All articles by Steve Norris

  • High street shut shops
    Insight

    Normality is still a long way off

    2021-02-04T00:00:00Z

    All the good news about vaccines has led to most of us looking at the rest of this year and wondering how long the lockdown can last and when life can get back to some semblance of normality.

  • City Hall, London
    Insight

    Tories need to fight for London

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    One of the intriguing aspects of the 2019 general election was the Conservatives winning seats they hadn’t won for nigh on a century.

  • Boris waving
    Insight

    Johnson’s days are numbered

    2020-12-03T00:00:00Z

    So we go from lockdown to… lockdown. Unless you live in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight, in which case – lucky you.

  • City Hall London
    Insight

    Sadiq Khan has been a disaster

    2020-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Don’t start me on Covid. 

  • Donald Trump
    Insight

    Can everyone please get a grip?

    2020-10-08T00:00:00Z

    Apparently more people are worried that we are not taking enough precautions to protect ourselves from Covid-19 than want to get the economy moving again. In which case, I fear that — not for the first time — I shall be in a minority.

  • Housing development with green space
    Insight

    Planning reform may sow dissent

    2020-09-03T00:00:00Z

    There’s no doubt Boris Johnson wants to do something to stimulate housing numbers, for which he deserves some credit. The question of course is whether the recent slew of announcements is likely to survive any longer than most government decisions these days, when U-turns appear to be the order of ...

  • Boris Johnson
    News

    Property needs clear leadership

    2020-07-30T00:00:00Z

    I’ve voted Conservative all my life largely because I don’t believe governments run things well – quite the opposite; most nationalised industries were effectively bankrupt before they were privatised. 

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    A long road to recovery

    2020-07-02T00:00:00Z

    The tectonic plates are moving – and not before time.

  • Soho in lockdown
    Insight

    A temporary stop to traffic could kick-start Soho’s recovery

    2020-06-04T00:00:00Z

    For some time, I have argued that the corona cure is worse than the disease. To keep overweight septuagenarians like me alive, the next generation is paying an awfully high price. And closer to home, the damage to our economy is utterly unimaginable.

  • Theresa May
    Insight

    It’s time to take tough decisions

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    It’s not good out there. However much we enjoy not having to dress up for work or sniff armpits on a crowded train, the fact is Zoom is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

  • Covid-19
    Online

    Covid-19 pandemic poses the ultimate arbitrage

    2020-04-09T01:00:00Z

    We are living through the most devastating period in modern history. The damage caused to our economy and society by the 2008 financial crash pales into insignificance by comparison. 

  • Heathrow sign and plane
    News

    Ruling against third Heathrow runway sets dangerous precedent

    2020-03-05T00:00:00Z

    You might expect me to be pleased at the recent Appeal Court ruling that the government had wrongly given Heathrow’s third runway the go ahead, given that I never believed it made economic or environmental sense.

  • Esther McVey
    Insight

    No. 10: who stays and who goes?

    2020-02-06T00:00:00Z

    When Stephen Barclay, the secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union, resigned at 23:01 hours on 31 January as his department wound itself up, he started the reshuffle Boris made clear would follow once we had formally left the EU.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Tory victory signals big changes

    2020-01-10T00:00:00Z

    So after all that, we have a government with a decent majority and a pretty clear objective – to get Brexit done and to level some of the gross inequality that still exists between London and the home counties and the rest of the country. 

  • Polling station
    Insight

    May the finger-biting now be over

    2019-12-13T00:00:00Z

    By the time you read this I hope you’ll have done your duty and voted.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Johnson is clearly in his element

    2019-11-14T00:00:00Z

    So Boris finally got the election he was calling for.

  • London houses for sale and rent
    Insight

    Owning a home no longer sacred

    2019-10-16T00:00:00Z

    I bought my first flat in Notting Hill in 1969 for £11,500. I daren’t think what it’s worth today, but it will be more like £1.5m. 

  • Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Get this Brexit mess over with

    2019-09-12T23:00:00Z

    Honestly? I haven’t a clue. I can’t think of anything else to say to the steady stream of enquirers including several MP friends who ask: what on earth is going on in our politics and more to the point where is it all going to lead?

  • Keir Starmer
    Insight

    Expect an election by Christmas

    2019-08-13T23:00:00Z

    Not much happens in politics in August. The few decent political programmes go off air and we indulge in what is known in the trade as the silly season – when the aftermath of Love Island is more prominent in public discourse than global warming.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Bluster alone will not be enough

    2019-07-31T23:00:00Z

    If you voted for Boris, you’ve certainly had your money’s worth so far.