Articles tagged Boris Johnson:

Reflections on the Vote of Confidence in Boris Johnson

  • 6 Jun 2022

Tonight’s vote is a numbers game. That may seem like a statement of the bleedin’ obvious, but it’s not just about the Prime Minister winning a majority of one. Churchill once said a win is a win and one is enough. In normal circumstances that might be true, but we are not in n...

Can Boris Johnson Survive Breaking the Law?

  • 12 Apr 2022

  Over the last few months I have been very critical of the Prime Minister and his government, not least over their handling of the Ukrainian refugees, the approach to helping the worst off with the cost of living crisis and then gay conversion therapy. No one ever remem...

Telegraph Column: Ireland & Brexit, Bisexuality & Boris's Holiday

  • 13 Oct 2021

This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph.   The Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, is never short of a few words. And they are words which generally make a situation worse. Given the issues facing Ireland, the UK and the EU over the Northern Ireland Protoco...

My Take on Boris Johnson's Conference Speech

  • 6 Oct 2021

It’s a wrap. Or is it rap? The party conference season has closed, and Boris Johnson has walked off stage to the usual standing ovation, even if he didn’t hang around to bask in it. A kiss with Carrie and then off the stage, through the crowds and into the prime ministerial li...

Telegraph Column: Zoom Parliament? Never Again

  • 8 Sep 2021

Rachel Johnson once accused her brother of using the Commons Dispatch Box as a “bully pulpit”. It was intended as an insult but this week we will find dozens of MPs doing much the self-same thing, and a very good thing too. For 18 months we have experienced a neutered Parliame...

The Consequences of Matt Hancock's Resignation & Have we Reached 'Peak Johnson'?

  • 26 Jun 2021

When I woke up at 5.25am on Friday, I checked my phone and saw the front page of The Sun. I actually exclaimed: “F*****g hell”, as opposed to “F*****g hopeless.” I was due on air on Good Morning Britain an hour later with Jacqui Smith. We were both staying in the same hotel so...

Boris Johnson Needs to Grip the Exam Crisis & Grip it Today

  • 17 Aug 2020

When you're in a political hole, the best thing to do is stop digging. You collect your thoughts, then you devise a strategy to climb out of the hole. That's what Gavin Williamson should be doing now. He needs to do it quickly because that hole is about to treble in size when ...

Cummings & (Not) Goings

  • 24 May 2020

I write this as the Prime Minister has announced he's standing by Dominic Cummings and a lot of what follows is based on a Twitter thread that I posted last night. I've been in isolation for 67 days in Kent. I could have driven 158 miles to my house in Norfolk, where in the...

Boris is Back, Journos Disappearing Up Their Own Fundamentals & Why the Death Toll Needs More Explanation

  • 13 Apr 2020

So there I was – broadcasting from home on Monday. It was about 8.10pm, and I had just finished interviewing the new Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds. I switched from my email to the Google document on which my producer writes instructions. There it was in bla...

My Take on the Reshuffle Fallout

  • 16 Feb 2020

It seems the estimable editor of ConservativeHome, Mr Paul Goodman, was the only one to foresee the departure of Sajid Javid as chancellor. That’s why he’s on the big bucks. Clearly Boris and his team thought that Sajid would cave, just as all the other ministers did, who w...