Articles tagged UK Politics:

I voted Leave, but Brexit Doesn’t Mean we Lose Everything European - Including Our Identity

  • 15 Feb 2018

This is the text of an article I have written for the ‘i’ newspaper today… In some respects, life in the limbo between the UK voting to leave the European Union and Brexit itself has engendered some unfortunate habits in discourse. As a radio host, I’ve done my best to ask ...

Nicola Sturgeon: An Apology

  • 26 Jan 2018

On Wednesday I read a story in The Times about the Scottish Government ordering a change in its flag flying policy, meaning that the only occasion the Union Flag could be flown on Scottish Parliament buildings was on Remembrance Sunday. Previously there were 14 other occasions...

The 'Irish Times' London Editor Owes London's Black Cabbies An Apology

  • 21 Jan 2018

I got an email from a listener on Friday, which I thought I’d share with you. I’m a long-time listener of your show via the internet here in Ireland. As an Englishman living here I’ve become increasingly concerned at some aspects of the anti-English coverage of Brexit, mo...

The Government Needs to Reverse a Thirty Year Policy and Start Increasing the Number of Hospital Beds

  • 13 Jan 2018

A lot has been written and said about the crisis in hospitals this January. Much of it repeats what was written last January. And yet it shouldn’t have been like this. The Health Secretary and the Prime Minister and various NHS managers continue to insist that planning for the...

My Predictions for 2018

  • 31 Dec 2017

I don’t know why, but last year I didn’t do any predictions for 2017, which was probably just as well, as I doubt any of them would have come true. Here are my predictive offerings for 2018. There won’t be a general election in 2018. Theresa May will still be Prime Minis...

Is Jeremy Corbyn a Reincarnation?

  • 4 Nov 2017

Some friends of mine have just returned from a holiday in the Pyranees. They visited a prehistoric cave system, with stunning cave paintings inside. It was near Grotte de Niaux, south of Toulouse at the start of the Pyrenees before Andorra. They were looking at an exhibition a...

Sunday Telegraph Column: Would a Reshuffle Solve Theresa May's Problems? (Answer: Probably Not)

  • 15 Oct 2017

This is the full text of the article which appeared in today’s Sunday Telegraph Reshuffle fever is gripping Westminster, which is not unusual when a government looks as if it’s in trouble. However, a reshuffle rarely solves anything. There has only been one reshuffle in the l...

Evening Standard Column: Tories must stop navel-gazing and take the fight to Labour

  • 5 Oct 2017

I wrote this article on Monday evening for publication as the main ‘Op-Ed’ article in the Evening Standard on Tuesday. So, there I was, sitting between Theresa May and Andrew Marr on Sunday morning, waiting for Marr to open his show. I was there to do the paper review with Po...

The Top 100 Most Influential People on the Right 2017

  • 2 Oct 2017

Each year for the last ten years I have convened a panel to compile a list of the Top 100 Most Influential People on the Right. This year our panel was comprised of a national newspaper journalist, two ex-Spads, two online commentators and an ex Conservative MP. The most di...

Britain Will Have to Pay an EU Exit Bill, But It's Up to the EU to Explain How It Should Be Calculated

  • 27 Aug 2017

Tomorrow morning David Davis will be heading to Brussels for what ought to be a very telling week of negotiations with Michel Barnier and his team. Both sides have been very vocal in the last few days and if their pre-briefings are anything to go by it could be a very awkward ...