Politics

Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government
Boris Johnson in front of a Christmas tree
Between the lines

Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government

Communication confusion hits hospitality industry as ministers give conflicting advice
3 Dec 2021
Doctor Who: is she driving men to crime?
Jodie Whittaker
In Brief

Doctor Who: is she driving men to crime?

Tory MP says vogue for ‘gender-flipping’ characters has helped create crisis in masculinity
3 Dec 2021
The House of Commons: no place for a baby?
Stella Creasy being interviewed, holding a tiny baby
In Brief

The House of Commons: no place for a baby?

Bringing babies onto the green benches is against the ‘rules of behaviour and courtesies’
3 Dec 2021
‘Did they learn nothing from Baby P?’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Did they learn nothing from Baby P?’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
3 Dec 2021
Does the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill go too far?
A woman is arrested during the vigil for Sarah Everard
Getting to grips with . . .

Does the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill go too far?

New amendments mean protesters could face jail for ‘locking on’
2 Dec 2021
The UK’s vaccine stash examined
Covax jab-sharing scheme
Global lens

The UK’s vaccine stash examined

World Health Organization says only 7.5% of people are fully inoculated across Africa
2 Dec 2021
Unvaccinated Greeks facing £85 monthly fine
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
In Depth

Unvaccinated Greeks facing £85 monthly fine

Prime minister insists the levy for unjabbed over-60s is ‘health fee’ rather than ‘punishment’
1 Dec 2021

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Omicron risk: where Boris Johnson and his advisers disagree
Jenny Harries
Getting to grips with . . .

Omicron risk: where Boris Johnson and his advisers disagree

Prime minister said booster jabs will give ‘the protection you need’ but Sage experts are more cautious
1 Dec 2021
What Starmer’s reshuffle means for Labour
Keir Starmer
Between the lines

What Starmer’s reshuffle means for Labour

Overhaul moves party more to the centre as leader pitches to ‘make Brexit work’
30 Nov 2021
Will Britain comply with new Covid rules?
A police officer wearing a mask
Today’s big question

Will Britain comply with new Covid rules?

Authorities anxious as studies suggest adherence is declining
29 Nov 2021
Is the Home Office ‘fit for purpose’?
Signage for the Home Office in Westminster
Behind the scenes

Is the Home Office ‘fit for purpose’?

Whitehall official rounds on ‘outdated’ and ‘completely incompetent’ department
29 Nov 2021
Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?
Olaf Scholz
In Depth

Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?

Social Democrat positioned himself as the outgoing chancellor’s ‘natural heir’
26 Nov 2021
What happens if prison places run out?
Prisoner
In Depth

What happens if prison places run out?

Governors’ association says inmates might have to be released early as jail population grows
25 Nov 2021
Why Sweden’s first female prime minister lasted just seven hours
Social Democrat leader and former prime minister Magdalena Andersson
Stranger than fiction

Why Sweden’s first female prime minister lasted just seven hours

Political ‘bulldozer’ hits the skids as Green Party quits governing coalition
25 Nov 2021
What’s going on in Boris Johnson’s top team?
Boris Johnson attends a requiem mass for murdered Tory MP David Amess
Behind the scenes

What’s going on in Boris Johnson’s top team?

PM’s inner circle in spotlight after weeks of disorder and damaging headlines
24 Nov 2021
‘Pig’s ear’: CBI speech fails to save Boris Johnson’s bacon
Boris Johnson CBI speech
Between the lines

‘Pig’s ear’: CBI speech fails to save Boris Johnson’s bacon

Tories said to be ‘sharpening their knives’ after rambling address and rebellion in the Commons
23 Nov 2021
Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?

Tory MPs concerned PM ‘lacks strategy’ and presides over a cabinet of ‘nodding dogs’
19 Nov 2021
Crunch-time for British trade 
Boris Johnson speaks at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet
Why we’re talking about . . .

Crunch-time for British trade 

Is there any point promoting ‘Global Britain’ while the threat of an EU trade war lingers?
19 Nov 2021
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: held to a £400m ransom
Richard Ratcliffe with a sign reading 'Hunger for justice day 21'
In Brief

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: held to a £400m ransom

Boris Johnson has ‘a moral duty to set this right’, said The Observer
18 Nov 2021
Channel crossing crisis: why Priti Patel’s ‘push-back tactic’ is not working
Priti Patel
In Brief

Channel crossing crisis: why Priti Patel’s ‘push-back tactic’ is not working

Last week, a record 1,185 migrants crossed the Channel to Kent in small boats
18 Nov 2021
What the HS2 U-turn means for the levelling-up agenda
Boris Johnson visits a Network Rail hub
Why we’re talking about . . .

What the HS2 U-turn means for the levelling-up agenda

Cuts to high-speed rail links ‘undermine’ government’s key policy, say northern leaders
18 Nov 2021
The most corrupt countries in the world - and how the UK ranks
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer
Getting to grips with . . .

The most corrupt countries in the world - and how the UK ranks

Boris Johnson claims sleaze attacks do ‘disservice’ to citizens of genuinely ‘dirty’ nations
18 Nov 2021
Chris Christie: the man threatening to derail Trump’s 2024 hopes
Donald Trump and Chris Christie pictured together during the 2016 election campaign
Profile

Chris Christie: the man threatening to derail Trump’s 2024 hopes

Ex-governor wooing ‘never Trumpers’ in early bid for Republican support in presidential contest
18 Nov 2021
The rival plans on sleaze from Labour and the Conservatives
Boris Johnson
Between the lines

The rival plans on sleaze from Labour and the Conservatives

Labour say Johnson’s new proposals are ‘not specific’ and ‘watered down’
17 Nov 2021
Sleaze row chaos and the ‘objectionable’ objections of Christopher Chope
Christopher Chope
Getting to grips with . . .

Sleaze row chaos and the ‘objectionable’ objections of Christopher Chope

Tory branded a ‘Jurassic embarrassment’ after blocking Owen Paterson U-turn
16 Nov 2021
What is Article 16?
Arrival of goods, Northern Ireland
Today’s big question

What is Article 16?

Boris Johnson says triggering the clause is ‘perfectly legitimate’ as Northern Ireland Protocol talks remain deadlocked
16 Nov 2021
Is the White House deliberately sidelining Kamala Harris?
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden hug at White House signing ceremony for $1.2trn infrastructure package
Behind the scenes

Is the White House deliberately sidelining Kamala Harris?

Vice president’s allies reportedly fear for her political future
16 Nov 2021
What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Former president to sell Washington D.C. hotel for hundreds of millions of dollars
15 Nov 2021
North Shropshire by-election: who will win Owen Paterson’s seat?
Former Conservative MP Owen Paterson
Fact file

North Shropshire by-election: who will win Owen Paterson’s seat?

Former minister’s resignation amid sleaze row triggered vote in the traditionally Conservative constituency
15 Nov 2021
Will Cop26 negotiators get a last-minute deal over the line?
Greenhouse emissions, UK
Between the lines

Will Cop26 negotiators get a last-minute deal over the line?

Glasgow climate summit could be extended to find agreement as fraught talks continue
12 Nov 2021
The rent expenses ‘loophole’ used by MPs to pocket taxpayer cash
Former Conservative attorney general Geoffrey Cox
Behind the scenes

The rent expenses ‘loophole’ used by MPs to pocket taxpayer cash

Two Labour lawmakers and 15 Tories claimed total of £1.3m for rental costs while letting out own properties
12 Nov 2021
MPs in firing line over ‘stag do’-style antics
Gilbraltar
In Depth

MPs in firing line over ‘stag do’-style antics

Labour’s Charlotte Nichols blames medication after allegedly being removed from Gibraltar airport in wheelchair
11 Nov 2021
Owen Paterson: how the PM’s U-turn sparked fury within the Conservative Party
Owen Paterson
In Depth

Owen Paterson: how the PM’s U-turn sparked fury within the Conservative Party

Tory MPs angry with Johnson for ‘marching them up the hill only to march them down again’
11 Nov 2021
Who will replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor?
Laura Kuenssberg interviewing Primer Minister Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

Who will replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor?

Vicki Young and Jon Sopel tipped as potential successors
10 Nov 2021
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