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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…

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…

Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘neverendum’ is hammering the Scottish economy

27 February 2017 15:27

Its economy will be destroyed by leaving the single market. Losing access to European sales will destroy swathes of industry,…

Introducing Corbyn’s new spinner: the Straight Left comrade who is Mandelson’s old communist chum

27 February 2017 9:04

After Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigns chief Simon Fletcher quit his role earlier this month, it was branded a victory for Seumas…

What the papers say: Could free movement from the EU end next month?

27 February 2017 8:34

‘Take back control’ was the mantra of the Brexit bunch during the referendum – but eight months on, Britain is…

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ dinner

26 February 2017 17:24

The most dangerous place in Washington DC, the old joke goes, is between a politician and a television camera. It’s…

Jeremy Corbyn thanks the SNP… at Scottish Labour conference

26 February 2017 14:01

Oh dear. Although Paul Mason has taken to the airwaves this morning to suggest that Scottish independence would be a good…

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle play the by-election blame game

26 February 2017 12:06

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle would probably furiously deny playing by the same political rules. But this morning on the…

Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips: poles apart in the sisterhood

26 February 2017 11:30

We’re told not to judge books by their covers, but faced with these two it’s hard not to. Harman’s is…

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

26 February 2017 10:00

To my mind, a bookshop is like a library — the only difference is that you buy the books, you…

The tragedy of Islam’s lost Enlightenment

26 February 2017 9:30

I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called…

Saying sorry to Liverpool is a politician’s rite of passage

26 February 2017 9:00

As Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, has recently discovered, there usually comes a point in a British political career when…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 12:00

Life in Britain has become much cruder, meaner and more spiteful practically everywhere. It can be seen in people’s behaviour…

Brexit tantrums are one of the joys of modern life

25 February 2017 10:00

Everyone in London seems to be fuming all the time — although, to be fair, fuming has become the default…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

Will the Labour membership ever change its mind about its leader?

24 February 2017 17:51

Labour’s famously vocal moderates have been awfully quiet today, given one of their number – Jamie Reed – has just…

Labour’s defeat in Copeland shows the party is losing its heartlands

24 February 2017 16:58

So what went wrong for the Labour Party in Copeland last night? There’s no understating the scale of the defeat…

Labour is finished. But you can’t blame it all on Corbyn

24 February 2017 15:01

Even now, even following their historic thrashing in Copeland, Labourites still cannot face the truth. Sure, there are Twitter tears…