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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...

Tories are wrong to think that they will never face a day of reckoning for sleaze

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Dominic Cummings offering a lecture on integrity in government is like a cannibal telling you how to be a good vegan. When his subject matter is Boris Johnson, it is nevertheless worth paying attention. Few possess a ...

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...

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...

Why sleaze investigations are becoming more menacing for Boris Johnson

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I will bet you the price of a roll of gold wallpaper that you will be able to say who paid when you last had the decorators in. If there was any reason you had to prove that it was you, you’d produce a bank or credit ...

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...

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...

Keir Starmer needs to act more urgently if he is to rescue Labour from its plight

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Another electoral test, another dismal postmortem for Labour. The least persuasive diagnosis of why the party has suffered some bitter disappointments is that offered by visitors from cloud-Corbyn-land who demand a re...

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...

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...

Labour won’t see power again until it remembers the essentials of winning

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No political party has a divine right to exist. If they did, Britain would still be ruled by the Whigs. There have been a lot of doomy prognostications about Labour’s life expectancy since the big set of elections tha...

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...

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, you can’t claim to be a world leader while savagely cutting aid

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Boris Johnson will soon be rolling out a red, white and blue carpet for Joe Biden and the other guests coming to these shores for the G7 summit, an event the prime minister hopes to exploit to suggest that Brexit Brit...

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 ...

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 ...

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