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DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

Labour is now the party of the middle class

20 June 2017 16:26

I’m not sure I’ve ever been so pessimistic about this country’s future, and I’m not usually a barrel of laughs…

Will the Tories’ new domestic abuse bill make any difference?

16 June 2017 17:01

What can Theresa May put in the Queen’s Speech next week? The Prime Minister was always a cautious sort who…

Where we went wrong

14 June 2017 13:32

Nobody inside CCHQ was prepared for election night’s 10 p.m. exit poll. Lynton Crosby’s last text to me predicted that…

People have had enough of the Tory right

13 June 2017 14:44

Go back ten years and you could never imagine green campaigners greeting Michael Gove’s return to government with a mixture…

George Bridges resigns as Brexit minister – has the unravelling begun?

12 June 2017 23:14

The reshuffle might be over, but the government is still changing shape. It has emerged that George Bridges has quit…

Intolerant liberals have a new target: the DUP

12 June 2017 16:54

Memo to London-based liberals: not everyone shares your point of view. Some people — brace yourself for this — have…

Corbyn has stirred the youth vote in a way that even Blair could not

9 June 2017 9:17

We don’t yet have an age breakdown of who voted on Thursday, but from the rise in turnout it seems…

Boris vs David Davis – the most likely battle for the Tory leadership

9 June 2017 7:02

Having squandered the Conservative majority, Theresa May is coming under pressure to resign. It’s not just from Jeremy Corbyn and…

The most shocking thing about Donald Trump’s Sadiq Khan tweet? He’s right

6 June 2017 10:21

How thin-skinned and pompous the British media class is. On the airwaves, Twitter, and elsewhere, the reaction to Donald Trump’s tweet…

After Theresa May’s missteps, a Corbyn victory is no longer inconceivable

31 May 2017 19:52

On the eve of the US presidential election, experts at Princeton university decided that Donald Trump had a 1 per…

Jeremy Corbyn must have been the most secret peacemaker of all

30 May 2017 12:35

I suppose that if you are under thirty, Northern Ireland seems a place far away and it must be difficult to…

Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn ‘progressive alliance’ in Westminster

28 May 2017 19:42

The most memorable poster of the 2015 general election campaign was an image of Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband snug…

Islamists are very clear about what they want – we just aren’t listening

24 May 2017 11:55

The meeting place of the two worlds could not have been more sharply defined. In Manchester Arena, thousands of young…

Five reasons why the ‘dementia tax’ U-turn was inevitable

22 May 2017 12:56

‘The Tory “dementia tax” could backfire for Theresa May’ was the Coffee House take last Thursday, perhaps the first mention of that phrase…

The night the audience turned on Nicola Sturgeon

21 May 2017 21:55

After the agony of the recent ITV opposition leaders’ debate, the Scottish leaders’ debate felt like a much-needed upgrade – in…

The Tory ‘dementia tax’ could backfire for Theresa May

18 May 2017 16:05

The Prime Minister says there is no such thing as ‘Mayism’, only ‘good, solid Conservatism’. Fine. But let’s examine just how…

Theresa May’s preachy government is on a mission to restore our confidence

18 May 2017 15:11

Every political moment is informed by, and a reaction against, its predecessor. The Age of May is no exception. David…

Ten Labour MPs that Tories should vote for

18 May 2017 8:30

The Conservatives are going to win the election — that much we know. The question is what kind of opposition Britain…

Northern Ireland isn’t impressed with Theresa May

15 May 2017 10:30

Theresa May has been continuing her UK-wide tour to convince voters in all corners of the country to back the…

Jeremy Corbyn is starting to sound like a decent Labour leader

10 May 2017 9:50

I didn’t see a ferret, reverse or otherwise, during Labour’s campaign launch or after. I heard some quite silly, grandstanding,…

George Osborne: diary of an editor

9 May 2017 17:50

Watching the general election from my newsroom is an out-of-body experience. I’ve been involved in the last five general elections…

Brexiteers are Marine Le Pen’s natural opponents

8 May 2017 16:35

I’m a Brexiteer and I’m glad Le Pen lost. Those Brexit-bashers who say ‘Brexit-Trump-Le-Pen’ almost as one word, as if…

Marine Le Pen has come out with the best political line of the year

4 May 2017 11:02

It was the best line of the night. The best line of the campaign, in fact. It might even prove…

Diane Abbott, the brain of Labour

2 May 2017 17:41

I awoke this morning to hear Diane Abbott’s brains leaking out of her ears and all over the carpet during an…