UK poliitcs

Jo Swinson’s Andrew Neil interview exposed her party’s Brexit extremism

4 December 2019 22:42

Jo Swinson’s ordeal at the hands of Andrew Neil dramatised (painfully) the anguish of being a liberal in an age…

Owen Smith: UK could join euro and Schengen

11 September 2016 10:36

Why on earth did Owen Smith say that he might consider re-joining not just the European Union but also the…

Will this Jeremy Corbyn poll break the Labour fever?

22 July 2015 10:12

It is hard to overstate the level of shock in moderate Labour circles at last night’s YouGov poll showing Jeremy…

Can Natalie Bennett exceed expectations on Thursday night?

31 March 2015 12:09

Few politicians can have gone into a debate with lower expectations than Natalie Bennett. After her ‘brain fade’ on LBC,…

Budget Sketch: Penny-pinchers like me can rejoice

18 March 2015 17:35

That was a motto-blaster of a budget. George Osborne deployed half a dozen chewy new Tory slogans during this afternoon’s…

Five things we learnt about compassionate conservatism from Michael Gove’s speech

13 March 2015 10:05

Is there a future for compassionate conservatism in Britain? Michael Gove outlined why there are reasons to feel optimistic at…

Ukip aren’t so jubilant anymore

27 February 2015 16:00

Nigel Farage has now arrived at the Ukip conference. He strode through the bar area, followed by an entourage larger…

Steven Woolfe tells us what Ukip doesn’t believe about immigration

27 February 2015 13:23

You might think that Ukip’s immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe had the easiest portfolio in the party. After all, as the…

You can tell a lot from watching how MPs act

25 February 2015 16:17

One thing worth noting from today’s PMQs – and indeed from all the sessions since the start if the year…

You can vote against the government and keep your Number 10 job

12 November 2014 13:57

On Monday night, a member of the Number 10 Policy Board, Peter Lilley, voted against the government. Now, in the…

No.10 aide Patrick Rock resigns after being arrested over child abuse image allegations

3 March 2014 23:01

Jaw-dropping news tonight: the Daily Mail’s James Chapman reveals that Patrick Rock, the deputy director of the Number 10 policy…

Nick Clegg to challenge Nigel Farage to a head to head debate on Britain’s EU membership

20 February 2014 7:15

I understand that Nick Clegg is to challenge Nigel Farage to a debate on Britain’s EU membership ahead of the…

Briefing: a pay rise for MPs?

9 December 2013 15:30

What’s happening? The rage continues today in advance of Ipsa’s expected recommendation that MPs should get a 11 per cent…