Margaret Thatcher

Francis Maude is right, but he must remain wary

31 July 2010 13:44

Big words from Francis Maude, as he tells today’s Guardian that the current government is more radical than either Thatcher…

RIP Lord Walker

23 June 2010 17:47

Peter Walker, Baron Walker of Worcester, has died aged 78. He served as a Cabinet Minister in both the Heath…

The ex-factor

25 April 2010 12:32

One of the interesting features of this election campaign is the near-absence of ex-leaders in national election roles. Tony Blair…

A New Tory Policy: Back to the Eighties

21 April 2010 13:54

I cornered Ken Clarke after the press conference on employment and welfare today and asked him a direct question about my pet…

What did Darling mean by his "deeper and tougher" cuts claim?

26 March 2010 9:15

There’s been some hubbub on the good ol’ blogosphere about Darling’s claim that Labour spending cuts would be “deeper and…

The two sides of Alistair Darling

25 March 2010 18:49

After delivering an insipid, insufficient Budget yesterday, Alistair Darling has now smuggled a little bit of honesty into the fiscal…

Tony Judt’s Manifesto for the Left

20 March 2010 10:58

Anyone who cares about political debate should read the essay by the historian Tony Judt in today’s Guardian. It is…

Clegg: Heir to Thatcher?

10 March 2010 15:20

Nick Clegg has a blue rose in his mouth in tomorrow’s Spectator, serenading readers – and showing his hidden Tory…

Revive the Enterprise Allowance Scheme

23 July 2009 21:52

Some will see it as final proof that I have made the journey from left to right, but I have…

The Ultimate New Labour Insult

5 May 2009 20:52

Mental illness has always taken up a lot of space in the lexicon of New Labour,  I have always thought Alistair Campbell’s…

Some Thoughts on Political History

15 March 2009 23:14

The brutal truth about politics is that a whole career can often be telescoped into a single defining event. The…