Debates

Can Natalie Bennett exceed expectations on Thursday night?

31 March 2015 12:09

Few politicians can have gone into a debate with lower expectations than Natalie Bennett. After her ‘brain fade’ on LBC,…

Broadcasters throw down TV debates gauntlet

13 October 2014 11:00

It has been clear for several years now that the Tories would not agree to a repeat of 2010 when…

Not Tonight, Darling

26 August 2014 12:59

Well that was a gubbing. No doubt about it. Alex Salmond won last night’s debate against Alistair Darling just as…

Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling, the Rematch

25 August 2014 15:10

Like Paradise Lost, no-one – not even humble freelance hacks – ever wished the Scottish independence referendum campaign longer. We are,…

Clegg lost against Farage, but that’s not the point

4 April 2014 11:37

Why did Nick Clegg bother debating Nigel Farage? The Ukip leader bagged two decisive victories in the battles. But that…

How much does a degree improve your lifetime earnings?

18 February 2014 17:20

What do you say to an arts graduate? Hamburger and fries, please. It’s an old joke but one that still…

Liberal arts education has been under attack – we need to rediscover its profound wisdom

30 January 2014 15:17

England did so deplorably in the Ashes in part because of an obsession with data, including minutely detailed plans on…

David Cameron ducks a debate with Alex Salmond. This makes sense but is still depressing.

27 September 2013 15:07

A novice poker player quickly learns – or had better quickly learn – that strength often connotes weakness and weakness…

‘Are you better off?’ won’t be a winning debate line for Mitt Romney

3 October 2012 16:02

‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ That was the question Ronald Reagan told Americans to ask…

The truth about Jesus of Nazareth

10 July 2012 12:15

I’ve just received email notification of a debate I sadly missed at the East London Mosque entitled ‘Was Jesus a…

Even Labour is giving up on Ken

12 April 2012 17:33

Three weeks till polling day and Ken’s supporters are getting desperate. The increasingly poor handling of his tax affairs is…

The questions Alex Salmond can’t answer

15 March 2012 10:40

Should Scotland be independent? I’d have thought that only a few people — most of them Scottish — would care enough…

Romney’s little helper

24 February 2012 17:16

The Republican primary is dragging on longer than Mitt Romney had hoped — and it’s hurting him. His poll ratings…

Romney to win in Florida, but by how much?

31 January 2012 9:15

When this week began, Newt Gingrich was the clear favourite to win tonight’s Florida primary. He’d just beaten Mitt Romney…

Is Newt’s chance slipping away?

27 January 2012 15:55

Thanks to his spectacular surge last week, culminating in a big win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Newt…

South Carolina could put Gingrich back in the hunt

21 January 2012 10:06

When the week began, the idea of anyone but Mitt Romney claiming victory in tonight’s South Carolina primary seemed fanciful.…

Romney’s $10,000 mistake

12 December 2011 19:04

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player This was, by some margin, the most talked about moment of Saturday night’s Republican debate.…

‘What’s that line again?’

2 December 2011 16:05

When Rick Perry made that horrible gaffe in a Republican debate last month, you might have expected to see it…

Perry: ‘Just goes to show there are too damn many federal agencies’

10 November 2011 17:48

Rick Perry’s doing his best to turn his excurciating “oops” moment last night to his advantage. Alex said it was…

Slick Rick

10 November 2011 12:04

Rick Perry has proved again that, despite the herculean efforts of Herman Cain, he is still the most gaffe-prone politician…