Regulation

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead…

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move…

Cracking down on payday lenders will hurt the poor

1 July 2013 17:50

Payday loans and pawnbrokers are a common feature of the nation’s high streets today, as they have been for centuries.…

Michael Fallon takes on health and safety

10 September 2012 0:15

The government is keeping up its new, frantic pace on the economy today by announcing that it wants to scrap…

Michael Fallon and Vince Cable join forces

9 September 2012 10:45

Michael Fallon has given a pugnacious interview to the Sunday Telegraph. He said that Britain must end its obsession with the…

Miliband speaks to the common people

30 June 2012 16:45

Ed Miliband stands accused of many faults, but he rarely slips an opportunity to be opportunistic. James has said that…

Cameron: SpAds answer to me

14 June 2012 16:00

David Cameron was visibly rattled by Robert Jay QC, Counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, earlier today. Counsel was examining the relationship between…

Osborne’s City safeguards

7 June 2012 9:45

Before David Cameron’s trip to Berlin later today, George Osborne appeared on the Today Programme to emphasise that in the…

Bust-up postponed

21 May 2012 17:05

A coalition bust-up was avoided today by Vince Cable’s absence from the Commons for the urgent question on the Beecroft…

Will Nick ignore Vince and go for growth?

21 May 2012 12:07

Vince Cable’s reaction to the coming publication of the Beecroft report — which Pete blogged earlier — suggests that the…

The EU against new booze

20 April 2012 12:11

You don’t expect to find so much politics in a booze mag, but there’s an intriguing story in a recent edition…

Your three-point guide to today’s RBS report

12 December 2011 15:44

After months of delay, and much hounding by The Spectator’s Select Committee Chairman of the Year, Andrew Tyrie, the Financial…

A tale of two cities

2 December 2011 15:03

Nicolas Sarkozy is grudgingly admired by French socialists as a political fighter, capable of thriving even in the most desperate situation.…

Opening Europe

23 November 2011 10:12

It is an article of British faith that further liberalisation of Europe’s market is a worthwhile goal. But few people…

Clegg’s tall tales won’t boost growth

31 October 2011 9:15

“The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will today announce proceeds from the government growth fund which will protect or safeguard…

Cameron tackles internet porn with more government

11 October 2011 12:28

David Cameron is taking his woman trouble seriously. He will unveil plans to curb internet pornography at a meeting with…

Explaining credit easing

3 October 2011 17:00

Having had a few more discussions, I’m a bit clearer about the government’s plan to do credit easing. The full…

Osborne lays out his support for Vickers

12 September 2011 18:43

George Osborne made a firm statement on the Vickers report this afternoon; if he felt uneasy about the proposed abolition…

Vince being Vince

31 August 2011 10:55

A sweeping and utterly typical performance from Vince Cable in his interview with theTimes (£) today. Not only does he…

Coalition prepares for bank bust-up

30 August 2011 13:29

There’s a big coalition split coming down the road. Next month the Vickers’ review into banking reform, which is going…