This comedian who came out as a Conservative also explains why Labour, by espousing vengeful moral certainties, has lost the working class.
His remarks about Johnson demonstrate the latter’s remarkable capacity to win round, even impress, critics who have lost all patience with him.
From Walpole to Johnson, the rude, original vigour of the Prime Minister and the Commons have survived
A new study by Anthony Seldon of the office of Prime Minister gives too little credit to the many among its 55 holders whom he dismisses as failures.
A new volume of essays puts special advisers in historical context, and suggests the Cabinet has been marginalised by a succession of over-mighty PMs.
Oborne condemns Johnson as a liar – and cannot understand why many voters believe the Prime Minister is telling the truth
This book exemplifies the addiction to indignant moralising which blinds so many political commentators to the true nature of their own country.
Dale’s new volume of brief lives of all 55 Prime Ministers since 1721 brings only some of them to life.
In his new history, Stephen Wall describes the unbridgeable divide on Europe into which any Prime Minister is in danger of tumbling.
Cardwell is loyal to May and Brokenshire, but does not tell us much about the Prime Minister’s people
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
Tories will read the story of his ascent to high office with enormous pleasure – for it amounts to a vindication of the United Kingdom.
A magisterial survey of conservatism since the French Revolution brings home how various it is, and how impossible to reduce to an ideology.
An excellent book about the Prime Minister has just been published. Unfortunately it is in German.
Swire’s diaries help show how Johnson entered Downing Street, and has so far managed to remain there
His capacity to win some of his severest critics round, and persuade them of his “greatness of soul”, helps explain his success.
But his new book conveys very well what is wrong with social media, and how it might be put right.
His columns from The Times are informed by his experience of what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.
Much of this book is true, and the author does not pretend fully to understand what is happening. And yet I think her pessimism is overdone.