UK politics

The bullying story keeps on rolling, but will it affect the polls?

23 February 2010 9:03

Much confusion on the digital grapevine, last night, about YouGov’s latest daily tracker poll.  Turns out, it doesn’t have the…

Not a day to be a Pratt

22 February 2010 17:44

The unfortunately named Christine Pratt, her husband and the National Bullying Helpline have been completely demolished by one of the…

Rawnsley’s indictment of the entire Brown government is lost amid a smokescreen about bullying

22 February 2010 16:28

Ministers are a fickle bunch. It is striking how many have come out in support of Gordon Brown today; they…

A Cameron-Clegg government

22 February 2010 15:02

With even Michael Portillo predicting a hung parliament, what would Britain’s post-election government actually look like if the Tories did…

Some reasons to be cheerful about Cameron and the Tories

22 February 2010 13:02

By way of a response to the comments on my post yesterday, here are some reasons to be cheerful about…

Cameron’s first response to the bullying question

22 February 2010 11:00

Cameron just got the question on Brown and bullying. His reply was well pitched, right tone of voice and all…

Cameron kicks off the transparency agenda

22 February 2010 10:38

Here I am, in a cavernous “space” in East London, for a conference on the Post-Bureaucratic Age – or  “See-Through…

How should the Tories respond to the Rawnsley allegations?

22 February 2010 9:00

As James predicted last night, the ‘Bully boy Brown’ story is now at full steam and will speed on as…

Background politics

21 February 2010 12:47

The Conservatives are at pains to emphasise that ‘it’s not where you’re from but where you’re going that’s important.’ A…

Time for Cameron’s Lazarus act

21 February 2010 10:07

Two seriously worrying polls for the Conservatives today. One is a Sunday Times/YouGov poll, showing a Labour recovery reducing the…

Brown faces the Rawnsley revelations, while the Tories face the polls

20 February 2010 22:37

The question tonight is: which piece of bad news will make the biggest impact?  The bad news for the Tories,…

In the name of the father

20 February 2010 19:54

“I’m not perfect” Gordon Brown said in his speech today – knowing that, in a couple of hours, we’ll hear…

Cameron for Middle England

20 February 2010 16:34

David Cameron is a man for all seasons. The Bullingdon Club man told the men’s mag, Shortlist, how he takes a glug…

No surprises – and much Tory-bashing – in Brown’s Big Speech

20 February 2010 12:28

Move along, now – there’s nothing to see here.  Or rather, reading Gordon Brown’s Big Speech, there’s nothing that you…

Welcome to The Future Fair

20 February 2010 9:05

So now we know.  Labour’s election slogan is A future fair for all.  And – as various folk, including Alex,…

Brown goes shopping for votes

19 February 2010 17:54

There’s an interview with Gordon Brown today in the Mirror about his relationship with his mother. As you might expect…

How much attention should politicians pay the competing groups of economists?

19 February 2010 16:31

The recession has been intellectually thrilling, and I write that without a note of sarcasm. First, politicians argued as to…

Labour’s spin machine needs a service

19 February 2010 15:10

Has Alastair Campbell lost his touch? In his heyday, Labour’s spin was mesmeric, with the godlike Campbell blowing smoke and…

Not a leg to stand on

19 February 2010 13:37

Oh dear. The Evening Standard reports that Harriet Harman trod on Sir Thomas Legg’s toes and forbad him to publish…

Purnell leaves parliament but not politics

19 February 2010 11:27

The news that James Purnell is to stand down is a shock. It is clear that Purnell was disenchanted with…

Sunny side up?

19 February 2010 10:30

Earlier this week I asked what Obama’s experience could teach a Cameron government. At the same time, there has been…

The numbers spoil Labour’s narrative

19 February 2010 9:05

Labour have certainly come out of the traps snarling and gnashing this morning.  For one, they’re making the most of…

Cameron and the power of the bully pulpit

18 February 2010 17:59

I must be one of the very few people who would genuinely like to see David Cameron give another speech…

First class chaps

18 February 2010 17:28

Bravo Sir Nicholas Winterton! It’s pernicious that no one will pay for me to travel First Class. As two separate…

Introducing Dave

18 February 2010 16:04

Readers of the magazine will be familiar with Michael Heath’s series of ‘Flash Gordon’ cartoons, based on the life and…