Tory right

The government needs to stop trying to legislate for manners and common sense

24 June 2013 15:08

Is there such a thing as the Loony Right? The reaction of those on the Left to Peter Bone and…

Will a Greek exit mean an EU referendum?

25 May 2012 9:04

A couple of weeks ago, James revealed that the promise of an EU referendum is almost certain to feature in…

The public doesn’t want the government to drop Lords reform or gay marriage

14 May 2012 14:57

It’s been a fashionable line on the Tory right of late that if the government pushes ahead with Lords reform…

Who is the British foreign secretary?

20 December 2011 9:43

Officially, of course, the answer to that question is William Hague – who has put in some decent work since…

The coming row over Europe

19 September 2011 21:55

One of the most striking things about Lib Dem conference has been how up for a scrap over Europe the…

Europe looms its head to threaten the coalition and the Tories

19 September 2011 19:03

The Telegraph’s splash on Europe indicates that the issue, which proved so toxic to the last Conservative government, has risen…

Rengotiating the loan with Ireland

27 July 2011 9:35

All eyes were on Greece at last week’s crisis summit in Brussels, but other indebted countries took advantage of Angela…

Clarke’s bill still not tough enough for the Right

26 June 2011 15:56

David Cameron made a great show on Tuesday of pledging to be tough on crime. He bowdlerised the most contentious…

A reshuffle of the whips office?

25 June 2011 12:25

It is tempting to treat the whole circus animal affair in the Commons this week as just a big joke,…

Pritchard lays into Cameron’s lack of backbone

23 June 2011 18:18

Mark Pritchard, the MP who tabled the animal welfare bill that has just been passed with ease, gave this speech…

World Service reprieve the latest step in FCO’s rehabilitation

22 June 2011 19:16

The BBC World Service has been reprieved. An additional £2.2m will be spent to preserve the Arabic service, in line…

Cameron’s European opportunity

3 June 2011 15:00

Jean-Claude Trichet’s speech yesterday proposing a ministry of finance for the eurozone (£) can be taken as setting out how…

Not just a wily Fox, but a watchful hawk with time on his side

3 June 2011 13:06

Liam Fox is fond of reminding us that he didn’t come into politics to cut the armed forces. A wistful…

The Tory euro-wars make a brief return

1 June 2011 18:07

The Europhilic ghost of Ted Heath is stalking the House of Lords, upsetting the passage of the European Union Bill,…

More ermine troubles for Nick Clegg

1 June 2011 10:54

Tory backbenchers have been whispering to the Times (£), and their words will not hearten Nick Clegg. If the coalition…

Clegg’s ermine troubles

31 May 2011 9:09

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas, that much we know. But thanks to the wonders of modern science, we can now…

Testing the health of the coalition

29 May 2011 9:49

Listening is seriously damaging the coalition’s health. The Sunday Mirror carries a report that chimes with a week of rumours…

The Tory divide over European bail-outs

25 May 2011 9:09

As Obama and Cameron played table tennis yesterday, a considerably more furious game was being waged between the government and…

A coup for the Tories?

24 May 2011 18:01

The Tories are cock-a-hoop about the defection of UKIP MEP David Campbell Bannerman – positively crowing, in fact. “There’s nothing…

Cutting through the BS

23 May 2011 15:33

If the Big Society were a horse, it would be shot. The wounds are too deep, the contamination too great,…