Politics

Business as usual at the Red Lion

20 February 2014 15:36

Lamentations spread across Westminster when rumour had it that the Red Lion on Whitehall was to be reborn as trendy…

Writers tend to the Left because they have imagination, not compassion

10 February 2014 14:00

I apologise for writing a blogpost about a tweet, which can look a bit like over-analysis, but I was intrigued…

Could we move all politicians to Manchester?

4 February 2014 14:32

The Ukip candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East has come up with a rather interesting idea: he wants to move…

Does it matter if Tories don’t know what it’s like to be poor?

20 January 2014 16:21

I have this theory that the reason why the British public is so hugely in favour of cutting welfare to…

The BBC isn’t Left-wing as such, it’s elitist

8 January 2014 14:07

The BBC made a ‘terrible mistake’ in not reflecting public concern about immigration, Nick Robinson has said. This is the…

Can Lord Heseltine save the England cricket team?

7 January 2014 12:15

Apologies may be in order. A few weeks ago, I was advocating aid for Australia. As we had set the…

RIP: Simon Hoggart. The finest and funniest sketch writer to date

7 January 2014 11:54

Terribly saddened to hear of the death of Simon Hoggart, a lovely writer and to my mind the finest and…

‘The left’ doesn’t matter; but its cowardice does

17 December 2013 18:02

I know it’s not quite the year’s end. But I think the sweetest words I heard in 2013 are already…

Life imitates art at the Gay Hussar

3 December 2013 15:44

The Gay Hussar, the Hungarian establishment favoured by socialists with a fondness for champagne, has been in difficulties. Mr Steerpike…

Someone rid us of the awful slogan: ‘hardworking families’

2 December 2013 16:40

This is a message to any politician out there thinking of using the phrase ‘hardworking families’ or ‘hardworking people’ –…

How the warring ghosts of Blair and Brown still haunt their successors

22 November 2013 17:23

Six and a half years after Gordon Brown finally badgered Tony Blair out of Downing Street, the relationship between these…

Old England died in 1963

21 November 2013 12:55

There is no better measure of the pivotal importance of 1963 than to recall what Britain was like in the…

What is the point of having a ‘city of culture’?

20 November 2013 17:10

‘Hull has been named the 2017 city of culture. Better luck next year, Luton.’ So wrote the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley…

Sachin Tendulkar is among the very greatest sportsmen, but heroes are made to be surpassed

16 November 2013 8:46

It was the sort of summer’s day that makes you glad to be alive; but we were watching the telly.…

What will history make of Britain’s treatment of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin?

8 November 2013 17:49

‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in…

Political philosophy, Harry-style

1 November 2013 14:34

Boy-band super-hero Harry Styles proclaimed on Twitter earlier today: ‘All social change comes from the passion of individuals.’ His shrieking fans…

Didn’t the BBC know that Will Straw is a PPC before his dad told them?

29 October 2013 14:42

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was on today’s Daily Politics, gushing with pride that his son Will is Labour’s prospective…

Russell Brand: an adolescent extremist whose hatred of politics is matched by his ignorance

28 October 2013 12:11

So, I recommend a trip to Sri Lanka. Wonderful place. Go now before everyone else does. Being (almost entirely) offline…

Boom turns to bust for Gay Hussar

25 October 2013 13:38

Is it the end of another yet another political eatery? Tory favourites Shepherd’s, the Atrium and St Stephen’s Club in…

Who is Natalie Rowe’s ‘Joe’?

21 October 2013 11:44

The only question on lips this morning: Who is Joe? This mysterious character lurks on the pages of a new…

Norman Geras: Rest in peace, comrade

18 October 2013 9:19

I was shocked this morning to log on to Twitter and learn that Norman Geras had died. I can think…

Samuel Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is still upsetting the complacent

2 October 2013 10:53

It is twenty years since Samuel Huntington’s essay ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ was first published in Foreign Affairs. On Monday…

Why is ‘feminism’ such a dirty word?

30 September 2013 13:47

A few years back I did one of those online debates on the Times website, the subject being why feminism…

A history of spinners, from Robert Walpole to Damian McBride and Andy Coulson

28 September 2013 10:00

A full colour Andy Coulson looms ominously behind a black and white David Cameron on the front cover of Andrew…

The insanity of ‘votes for children’: who cares what adolescents think about politics?

25 September 2013 15:31

Should people who comment under YouTube videos be deciding the fate of our country? That’s the frightening scenario proposed by…