Boris Johnson

Dear Boris: what happens if Trump doesn’t accept defeat?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

How Boris should handle the US election

Can Boris avoid a winter lockdown?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

As the government struggled on Saturday with the question of whether to impose a quarantine on those returning from Spain,…

How Boris should pick his peers

1 August 2020 9:00 am

It is no credit to British democracy that we have the second largest legislative chamber in the world. The only…

Boris's red wall problem

25 July 2020 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson met with his cabinet in person for the first time in four months on Tuesday, his aim…

Good memoir-writing should also be self-critical

25 July 2020 9:00 am

A book about breaking confidences, not to mention friendships, rather begs the same in return. Reading Anne Applebaum’s brief memoir…

Will all roads soon lead to York?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Should the PM move parliament to York? There is, of course, historical precedent for such a move, as he very…

My plans for a Covid inquiry

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has already started. Not the official one, which won’t…

Boris Johnson’s leadership skills are in doubt

20 July 2020 8:44 pm

Two ‘c’s come easily to Boris: charm and cheerfulness. He has always believed that he can charm his way out…

The continued existence of the United Kingdom is now at stake

20 July 2020 4:30 pm

When they come to write the history of the Union’s demise, there will be three guilty men. Tony Blair was…

Why I will wear a face mask

18 July 2020 9:00 am

We are enjoined by certain experts to wear face masks while having sexual intercourse. No change there, then, for me.…

The Union is in graver danger than ever

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The greatest single danger to this government is the state of the Union. Prime ministers can survive many things, but…

Coronavirus has exposed the EU’s greatest flaw

12 July 2020 4:00 pm

Politics begins and ends with sovereignty: the duty and right to make the legitimate final decision. We have seen this…

Keir Starmer needs to find his own Guilty Men

6 July 2020 5:49 pm

This is a week of bittersweet anniversaries for the Labour party. It is now 72 years since Clement Attlee’s government…

Why Boris Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ won’t save us

4 July 2020 9:00 am

John Maynard Keynes looks down and smiles, recalling his own perhaps too-often quoted remark that ‘when the facts change, I…

How did the UK’s pandemic preparations go so wrong?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

How was Britain so ill-prepared for a pandemic?

Mission impossible: Boris’s attempt to rewire the British government

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Covid has revealed what is wrong with Whitehall

The bluff and bluster of Boris’s bland boy Brexiteers

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From the balcony where I take my daily exercise there is a view of the commercial centre of London that…

Portrait of the week: Boris does press-ups, pubs reopen and Leicester locks down

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said he was ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’ and did press-ups to prove…

If Boris wants to channel Roosevelt, he should end lockdown

4 July 2020 9:00 am

If Boris wants to channel Roosevelt, he should end lockdown

Does Boris's 'new deal' offer anything new?

1 July 2020 1:34 am

Today Boris Johnson launched his ‘new deal’ for Britain – billed as an economic recovery plan to follow the Covid…

Britain is reopening. Now it needs rebuilding

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s announcement that pubs, restaurants and many other facilities will be able to re-open on 4 July amounts…

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Why Biden might be better for Brexit Britain

25 June 2020 1:59 pm

At the best of times, US presidential elections require the British government to walk a tightrope. In 1992, a Tory…

Will there ever be another Conservative mayor of London?

24 June 2020 6:04 pm

Even in these strange political times, it looks very difficult for a Conservative politician to become Mayor of London. In…

Britain must begin its recovery – before more damage is done

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The discovery in Britain that a £5 steroid, dexamethasone, can be effective in treating Covid marks a potential breakthrough in…

Is a Brexit deal within reach?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Trade talks between the UK and the EU are in a better place than they have been at any point…