Holding out for a hero: GOP division.

25 February 2009 11:55

I don’t know why Bobby Jindal, the Republican party’s Great Brown Hope, agreed to give the GOP response to Obama’s speech last night. Supposedly a privilege, this more often turns… Continue reading


The Age of Obama

25 February 2009 11:13

WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress February 24, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty… Continue reading


Condolences to David and Samantha Cameron

25 February 2009 9:57

I was very sad to hear the news that Ivan, David Cameron’s six-year-old son, has died. This is a terrible blow for him and his family. There is really not much more I can… Continue reading


Let’s Look at Who really undermined Cabinet Government

25 February 2009 9:48

So Jack Straw has been the subject of an email scam. I hear some fraudster was putting it about that he was a politician of principle. His veto on the… Continue reading


Peter Mandelson’s Funny Bone

24 February 2009 23:00

I’m still recovering from Lord Mandelson’s deeply peculiar behaviour during his interview with Nick Robinson on the Ten O’Clock News. He was talking perfectly calmly (too calmly) about the row over… Continue reading


David Frum’s Warning

24 February 2009 16:25

David Frum gets it: A federal bank takeover is a bad thing obviously. I wonder though if we conservatives understand clearly enough why it is a bad thing. It’s not… Continue reading


Salmond’s Confederacy?

24 February 2009 14:43

Alex Salmond has been in Washington, where he snagged an audience with Hillary Clinton and delivered a speech at Georgetown University. Hamish Macdonnell explains: In a speech on Monday he… Continue reading


Why is Lord Ashcroft so important to David Cameron?

23 February 2009 23:55

The Conservative Party’s reliance on Michael Ashcroft has always mystified me. How a once great political party has allowed itself to become quite so dependent on one man, I will… Continue reading


A Night at the Oscars

23 February 2009 17:24

Oscar commentary is outsourced to the always-splendid Peter Suderman: The half-calculated, half-panicked seesawing between self-important Art and anxious populism means that the Oscars aren’t really an indicator of quality anymore,… Continue reading


Don’t Mention the Legacy!

23 February 2009 11:12

As the Cabinet meets in Southampton today there is one issue that will be strictly off the agenda: the Brown legacy. I have it on very good authority that Gordon… Continue reading


The Faultline At The Heart of the Government

23 February 2009 8:28

Francis Elliott’s story in The Times this morning is well-sourced and identifies the dangerous faultline that runs through the Labour Party right up to the Cabinet. Francis reports that Lord… Continue reading


No Scottish Referendum?

22 February 2009 20:42

It’s not been a great couple of weeks for Alex Salmond, has it? First there was the budget hullabaloo, then the SNP was compelled to abandon (at least for the… Continue reading


Bloody Students: The Next Generation

22 February 2009 13:50

I’ve been teaching the politics specialism at City University’s journalism course and I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much fun it has been. I was warned before I started that my student… Continue reading


Here’s the Latest From Your Neo-Con Socialist

22 February 2009 12:30

I was always shocked by the level of vitriol among New Statesman and Guardian readers when a writer stepped away from the comfort zone of received wisdom and cuddly "I’m… Continue reading


Anyone Feel Sorry for Tessa Jowell?

22 February 2009 7:19

I have already been teased by the readers of this blog for suggesting that it was possible to feel sympathy for Tessa Jowell and her family over the conviction of… Continue reading


A Very British Diarist

22 February 2009 2:04

Chris Mullin is a good egg and, what’s more has a pawky sense of humour. So I imagine his diaries, serialised in the Mail on Sunday this week, will be… Continue reading


Gordon Brown, Lawrence Oates and Polly Toynbee

21 February 2009 1:19

Polly Toynbee is always worth reading. Her latest column is no exception. For all that one might disagree with her, indeed even be infuriated by her, there’s always something useful… Continue reading


Ecstasy vs Peanuts

21 February 2009 0:50

Here’s a question for you: Imagine you are seated at a table with two bowls in front of you. One contains peanuts, the other tablets of the illegal recreational drug… Continue reading


Obama and Israel

20 February 2009 20:41

Melanie Phillips makes a pretty remarkable claim at the end of this post: The fact is that Israel faces the nightmare scenario that it now stands alone — and against… Continue reading


The Doctor is Out

20 February 2009 17:08

The Economist’s Democracy in America blog raises a good point: whatever happened to Howard Dean? That is, why does the former chairman of the DNC receive so little credit for… Continue reading

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The Irresistible Rise of the Liberal Democrats

20 February 2009 17:05

If there is one message Labour and Conservative politicians should take into the next election it is never to underestimate the Liberal Democrats. They always do better than you expect… Continue reading


Shumble and Corker in Spain

20 February 2009 15:28

Mind you, it’s not just the Irish police who are confused by foreign languages. A reader emails this piece of Fleet Street entertainment: That reminds me of XXX’s story chasing… Continue reading


Annals of Policing

20 February 2009 13:57

Not much gets past the Garda Siochana… HE WAS one of Ireland’s most reckless drivers, a serial offender who crossed the country wantonly piling up dozens of speeding fines and… Continue reading


Hillaryland takes on the world

20 February 2009 13:37

Mike Crowley has a characteristically interesting piece on Hillary Clinton’s State Department, asking the question: "Huge expectations, big egos, turf wars: Is Clinton’s State Department just like her campaign?" Even… Continue reading


Lessons from a great Antiguan Drama

20 February 2009 1:21

Test match cricket is something else, isn’t it? Patrick Kidd has a splendid line making the point that test cricket is terrific because it is "a game in which it… Continue reading