Boris Johnson

Petronella Wyatt: The time I saw Boris cry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is nothing like Churchill, a view with which my friend Andrew Roberts concurs. But in the 20-odd years…

‘I’ve had two totally successful marriages’: Stanley Johnson interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

If anything could make me feel sorry for Boris Johnson, it’s meeting his father, Stanley. Before we met, he sent…

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Why Boris Johnson is talking about ‘ten years’ time’

20 December 2019 3:47 am

One of the most striking things about the government’s Queen’s Speech was Boris Johnson’s focus on where the country could…

The three components of Boris’s plan for government

18 December 2019 9:33 pm

The two most significant consequences of this election are that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU and the Tories…

Never underestimate Boris Johnson

15 December 2019 9:34 pm

Much of the political class is still in a state of shock. Many are tempted to echo Lord Melbourne: ‘What…

The Tories know they must deliver for their new voters

14 December 2019 11:01 pm

‘If Darlington high street isn’t visibly better in four years’ time, we’ll be in trouble’, one of Boris Johnson’s confidants…

Boris Johnson promises to ‘unite and level up’ the UK. Can he really achieve that?

14 December 2019 2:53 am

Boris Johnson’s victory speech in Downing Street was aimed at the voters unsure about his government, whether they be the…

Could this be the defining moment of the election campaign?

10 December 2019 5:50 am

An interview earlier today with my colleague Joe Pike captures the contradiction at the heart of Boris Johnson’s campaign. He…

The three things that would have to happen to block a Tory majority

9 December 2019 11:38 pm

In 72 hours time, voting will be well underway. We will be talking about turnout being ‘brisk’. Right now, the…

Tories benefit from no-show at chaotic TV debate as election enters final days

9 December 2019 7:49 am

Believe it or not, there was yet another televised election debate tonight, this time on Channel 4, called the ‘Everything…

Letters: Governments should be promoting marriage, not discouraging it for the sake of equality

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Look closer to home Sir: In your interview with Boris Johnson (‘Austerity was not the way forward’, 30 November) he…

The Tories are right to be nervous

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Despite their consistent poll lead, the Tories are anxious. There is only a week to go and in many seats…

The Tories will win – but with no thanks to the North

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s time to stick my neck out. What follows is anecdotal and my hunches have often been wrong. But I…

‘Corbyn is led by ideology, I’m led by economics’: Sajid Javid’s spending plan

7 December 2019 9:00 am

If Boris Johnson wins next week, it will be on a manifesto of change. He will not deliver the fourth…

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

Has Boris Johnson changed his campaign strategy?

6 December 2019 11:32 pm

Stump speeches and battle bus stop-offs are a staple of political campaigning. And while much of the battle for votes now…

Watch: Andrew Neil eviscerates Boris Johnson over interview no show

6 December 2019 6:51 am

Boris Johnson has so far refused to take part in an election interview with Andrew Neil. Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson,…

Expect fireworks at this week’s Nato summit

2 December 2019 4:49 am

This week is seminal for Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron. Boris, in Watford, is hosting one of the most important…

Does safety-first Boris Johnson have any ambitions on the world stage?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

There is a large vacuum at the heart of this general election campaign. Aside from the topic of our relations…

Socrates would have made the leaders’ debates real interrogations

30 November 2019 9:00 am

There is something deeply unsatisfying about the debates featuring party leaders. The questions put to them, whether by an audience…

‘Austerity was not the way forward’: An interview with Boris Johnson

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Only once in the post-war era has a British political party won a fourth term in office, but that is…

Trump’s visit couldn’t come at a worse time – for Boris and for Nato

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In the next few days, on 3 and 4 December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a grand international conference…

Tories shouldn’t be terrified by Trump’s trip to London

28 November 2019 10:35 pm

Never mind the polls, Conservative insiders are more terrified about something else at the moment. The Donald is coming. CCHQ…

Boris Johnson has gambled big by pledging to spend small

25 November 2019 8:06 am

Boris Johnson just took a very big political risk, by not making any serious attempt to compete with Labour on…