Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the public inquiry into the Iraq War, has said that he does not believe former prime minister Tony Blair (above)  was ‘straight with the nation’ about his decisions in the run-up to the 2003 conflict. Photograph: PA

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war. The chairm(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: one scandal or misjudgment from oblivion. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Nothing saves time like taking people at their word. Politics trains you for the opposite: to look for misdirection and hidden motives. When Britain’s(...)

Former minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton said Brexit had begun to dominate her consultancy work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ed Brophy, who served as chief of staff to Joan Burton when she was Tánaiste in the last government, didn’t have much time to get his feet under the t(...)

Slow Brexit? David Davis, UK exiting the EU secretary (left) and  Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

At 7am on Friday, June 23rd last year, as the last votes in the EU referendum were being counted and the pound collapsed on currency markets, David Ca(...)

London visit: Theresa May looked at Leo Varadkar like he was the star of her own personal rom-com. Photograph:  Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images

We had two Fine Gael visitors to the UK on Monday, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in London to meet the prime minister, Theresa May, and Minister for For(...)

“Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ will now join the long list of ironic British euphemisms.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

As it would often remind the rest of the world, Britain has for a very long time been what James Joyce once remarked that Ireland was not: a “logical (...)

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Finsbury Park mosque, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Visits last week by May and her colleagues to the Grenfell Tower disaster sites have been badly handled, ineffective and twitchy.  EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY

Philip Hammond’s television appearances today reminded me of Nigel Lawson’s deadly critique of Margaret Thatcher in a landmark interview with Brian Wa(...)

Having run an astonishingly inept campaign Theresa May immediately demonstrated her utter lack of negotiating skills by declaring a deal with the DUP before one had been agreed. Photograph: Getty Images

It keeps getting worse for Theresa May. Her fateful decision to call the recent general election is now widely described as reckless a gamble as David(...)

DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson, Nigel Dodds and Emma Pengelly emerge from 10 Downing Street on Thursday after after holding talks with Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Dante and Beatrice. Quasimodo and Esmeralda. Cyrano and Roxane. Don Quixote and Esmeralda. These unrequited loves have great poignancy. But they’ve no(...)

Idle folly has trapped the UK between an EU rock and an ultra-hard Brexit

Theresa May promised strength and stability. She has delivered the opposite. It would be funny if it were not so serious. Donald Trump is fixated on(...)