James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

Europe

Why Biden might be better for Brexit Britain

A Biden foreign policy would be based far more on the idea of cooperation between like-minded democracies

By James Forsyth

Europe

Is a Brexit deal within reach?

The British side is, privately, far more optimistic than it has been at any previous point in the negotiation

By James Forsyth

Europe

Whitehall on trial: how the UK government is preparing for the COVID inquiry

For the first time in living memory No. 10 is involved in delivering policy, not just making it

By James Forsyth

China

Escaping the dragon: the British government’s new approach to China

How Boris Johnson plans to reduce the UK’s dependence on Beijing

By James Forsyth

Europe

Boris is convinced he’ll still get a Brexit deal

His optimism is based on both sides being pragmatic in the end

By James Forsyth

Europe

Brexit is back — and COVID has transformed negotiations

Coronavirus has dwarfed any changes Brexit might bring. We are over that cliff edge already

By James Forsyth

Europe

The British state needs rewiring

Britain has long prided itself on its Rolls-Royce government machine, but this crisis has exposed its limitations

By James Forsyth

Europe

This pandemic has put British politics on fast-forward

‘The past two months have been like two years of government,’ says one cabinet minister

By James Forsyth

Europe

Boris has found a path out of lockdown — but it won’t be smooth

The UK government is adopting the South Korean approach

By James Forsyth

China

Britain’s bid to become China’s best friend in the West is over

Hawkishness on China is going to be one of the issues that binds together the new Tory electoral coalition

By James Forsyth

Europe

Boris’s difficult decision: when should lockdown be lifted?

The COVID crisis has split the cabinet into two groups

By James Forsyth

Europe

How COVID-19 will change the Conservatives

The accusation that Boris Johnson isn’t personally committed to the health service just won’t work now

By James Forsyth

Europe

Dominic Raab is the constitutional choice, but a complicated one

He is the least well-known senior member of the cabinet. This is a disadvantage at a time when the government is trying to reassure the nation

By James Forsyth

Europe

The British government needs an ‘exit strategy’ from this crisis

If the daily numbers of deaths start to fall significantly in, say, a month’s time, then there might be public pressure for some restrictions to be lifted

By James Forsyth

Europe

Keir Starmer may have a better chance of taking Labour to power than anyone expected

In some ways Starmer will be in a better position than he could have hoped for at the start of this contest

By James Forsyth

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