Politics

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
‘We just want to live like you’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘We just want to live like you’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
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

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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
Geoffrey Cox and the BVI: the backstory
Geoffrey Cox
Profile

Geoffrey Cox and the BVI: the backstory

Tory MP accused of ‘brazen breach of the rules’ after new video footage emerges
10 Nov 2021
A timeline of the Tory sleaze allegations
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

A timeline of the Tory sleaze allegations

Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by standards committee for ‘over-casual attitude’ to parliamentary rules
9 Nov 2021
The pros and cons of compulsory vaccination
A nurse prepares a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of compulsory vaccination

Covid passports and ‘no jab, no job’ rules are becoming more commonplace across the world
9 Nov 2021
Why Northern Ireland’s health minister is suing Van Morrison over Covid chant
Van Morrison
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why Northern Ireland’s health minister is suing Van Morrison over Covid chant

Robin Swann’s lawyer says defamation proceedings against music legend are ‘at an advanced stage’
8 Nov 2021
Should MPs have second jobs?
Boris Johnson
Pros and cons

Should MPs have second jobs?

Owen Paterson case shines light on financial activities outside Westminster
8 Nov 2021
Is the ‘sleaze crisis’ a turning point for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Is the ‘sleaze crisis’ a turning point for Boris Johnson?

Conservative lead over Labour falls following dramatic U-turn over MPs standards watchdog
5 Nov 2021
Political insults, gig academics and dating doubts
Houses of Parliament
Podcast

Political insults, gig academics and dating doubts

Do we have the right to be rude to MPs? Why are university lecturers living in poverty? And is online dating failing to deliver?
5 Nov 2021
Is the chancellor’s political honeymoon coming to an end?
Rishi Sunak wearing a mask
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is the chancellor’s political honeymoon coming to an end?

There’s grumbling that, as a former banker and the son-in-law of a billionaire, Sunak is flashy and out of touch
5 Nov 2021
Owen Paterson resigns after PM’s U-turn in sleaze row
Boris Johnson in the Commons
Behind the scenes

Owen Paterson resigns after PM’s U-turn in sleaze row

Eyebrows had been raised about the timing of Boris Johnson’s move to overhaul system
4 Nov 2021
The post-Brexit fishing dispute explained
Fishing boats in the channel
Getting to grips with . . .

The post-Brexit fishing dispute explained

Johnson insists the UK’s position on licences granted to small French fishing vessels has not changed
4 Nov 2021
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