When I heard the Tories were cutting a deal with a party of bigots and terrorist-sympathisers, I thought, ‘would a national unity government really work?’ It turns out Theresa May is tapping up the DUP rather than the Labour Party. PMQs is accused of ‘yah-boo politics’ as it is; wait till the questions are asked […]Read More Labour has surrendered to Corbynism
It is as if Richard Nixon had lost the 1972 presidential election—and not to George McGovern but to Gus Hall. British PM Theresa May called a snap poll to capitalize on Labour’s lurch to the extreme left and bulk up her majority as Britain embarks on the Brexit process. She went into the campaign with […]Read More Britain’s Dark Moment
Ruth Davidson enjoys First Minister’s Questions beyond what is proper and decent. There are a dozen members of the public watching — half if there’s a Columbo on ITV2 — but the Scottish Tory leader puts on a show for them. How she relishes tormenting Nicola Sturgeon. Before Miss Davidson became head of the opposition […]Read More Last time she told a whopper was a generation ago
We made it. Six weeks of these ghastly, preening, pontificating characters hectoring us every time we tune in for the weather forecast and finally the end is in sight. By ten o’clock tomorrow night, it’ll all be over and we can go back to getting our political debate from Gogglebox. The STV debate was branded […]Read More Kezia took a round… right in the foot
This week, Israel is marking the 50th anniversary of its improbable victory over Arab assassins. Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser saw annihilation of the Jewish state as a uniting mission for his project of pan-Arab nationalism and had declared: ‘Our path to Palestine will be covered with blood.’ In June 1967, he enlisted Syria and Jordan […]Read More When will the Six-Day War finally end?
Even at times of panic and disaster, we cannot help but be British. Scenes of horror flooded our TVs this weekend but the clip that will stick with me is Richard Angell, a Labour campaigner who assured a BBC reporter: ‘If me having a gin & tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging […]Read More In this fight, victory will come from our best weapons: British stoicism and decency
Ruth Davidson is not an obvious choice to lead a revolution. But out there in the country, from the family farms of the Borders to the fishing enclaves of the North East, from central belt suburbs to the rolling hills of Perthshire, a rebellion is brewing — and Miss Davidson finds herself its de facto […]Read More Rebel with a cause