Coalition

David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37

It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to…

Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t…

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the…

The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14

In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to…

Even Nick Clegg likes George Osborne’s HS3 rail commitment

23 June 2014 14:39

George Osborne’s commitment to a third high speed rail link in the future has gone down well this morning with…

Tories win knife fight using devious and confusing methods

17 June 2014 18:31

As expected, Nick de Bois’ amendment to the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill passed 404 votes to 53. It owes…

David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction…

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks…

Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes

10 June 2014 17:23

The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their…

Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53

The Tories have held Newark with a comfortable majority of 7,000 plus. The party will be relieved to have won…

Lord Dobbs to the Lib Dems: time to sod off

4 June 2014 9:08

‘There are three stages to any coalition,’ House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs told me at Tuesday’s annual Macmillan Lords…

The motherhood-and-apple pie Queen’s Speech

4 June 2014 7:44

There are three main aims for today’s Queen’s Speech in the mind’s eyes of the two Coalition parties. The first…

Chris Leslie: Labour cannot afford to reverse the Coalition’s cuts

30 May 2014 16:05

Chris Leslie’s speech today is intended to show that Labour is very fiscally responsible. It’s a noble task, and one…

David Cameron has fewer problems than Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg this morning

26 May 2014 10:21

For more than year Westminster has assumed that David Cameron would have a Tory crisis to deal with after the…

The three things keeping Nick Clegg safe

25 May 2014 16:58

This weekend was always going to be an unpleasant one for Nick Clegg. The delay between the council results on…

Ukip surge as Labour make sluggish progress

23 May 2014 7:03

Only one party can be happy with the local elections results so far, Ukip. Nigel Farage’s party has so far…

This isn’t coalition – it’s government by blackmail

17 May 2014 10:31

We have had much occasion to reflect, recently, on Disraeli’s dictum that Britain ‘does not love coalitions’. It’s now becoming…

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Nick Clegg’s loopy strategy

15 May 2014 13:32

I am beginning to think that Dominic Cummings has driven Nick Clegg round the bend. The Lib Dem leader should…

Tories and Lib Dems will want to break the rules if there’s another Coalition

9 May 2014 13:03

The Coalition has been much more of a success than anyone could have predicted when it formed in 2010. It…

The Coalition letter war steps up a notch

2 May 2014 8:58

Coalition relations are growing more fractious and sour. Even departments where the rapport between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems…

Will the Lib Dems enter another coalition?

23 April 2014 18:16

Danny Alexander’s comments to the BBC that, in the event of another hung parliament, the Lib Dems wouldn’t make a…

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that…

What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06

Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal…

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014 11:06

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt…

Alas poor Jeremy Browne, the man who loved this government not wisely but all too well

8 April 2014 11:20

Poor Jeremy Browne. Sacked for believing in the government in which he served*. Then again, no-one claims politics, or life,…