UK politics

The truth behind Mandy’s "half-a-million jobs" claim

12 August 2009 22:48

Anyone listening to Lord Mandelson’s claim this morning that the Brown stimulus saved “at least” half a million jobs would…

Duncan’s rations: now with added video

12 August 2009 17:58

Further to my post earlier, Sky have now produced an embeddable copy of Don’t Panic’s Alan Duncan video. The offending…

Does Mandelson remember that Blair thought cross-dressing was a good idea?

12 August 2009 17:02

Peter Mandelson has been getting very cross, and rather personal, about George Osborne’s ‘political cross dressing”. But during the Blair…

Osborne should avoid Brown-style rhetoric on cuts

12 August 2009 15:43

Right, I know I keep banging on about Osborne’s speech, but – Alan Duncan’s loose lips aside – it’s certainly…

A new world order – don’t be silly

12 August 2009 13:57

Go to any international think-tank conference and you will hear one complaint repeated ad nauseam: the intenational system, built after…

Something the Tories could do without…

12 August 2009 12:09

…Alan Duncan saying on video that MPs are treated “like sh*t”, and that they’re forced to live on “rations”.  He’s…

Brown’s children

12 August 2009 11:53

Why is this recession so cruel to the young? The unemployment figures – now up to 2.44 million – are…

When Mandelson can’t launch a convincing counterattack, you know things are bad for Labour

12 August 2009 10:48

Whatever you might think of George Osborne’s speech on progressive politics yesterday – and I have some doubts of my…

Renaissance of the Prince

12 August 2009 9:05

‘Kindly pussycat’? ‘Minister for fun’? ‘A benign uncle?’ This was how Lord Mandelson described himself in that pantomime of an…

Supplementary notes on Osborne’s progressive speech

11 August 2009 19:11

Earlier, I wrote that Osborne’s speech today seemed to be a significant moment for Project Cameron.  Having attended the Demos…

The press’ obsession with the Tories, Rachel Whetstone and Google is immature 

11 August 2009 16:07

Nearly all the papers have run articles on Rachel Whetstone today. These pieces concentrate on the fact that she’s the…

Another Conservative MP won’t be standing at the next election.

11 August 2009 15:12

Michael Ancram is standing down at the next election on grounds of ill-health, you can read his resignation statement here.…

The trials of being in a power couple

11 August 2009 12:32

It seems Hillary Clinton is smarting from her husband’s Korean coup. Exhibit A: her Q&A session with Congolese students yesterday,…

Gove stirs up trouble for Balls

11 August 2009 10:46

I gave it a passing mention in my last post, but it’s worth highlighting Michael Gove’s mischievous comment piece in…

Osborne makes progress

11 August 2009 9:05

It’s a big day for George Osborne.  The Shadow Chancellor is using his new platform at Demos — the think-tank…

Putting the "public" into "public spending cuts"

10 August 2009 19:35

My old colleagues at Reform have put together a very useful analysis of the Canadian spending cuts programme – which…

If the Tories are serious about being ready to govern from day one, they should be examining whether or not Vat needs to be raised

10 August 2009 18:00

The Tory response to the story that they plan to raise Vat to 20 percent after the next election, worried…

Mandelson’s lines to take for the press

10 August 2009 15:31

Peter Mandelson’s spat with Starbucks is clearly over. In February he went on a tirade after seeing the chairman of…

Mandy’s class war avoids the real problems

10 August 2009 13:37

I don’t for a minute believe that Mandelson believes this class war nonsense, brilliantly rubbished by Melanie Phillips today. His…

Is Brown starting to accept defeat?

10 August 2009 10:56

The FT report on how Labour MPs aren’t putting themselves forward to be parliamentary private secretaries – or “ministerial bag-carriers”,…

To restore confidence, there must be an inquiry into alleged British involvement in torture. 

10 August 2009 9:04

Following Alan Johnson’s and David Miliband’s denial of British collusion in torture, Sir John Scarlett, the head of MI6, has…

Can Cameron afford Lansley?

9 August 2009 19:23

Is Andrew Lansley using his untouchable status* to bounce David Cameron into a three-year budget settlement? On the Marr sofa…

Why Mandelson isn’t deputy PM

9 August 2009 18:56

As the country prepares for Peter Mandelson’s week in charge, The Mail on Sunday reports that the Cabinet Secretary, Sir…

Preparing for a lengthy presence in Afghanistan

8 August 2009 16:17

So what do we learn from the Times’s interview with David Richards, the man who is set to replace Richard…

How Cameron should structure his national security team

8 August 2009 13:01

Reports that the Tories are thinking about appointing a Minister for Afghanistan raise the broader question of how they should…