Is Michael Gove angling for a cabinet return?

1 March 2017 14:04

I never expected to be writing the following, since Michael Gove is, to me, one of the few heroic figures…

Today’s PMQs only really got started when Corbyn sat down

1 March 2017 13:18

The clash between the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister used to be the main event at PMQs.…

Berlusconi is back – and his eurozone idea isn’t completely barmy

1 March 2017 13:15

A potentially significant moment in the travails of the EU was lost in the drama of John Major’s (re-)intervention into…

Francois Fillon limps on despite ‘fake job’ probe

1 March 2017 12:13

Francois Fillon had previously said he would drop out of the French Presidential race if corruption allegations against him resulted…

What Corbyn calls Lady Nugee

1 March 2017 11:47

Last week Mr S revealed that Jeremy Corbyn and Seumas Milne had come up with affectionate nicknames for one another.…

How Corbyn failed to transform PMQs

1 March 2017 11:07

Prime Minister’s Questions is now regarded in Westminster as being even more pointless than it used to be before. The…

Trump’s charming and disciplined Congress speech defies his critics

1 March 2017 8:56

Am I the only one who was hoping Donald Trump would skip the State of the Union address? The annual…

What the papers say: Sir Philip Green finally coughs up

1 March 2017 8:39

Sir Philip Green has dug deep into his bulging pockets to plug the gap in BHS’s pension scheme. But the…

Donald Trump finally delivers the ‘unity speech’ America has been waiting for

1 March 2017 7:16

Donald Trump’s first address to Congress last night was the best speech he has given since he won the election…

Donald Trump’s Congress address, full transcript

1 March 2017 7:02

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight,…

Keir Starmer takes a swipe at the Corbynites

28 February 2017 17:26

Although Keir Starmer refuses to say whether he harbours ambitions to be Labour leader, the shadow Brexit secretary did do…

Will the Government’s Article 50 bill survive its big test in the Lords?

28 February 2017 17:22

The Government is getting worried. So far, the passage of the Article 50 bill through Parliament has been relatively smooth.…

Gerald Kaufman: Labour hero, Jewish villain

28 February 2017 16:19

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, was instrumental in saving the Labour Party, back when the Labour Party was…

Paedophile-hysteria prevents rational debate about policing

28 February 2017 14:51

If you want to know why we never seem to be able to develop a sensible and proportionate policy towards…

Across the West, working-class voters are abandoning the Left

28 February 2017 13:58

Imagine going back twenty years in a time machine, when a young Tony Blair was about to be swept to…

Rhodes Must Fall activists are curiously selective in their targets

28 February 2017 13:45

A campaign is currently underway to have Bristol’s Colston Hall renamed because Edward Colston was a slave trader. This has…

Will social care form a key part of next week’s Budget?

28 February 2017 13:27

The final Treasury Questions before a Budget or Autumn Statement always reveals not just what the Opposition plans to attack…

Angus Robertson’s celebrity endorsement fails to ring true

28 February 2017 12:43

Oh dear. With the SNP thought to be on manoeuvres over a second independence referendum, today the party have been…

Ukip’s troubles descend into farce

28 February 2017 11:45

Although last week’s by-elections exposed cracks in Labour, it’s Ukip that has gone into free fall as a result. After Paul…

John Major’s Brexit speech, full transcript

28 February 2017 9:12

Eight months ago a majority of voters opted to leave the European Union. I believed then – as I do…

What the papers say: ‘Moaning’ Major’s unwelcome Brexit intervention

28 February 2017 8:32

The ghosts of Prime Ministers past aren’t making life easy for Theresa May. John Major has now followed in the…

Shami Chakrabarti becomes persona non grata with the PLP

27 February 2017 20:38

Tonight’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting began with loud cheers. As with most PLP meetings nowadays, these weren’t directed at the Labour leader…

Waterstones deserves to be judged by its bookshop cover-up

27 February 2017 17:43

Let’s get one thing clear: bookshops are a good thing. Waterstones — even putting aside the abandonment of its apostrophe…

Northern Powerhouse rules the roost at National Kebab Awards

27 February 2017 17:28

After 2016 brought Brexit and Trump, it’s proving to be a particularly fractious time in politics. However, there are some things…