Westminster

The creeping politicisation of spookdom

‘Appointing nodding loyalists points to the creeping politicisation of national security. The aim, insiders fear, is to prevent genuine, independent scrutiny of the government’s most sensitive activities and policies’

No more posturing — how taking back control exposes incompetent politicians

'Post-Brexit, policymakers will now be answerable to the public. The immediate effect of this will be to reveal their cluelessness'

Which leadership qualities spell success at No. 10?

Boris Johnson should learn from his predecessors' mistakes

Dave and Davery

'It is clear that he does not own up to all the mistakes he made. Dave has a very clear idea of how far he can go while keeping what remains of his reputation intact'

Why Westminster needs gossip

‘Gossip is as important as the green benches in the chamber of the House of Commons. Without it, the country would sink’

Why Remoaners should back Boris

"Boris, ironically, now offers Remoaners the best chance of a soft Brexit, or at least a sensible one. And to those who want a second referendum—'the people’s vote'—there may even be a chance of that too."

Calm before the storm

"As the Conservative Party’s fortunes have waned, Johnson’s standing has waxed. After all, if the party is heading for electoral disaster, taking a punt on Boris becomes much less of a risk."

More money, more problems

‘It is odd that wealth and position should play a part in Tory leadership considerations —but again they surely will’

How Blair brought Brexit and created Farage

‘Tony Blair’s decision to introduce PR for the 1999 European elections was the springboard for the rise of UKIP, and ultimately for the referendum’

May’s blunders that led to Brexit chaos

Four key post-referendum mistakes by the Prime Minister resulted in the shambolic climax to her strategy for the UK leaving the EU

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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