Hazel Blears

Reclaiming the Big Society

28 September 2011 13:22

Yvette Cooper says no to elected police commissioners. The Shadow Home Secretary gave her speech to the Labour conference this…

Ed’s “something for something" society

27 September 2011 7:00

Fraser’s already commented on the welfare angle of Ed Miliband’s keynote speech to the Labour party; the welfare proposals are…

Labour yet to find an answer to EU immigration

26 September 2011 18:27

Ed Balls’ choreographed apologies earlier today included the acknowledgment that “we should have adopted tougher controls on migration from Eastern…

The pros and cons of internships

5 April 2011 17:58

For the last fortnight, I’ve been doing an internship at The Spectator. And having seen the furore over Nick Clegg’s…

Perverse though it sounds, prisons can be a haven for opportunity

14 July 2010 13:33

So much of the welfare debate is lost in jargon and the numbingly large and depressing numbers. John Bird, founder…

The government caves in to the Muslim Council of Britain

15 January 2010 19:15

The government has caved in its dispute with the Muslim Council of Britain. The government broke off relations with the…

The Madness of New Labour

12 June 2009 23:01

A subject close to my heart is the fear of mental collapse that lies just below the surface of New Labour. So…

The Sky Has Fallen In

11 May 2009 23:38

We blithely say that politicians are despised even more than journalists. But those who work closely with MPs generally end…

Hazel Takes the Reins

3 May 2009 11:43

Hazel Blears knows exactly what she’s doing by intervening in print during the Labour Party’s darkest spring. Think of it the…

Libel: The New Jihad

9 April 2009 8:36

Let’s make one thing crystal clear. When I refer to jihad in the headline of this piece, I mean it in…

The Left and Radical Islam

25 March 2009 17:30

There is a part of me that hopes I never have to write another word about the troubled relationship between…