more than just trade

19 May 2021 8:55 pm

What happens with an Australia trade deal won’t just reveal how serious this country is about free trade but also…

Keir Starmer isn’t Labour’s biggest problem

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has turned a drama into a crisis. The local elections were always going to be difficult for Labour.…

Why the Tories mustn't give in to the Nimbys

15 May 2021 12:35 am

A 15-point YouGov poll lead and last week’s election performance suggests that things look good for the Tories in England.…