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Why proud Scots should now support England

8 July 2018 9:34

Is it coming home? If it is, don’t expect all the home nations to welcome it. In Scotland, the dismal…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

21 June 2018 14:55

How do you find the money to pay for a £20bn NHS funding pledge? Usually such discussions – and eventual…

Why has a Tory MP just blocked a move to make upskirting a criminal offence?

15 June 2018 15:47

The most problematic rebellion Theresa May has suffered this week is not on Brexit and the troublesome EU Withdrawal Bill…

What the Brexiteers do next

13 June 2018 11:59

Although no-one yet knows what the government’s compromise meaningful vote amendment will look like when it returns to the Lords,…

Fact check: New York Times’ ‘Austerity Britain’ report

28 May 2018 18:19

It’s safe to say the New York Times doesn’t take a particularly fond view of Britain these days. Whether it’s their…

Is an early election really on the cards?

20 May 2018 23:26

Thanks to a weekend of nationwide jubilation over Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, politics has – for once –…

Will Russia disrupt the local elections?

18 March 2018 22:34

Will Russia disrupt the local elections? That’s the question being asked in Westminster. But rather than worries over Russian meddling and…

Seumas Milne and Russia – a brief history

15 March 2018 10:26

Oh dear. A number of  Labour MPs are calling for Jeremy Corbyn to sack Seumas Milne after the Labour leader’s…

Former Corbyn adviser: Don’t glorify Churchill

5 March 2018 15:39

Here we go. Last night Gary Oldman came away victorious at the Oscars – picking up the best actor gong…

Tory Remainers dial down the rhetoric

26 February 2018 18:14

Can Jeremy Corbyn’s big Brexit speech be classed as a success? It really depends on who you think it was…

How many Conservative MPs would risk Prime Minister Corbyn over Brexit?

25 February 2018 21:01

Although Theresa May’s Cabinet has finally managed to reach a loose agreement on what they would like to achieve from…

Czech mate: Tory vice-chair’s grovelling apology to Corbyn

24 February 2018 14:47

Oh dear. When the Sun reported this month that Jeremy Corbyn met with a Czech spy – posing as a…

Is it really homophobic to ask whether two men can make a baby?

18 February 2018 9:17

When I saw the photo of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black holding a photo of an ultrasound, and all…

Two Muslim cultures are emerging in Britain

22 January 2018 18:17

Suppose you were a white supremacist who wanted to keep Muslim children down. Or suppose you were a Machiavellian middle-class…

David Trimble: the Taoiseach should stop trying to out-Sinn Fein Sinn Fein

29 November 2017 11:21

When I negotiated the Good Friday Agreement nearly 20 years ago, no one foresaw a day when the United Kingdom…

The resignation letter blunder

9 November 2017 8:00

We ran a Steerpike blog entitled “the resignation letter blunder” about how Theresa May put Priti Patel’s name underneath her…

Michael Fallon, for all the times I may have touched your knee while drunk, I’m sorry

8 November 2017 15:10

This one goes out to all the male MPs I’ve taken to lunch. I want to apologise to each and…

Am I the only one to find the #metoo-ing over Harvey Weinstein a little creepy?

1 November 2017 10:33

Am I the only one to find the #metoo-ing over Harvey Weinstein a little creepy? Bandwagons always make me want…

Sharia law and the relative mercies of French justice

21 October 2017 14:28

For many years, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan, has been one of my closest…

The biggest Cabinet Brexit split

18 September 2017 10:54

The Cabinet remains divided on one of the most fundamental Brexit questions. Everyone in the Cabinet does accept that Britain…

Tower Hamlets is the bleak end-point of diversity

1 September 2017 10:52

People sometimes accuse me of being an immovable pessimist about our continent’s future. And I normally reply with the simple…

The 2007 financial crash changed all our lives for the worse

9 August 2017 9:19

It started as displacement activity, my immersion in the market mayhem of the summer of 2007. I was at home…

The Google ‘anti-diversity’ memo isn’t anything of the sort

8 August 2017 11:30

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by an employee of Google called James Damore criticising…

How alt-right was Roman Britain?

7 August 2017 15:17

Over the weekend I, like a good dozen others, endured the Twitter rage of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an old man…

Scaramucci sacked, as John Kelly starts to reshape the White House

31 July 2017 20:38

So farewell, the Mooch. One of the most bizarre figures to walk on to the stage of the Trump tragicomedy…