UK politics

Mandelson finally gets his man

31 March 2010 19:36

For months now Lord Mandelson has been encouraging his friend and former colleague Tristram Hunt to continue the quest for…

A new Brownie Buster

31 March 2010 18:56

Michael Scholar: hero. The newish head of the UK statistics authority is finally coming to the aid of the statistics…

Curbing the state

31 March 2010 18:03

This morning, David Cameron and a large chunk of the Shadow Cabinet were talking in some detail about how the…

Brown busted over statistics (again)

31 March 2010 17:00

Via the excellent C4 FactCheck blog: A pdf with explanatory footnotes can be found here.

Money down the toilet

31 March 2010 15:48

I have heard two examples of government waste this morning which make you realise just how much money there is…

Cameron’s winning optimism

31 March 2010 14:07

Last week, it was all doom, gloom, debt, the deficit and austerity from the Tories – and rightly so.  But,…

Prepare for an annual Big Society Day

31 March 2010 12:15

The Tories have just distributed the policy document to go alongside their event today. There’s stuff in there about new…

The joys of DIY government

31 March 2010 11:44

One of the main problems with the Tories’ Big Society/post-bureaucratic/responsibility agenda is how to sell it to the public. At…

Hammond’s honesty

31 March 2010 11:24

Philip Hammond gave the first presentation at this Big Society event, and he admitted something that the Tories don’t admit…

The speed of schools reform

31 March 2010 10:29

Michael Gove is always worth listening to when he speaks on schools reform – offering passionate rhetoric supported by detailed…

Take that, Tony

31 March 2010 9:27

Yesterday, David Cameron offered a punchy response to Tony Blair’s return to the frontline of British politics, saying: “It’s nice…

Whitehall’s hung parliament contingency plans vindicate Tory alarm over the economy

31 March 2010 9:12

There it is. The Tories’ premier weapon emblazoned across the front pages of the Guardian and the Telegraph: Brown could…

Why Blair’s return is good news for the Tories

30 March 2010 20:02

Blair’s return will be worth a good 2-3 points to the Tory lead. Like Mandelson, he can dazzle journalists who…

How more strikes could work for the Tories

30 March 2010 18:23

During the last Tube strike, a couple of lines kept going. As I made my way home by a rather…

Tomorrow is a Big Day for the Tories

30 March 2010 17:33

Tomorrow’s Word of the Day is ‘Big’.  That is to say: the Tories are holding a Big Event, on the…

Letwin gets to the point

30 March 2010 15:37

Oliver Letwin is often mocked for putting things in over-complicated language, for talking about ‘a shift in the theory of…

The Lib Dems attack Labservatism

30 March 2010 14:04

In this post-expenses election, there is going to be a considerable vote going for the none of the above party.…

Guess who’s back

30 March 2010 12:16

Yep, you guessed right: Tony Blair was doing his bit for the Labour cause this morning, with a speech in…

Is David Davis talking off-message?

30 March 2010 11:15

James Macintyre asked yesterday, in response to a speech Davis made at the Bristol Chambers of Commerce. The question should…

Labour have moved on from the death tax for now – and so should the Tories

30 March 2010 9:35

Labour’s plans for a national care service aren’t looking too sharp this morning.  Andy Burnham is expected to announce a…

Osborne’s silent victory

30 March 2010 0:15

I think Osborne’s main victory tonight would be to reassure those who thought him a clueless idiot. The left demonise…

Tory poll lead widens further

30 March 2010 0:00

I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty, but suffice to say that three separate polls tonight record growing leads for the Tories…

Few fireworks – but solid performances from Cable and Osborne

29 March 2010 21:29

So now we know what happens when you put three would-be finance ministers into a room, and start asking them…

Chancellor’s debate: live blog

29 March 2010 19:52

2057, PH: We’ll sign off for now. I’ll be back with a summary post shortly. 2057, JF: Osborne gets his…

A major test for the Charity Commission

29 March 2010 19:23

There are few more damaging allegations against the trustee of a charity than that they forged the signature of a…