Boris Johnson

The rail strikes could be the end of the line for Boris

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Here I go again, in my occasional role as your intrepid transport correspondent. Last week I reported on airport chaos,…

Who monitors the moralists?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

If anyone was suitable to be the Prime Minister’s adviser on ministerial interests, it was Lord Geidt. Self-effacing, professional, unself-righteous…

British politics is stuck

25 June 2022 9:00 am

One of the favourite phrases of British political commentators is ‘oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them’. As with all…

Three cheers for booing in the theatre

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Are modern theatre-goers too polite?

The Tories are picking inflation winners and losers

22 June 2022 9:00 pm

Inflation rose to 9.1 per cent on the year in May, taking the UK’s consumer price index to a 40-year-high.…

Boris is falling into the Macron trap

22 June 2022 5:00 pm

You can’t blame Boris Johnson for jetting off to Kyiv last week for another meet-and-greet session with Volodymyr Zelensky. He…

Another Boris diplomatic blunder

17 June 2022 4:20 am

Boris Johnson has never been one of nature’s diplomats. Unconventional, irreverent, Brexit-backing and norm-defying, the blonde bombshell’s two-year tenure at…

The Northern Ireland Protocol is a problem Boris created

13 June 2022 9:20 pm

If Boris Johnson was elected on a single slogan, it was ‘Get Brexit done’. He then claimed it was done…

What Boris needs to do to survive

8 June 2022 4:51 pm

Most people date the beginning of Boris Johnson’s current woes to the start of the partygate scandal, and especially to…

The game is up, Boris Johnson

7 June 2022 7:13 pm

The worst possible outcome for the Conservative and Unionist party is also a pretty lousy result for the country. That…

How Boris can cling on

7 June 2022 5:42 pm

What is happening in the UK right now is similar to the later Berlusconi years, the opera buffa phase of…

Is the fall of Boris inevitable?

5 June 2022 9:10 pm

A funny thing happened on the way to the cathedral for the service of thanksgiving to the Queen on Friday.…

Monarchy is the guarantor of democracy

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Like many people who do not share his views, I have felt intermittent admiration for Peter Tatchell over the past…

Boris may be toppled by accident

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Every Tory leader fears a plot against them. Their paranoia isn’t helped by the layout of Westminster, which lends itself…

Portrait of the week: Jubilee celebrations, energy bill discounts and a trade deal with Indiana

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Home The Jubilee for the Queen’s 70 years on the throne was marked by two days of public holiday, 16,000…

Partygate is not going away

1 June 2022 3:51 am

Tory MPs just want partygate to go away. The hope that the Sue Gray report would be the end of things…

Boris Johnson’s guilt

28 May 2022 9:00 am

An ability to survive narrow scrapes has been one of Boris Johnson’s defining qualities. The pictures of Downing Street’s lockdown…

For Boris, the hard bit is just beginning

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has been plunged back into the mire of partygate. The publication of a photograph of Johnson raising a…

Are the Australian election results a bad sign for the Tories?

24 May 2022 6:49 pm

Scott Morrison’s Liberals were absolutely thrashed in the Australian elections this weekend. The party’s vote collapsed, and there were big-name…

Boris’s plan to divide and conquer

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has never quite been able to decide whether he wants to be a great unifier or a great…

My list of Britain’s national character flaws

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Before we start, let’s firmly establish my long-standing affection for the United Kingdom. Why, some of my best friends are…

After Starmer: what’s next for Labour?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

What’s next for Labour – and the Tories?

The quiet dignity of Angela Rayner

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In those gentle days before internet pornography there was a book you could buy which listed the precise moment in…

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Workshy Whitehall: why can’t the PM get his civil servants back to work?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Too few civil servants are returning to the office