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 British prime minister Boris Johnson’s mishandling of the Paterson affair has moved a harsh spotlight onto the private affairs of Conservative MPs. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/EPA/Pool

Two weeks after his ill-fated attempt to save former Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson from the consequences of breaching parliamentary standar(...)

Boris Johnson attempted to block  Owen Paterson’s suspension as an MP for breaching rules about paid lobbying, but  reversed his position following a backlash from MPs and voters. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool/EPA

Boris Johnson has called for a ban on MPs acting as paid consultants and lobbyists or spending too much time on other, second jobs that could interfer(...)

 Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Brexit minister David Frost has defended his handling of negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol against criticism from all parties in the House(...)

Facebook files: whistleblower Frances Haugen listens during a Senate sub-committee hearing in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph:  Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Fixing Facebook From this angle, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen looks as if she is rehearsing for an appearance on Mastermi(...)

The problem with declaring war on geography is that the enemy has all the big battalions on its side, including Britain’s long-established inability to feed itself. Photograph: iStock

Britain’s last crusade against an abstract noun – the so-called war on terror – has ended in triumph in Afghanistan. So it is now time to pour the tro(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: more than half the 60 proposals made by the French president  in his Sorbonne speech in 2017 have been realised. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/EPA

Four years ago this week, French president Emmanuel Macron delivered what may have been his most important address; a 100-minute speech to students at(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the deck of Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in May 2018. File photograph: Brendan Esposito/AFP via Getty Images

Smarting from Australia’s dumping of a deal with France, the European Union laid out its own plans on Thursday to beef up a presence in the Indo-Pacif(...)

The basic problem Johnson  faced in formulating a national policy is that taxes are almost totally centralised in the UK while health is almost fully devolved. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK’s unbalanced devolution settlement means even policies that should unite the country are driving it apart. Raising a national tax to fund the N(...)

 Boris Johnson addresses MPs during an emergency debate on the Afghanistan crisis  in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Roger Harris/ EPA/UK Parliament

Boris Johnson was fiercely criticised by senior Tories as MPs returned to Westminster for an emergency debate on the fall of Afghanistan. In a packe(...)

Boris Johnson bumps elbows with Angela Merkel. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

When Angela Merkel made her farewell visit to Britain this month, Boris Johnson pulled out all the stops in the diplomatic organ, laying on a visit to(...)

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