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A Lab-Lib pincer movement is the most effective way to strike fear into the Tories

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If you don’t like the sound of teeth being gritted, never ask a Labour MP how they feel about cooperation with the Liberal Democrats. “I know it makes sense,” one member of the shadow cabinet recently gnashed their mo...

The stench of entitlement is now oozing from Rishi Sunak’s home as well as Boris Johnson’s

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During the furore about who picked up the bill for the lavish makeover of the prime minister’s flat, the chancellor’s people made a big thing of declaring that there was no risk of Rishi Sunak generating a stink such ...

Boris Johnson may think that partygate is a laughing matter. Outraged voters don’t

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He thinks he is going to get away with it. When Boris Johnson addressed a recent dinner with his parliamentary party, he poked fun at those Tory MPs who were so disgusted by partygate that they tried to remove him. L...

Liberal democracies must defend their values and show Putin that the west isn’t weak

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The haunting wail of air-raid sirens urging people to shelter underground. The howl of warplanes. The crump of artillery. The death rattle of tanks. Civilians who have never held a weapon arming themselves with a gun ...

Britain has had royal, political and policing scandals before, but never all three at once

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Fit for a prince. “By royal appointment” has traditionally been a recommendation of provenance, quality and trustworthiness. A royal handle today serves as a warning of potential ignominy. As Oscar Wilde didn’t quite ...

Note to Boris Johnson’s sad apologists: stop treating the public as if they are fools

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Conor Burns, one of the troupe of Johnson loyalists willing to humiliate themselves on behalf of the prime minister, now knows the first line of his obituary. It will be his attempt to excuse Boris Johnson’s lockdown-...

Tories beware. There’s nothing a desperate Boris Johnson won’t do to try to save his skin

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The magic number is 54. This is how many Tory MPs have to write a secret letter to the chairman of their 1922 Committee in order to trigger a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson. There are easily more than 54 Conse...

This is a Boris Johnson scandal that even the great trickster can’t blag his way out of

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The defenestration of a prime minister between elections is usually triggered by a seismic event. Neville Chamberlain was forced out after Norway was gobbled up by Hitler. The national humiliation of the Suez debacle ...

Keir Starmer should learn from how Wilson and Blair led Labour to success

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In more than half a century, only two men have taken Labour from opposition to government. You have to be over 40 to have voted in the 1997 election that rewarded Tony Blair with his first landslide. You have to be 75...

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. Sfortunatamente, 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...

Mentre i conservatori tornano a casa dalla loro conferenza annuale

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Mentre i conservatori tornano a casa dalla loro conferenza annuale, 24 Mentre i conservatori tornano a casa dalla loro conferenza annuale. Mentre i conservatori tornano a casa dalla loro conferenza annuale. Dall'ultima volta che si è impettito...

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...

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