“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” wrote Jefferson.
Johnson behaved like a boisterous middle-aged games master in baggy shorts who constantly assures us that we are almost at the winning post.
Much the best way to embarrass its members at Westminster would be to hail them as friends and fellow members of the Establishment.
Like his most witty and nimble predecessor, Disraeli, Johnson finds that a majority is always better than the best repartee.
There is much to be said for a simpler Christmas, at which we are grateful for what we are given, regardless of how modest it may be.
The Prime Minister was obliged to listen to some advice from Wellingborough Conservative Party: “Say the first thing that comes into your head.”
Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.
In his new history, Stephen Wall describes the unbridgeable divide on Europe into which any Prime Minister is in danger of tumbling.
Only with the benefit of hindsight will it be possible to see what game the Prime Minister is playing in the Brexit negotiations.
The sheer speed of vaccine invention and deployment marks a political win for him as well as a British triumph.
Starmer, accused of being a total abstainer, drew blood by recalling how the PM had once run away to Afghanistan.
The proposals published today to make England the first country to end new cases of HIV fit within a Tory tradition of pragmatic health policy.
The Transport Secretary has set up a reform committee which is getting ready to use the pandemic to rout the Luddites in the rail unions.
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
He sought to unite the nation in a moral mission, “a common endeavour”, and to leave Labour with nothing to say.