Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel’s optimistic press conference

22 August 2019 3:17 am

When Theresa May held press conferences with European leaders over Brexit, they were often a painful affair – with her…

France says no deal now the most likely Brexit outcome. But why now?

22 August 2019 2:15 am

Why would French government officials brief that they think it most likely Britain will leave the European Union without a…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit opponents are playing into his hands

22 August 2019 1:08 am

There is arguably the most important conflict raging in the Tory party since Churchill replaced Chamberlain as PM in 1940.…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 8:38 pm

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

Was I wrong about Boris Johnson?

17 August 2019 4:00 pm

The Conservative commentariat does not march in step. Myself, along with Matthew Parris, Max Hastings and Simon Heffer are proud, stiff-necked…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

How Boris’s Roman predecessors took back control

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The Tories, allegedly a ‘one-nation’ party, are currently imposing Brexit on a divided nation. As a result, some Tory MPs…

How No. 10 is taking back control

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Every Friday at 6 p.m. government aides are summoned to No. 10 Downing Street for a meeting with Dominic Cummings,…

Like Team Boris, I’m staying in London this summer

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Foolish me. I could have been writing this by the shore of Lake Trasimene, with only one problem: how to…

Boris Johnson is the EU’s nemesis. But could he be Europe’s saviour?

16 August 2019 5:25 pm

It is a curious and rather moving experience to see someone you have known for thirty-five years standing in front…

Why Boris Johnson needs an election to deliver Brexit

14 August 2019 11:11 pm

What more-or-less all Tory MPs seem to have missed is that Philip Hammond, the ex-chancellor who has become the anti-no-deal…

With interest rates crashing, Boris is in luck – he can borrow his way out of any Brexit crisis

10 August 2019 4:30 pm

Is Boris Johnson the luckiest prime minister ever? This week, the Government can borrow money for ten years at 0.48…

How Athenians would have broken the Brexit deadlock

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is said that our political system is ‘broken’ simply because the passions aroused by Brexit have effectively created a…

We’re heading for a 1 November election

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The United Kingdom is a country governed, in large part, by convention —but in the heat of the Brexit debate,…

How Boris can make the extra cash for the NHS really count

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It would be daft for someone to offer you £1.8 billion and you turn it down. That sort of money…

Nicky Haslam: How will Boris decorate No. 10?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Volcanic temper… suspicious of everyone… irritability, mood swings… terror stalking the shadows… devastating collapse of Europe’s economy… rampant insecurity, unbridled…

Where did Boris Johnson’s ‘gloomsters’ come from?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson hit out at ‘the doomsters and the gloomsters’, I was willing to believe that the word gloomster…

Could Boris Johnson have to resign if he loses a confidence vote?

7 August 2019 10:10 pm

The argument about whether Boris Johnson would have to resign if he lost a confidence vote is continuing to rage…

Will John McDonnell lock Tories up if Labour wins the next election?

7 August 2019 7:31 pm

Smiley, fluent and softly spoken, John McDonnell sometimes comes across as a bit cuddly. Yesterday Labour’s shadow chancellor was interviewed…

What’s changed with Boris Johnson in Downing Street

3 August 2019 7:34 pm

10 days in to Boris Johnson’s premiership and the big change is, as I say in The Sun this morning,…

Portrait of the week: Britain meets its new cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Home  The Conservatives’ poll ratings went up and the pound went down after a week of the prime ministership of…

Persia’s lessons for the PM

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Stanley Johnson suggests his son, the PM, will easily deal with Iran because he is well acquainted with Persian history…

Boris may end up delivering Corbyn

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell has written a longish ‘open’ letter to Jeremy Corbyn, helpfully explaining why he has decided not to contest…

I’ve started talking like a hardline Leaver

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Our involuntary responses know us better than we know ourselves. As I left King Charles Street in Whitehall last week…