UK politics

Much to do if Britain is to manufacture its way out of trouble

16 February 2010 15:33

The City had hoped that Britain would export its way out of trouble. Dream on City Boys: Britain’s trade deficit…

MPs, porkies, pigs and scum

16 February 2010 13:01

The headline might almost be word association, but when it comes to Twitter the devil makes work for idle thumbs.…

Short term or long term inflation?

16 February 2010 12:24

The news that the CPI rose to 3.5 percent doesn’t seem to have affected the markets, but the cost of…

Cutting it with the Fink

16 February 2010 10:53

I couldn’t let today pass without a response to Danny Finkelstein. We do agree on the ends, but not the…

Why Adeela Shafi didn’t get a namecheck

15 February 2010 19:25

There is real jumpiness in Tory circles at the moment about the prospects of more candidate disasters. So eyebrows were…

The three Tory pin-ups are brave

15 February 2010 15:23

The three voters who have agreed to be featured in the Tories’ new ads are brave folk. I would wager…

The Tories’ new poster campaign is a massive improvement over the last

15 February 2010 13:41

I know there’s a danger of expending too many words on poster campaigns, so just a quick post to flag…

The politics of Osborne’s co-ops

15 February 2010 10:45

There’s plenty of buzz this morning about George Osborne’s new policy proposal: allowing public sector workers to run schools, job-centres,…

Will Brown’s next interrogators be the public?

15 February 2010 9:13

So what next for the new, more human, Gordon Brown (as seen on TV)?  Well, according to today’s Times, there…

The best publicity Brown is ever likely to get

14 February 2010 23:47

Brown is very lucky to have a friend in Piers Morgan. He did him a great service in the ITV…

The Tories take the fight to Labour over social justice

14 February 2010 17:59

Statistics about educational inequality in this country always tend to shock and dismay in equal measure.  And this latest piece…

Ashcroft returns fire but the ‘scandal’ rolls on

14 February 2010 14:48

Lord Ashcroft looks like a man not to cross and he will do anything to protect his privacy. He faces down criticism…

Cameron steps up his game

14 February 2010 10:36

There’s something about a trip to Scotland that brings out the best in Tories giving speeches, and David Cameron lived…

Cameron brings some clarity to the table

13 February 2010 18:27

Maybe it’s just a slow Saturday, but the Conservatives’ latest WebCameron video (see below) strikes me as one of the…

A ceasefire in the VAT war?

13 February 2010 11:15

Has another dividing line faded into the sand?  It sure looks like it, going off this Times report on how…

Darling enters election mode

12 February 2010 18:01

There must be something about stepping back onto Scottish soil that invigorates Alistair Darling, because his Edinburgh speech is one…

The social, moral, and economic case for smaller government

12 February 2010 13:49

Ten days on and Danny Finkelstein still seems to be upset with me for my Keith Joseph lecture, where I…

Video clip: Piers Morgan interview with Brown

12 February 2010 12:17

Hat-tip: Tim Montgomerie P.S. You can read selections from the interview transcript here.

The hunt for Hoon’s successor

12 February 2010 10:41

Not the most arresting headline I grant you, but bear with me. Geoff Hoon’s political corpse is still warm (well,…

The Tories’ meddling is undermining the Unionist cause in Northern Ireland

12 February 2010 9:04

The Times reports that Owen Paterson, the Tories’ Northern Ireland spokesman, will review the process by which the Northern Ireland…

Quote of the day

11 February 2010 18:06

Is it just me, or is there something grimly hilarious about The Man Who Claimed To Have Abolished Boom-And-Bust describing…

The Cameroons are fleshing out the agenda which may come to define them

11 February 2010 14:58

If you were going to craft The Most Exciting Speech Ever, then there’s a good chance it wouldn’t contain the…

Mandelson: Public sector will face cuts this year

11 February 2010 13:20

Peter Mandelson gave the Dearing memorial lecture last night and in a section responding to the criticisms of the budget…

Lance Price: Brown became PM when his skills were declining

11 February 2010 12:33

Gordon Brown is a creature of habit. Every morning at 7:30 he holds a telephone conference with his cabal of…

The White House is bluffing

11 February 2010 9:04

The Atlantic reports that the White House is considering altering intelligence sharing agreements with Britain in the light of the…