The tin-eared chancellor: Philip Hammond’s ten worst gaffes

21 November 2017 16:46

Tomorrow is D-day for Philip Hammond. As the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to his Budget, Tory MPs wait nervously…

Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power

21 November 2017 16:07

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power. The 93-year-old confirmed his intention to step…

Sarah Olney causes a stir at Lib Dem HQ

21 November 2017 13:10

Oh dear. Trouble is brewing at Lib Dem HQ over Sarah Olney. After losing her seat by 45 votes in…

The #MeToo witch hunt comes back to bite Lena Dunham

21 November 2017 12:13

Let’s take a moment to celebrate Lena Dunham. OK, so she stinks as an actress and her brand of self-indulgent,…

Watch: David Davis crashes out

21 November 2017 12:00

David Davis has just given a speech on the Brexit transition period – intended to prevent Britain from crashing out…

Why the millennials’ railcard isn’t such a bad idea

21 November 2017 11:52

It’s Budget day tomorrow and there’s growing concern among Tories that the Chancellor may be about to bungle the Budget.…

Beware the modern-day heretic hunters

21 November 2017 9:07

One of the most sinister noises in the world is that of dumb officialdom groping around to find some reason…

What the papers say: The EU is in the grip of chaos

21 November 2017 8:26

Donald Tusk’s jibe that Britain was no longer attempting to have its cake and eat it in Brexit talks was…

What fresh German elections would mean for Brexit and Europe

20 November 2017 21:55

Angela Merkel’s declaration that new elections would be better than a minority government suggests Germany will be heading back to…

For real political chaos, take a look at Germany

20 November 2017 20:23

The female leader of a prominent European country fails to win a majority in an election and then struggles to…

The Louvre Abu Dhabi: the best – and worst – of globalisation

20 November 2017 17:19

The headlines announcing the opening of the dome-shaped Louvre Abu Dhabi are a cornucopia of superlatives. ‘Spectacular palace of culture…

Conservative MP resigns from board that doesn’t exist

20 November 2017 17:11

Oh dear. As resignations go, there has been some tough competition for the most newsworthy in recent years – from…

Atkins’ confident start as a minister bodes well for tricky bill

20 November 2017 16:58

Vicky Atkins was the first MP from the 2015 intake to become a minister, and had been preparing assiduously for…

Michel Barnier’s Brexit trade deal warning

20 November 2017 15:55

The furore over the Brexit divorce bill has been such that it is easy to forget that it isn’t the…

Can you distinguish between a bot and a human?

20 November 2017 15:42

We’ve all gone a bit bot-mad in the past few weeks. Automated accounts have invaded our civic life – especially…

Scottish Labour leader: If it’s England vs Scotland, I support England

20 November 2017 14:14

This weekend, Richard Leonard proved that an Englishman can succeed in Scottish politics. The Corbyn ally – who hails from…

Germany’s political crisis puts Merkel’s future in doubt

20 November 2017 13:07

When I had lunch with a senior CDU politician in Düsseldorf on Saturday, there was no sign that Germany’s coalition…

The riddle of Theresa May’s Russia policy

20 November 2017 13:05

It is just a week since Theresa May used her Mansion House speech to launch a broadside on Russia. During…

Philip Hammond’s driverless car U-turn

20 November 2017 10:29

On Sunday, Philip Hammond took both No 10 and No 11 by surprise with his interview on the Andrew Marr…

Robert Mugabe’s desperate denial continues

20 November 2017 8:33

Robert Mugabe nearly gave the entire country a heart attack last night. In the late afternoon, a ZTV broadcasting unit…

The collapse of coalition talks in Germany makes a ‘no deal’ Brexit a little more likely

20 November 2017 8:19

The Cabinet is expected to resume talks about Brexit today, reportedly nudging towards a £40 billion offer ahead of a…

Martin Freeman’s Labour loyalty issues

19 November 2017 18:49

Although Jeremy Corbyn has seen a number of celebrity supporters come and go, Martin Freeman has at least proved loyal.…

Sunday shows round-up: John McDonnell says Labour’s nationalisation programme is no ‘magic card trick’

19 November 2017 16:56

Philip Hammond – ‘We are delivering homes at record numbers’ Philip Hammond is set to deliver his second budget on…

Philip Hammond bungles his Marr interview

19 November 2017 10:43

Oh dear. As Budget day looms, there is growing concern among the Conservatives that Philip Hammond may be about to…