Commentary

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 their collective failings. Anne Longfield, whose six year tenure ends this month, delivered a devastating final report on how far children are being systemically failed by...

DUP ‘absolutely astounded’ to be accused of stoking tensions over Brexit...

Arlene Foster claims she is “absolutely astounded” at suggestions her Democratic Unionist Party is stoking tensions to undermine the Northern Ireland protocol that has rocked post Brexit relations and put at risk the Good Friday Agreement. Foster’s comments follows revelations...

Brexit, Brazil, free school meals, ICUs and a record number of deaths – a...

A single day of questions at Westminster for the prime minister has provided a glimpse of the extent and range of immediate challenges and crises that Boris Johnson has...

Britain on the brink but Johnson and Shapps find cause for laughter

Boris Johnson and his secretary of state for transport laughed during Monday’s Downing Street press conference held to update the nation on the escalating chaos caused by Covid, Christmas...

No deal is ‘very, very likely’ says Johnson, and it will be ‘wonderful’

Boris Johnson has followed up last night’s warning there’s a “strong possibility” of a no-deal Brexit by saying today it’s now “very, very likely” to be the outcome. Ursula...

British exceptionalism and English jingoism – all wrapped up in an education secretary

Gavin Williamson, the current education secretary and former chief whip has long been labelled ‘Stupid Boy’. He looked set to be banished from the cabinet to the backbenches after a disastrous summer following the...

PM takes control and sacks Cummings as Hancock assures no vax delay even if...

Boris Johnson has taken control of Number 10 by sacking his chief adviser Dominic Cummings just 11 disastrous months after the chief advisor delivered a landslide election victory. It is also just seven weeks until...

Cain’s exit before the ‘Armageddon of Brexit’

The UK recorded its highest number of Covid cases in a 24 period with 33,470, while becoming became the first country in Europe to pass 50,000 deaths from the virus. Infections in over-80s are soaring...

This tragic farce is all too real for 1.3 million children

This morning, as Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis prepped for the round of Sunday media interviews Southend’s Conservative party headquarters woke to find scores of empty plates and angry messages outside their front door....

The Dido Problem – bags of gold and an ox’s hide. Why Baroness Harding...

The UK has reached a “critical juncture” with the government announcing a three tier alert system to try and defeat the coronavirus. From the outset of the pandemic the country has been told how vital...