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Boris Johnson has united every Tory faction – in anger at him

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Winston Churchill offered this advice about how the Conservative party should treat its leader. “The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they m...

Boris Johnson’s contempt for integrity is at the rotten heart of the Paterson affair

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Boris Johnson is a law unto himself. His housemaster at Eton noted his belief that he should be treated as “an exception, one who should be free of the network of obligation which binds everyone else”. He rarely encou...

Our democracy will be impoverished if MPs are too scared to do their jobs

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The ornate black gates that loom at the mouth of Downing Street were designed to look as though they have guarded the entrance for centuries. In truth, their installation was a relatively recent event in the history o...

The host of Cop26 needs to be a master of diplomacy. Unfortunately, it’s Boris Johnson

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The Queen is not amused. “We only know about people who are not coming,” the monarch was overheard saying. “It is very irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.” It is not the turnout for a Buck House party that i...

Like all cults, Borisology is detached from reality and destined to end badly

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The Conservative & Unionist party is no more. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker. It’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the choir invisib...

Tory triumphalism will anger voters facing empty shelves and a fuel famine

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If a week is a long time in politics, 24 months is an eternity. Tories are gathering in Manchester highly conscious that their party last met for an in-person conference two tumultuous years ago. Since he last strutte...

Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure to deliver the performance of his life

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That legendary philosopher of time Joe Strummer once said: “The future is unwritten.” This quote from The Clash frontman makes a surprise appearance on page 21 of the essay published in the name of Sir Keir Starmer in...

Tories repelled by Johnson can help the Lib Dems knock down the blue wall

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The world is hanging on every word from the virtual conference of Britain’s Liberal Democrats this weekend, as no one ever said. The Lib Dems are accustomed to being mocked when they are not simply ignored, but they h...

Boris Johnson’s generation game: the young and poor pay for the old and rich

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Reforming Britain’s creaking provision of social care has long been treated as a political “third rail”: an issue so charged that no politician dare touch it for fear that their reputation and popularity will be elect...

With the US becoming a less reliable ally, Britain needs to make friends in Europe

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After the rout, the recriminations. British fingers furiously jab at the Americans for a shaming scuttle from Kabul that will embolden the west’s adversaries. Sir John Major yesterday called the withdrawal of western ...

Why Boris Johnson is getting resentful and paranoid about Rishi Sunak

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The prime minister has cemented his reputation as a careless pair of hands and the leader of the opposition has struggled to make his voice heard. There is only one senior British politician to have got through the pa...

Boris Johnson’s Global Britain is exposed as impotent and friendless by Afghanistan

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When a freshly elected Joe Biden had his first transatlantic phone conversation with Boris Johnson, Number 10 bragged that the prime minister was at the top of the list on the new American president’s call sheet. Down...

There’s a case for vaccine passports, but ministers are failing to make it

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Many will have heard of Typhoid Mary, but fewer will know her full story – or her real name. That was Mary Mallon, an Irish-born cook who worked for affluent families in the New York City area in the early years of th...

The Queen had a lucky escape from Boris Johnson’s ‘sod it’ attitude to Covid

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Right at the beginning of the pandemic, there was intense concern among officials about the health of one elderly female. I was subsequently told by a very senior figure that there was “a lot of worry” the Queen could...

Big build-up, drum roll, then the speech. Is that all there is to Boris Johnson’s levelling up?

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In the first flush of his 2019 election triumph, Boris Johnson stood outside Number 10 and flourished a promise to “unite and level up” the country. He likes this theme so much that he has returned to it repeatedly. I...

This England team aren’t playing for the Tories’ version of the country

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When the men of England last won a significant international football tournament (you may know that this was 55 years ago), the official mascot was called World Cup Willie, a cartoon lion sporting a union jack footbal...

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