Commentary

For the first time in its 167 year history, the Met Office issued an “amber extreme heat warning” for parts of the UK with the sweltering temperatures set to peak on Thursday at over 33C. The country bakes but Boris Johnson may be feeling the heat more than most after a truly surreal turn of events was capped by last...

Seismic defeat for Johnson leaves reporter eating his own hat

The very latest in a saga-length series of tumultuous weeks for Boris Johnson has been capped with a typically braggadocios vow to “rocket boost” his manifesto promises after a humiliating by-election defeat. For the first time since the last time...

Freedom Day brings déjà vu thanks to UK’s ‘joke’ border policy

Britain’s biggest step out of lockdown has arrived with a massive dash of déjà-vu as hugs, holidays and indoor pints and meals returned with the reopening of hospitality amid...

Angela Rayner fights back to ‘reconnect with voters’

Angela Rayner has come out fighting following a turbulent 24 hours in which she was scapegoated for Labour’s disastrous Super Thursday results and sacked as chair of the party...

Cummings is ‘sitting on plenty more ammunition’ in war with PM

Dominic Cummings has broken his silence about his days at Downing Street with a devastating critique about the prime minister’s ”possibly illegal” behaviour in Number 10. Among the astonishing claims...

Easy Sleazy sings Jagger as Greensill inquiries hit eight and counting

In his 59 years as front man of the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger can rarely, if indeed ever, have penned a more aptly named song that coincided so perfectly with political events than...

‘Criminal cartel’ behind riots; NI policing is ‘politicised and toxic’

The worst violence in almost a decade has flared across Northern Ireland with petrol bombs, car hijackings and vehicle burnouts reported over several nights in Derry, Belfast, Newtonabbey and other loyalist communities. While politicians engage...

Johnson’s Brexit Britain goes nuclear with measures ‘that’d make a dictator blush’

Boris Johnson has unveiled his blueprint to get Brexit-Britain “match-fit” for its future, laying out his government’s foreign policy to the very same chamber debating his alarming plans to curb democratic rights with a...

Claims of bullying at the palace distract from Patel’s £370,000 cost to taxpayer

The royal family are proving their worth to the government this week as troubles around the palace steal the media’s attention from a series of significant events and important stories. Claims that the Duchess of...

UK on track for record levels of child poverty, warns Children’s Commissioner, yet education...

The Children’s Commissioner for England has used her final speech to excoriate the people employed and paid to educate, look after and protect the children of this country, while simultaneously condemning the silence around...