Tories

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

Why do those who abuse Priti Patel get a free pass?

15 July 2021 6:40 am

Remember when Labour MP Clive Lewis got into trouble for saying, ‘On your knees, bitch’? It was at a fringe…

It's time for Rishi Sunak to stand up to Boris Johnson

27 June 2021 4:00 pm

Finally the pandemic fog is lifting and the outlines of post-Covid politics are starting to take shape. While the Government…

Boris is in danger of becoming Britain's François Hollande

27 June 2021 4:53 am

Last week’s by-election result in Chesham and Amersham was a slap in the face for Boris Johnson. Fortunately it was…

Johnson vs Sunak: The political battle of the autumn?

21 June 2021 7:27 pm

As ministers grow increasingly confident that they will be able to unlock by 19 July, Boris Johnson is facing a…

Rishi Sunak: I'm a fiscal Conservative (unlike Boris)

17 June 2021 6:44 am

When Rishi Sunak told Andrew Neil this evening that he had his eyes on the future, he was ostensibly talking…

Keir Starmer is alienating both sides in the Brexit debate

15 June 2021 10:32 pm

What is it with Labour and Brexit? An issue that during Theresa May’s premiership looked like it could rip the…

How Starmer can beat Boris

12 June 2021 3:30 pm

How should Keir Starmer deal with a problem like Boris Johnson? Despite the Prime Minister’s mistakes in the handling of…

Labour is in last chance saloon

5 June 2021 5:30 pm

If they have any sense – a proposition I will test later – officials from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and…

Labour are deluding themselves about Boris's 'vaccine bounce'

15 May 2021 3:30 pm

That vast battalion of pinko pundits who confidently expected Boris Johnson to get a drubbing in last week’s elections has…

Boris faces a painful choice over social care

13 May 2021 10:54 pm

If social care reform were any deeper in the long grass of political priorities, it’d probably get mistaken for a…

Andy Street's success is part of the English political realignment

9 May 2021 3:07 am

Andy Street won the West Midlands mayoralty in 2017 by the slimmest of margins, with 50.4 percent of the vote…

Boris shouldn't take the red wall vote for granted

7 May 2021 7:49 pm

There are two popular reactions to the Hartlepool by-election, which one you favour depending largely on your political tribe. The…

How Labour will spin defeat in Hartlepool

6 May 2021 1:23 am

Campaigning in the Hartlepool by-election is reaching its feverish final hours as the Labour party tries to hold onto the…

How Boris eclipsed Cameron

17 April 2021 3:45 pm

Remember the days when David Cameron was the sleek young prime minister who had brought to an end 13 years…

Sadiq Khan's victory could be bad news for Labour

4 April 2021 3:45 pm

Let’s take a look into a political crystal ball: it is Friday 7 May and a beaming Sadiq Khan is…

London's mayoral race is a warning to Tories nationwide

2 April 2021 9:37 pm

The London Mayoral election is more of a procession than a race. The only real question is whether Sadiq Khan…

Diane Abbott has exposed Keir Starmer's Red Wall dilemma

20 March 2021 6:15 pm

Were Keir Starmer more like Gordon Brown in temperament then by now he’d be throwing his mobile phone at a…

Boris, Biden and the era of big government

13 March 2021 4:22 am

Bill Clinton’s declaration that ‘the era of big government is over’ summed up the late 1990s political zeitgeist. Centre-left political…

Rishi Sunak is a prime minister in waiting

4 March 2021 4:45 am

It is always a pleasure to see a first-rate mind in action, as we did during today’s Budget. Equally, when…

Do Tories know the truth about Boris Johnson?

24 January 2021 6:15 pm

Exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, four Labour party grandees issued the Limehouse Declaration, signalling ‘the re-emergence of social democracy in…

Boris Johnson isn't the only one to blame for Britain's Covid crisis

6 January 2021 2:21 am

Britain has suffered one of the world’s highest Covid death tolls and worst Covid recessions. It has managed this abysmal feat…

Why Boris, not Rishi, will lead the Tories into the next election

20 November 2020 9:31 pm

Some Tory MPs are hoping that Dominic Cummings’ departure from Downing Street will bring with it a vital lift to…

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1's Roadkill reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a…