Theresa May

Why is the government so reluctant to give freedom back to citizens?

13 June 2021 9:26 pm

One year on, we are no further forward. We have a devastated industry, jobs lost and global Britain shut for…

Alan Duncan rants about ‘idiot’ parliamentary colleagues and Britain’s waning influence

24 April 2021 9:00 am

As a budding political apparatchik, my first job out of university was as a junior parliamentary assistant to Alan Duncan…

How did an enigma like Theresa May become PM?

16 February 2021 5:36 am

Theresa May is not the easiest person to speak to in Westminster. She is reluctant to get drawn into a…

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Is Donald Trump really anti-abortion?

6 September 2020 8:39 pm

At the Republican National Convention last month, he was repeatedly described as the ‘most pro-life President ever’. According to some…

Which former prime minister earns the most for corporate speeches?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Voyage into history How did the Labour government respond to the arrival of the Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948?…

How to run Number 10: An insider’s guide

14 January 2020 6:21 pm

Gavin Barwell was Theresa May’s chief of staff between 2017 and 2019. He was the MP for Croydon Central between 2010…

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

Viral videos, not leaders’ debates, could decide this election

7 December 2019 9:00 am

You might well expect the final election debate, Johnson vs Corbyn head-to-head on primetime BBC, to provide the most watched…

Nick Timothy: Theresa May folded like a Brompton bike during the Brexit negotiations

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As my train hurtles northward, my phone starts to buzz. Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to hold a December election. So:…

Tacitus knew how to handle stories from ‘insiders’ and ‘sources’

14 September 2019 9:00 am

We read much about ‘fake news’ these days and of efforts to rid the internet of it. But what of…

Theresa May’s honours list makes me sick

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The BBC featured a gay wedding on Songs of Praise recently. Of course it did. The thinking was, I assume:…

The three numbers that measure Britain’s constitutional crisis

11 September 2019 12:22 am

Here in a few numbers is the measure of the catastrophic mess we are in; caused by failing to resolve…

Boris Johnson could be about to lose everything – or redefine British politics

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has already decided on his election message: vote for me and get Brexit, vote for anyone else and…

Boris’s nightmare is that the EU accepts his Brexit offer

24 August 2019 3:30 pm

As was to be expected, the EU’s reaction to Boris Johnson’s offer of revisiting the Withdrawal Agreement if the backstop…

What would you save, Marmite or the planet?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his very long letter to Jeremy Corbyn about why, after all, he will stay out of the Labour party…

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…

If Boris achieves a deal with the EU, he will be unassailable

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a prime minister who has reached No. 10 with lower expectations. Boris Johnson has been…

What kills more people in the UK: hot or cold weather?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Losing confidence The government may soon face a vote of no confidence, the second this year. How often do these…

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The conviction of ‘Nick’ shows the evil behind McCarthyism

27 July 2019 9:00 am

‘No great surprise’ headlined the BBC television news on Tuesday lunchtime. The BBC does not admit it now, but it…

Will ‘chairman Boris’ revive cabinet government?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It has become something of a tradition in British politics: an incoming prime minister promises to restore proper cabinet government.…

The most important decision that Boris has to make

13 July 2019 9:00 am

After being backed by a majority of Tory MPs, Boris Johnson now looks set to win over party members by…

Why are hustings called hustings?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

History of hustings Why are hustings called by that name? — The word ‘hustings’ is derived from an old Norse…

An early election is beginning to look inevitable for the next Tory leader

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a joke going around the various warring tribes in the Tory leadership contest. They might not win this time,…

The Trump card: We should welcome Donald Trump’s visit – and treat him as a friend

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump arrived by helicopter at Turnberry, his golf course…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party triumphs, May resigns and Corbyn has an unhappy birthday

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Home The Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, received 5,248,533 votes (out of 17,199,701 cast) in the European parliament elections,…