Boris Johnson

Vodka, kaolin and morphine: my welcome drinks at The Spectator offices

25 April 2020 9:00 am

In 2001, aged 44, I was hired to write a weekly column for this august paper, and for the first…

The case for trusting the public is stronger than ever

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Our Plan is entirely new, comprising – 1. The whole News of the Week: selected, sifted, condensed and arranged as…

Ian McEwan: The strange vocabulary of coronavirus

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

The vocabulary of Brexit has passed into oblivion. Now there’s fresh work to be done. We all know about ‘flattening…

Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

I had thought that actually getting the coronavirus would bring clarity — that there would be some satisfaction in meeting…

Who is in charge of the government?

21 April 2020 10:52 pm

Boris Johnson is still officially recuperating from coronavirus at Chequers and is ‘not doing government work’, according to No. 10.…

What the country needs most is Boris Johnson back at his desk

18 April 2020 9:05 pm

Boris Johnson has been out of action for almost a fortnight. His last meaningful act before going into hospital was…

How Covid-19 will change the Tory party

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Politics is full of events that are meant to change everything but actually do little. Yet the coronavirus crisis will…

Portrait of the week: Boris recovers, flour sales soar and France and India extend lockdowns

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people with the coronavirus disease Covid-19 who had died in hospitals by the beginning of the…

How did the virus get past my Obsessive Compulsive Corona Disorder?

18 April 2020 9:00 am

When two members of my family went down with what appears to be Covid-19, I felt concerned. What I hadn’t…

The joy of pumping iron at 83

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad So the days — and months — drift by. This once peaceful Alpine town is packed with rich refugees…

Portrait of the week: Queen speaks, mobile masts burn and Boris Johnson goes into hospital

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people who had died from the coronavirus disease Covid-19 in the UK by Sunday 5 April…

The problems of a sick prime minister

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It is good of President Trump to offer Boris Johnson his best wishes and the best American pharmaceuticals (though no…

Dominic Raab is the constitutional choice, but a complicated one

11 April 2020 9:00 am

We have never had a moment like this before in our history: a time when the Prime Minister is, in…

Britain needs Boris, the extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care

10 April 2020 4:23 am

The Prime Minister has this evening been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital. After being moved on…

Prime Minister taken into intensive care

7 April 2020 5:29 am

In the past few minutes, Downing Street has announced that Boris Johnson is now in intensive care at St Thomas’…

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests

6 April 2020 6:57 am

Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after having a continuous temperature for 10 days since testing positive…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits cabinet, EasyJet grounded and postman soldiers on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, contracted the coronavirus disease Covid-19, as did Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. The Prince…

Pericles would have approved of the PM’s response to the pandemic

4 April 2020 9:00 am

It must be infuriating for those who see the Prime Minister as a prisoner of a rigid elitist mindset that…

How much are people eating during lockdown?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

People power Boris Johnson said that the reaction to the coronavirus crisis showed ‘There really is such a thing as…

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Frightened people love their leaders

1 April 2020 2:09 am

‘The Trump presidency is over’, said Peter Wehner, in the Atlantic. The great wizards of liberal punditry stroked their beards…

Why the coronavirus crisis could peak sooner than expected

28 March 2020 9:30 pm

The government is adjusting to the reality of dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while three of its most important figures…

Boris's coronavirus pragmatism is confounding his critics

28 March 2020 7:00 pm

If ever Britain has undergone a period of authoritarian socialism, then this is surely it. Massive state intervention in the…

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…

The government must be as ready to remove restrictions as it was to impose them

28 March 2020 9:00 am

For days, the Prime Minister had been resisting the kind of measures which have placed many other countries into lockdown,…