Boris Johnson

It’s time for Boris Johnson to take back control

13 June 2020 9:00 am

There is a grim inevitability to the trickle of round-robin letters from scientists who feel aggrieved at the government’s handling…

Why Boris Johnson poached Prince William’s right-hand man

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Boris’s new permanent secretary is a complicated choice for No. 10

Normality won’t return until schools do

13 June 2020 9:00 am

From Monday, you will be required by law to wear a face covering on public transport. Paradoxically, this is a…

An 11-year-old’s birthday party was hijacked by Brexit

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Saturday night we ate outside next to the floodlit rock face. Four adult guests came puffing up the path and…

Could Keir Starmer become a populist politician?

31 May 2020 8:04 pm

It has been a remarkable week. Boris Johnson’s refusal to sack Dominic Cummings for what the vast majority of Britons…

Boris Johnson's majority is not as big as it first appeared

30 May 2020 7:02 pm

The last week has shown that Boris Johnson’s majority of 80 isn’t as big as it first appeared, I say…

Escaping the dragon: the government’s new approach to China

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s plan to reduce Britain’s dependence on China

It’s not only Cummings whose fate is at stake

30 May 2020 9:00 am

When the cabinet met by conference call on Monday, three ministers spoke in support of Dominic Cummings: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Suella…

The UK is preparing for a major Huawei U-turn

28 May 2020 8:50 pm

The UK has made a strategic choice to get ‘off the trajectory of ever-increasing dependence’ on China, I revealin the…

Dominic Cummings has a human shield: Boris Johnson

25 May 2020 4:11 am

The rule of modern politics, let’s call it Trump’s first law, is that if you are being attacked for apparently…

Boris Johnson needs to admit his coronavirus mistakes

17 May 2020 7:00 pm

Be careful what you wish for. Over the past few years, a fair number of thoughtful Tories have included a…

Do we wrestle coronavirus to the floor – or the ground?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

In the game of ‘U’ and ‘Non-U’, begun by Alan S.C. Ross (1907-80) and popularised in Nancy Mitford’s volume Noblesse…

Two big gaps in Boris Johnson's lockdown statement

11 May 2020 6:03 am

There were three messages in Boris Johnson’s address to the nation, and quite a lot of important gaps. The messages…

The R-number – and the danger of false certainty

11 May 2020 5:48 am

Not much about Boris Johnson’s Sunday night television address was clear. The one definite new measure – one which will…

Cicero would have been quick to end the lockdown

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister recently quoted Cicero’s famous dictum salus populi suprema lex esto, translating it as ‘Let the health (salus)…

Portrait of the week: Neil Ferguson quits, Rory Stewart drops out and Boris names his baby

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Home The government put its mind to the puzzle of how to get people back to work. Draft advice was…

From milk to prayer: the curious connections of ‘pasture’

9 May 2020 9:00 am

‘We can now see the sunlight and the pasture ahead of us,’ said Boris Johnson on our escape from a…

Is the PM an example of why those with Covid-19 should be hospitalised earlier?

4 May 2020 12:25 am

There is so much to ponder in the prime minister’s interview about how Covid-19 almost killed him. But, in respect…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s son is born, Commons sits apart and Belgians told to eat more potatoes

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, returned to work at Downing Street after recovering from his Covid-19 sickness. Speaking outside…

Boris has found a path out of lockdown – but it won’t be smooth

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The route out of lockdown won’t be smooth – or fast

Clarets to see in the summer

2 May 2020 9:00 am

This April was indeed the cruellest month, at least for those of us banged up in cities. From the country…

Rachel Johnson: What I wish I’d said about my brother’s treatment

2 May 2020 9:00 am

When the post office and stores closed in our village on Exmoor, my youngest stared out of the car window…

How the lockdown could be modified

1 May 2020 4:35 pm

We’ll get a fairly detailed plan from the PM next week encouraging businesses to start operating again, public transport to…

The radical history of The Spectator

26 April 2020 5:53 pm

A newspaper – it would be more than 100 years before it became a magazine – calling itself a spectator…

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Biden is the American Boris

26 April 2020 2:05 am

We all know which American politician Boris Johnson is supposed to most closely resemble. Comparisons between the prime minister and…