Blair

What the papers say: Why we’ve ‘had enough’ of Lord Mandelson

20 February 2017 8:27

After Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell returned to urge a revolt against Brexit, only one thing was missing: Peter Mandelson,…

Tony Blair’s Brexit speech, full transcript

17 February 2017 10:19

I want to be explicit. Yes, the British people voted to leave Europe. And I agree the will of the…

Is Owen Smith the answer to Labour’s Corbyn problem?

18 July 2016 16:32

As Katy reports, Labour appeared rather divided at its leadership hustings today. Behind the scenes, Owen Smith does seem to…

Listen: Ken carries on digging after Labour’s anti-Semitism row

30 April 2016 10:32

Ken Livingstone’s doggedness has kept him in politics for 40 years. Yet the same tenacity was also on display this…

Sketch: Corbyn’s speech proved he is as cunning as Blair

29 September 2015 17:38

He looked bored. He looked dishevelled. His half-knotted crimson tie sagged disconsolately beneath his bearded throat. The drab jacket seemed…

Will Ed and David’s relationship put off potential Labour leaders?

11 May 2015 17:43

David Miliband has just given a brutal interview to BBC News in which he took a few more words to…

Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing?

30 October 2014 17:27

While watching Scottish Labour leader frontrunner Jim Murphy launch his campaign today, you might be forgiven for thinking the teetotaller…

Don’t knock Cool Britannia II – it’s a clever move by the Tories

30 June 2014 17:04

It sounds like a cruise liner, doesn’t it? The Cool Britannia II: stopping at Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and…

Blair’s bid for elder statesmanship

28 June 2012 16:00

Tony Blair has chosen this summer to launch his re-entry mission into British politics. He hired a UK communications director…

The View from 22 – is HS2 the rail to nowhere?

14 June 2012 9:00

Is High Speed 2 headed for the sidings? In our cover feature this week, Ross Clark examines why the ambitious…

Weak, Weak, Weak: Cameron’s Brooks Affair Will Haunt Him.

9 May 2012 15:13

The public is not, I suspect, nearly as bothered by or interested in the Leveson Inquiry as some editors think.…

The Trouble with George: Politics & Economics Do Not Always Mix

20 March 2012 14:31

Today’s top Westminster read is James Kirkup’s article on the Treasury smart set. It builds a good foundation from which…

Lockerbie: Megrahi Publishes His Defence

27 February 2012 17:10

The Lockerbie case is back in the news with the publication of Megrahi: You Are My Jury by John Ashton,…

Has Peter Oborne Gone Mad?

6 January 2012 13:09

How bad was the last Labour government? Pretty much as bad as you can imagine says my old friend Peter…

The Political X-Factor: Empathy

30 November 2011 17:43

In the midst of a piece explaining how Jon Huntsman bungled his Presidential campaign, Ross Douthat offers this: Voters don’t…

How Good is Barack Obama at Politics?

25 October 2011 23:23

Not as good as you might think, argues Ramesh Ponnuru: Last year, President Barack Obama issued a warning to Republicans.…

Foreign Policy Hogwash

17 September 2011 3:16

As a general rule any time you read an article asking that foreign policy be recalibrated to take greater account…

The Plot Against Tony

10 June 2011 0:28

That Gordon Brown loathed Tony Blair is hardly news. Nevertheless the details and depth of that hatred, revealed in the…

Ed Miliband’s Delusions

28 March 2011 3:57

Perhaps I’m being a little unfair on Ed Miliband but, no, I don’t think I am. Perhaps he’s not in…

The Limits of British Influence

16 March 2011 13:39

To be fair to Gary Gibbon, he’s not the only member of the lobby to have lost the plot when…

Did Obama Ask Peter King to be his Ambassador to Ireland?

8 March 2011 0:55

Peter King, America’s worst Congressman, is back in the news and just as loathsome as ever. No surprise there. This,…

Phoney Blair? On the contrary, Iraq was his most honest moment.

22 January 2011 23:06

Tony Blair’s reappearance at the pointless Chilcot Inquiry – pointless because it won’t change anyone’s mind about anything or have…

The Blairite permanent revolution

11 January 2011 9:57

I find myself asking the question again. Why did the Coalition decide to cut and reform at the same time?…

Ed Miliband’s Tartan Roots

11 January 2011 3:16

At some point it seems wise to suppose that Ed Miliband isn’t playing any devious or subtle long game and…

When Bubba Came Back

10 December 2010 23:18

Can you imagine Gordon Brown holding a meeting with Tony Blair in Downing Street, then agreeing to share a the…