UK politics

Tories struggling to find a line on tax

3 January 2010 13:10

After the platitudes in David Cameron’s speech yesterday, comes the bluntness of Ken Clarke in today’s Sunday Telegraph.  Interviewed by…

Don’t take the voters for fools, Mr Cameron

3 January 2010 9:38

David Cameron can give rousing, mature, insightful speeches. Yesterday’s was not one of them. It used the word ‘hope’ 7…

Tensions in the Cameron circle over election strategy

2 January 2010 18:26

There is a fascinating glimpse at the tensions inside the top echelons of the Conservative party in The Times today.…

Brown’s troubles are returning at just the right time for Cameron & Co.

2 January 2010 11:15

First she loved him.  Then she hated him.  Then she seemed lukewarm towards him.  And, today, she’s gone back to…

By marginalising Mandelson, Labour has put itself in a half-Nelson

1 January 2010 17:46

The Dark Lord’s grip is weakening. Lord Mandelson’s waning status dominated headlines in the prelude to Christmas, and today the…

Thinking the unthinkable

1 January 2010 15:32

Woah, hang on there. A Labour and Conservative coalition in the event of a hung Parliament? Crazy talk, surely? But that’s what Martin…

Dealing with China in 2010

1 January 2010 12:52

The execution of Akmal Shaikh has brought China to our frontpages, and to the forefront of diplomatic thinking, as the…

The year in cuts

31 December 2009 12:29

As we’re still in that period of the year for looking back as well as forward, I thought I’d share…

Ministers should always be ultimately accountable

31 December 2009 12:21

Bob Ainsworth’s response to the Nimrod inquiry features one extraordinary omission: ministers do not appear to be directly accountable in…

What a difference two years makes

30 December 2009 16:16

“Did he know who you were? I mean, not to be disrespectful, but he has been away for two and…

Brown kicks off 2010 with dividing lines aplenty

30 December 2009 11:22

Clear your diary, invite the relatives over, and huddle around a computer: Gordon Brown will be delivering his New Year’s…

For all his faults, Gradgrind was right

30 December 2009 9:15

The next time your four year old nephew smears chocolate over your trousers you are to congratulate him. According to…

It’s not just the bankers who will be hanged

29 December 2009 16:57

Oh, Darling, what hast thou done?  There are few more pertinent, or more damning, examples of what the government’s soak-the-rich…

The many faces of Ed Balls

28 December 2009 15:09

In the spirit of goodwill, Ed Balls has called-off the class war. As ever with Balls that is but half the story.…

Balls’s election strategy is a hostage to Osborne’s pen

28 December 2009 10:30

Make a note, CoffeeHousers: Labour won’t be fighting a class war against the Tories, after all.  That’s what Ed Balls…

Balls pitches for the leadership

26 December 2009 23:50

The Ed Balls leadership cart is revving up a gear. He wants to position himself as the main mover behind…

What you won’t read about terrorism in Britain

26 December 2009 11:19

I have some advice for CoffeeHousers hungry for the latest evidence about the guy who tried to blow up the…

Identifying Brown’s culpability in Iraq

23 December 2009 17:34

The Tories have missed a trick in responding to the predictable news that Gordon Brown won’t be giving evidence to…

Willetts takes on the nudgers

23 December 2009 14:35

The Guardian’s interview with David Willetts is a decent preview of the Tories’ forthcoming green paper on family policy, and…

What happened the last time Gove played Cameron’s opponent in debate prep

23 December 2009 14:27

One of the surprises of the Tory leadership campaign in 2005 was how David Davis bested David Cameron in the…

Those split stories just won’t go away…

23 December 2009 10:49

A hefty one-two punch in the continuing “Have Gordon and Peter fallen out?” story, this morning.  The Telegraph has quotes…

Call yourself a PR man?

22 December 2009 22:08

The latest Comres poll for the Independent indicates, as if we needed telling, that the Tories are yet to seal…

The politics of self-defence

22 December 2009 17:27

The spin machines are gearing up as we amble towards an election, and strategists’ latest hobby-horse is self-defence. Following the…

No Christmas cheer in the Mail for Cameron

22 December 2009 15:40

The Daily Mail sets about David Cameron in its editorial today. It accuses him of “insulting voters’ intelligence”, tells him…

Will this be the game-changer that Brown needs?

21 December 2009 18:37

So there we have it.  There will be televised election debates between the three main party leaders during the next…