Channel 4′s The Vote reviewed: ‘complex, acute, very funny and oddly moving’

8 May 2015 14:21

He’s back on top form. James Graham has taken the unlikeliest setting, a polling station during the last hour of a general election, and turned it into a beautifully crafted… Continue reading

Simeon John-Wake as the Soldier and Temi Wilkey as the Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Benjamin’s Into The Little Hill is a masterpiece: Speech Acts at Shadwell Opera reviewed

15 April 2015 16:11

Speech Acts Shadwell Opera, Courtyard Theatre Election time is upon us again. But before we arrive at the main event there are the warm-up acts – televised debates, broadsheet profiles… Continue reading

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Lame duck unleashed – Bulgarian in London asks ‘what next’ on US immigration

5 November 2014 12:52

London Careening through the city in a minicab last night, en route to a pub in Bloomsbury that had promised to screen US election results, the mustachioed driver confirmed my accent… Continue reading

Nigel Farage (L), the Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), and Douglas Carswell MP (R) prepare to walk through Clacton-on-Sea the day after Mr Carswell announced he is switching allegiance  from the Conservative party to UKIP on August 29, 2014 in Clacton-on-Sea, England.

Ukip’s breakthrough night

10 October 2014 3:08

Ukip has won its first by-election: Douglas Carswell is the party’s first elected MP. In a stunning night for the party, it also ran Labour mighty close in Heywood and… Continue reading


Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech In Essex

What should really worry Ed Miliband about today’s Guardian story

21 June 2014 11:15

David Cameron has not had the best of weeks. At home, he is engaged in a mucky fight with the former government aide Dominic Cummings and abroad he is facing… Continue reading

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Is Labour’s machine up to fighting a general election campaign?

15 June 2014 10:58

Judging by the tone of the commentary at the moment, you would think that Labour were badly behind in the polls. In fact, they are ahead by a few points—a… Continue reading

Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

David Cameron’s plot to keep us in the EU (it’s working)

22 May 2014 19:11

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

The Axe man cometh

11 May 2014 11:16

David Axelrod jets into London this week for the first time since signing up to help Labour in 2015. Axelrod, who friends admit is no expert on UK politics, will… Continue reading


The 2015 conundrum

7 May 2014 21:33

One of the striking things about the next election is how what is going on at the macro level looks so different from what is happening at a micro level.… Continue reading

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David Cameron denies he’s planning another coalition. Good.

19 August 2013 16:27

I’m just back from three weeks away to find the summer momentum very strongly behind the Tories. A ComRes poll suggests that the majority of Labour supporters think Ed Miliband… Continue reading

Without a prayer? Peer Steinbrück of the SPD stands before one of the party's new campaign posters.

The SPD has no credible answer to Germany’s Iron Lady as polling day nears

9 August 2013 11:15

As symbolism goes, it borders on cliché. Running out of time to gain any serious traction, Germany’s Social Democrats last week unveiled their new campaign posters, and they promptly disintegrated… Continue reading

Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Shapps’s trinity of Labour weaknesses

31 July 2013 7:00

Grant Shapps’ latest broadside against Labour shows how keen the Tories are to frame the next election not as a referendum on their performance in government but as a choice… Continue reading

Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

The judicial review row should not be about lawyers – it is about democracy

29 July 2013 16:28

The stooshie over judicial review is not about lawyers, although one should be forgiven for thinking otherwise given much of today’s coverage and reaction. Really, it is about the rule… Continue reading

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New Tory group ‘Renewal’ calls for union members to be allowed to donate their affiliation fee to any party

14 July 2013 18:55

The Conservative party hasn’t won a parliamentary majority for more than twenty years. If it is to start doing so again, then it will have to need to expand its… Continue reading

UKIP Protestors Carry A Giant Ballot Box

Someone has got to win the next election

15 June 2013 14:53

It is easy to make a case for why all three main parties should do badly at the next election. After five years of austerity, who will vote for the… Continue reading

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Campaigning In South Shields

Nigel Farage, the anti-politician

3 May 2013 8:53

Nigel Farage was in full anti-politics mode this morning on the Today programme. He railed against ‘three frontbenches that look and sound the same’ and ‘haven’t done a proper day’s… Continue reading

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Labour hold South Shields with Ukip 2nd and Lib Dems 7th

3 May 2013 0:06

The result is now in from South Shields. As expected, Labour have held the seat. Ukip have come second, with the Tories third and the Liberal Democrats a spectacularly bad… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats liberal with the facts

30 April 2013 13:02

I know the Liberal Democrats are trying to take credit for anything they like the sound of, but their rewriting of history is getting out of control. It seems that they have… Continue reading

David Cameron leaving the Leveson Inquiry after giving evidence in June. Today he pulled the plug on cross-party talks on the future of press regulation. Picture: Getty

David Cameron and the married couple’s tax allowance

27 April 2013 12:38

The married couple’s tax allowance is back on the agenda. After Conservative Home’s exclusive yesterday, David Cameron has confirmed that he will introduce one before the end of this parliament.… Continue reading


Small By-Election in Hampshire; Not Many Dead

26 February 2013 16:18

By-elections are catnip for the media. But they are also, almost invariably, subject to greater scrutiny than they can reasonably bear. Only occasionally do they herald a new era or… Continue reading

Pier Luigi Bersani secured a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, but not in the Senate. Picture: Getty Images

Italian elections: ‘The worst possible outcome’

26 February 2013 15:16

Forget Moody’s. If you want to see market panic, just look at Italy. As Isabel reported this morning, the unexpectedly strong performance of Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment party, the Five Star… Continue reading

The UKIP office in Eastleigh

UKIP surge in Eastleigh

23 February 2013 12:38

By-elections are notoriously hard to call. But everyone who comes back from Eastleigh says the same thing, UKIP are the party with forward momentum. This morning’s Populus poll bears that… Continue reading

Netanyahu Casts His Vote In Israel's General Election

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in the Middle East. Quite the contrary. This is an election… Continue reading

Labour won by-elections in Croydon North, Middlesbrough and Rotherham yesterday. Picture: Getty Images

Labour’s safe seats stay safe

30 November 2012 11:58

In the end, the threat from smaller parties came to nothing, and Labour easily retained all of the three safe seats it was defending yesterday. In fact, they extended their… Continue reading