Patrick O'Flynn

Are the Tories still the party of Sound Money?

28 November 2020 8:00 pm

When Philip Hammond delivered a notably parsimonious Spring Budget statement in 2017, his predecessor George Osborne put out a congratulatory…

The time is ripe for a Boris comeback

14 November 2020 7:00 pm

‘The thing about the greased piglet is that he manages to slip through other people’s hands where mere mortals fail.’…

Macron has exposed the cowardice of Boris's response to terror

4 November 2020 12:06 am

Sometimes what a politician leaves unsaid tells us more than what he does say. Take the different reactions to the wave…

Instead of lockdown, let's create a National Shielding Service

1 November 2020 9:32 pm

So what would you do? That was the question that cropped up on my Twitter timeline after I’d sent out…

Keir Starmer needs a reshuffle to win back the Blue Wall

25 October 2020 6:00 pm

The most important fact about British politics is also the most mundane: the next general election is an awfully long…

Boris's Covid policy is finally starting to make some sense

15 October 2020 6:08 pm

Boris Johnson probably thought he emerged from Prime Minister’s Questions this week having maximised his freedom of manoeuvre in the battle…

Nigel Farage is watching and waiting for the next Tory slip-up

4 October 2020 5:00 pm

A few weeks ago, Nigel Farage enjoyed a get together with a very senior Conservative party figure. Brexit was, naturally,…

Could Boris quit?

20 September 2020 4:03 pm

Could Boris do a Harold Wilson? Over the years there has been much speculation about the sudden resignation of Wilson…

In defence of Boris's 'Rule of Six'

11 September 2020 4:06 pm

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it? Six months after the imposition of lockdown, we were meant to…

Starmer needs more than just competence

10 September 2020 1:14 am

Keir Starmer went back to what he most enjoys at Prime Minister’s Questions: calling the government incompetent and demanding that…

Boris Johnson’s careerist cabinet problem

6 September 2020 4:00 pm

Last year Boris Johnson won three notable domestic political victories. His hot streak began when he romped home in the…

What is the point of Boris Johnson's Tory party?

26 August 2020 3:58 pm

It was way back in 2003 that the journalist Peter Hitchens first declared the Conservative party to be ‘useless’. Peter’s…

Why Keir Starmer is failing against Boris Johnson

16 August 2020 5:00 pm

The way to beat Boris Johnson is to offer a stark contrast to his political persona. At all points radiate…

The UK’s incoherent Channel migrant strategy

11 August 2020 2:09 am

I saw a little cloud no bigger than a man’s fist that was coming in from the sea, reported the…

Has Boris lost the plot?

15 July 2020 12:10 am

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir? That defence of the political u-turn was…

Prepare for Javid vs Sunak in the next Tory leadership contest

11 July 2020 4:45 pm

In 1992 a young footballer named Dion Dublin left my local team, Cambridge United, to take up one of the…

Get ready for Starmer's Brexit conversion

4 July 2020 4:03 pm

A new problem is looming for Sir Keir Starmer: a leader of the opposition needs some shop windows if he…

Keir Starmer is stuffed

25 June 2020 7:10 pm

The British political and media establishment had Remain winning the Brexit referendum at a canter, Hillary Clinton as US president…

Boris should keep calm and ignore the polls

18 June 2020 12:21 am

When those words and phrases of the year lists come out there is bound to be a place in them…

Boris Johnson needs an alternative vision for Britain

11 June 2020 12:32 am

In the run up to December’s election, many on the Left and in the media sought to present Boris Johnson…

Boris Johnson needs to get a grip

6 June 2020 7:00 pm

It’s pointless to deny that the government is currently performing poorly across a wide range of fronts – and I…

It's time for Lib Dems to accept that the party's over

25 May 2020 4:38 pm

Who are you backing in the latest Liberal Democrat leadership contest then – Layla ‘you got me on my knees’…

Tories should listen to Farage’s warnings about Channel migrants

18 May 2020 9:59 pm

The idea of a flotilla of little ships crossing the English Channel from France to deposit their beleaguered human cargo…

Boris's sloppy PMQs performance is becoming a problem

14 May 2020 2:05 am

A former prime minister once told me that PMQs in the Commons is an event that can only be enjoyed…

Johnson's honeymoon is well and truly over

8 May 2020 9:52 pm

When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions. This has been a week in which pretty…