Boris Johnson

Boris's levelling up risks leaving behind London

16 May 2021 3:00 pm

Boris Johnson’s plan to ‘level up’ Britain sounds long overdue. It implies the creation of a less geographically unequal United…

Can Boris keep his roadmap on track?

15 May 2021 4:39 am

Boris Johnson’s favourite phrase since he released his roadmap out of lockdown has been ‘cautious but irreversible’. These are the…

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.…

The problem with 'Devo-max'

14 May 2021 4:06 pm

A common failing of pro-Union politicians down the years has been the stubborn belief that there exists somewhere a tidy…

Boris faces a painful choice over social care

13 May 2021 10:54 pm

If social care reform were any deeper in the long grass of political priorities, it’d probably get mistaken for a…

Sadiq Khan’s victory is good news for the Tories

11 May 2021 3:30 pm

Sadiq Khan is here to stay. London’s mayor has suggested he wants to stay on until 2040. But is this really good…

Starmer is Labour's Iain Duncan Smith

10 May 2021 9:25 pm

After a gruelling election campaign the most important thing to do is to have a rest and have a think. Everyone…

The 'mandate wars' won't be resolved anytime soon

9 May 2021 2:41 am

So what does it all mean? The first thing to bear in mind is that more than one thing may…

Can the UK government navigate the SNP's calls for a second referendum?

9 May 2021 2:00 am

The Unionist tactical voting in Scotland makes it tempting to see the country as split down the middle between pro-independence…

Who regulates the regulators?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

This isn’t about David Cameron and Greensillgate; it isn’t about Boris Johnson and wallpapergate or Jennifer-Arcurigate. It isn’t about Westferrygate…

Bad news, Boris – childcare has cost me £500,000 (and counting)

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Welcome to the cripplingly expensive world of childcare, Boris

In Hartlepool, I’m aiming for a noble defeat

8 May 2021 9:00 am

By the time you read this you may know if the Tories triumphed in the Hartlepool by-election — or if,…

Data, not dates: there is no reason to delay a return to normal life

8 May 2021 9:00 am

A slogan can come back to haunt you. For Boris Johnson, the words ‘data not dates’ sounded powerful at a…

Boris shouldn't take the red wall vote for granted

7 May 2021 7:49 pm

There are two popular reactions to the Hartlepool by-election, which one you favour depending largely on your political tribe. The…

Dilyn the dog’s Downing Street diary (as told to Rod Liddle)

1 May 2021 9:00 am

I heard them rowing again this morning, look you. I had just completed my first dump of the day in…

The truth about the government and ‘herd immunity’

1 May 2021 9:00 am

I spent much of the 1980s and 1990s reporting on company chief executives who didn’t understand the distinction between mine…

How will Carrie cope with the hideousness of Chequers?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Zut alors! The court of King Boris gets more like Versailles each day. With some talcum powder on that ramshackle…

Carrie Symonds and the First Girlfriend problem

1 May 2021 9:00 am

One of the least attractive aspects of American politics is epitomised in the ‘Office of the First Lady’. The office…

The difference between private and public conversation

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Like almost everyone else writing on the subject, I have no idea whether Boris Johnson told colleagues in October that…

How Tory MPs plan to clip Cummings' wings

30 April 2021 6:47 pm

On 26 May, Dominic Cummings will give evidence to MPs grouped on the health and science super committee, chaired by…

Why the Cummings row won't harm Boris

27 April 2021 4:43 pm

It’s hard not to agree with those who believe that Boris Johnson, forced into the second Covid-19 lockdown, did say the…

Joe Biden's skewed climate change priorities

27 April 2021 4:30 pm

It’s not hard to see why politicians like Joe Biden and Boris Johnson want to talk about climate change. First…

Does anyone doubt Boris's leaked 'bodies' comment?

27 April 2021 4:07 am

Of course Boris Johnson raged, King Lear-like, that he was prepared to ‘let the bodies pile high in their thousands’…

Boris's vaccine propaganda film jumps the gun

24 April 2021 5:00 pm

Westminster’s much anticipated summer blockbuster dropped last night: ‘A Beacon of Hope: The UK Vaccine Story’ was released on 10…

Alan Duncan rants about ‘idiot’ parliamentary colleagues and Britain’s waning influence

24 April 2021 9:00 am

As a budding political apparatchik, my first job out of university was as a junior parliamentary assistant to Alan Duncan…