Commentary

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 warnings the country might be loosening restrictions too soon. Social distancing measures and restrictions remained in place on ‘Freedom Day’ as Britain’s big reopening was overshadowed by fears about the latest...

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 by Sir Keir Starmer, who had just said he took...

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...

‘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...

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...

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

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...

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 been entrusted to lead the...