New Labour

Balls, McBride and off-the-record briefings

17 September 2010 15:34

John Rentoul has already pulled the best passage from this preview of a forthcoming radio series on Gordon Brown. But…

"The worst-written memoir ever twittered by a serious politician"

2 September 2010 10:53

That’s how Bruce Anderson sums up Tony Blair’s book in a caustic piece for the magazine. Here’s the whole review…

Tony Blair, freelance statesman

1 September 2010 18:02

Say what you like about Blair, but he is something of a political entrepreneur. He detects a gap in the…

Blair: the sex scenes

1 September 2010 12:43

Not just a Prime Minister, not just a global statesman, in A Journey Tony Blair also demonstrates he knows how…

The Mirror backs ‘The Special One’

1 September 2010 12:00

The ballot has opened and the Mirror has joined the mounting chorus in favour of David Miliband. They say of…

Blair’s contempt for the left

1 September 2010 10:10

In tomorrow’s papers the reviewers will compare ‘A Journey’ to those “real-life” misery memoirs that seem to be publishing catnip.…

The Blair memoirs loom over Labour’s leadership struggle

31 August 2010 14:38

A day before the ballot papers get sent out, and the grey corpse that was the Labour leadership contest has…

New Labour’s psychodrama went global

28 August 2010 22:58

Not as thick as he looked, Dubya. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Bush administration urged Tony Blair to remain…

The man who would be shadow international development secretary

26 August 2010 12:05

Guido says that Gordon Brown wants to become shadow international development secretary. This rumour is uncorroborated, as far as I…

MPs in four-letter tirades against IPSA staff

26 August 2010 10:38

The new parliament has drawn its teeth but the MPs’ expenses scandal continues. Throughout June and July, Westminster rumbled with…

The Staggers backs Ed Miliband

25 August 2010 16:23

The New Statesman has backed Ed Miliband in the battle of the brothers. Press endorsements don’t count for what they…

A New Labour landmine detonates

25 August 2010 9:03

Has Mark Hoban just become the first victim of the New Labour landmines? He was asked on the Today Programme…

Andy Burnham’s faltering campaign

23 August 2010 12:16

Andy Burnham’s leadership campaign is going the way of all flesh. According toLeft Foot Forward’s model, Burnham is set to…

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff

17 August 2010 13:03

Few writers can make a silly season story read like official history, so it’s worth drifting behind the Times’ paywall to read Rachel…

Mandelson’s miscalculation

17 July 2010 11:26

Peter Mandelson’s decision to support Gordon Brown right to the end enabled him to cease being a purely factional figure…

Who still believes in Peter the Great?

16 July 2010 18:12

Asks Jeff Randall in a pugnacious column for the Telegraph. The memoirs, Randall argues, have finally exposed the conceit that…

Mandelson strikes gold

14 July 2010 16:36

Well, sort of. Today’s offerings in the Times are as disappointing as yesterday’s. Mandelson adds to the croaking New Labour…

Still spinning

13 July 2010 10:45

According to the Spectator’s literary editor, Peter Mandelson wrote the most boring book review ever published by the Spectator. I…

Miliband’s analysis simply confirms his own weakness

10 July 2010 15:38

John Rentoul, who knows a successful Labour leader when he sees one, is having palpitations about David Miliband’s latest hustings…

Labour holds its breath for the Dark Lord’s memoir

7 July 2010 10:17

Peter Mandelson’s memoirs are out in just over a week. Despite being one of the last off the stage, Mandelson…