UK politics

Word from inside Question Time: Griffin "humiliated"

22 October 2009 21:56

The first results from Question Time are landing. An audience member has just told me that Griffin  was “humiliated by…

Griffin has achieved exactly what he hoped to

22 October 2009 17:59

As far as the BNP is concerned, Nick Griffin has already won this Question Time debate. It’s not about whether…

Has the tide turned against ‘President’ Blair?

22 October 2009 17:34

Increasingly, it looks as though Tony Blair must make do with what he’s got. Last Saturday, the Independent reported that…

The genius of Michael Heath

22 October 2009 16:30

Michael Heath’s Flash Gordon cartoon in the latest issue of the magazine is so good that we figured we’d share…

Tightening immigration should constitute part of compassionate Conservatism

22 October 2009 12:50

The mainstream parties’ collective silence on immigration has, undoubtedly, contributed to the BNP’s growing popularity. Nicholas Soames and Frank Field…

The trailer for Nick Griffin’s Question Time performance

22 October 2009 11:40

Is Nick Griffin’s interview with the Times a sneak preview of what we can expect from him on Question Time…

The case for cutting middle class benefits

22 October 2009 9:07

Great work by my former colleagues at the think tank Reform today. In their latest report, they’ve figured out that…

Should MPs be able to employ their relatives?

21 October 2009 18:26

The 1922 committee of Tory MPs is meeting now and the word is that there will be a concerted push…

Postal strike to go ahead

21 October 2009 17:36

The Communication Workers Union has just confirmed that there will be a national postal strike tomorrow and on Friday, effective…

They did it their way

21 October 2009 17:09

One argument against Sir Thomas Legg’s repayment requests is that many are founded on inaccurate information. Norman Baker was charged…

Nothing doing

21 October 2009 15:01

A poor showing by Dave today. All he managed was a spot of outmoded Labour-bashing and a biscuit joke that…

Brown’s lose-lose position will prevent our broken politics from being fixed

21 October 2009 13:30

An intriguing item in today’s Telegraph, which suggests Brown is planning to offer MPs a pay-rise to stem backbench anger…

Brown’s Northern Ireland settlement is to be commended

21 October 2009 13:08

Gordon Brown has just told the House of Commons that he is offering Stormont a financial settlement to increase funds…

Back pain, the unions and social-networking

21 October 2009 10:48

So how do you explain the postal strike when it makes little-to-no business sense whatsoever?  That’s the question which Danny…

In Griffin’s world, squaddies will have to follow their Generals to Nuremberg

21 October 2009 9:06

Well, as Britain’s senior Generals goosestep their way to Nuremberg, plucky squaddies and veterans have leapt to their defence. In…

The BNP responds with hate mail

20 October 2009 16:49

On Thursday night, we will most likely see a restrained performance from Nick Griffin – one which, in itself, gives…

Inscrutable polls

20 October 2009 15:39

And so the strangeness continues: the latest Ipsos MORI poll has the Tories leaping a hefty 7 points to 43…

Women only shortlists

20 October 2009 12:46

Now this is going to stir up some trouble.  Addressing today’s Speaker’s conference, David Cameron has said that the Tories…

The BNP’s appropriation of British institutions must be resisted

20 October 2009 12:19

Hardly a day passes without Nick Griffin cosying up to a poster of Churchill and the Few. Valour provides potent…

Are we about to see a double-act?

20 October 2009 10:27

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to sift through Rachel Sylvester’s column for juicy quotes.  In her latest, she saves the…

When will they learn?

20 October 2009 9:08

Why argue your case when you can smear your opponent’s name? According to this morning’s Telegraph, that’s the approach that…

The political position in Kabul deteriorates

19 October 2009 17:33

It seems that a second Afghan election is now probable after Hamid Karzai’s share of the vote fell below 50%.…

Those strange post-conference polls

19 October 2009 15:51

So what’s the deal with the opinion polls we’ve been seeing in the newspapers recently?  There was some hubbub in…

Using legal measures to keep Griffin off-air will only benefit their target

19 October 2009 14:03

Any attempt to use legal measures to keep the BNP off Question Time will only have one winner: the BNP.…

A few honest men

19 October 2009 13:06

Right, wrong, or somewhere in between?  I imagine that a few people who were fervently behind the Legg letters started…