UK politics

Both Labour and the Tories need to get stuck into Vince

22 March 2010 13:00

The public remains infatuated with Vince Cable. A Politics Home poll reveals that 31 percent want Cable to be chancellor.…

The Tory donor who’ll take a sword to the ‘morons’

21 March 2010 16:24

Buried deep in the Sunday Times is the Tories’ answer to the problem that is Lord Ashcroft. James Tyler is…

Introducing the Nelson tax

21 March 2010 15:36

In the News of the World today, I propose a new tax on the rich: specifically, on ex-ministers who go…

Osborne steps up his game

21 March 2010 13:26

George Osborne must have changed breakfast cereals, or something, because he’s suddenly a different man.  After the Tories muddied their…

Dirty money and dirtier politics

21 March 2010 11:00

Busted.  Yep, that’s the word which first sprung to mind when I read the Sunday Times’s expose of MPs and…

Pot, kettle, black

20 March 2010 17:36

George Boateng, Alan Milburn and Andrew Smith have written a letter to George Osborne, calling him to task over the…

No place for porkies in digital politics

20 March 2010 15:23

We have just witnessed a fascinating glimpse of the use of the internet in elections. This morning, Cameron proposed a…

Clegg’s consigliere: Lib Dems would "sustain the Tories in power"

20 March 2010 13:02

Everyone has been guessing at what Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats would do if the voters return a hung…

Ed Miliband’s new investment vs cuts battleground

20 March 2010 10:45

Ed Miliband certainly isn’t one for holding back, is he?  In an interview with today’s Guardian he discusses what we…

Why Cameron must never say "deficit".

19 March 2010 18:26

Listening to BBC news, it’s striking how they are still using Labour’s politically-charged vocabulary. When the universities are kicking off…

These strikes are a gift to the Tories

19 March 2010 17:43

It is rare that a political party is handed an issue that enables it to rally its base, appeal to…

Mr Blond goes to Washington

19 March 2010 15:51

The Red Tory, Phillip Blond, is spreading the faith in the States. The New York Times’s David Brooks is impressed,…

Strike-a-rama

19 March 2010 14:12

So there we have it: talks between the BA management and Unite have collapsed, and the strike is back on…

The Tories’ Letwin-devised policy pyramid

19 March 2010 12:21

The Times’s Sam Coates first posted this image, relating to this news story, last night – but it’s worth repeating…

Darling’s Budget takes shape

19 March 2010 9:04

Yep, it’s that time of the year again – when the government starts briefing about the contents of the Budget. …

Age doesn’t matter on Coffee House

18 March 2010 18:50

I’ve just come back from the Guardian’s “changing media” conference, speaking about the future of our industry and The Spectator’s…

It’s turning into an extremely good week for Osborne

18 March 2010 16:52

The gods are smiling on George Osborne. On Monday, he wrote an excellent article in the FT, explaining why he…

When does reputational damage become real damage?

18 March 2010 15:05

So has the Lord Ashcraft saga fouled the Tories’ reputation?  Well, looking at this One Poll survey in PR Week…

The Tories try to plug a leak

18 March 2010 13:08

What a difference two weeks make.  When the Ashcroft story first broke, the Tory response was equal parts sloppy and…

The Lib Dems keep ’em guessing

18 March 2010 12:21

Last week, Nick Clegg was singing the blues.  But, this week, it’s clear that he’s doing as much as possible…

The Tories and Lord Ashcroft – stupidity rather than wrongdoing?

18 March 2010 9:12

So the Lord Ashcroft story is back on the airwaves, courtesy of a document leaked to the BBC.  That document…

The cost of Brown’s propaganda splurge

17 March 2010 22:27

Gordon Brown has been shameless in using the tools of state to advance his party political objectives – to him,…

The Tories’ growing mood of quiet confidence

17 March 2010 19:46

It is worth pointing out, because it is so different from what was happening a few weeks back, that the…

Words fail me…

17 March 2010 18:36

…when it comes to the Lib Dem’s offical election song, performed by the Liberal Democrat Community Choir: You can, er,…

The Chancellor’s debate is an opportunity for Osborne

17 March 2010 18:02

So, we have a date for the Chancellor’s debate. Channel 4 News will host Darling, Cable and Osborne on Monday…