Boris Johnson

How Boris can save Northern Ireland

28 July 2021 11:24 pm

Over the past few weeks and months, there has been plenty of focus on the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol, and…

Boris's crime crackdown will be harder than he thinks

27 July 2021 11:50 pm

Can crime be beaten with a beaten down police force? The government certainly hopes so. Today, the Prime Minister launched…

Starmer faces a difficult summer

27 July 2021 10:20 pm

Like Covid data, polling data has a built-in time lag of several days. Those sifting the evidence on coronavirus typically…

Is Boris Johnson allowed to pick the next Archbishop of Canterbury?

24 July 2021 10:48 pm

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was shirty with me when I asked him whether he was now…

Labour is picking the wrong fight with Priti Patel

24 July 2021 3:45 pm

The position of Home Secretary Priti Patel is clearly untenable. Presumably this means she must resign. Who says so? Why,…

Party time: the price of freedom

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Party time depends on following the party line

What Dominic Cummings gets wrong

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who thinks Boris Johnson lacks statecraft should pay attention to Dominic Cummings’s attacks on him. They often to seem…

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…

Now what? The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

Boris is in danger of becoming the Prime Minister he once warned against

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was on a mission to stop identity cards being used in Britain, he made a very…

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

What the NHS pay rise says about Boris Johnson's priorities

23 July 2021 3:03 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago, a leaked report revealed that the government was considering using a national insurance…

When will Boris get serious about balancing the budget?

22 July 2021 8:44 am

Should we be pleased that net government borrowing for June came in below expectations, at £22.8 billion – £5.5 billion…

Boris's Brexit deal isn’t worth sacrificing Northern Ireland for

21 July 2021 11:43 pm

There will be chaos at the borders. Food will run out at the supermarkets. Travellers will face long queues, and…

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

Has Boris got cold feet over ‘freedom day’?

17 July 2021 11:00 am

A very strange ‘freedom day’ greets us on Monday. Legally, almost all restrictions will be lifted. But practically, ministers are…

Can Boris crack the unwhippables?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Nanny Boris: the PM’s alarming flight from liberalism

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Has Covid killed the PM’s liberalism?

Is London being ‘levelled down’ already?

17 July 2021 12:15 am

In his ‘levelling up’ speech in Coventry this week, the Prime Minister insisted time and again that this was no…

The EU's Brexit bill doesn't add up

16 July 2021 9:16 pm

A dozen hospitals. A hundred million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and a lot more of the Oxford one. Or…

Whitty's lockdown warning will trouble Boris

16 July 2021 8:04 pm

In a Science Museum webinar yesterday, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned about the increasing number of people in…

In defence of levelling up

16 July 2021 8:30 am

Modern pragmatist political leaders are generally keen to reassure us that there is a unifying philosophy to be found running…

The rise of the unwhippable Tories

16 July 2021 1:20 am

When the government announced a Commons vote on its decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent…

Are ministers prepared for ‘freedom day’?

12 July 2021 4:31 am

Is the government having a wobble over ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July? Well, for one thing you won’t hear ministers…

Boris's cunning has allowed him to share in England's Euro 2020 glory

10 July 2021 3:45 pm

You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose. That was the formula of legendary New York governor Mario Cuomo and…