Review: Greater: Britain After The Storm by Penny Mordaunt and Chris Lewis (Biteback), £20

  • 25 May 2021

It is rare for a serving senior Minister to publish a book while in office, and what a book it is. Before you even reach the first chapter, there is a veritable Becher’s Brook of bedazzling “names” saying how wonderful it is – Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, Elton John, Richard Cur...

Are Boris’s critics too grand to stand?

  • 25 May 2021

If you go and visit Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory a rather sorry sight will greet you. The great ship stands proudly in her dry-dock but is currently without her towering masts. She is a shadow of her former self as she undergoes a stem to stern renovation. Boris Johnson’s opp...

Review: Stop Bloody Bossing Me About: How We Need To Stop Being Told What To Do by Quentin Letts

  • 14 May 2021

The words Quentin and Letts strike terror equally into the hearts of Parliamentary performers and members of the theatrical community. In his reviews of political performances and sketches of West End productions, this keen observer of those foolish enough to push themselves c...

All Out Politics podcast: Business v Government

  • 23 Apr 2021

Mark Fox joins Adam Boulton on his weekly All Out Politics podcast - Thursday 22 April 2021  "A podcast of two halves as Adam Boulton and guests asses the political response to the frantic 48 hours in football as plans for a European Super League veered into offside territo...

2020 is done we must look ahead to 2021

  • 30 Dec 2020

“We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.”   Winston Churchill’s words to the nation at the end of the 1945 war in Europe. As Parliament approves the EU (Future Relationship) Bill so Boris...

The Prime Ministers

  • 30 Nov 2020

Iain Dale has published this new book and I have written the first chapter on Britain's first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. You can find the podcast series accompanying the book here:

MPs need to settle down and put their support behind the government

  • 30 Nov 2020

Eighty years ago, From the 7 September 1940 to 11 May 1941, London and several other major British cities were subjected to intense bombing. The bombing was specifically targeted at civilians and it came to be known as The Blitz. In the nearly six years of the war this period ...

The big, bold, beautiful process of electing the American President is a glorious sight

  • 5 Nov 2020

Nothing, absolutely nothing, gets professional political trainspotters going like a US Presidential election. From LBJ and JFK through to The West Wing many British politicians and journalists are infantilised and befuddled by their obsession with a fairy tale version of Ameri...

Crexit: only Boris can lead Britain out of the virus lockdown

  • 18 Apr 2020

Dominic Raab, and the medical boffins who accompanied him, came to the No 10 podium to deliver a sombre message. Three more weeks of confinement were necessary, he said, and would not give any hint of rule relaxation to come.  The boffins nodded sagely beside him. Our focus...

Picasso and Paper

  • 17 Feb 2020

“Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this major exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career.” Introduction to the e...