Election strategy

Baseline advantage

4 December 2011 13:06

One of the advantages the governing party has during an election campaign is the ability to set the baseline. It…

Osborne’s serenade

3 October 2011 17:49

As James said, Osborne’s speech was a potent blend of economics and politics. One passage in particular stood out politically:…

Ed Miliband, closet Glee fan?

30 September 2011 12:55

  What to make of Ed Miliband’s disclosure yesterday that Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is his favourite song? Ben Brogan…

Clegg, on fine form, tells his party to move on

19 September 2011 17:00

“We’ve got to stop beating ourselves up,” Clegg just told Lib Dem members in a Q&A session. As is traditional…

Vince Cable paints the world grey

19 September 2011 13:28

Even by his own standards Vince Cable’s speech today was noticeably pessimistic. The Business Secretary warned that the post-war cycle…

Osborne’s £12bn question

19 September 2011 12:05

The FT makes for grim reading this morning (£). The paper claims to have replicated the Office for Budget Responsibility’s…

Laws and Hughes spar as Danny and Vince tease the hall

18 September 2011 9:48

The two conflicting wings of the Liberal Democrats are perhaps embodied by Simon Hughes and David Laws. Their political and…

Making the NHS a battle ground

17 September 2011 14:57

Lord Rennard, the Lib Dems’ former chief executive and campaign supremo, is a frequent attendee at Westminster events. He usually…

Vickers provides the best of both worlds for George and Vince

12 September 2011 10:33

It’s the moment of the truth for Britain’s banking sector: the publication of the Vickers report. The headline is as…

Boehner’s concession exposes the GOP’s divisions

10 July 2011 17:16

The New York Times reports that House Speaker John Boehner has urged his colleagues to reach a deal with President…

A nation of shareholders?

23 June 2011 16:23

The great sleeper issue in British politics at the moment is what to do with the state owned bank shares.…

Cameron: a leader in need of ‘a people’

9 June 2011 14:50

One of the odd things about David Cameron is that he wants to be a consensual radical. Unlike Margaret Thatcher…

Building a yellow-beating strategy

2 June 2011 16:40

If the Tories are to win an overall majority at the next election, they are almost certainly going to have…

The coalition’s 2015 problem

31 May 2011 16:10

The generals and the politicians are at odds with each other. This much has been clear since the run-up to…

The recriminations begin

28 April 2011 15:24

The Royal wedding and gossip about super injunctions is rather dominating conversation at Westminster today. But there is still some…

Why I’m sceptical of all the early election talk 

26 April 2011 21:22

Something has undoubtedly changed in the coalition in the past fortnight. Even those at the centre, who have been most…

Local hero fears complacency as Labour disintegrates

24 April 2011 12:09

The SNP have this morning been put a whopping 13 points above Labour in the Scottish Parliament race: on 45…

The systematised madness of AV

20 April 2011 16:31

This morning on BBC Breakfast Nick Clegg made his key argument for AV: it will make politicians work harder for…

The coalition can’t go on together with suspicious minds

14 April 2011 18:11

Vince Cable’s attack on the PM’s speech today is just the latest elbow to be thrown in what has been…

Cameron’s other speech

14 April 2011 17:10

There is no rest for the Prime Minster. After delivering his speech on immigration in Romsey this morning, there was…