UK politics

Under starter’s orders

16 November 2009 9:07

The parties are limbering up for the longest, and possibly the bitterest, election campaign in living memory. Recent asides and statements…

Cutting MoD staff will not win wars

15 November 2009 19:46

Liam Fox has made clear that the Conservative Party is planning to slash the number of civilian posts at the…

Last man standing

15 November 2009 13:32

That Gordon Brown is still the prime minister proves that it isn’t only Peter Mandelson who is a fighter not…

Cameron’s licence fee cut – and how he’ll pay for it

14 November 2009 22:56

All hail, Jeremy Hunt, the axe man. Cameron’s first tax cut will be a licence fee cut* – and Hunt…

No longer a racist party, but a party of racists

14 November 2009 19:05

The Guardian reports that the BNP membership is going to vote overwhelmingly in favour of allowing non-whites to join the…

Shaming allegations that reveal the full horror of the Iraq war

14 November 2009 12:03

The Independent’s front page splash about British troops torturing and sexually abusing Iraqis in 2003 has, to put it mildly,…

In answer to your questions

14 November 2009 10:43

So, what is The Spectator coming to? Dishing out trophies to Harman and all these Labour types? Has the editor’s…

The tactics of political insurgency

13 November 2009 17:46

That Labour held one of its safest seats is newsworthy either indicates how desperate the party’s predicament is or that…

I dunno, how many hedgerows have we lost since the war?

13 November 2009 16:27

There’s a tremendous post on the FT’s blog, inviting 20 influential public figures to ask questions that they believe incoming…

The perfect storm

13 November 2009 15:10

The UK debt crisis has three constituent parts – household, government and banking. The fact that households, government and banks…

Nursing is the new Media Studies

12 November 2009 14:56

Administering injections is not an academic process. Like construction and policing, nursing is an essential professional and appropriate training is…

Electoral fraud

12 November 2009 12:43

“Postal voting on demand is lethal to the democratic process. Wholesale electoral fraud is both easy and profitable.” That statement…

No Brits likely in top EU jobs

12 November 2009 11:13

The process to pick the two new EU jobs – that of Council President and High Representative – is nearing…

British jobs for British workers

12 November 2009 9:00

Further to Alan Johnson’s immigration statement on Monday, Gordon Brown will give a speech on the topic. The intention is…

Parallel universe

11 November 2009 18:02

Armistice Day suits Brown down to the ground. When everyone is obliged wear funeral-director garb, his grey hair and sombre…

An impossible position

11 November 2009 16:03

The moment that stuck out for me from today’s PMQs came right towards the end, the exchanges between the leaders…

Helicopter reality

11 November 2009 14:36

There is something oddly comforting about discussing NATO’s Afghan mission in terms of kit, helicopters and troop numbers – or…

The centre left asks how? Well, here’s how

11 November 2009 13:46

The One Nation sentiments that David Cameron expressed at last night’s Hugo Young lecture have been almost uniformly applauded. Labour’s…

On the road to recovery? Don’t be daft

11 November 2009 11:34

I’d forgotten what it felt like to read positive news about the British economy. To be honest life is full…

Would David Miliband make a good leader?

11 November 2009 9:02

David Miliband’s decision not to be a candidate for EU Foreign Minister has inspired an almost vociferous article from Daniel…

A chance for parliament to re-assert itself

10 November 2009 19:03

This afternoon, I had the great privilege of hearing Geoffrey Robertson QC and Sir Ken MacDonald QC argue why English…

Two elementary mistakes

10 November 2009 16:48

The warnings from around the world about the scale of the UK’s government debt crisis keep flowing in. Following last…

One Nation

10 November 2009 11:27

David Cameron received a standing ovation after he proclaimed “Don’t dare lecture us about poverty”,  illustrating that compassionate conservatism is…

The pressure’s on Osborne

10 November 2009 10:26

The Times tempted fate today with its splash boasting about the confidence and the strong pound. Fitch Ratings has today…

Keeping the lights on

10 November 2009 8:35

It may have come ten years late, but Ed Miliband’s decision to bypass planning processes for nuclear plants is welcome.…