UK politics

Growth but of the weakest possible sort

26 January 2010 10:07

So Britain did grow in the fourth quarter of last year but only by 0.1 percent. Many on the Labour…

The demographics of power-sharing

26 January 2010 9:00

The union of irreconcilables was unlikely to last: power-sharing in Northern Ireland is on the verge of collapse. Where once…

Redwood is right – prison sentencing may need reform out of fiscal necessity

25 January 2010 18:04

John Redwood is one of the most original thinkers on the right; and tasked with finding solutions to cut expenditure,…

What Tory split?

25 January 2010 16:10

He never deviates and he never hesitates; if he stopped repeating himself Brown could be the star of Just a…

Here’s how you raise £100bn through tax hikes

25 January 2010 14:33

Policy Exchange has repeatedly urged that the country’s fiscal problems should be addressed principally by spending cuts, combined with some…

Nest-eggs for some pre-election goodies

25 January 2010 13:00

Labour’s tax on banks that pay bonuses has failed to change behaviour and so will raise significantly more money, roughly…

Out of recession and into debt

25 January 2010 11:05

The deficit is in the Tories’ crosshairs this morning. George Osborne pens an article in the Times, castigating Brown’s obsession…

When it comes to localism, absolute clarity of aim is essential

25 January 2010 8:59

How deep is David Cameron’s commitment top empowering local government? His response to the New Local Government Network’s latest report…

An election victory is only the start of the battle for Cameron

24 January 2010 16:52

The News of the World has done its poll of marginal seats today (story here, Anthony Wells here) – a…

Darling talks sense on public sector pay

24 January 2010 12:45

How things change.  A few months ago, Alistair Darling would only go so far as to not rule out a…

Labour have Osborne in their sights (and on their fridges)

23 January 2010 17:51

It’s only a small thing, but does anyone else find this detail from today’s Times interview with Alastair Campbell a…

Good advice for Dave

23 January 2010 12:35

Ok, ok – so PMQs may be of more interest inside Westminster than out.  But, love it or loathe it,…

Don’t be surprised if Jowell is kept on by a Tory government

23 January 2010 10:29

As Ben Brogan outlined in his Telegraph column last November, there are plenty of Tories placing a good deal of…

Publishing the serious case review in the Edlington case is the best way to prevent more awful mistakes

22 January 2010 23:48

The Edlington case is shocking and depressing to think about. But I would urge you to watch Gavin Esler’s interview…

Why Osborne is getting it right on banking

22 January 2010 16:45

Oh dear. After Massachussetts, it seems like the usual sneering about “populist” politicians, and about voters who aren’t happy with…

The public aren’t seeing Brown’s "green shoots"

22 January 2010 14:53

We’ve been rather starved of opinion polls over the past week, which is probably no bad thing.  But this PoliticsHome…

Dirty tricks are off and running

22 January 2010 13:39

The Tories are bracing themselves for an election campaign of smears and dirty tricks. Today the sniping begins. Attack dog…

Obama is playing politics

22 January 2010 12:09

FDR was plainly confident when he indicted the “practices of unscrupulous money lenders” during his 1933 inauguration address; Obama’s speech…

Cutting drugs

22 January 2010 10:35

On Wednesday, Baroness Kinnock told the Lords that a number of Foreign Office departments had been hit been hit by…

Has Brown got anything to hide?

22 January 2010 9:00

Proof positive that Brown listens, sometimes at any rate. The Prime Minister will give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry before…

Will the civil service help Cameron rein-in his frontbenchers’ spending ambitions?

21 January 2010 18:08

In his Telegraph column today, Ben Brogan asks one of the most important political questions of all: do the Tories…

Confusion surrounds the Tory position on the Muslim Council of Britain

21 January 2010 16:34

The government broke off relations with the Muslim Council of Britain over Daoud Abdullah, its deputy secretary-general, signing the Istanbul…

Forget inheritance tax – Tory marriage policy is Labour’s new favourite target

21 January 2010 14:54

For some time, Labour has been trying to push the line that behind the Cameron facade there’s an old-school, “nasty”…

Poor communication is damaging the Afghan mission

21 January 2010 13:15

He may be a chateau-bottled shyster, but there is no better communicator of policy than Alastair Campbell. He has penned…

Ultimately, Brown is responsible for these anti-terror cuts

21 January 2010 11:38

Seriousness comes naturally to Gordon Brown and yesterday he gave a speech detailing how Britain is defending itself by striking…