James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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The spending cuts George Osborne flatly refused to make

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Autumn Statement on 25 November had long been circled in Downing Street diaries as the season’s defining political moment.…

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Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

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A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

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Lords of misrule block the Tories at every turn

29 October 2015 9:00 am

A few days after the general election, I bumped into one of David Cameron’s longest-standing political allies, one of those…

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Is Theresa May gearing up to lead the EU No campaign?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Who is the most politically interesting member of David Cameron’s cabinet? There’s a good case to be made for Michael…

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Could George Osborne come out for the Out campaign?

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Westminster may have been guilty of ignoring the Scottish referendum until the last minute, but no one can accuse it…

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The Tories are still anxious to reach out. And that’s a very good sign

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Post-election party conferences usually follow a standard pattern. The winning party slaps itself on the back while the losers fret…


Boris in the wilderness

3 October 2015 9:00 am

His leadership challenge is dwindling while Osborne’s star rises


Nicky Morgan's pitch for the Tory leadership

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan thinks a woman should run to be the next Tory leader

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Will anyone fight, fight and fight again to save what’s left of New Labour?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Five years ago this Saturday, Ed Miliband was crowned Labour leader. Three days later, he had to deliver his first…


Jeremy Corbyn’s victory puts the EU referendum on a knife edge

19 September 2015 8:00 am

No one watching Jeremy Corbyn walk around the Palace of Westminster would imagine that he had just won the Labour…


Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths


A guide to Jeremy Corbyn's Britain (the Tories will be in charge)

5 September 2015 9:00 am

How do you solve a problem like Jezza?

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The SNP surge at Westminster might just accidentally save the Union

25 July 2015 9:00 am

There are few quicker ways to annoy an MP than to suggest that they are on holiday when the House…

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The Tories can only benefit from the rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

18 July 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get…


George Osborne's real plan: erase every trace of Gordon Brown

11 July 2015 9:00 am

To understand George Osborne, it is important to realise that he cut his political teeth at the height of the…

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Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may…

King Abdullah Of Jordan Visits Berlin

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Merkel’s crisis is David Cameron’s opportunity

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Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

20 June 2015 9:00 am

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations…

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Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

13 June 2015 9:00 am

At 6.30 p.m. on 7 May, the Camerons invited guests at their home in Oxfordshire into the garden for a…

David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

There’s no date yet for an EU referendum. But the ‘yes’ campaign has started

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Forty years ago this week, Britain voted to remain part of the European Community. That remains the only direct vote…

The Prime Minister And Home Secretary Address Immigration

Welcome to the EU rollercoaster, Prime Minister

30 May 2015 9:00 am

We have just had a very insular general election campaign, but the mood at Westminster is now determined by news…

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Cameron's small majority means big challenges ahead

23 May 2015 9:00 am

In ancient Rome, when a general rode in triumph through the city, a slave would stand behind him whispering into…

Ed Miliband Launches Labour Party Election Manifesto

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015 9:00 am

A new leader will have to focus on winning, not sniping


The election when first past the post lost

9 May 2015 9:00 am

The defence of the Westminster first-past-the-post voting system is that while it’s certainly unfair, it delivers decisive results. A relatively…