UK politics

Sheerman on the offensive

19 October 2009 12:21

Just what was in Barry Sheerman’s coffee this morning?  So far today, the schools committee chairman has used a couple…

5 Labour ‘refusenik’ MPs threaten to resign over Legg letters

19 October 2009 11:34

Paul Waugh reports that 5 ‘refusenik’ Labour MPs are threatening to trigger by-elections over Brown’s reluctance to curb Sir Thomas…

Lost in the post

19 October 2009 9:07

It is much to my regret, but I do not know the postman’s name. In fact, I have never met…

Welcome to London

18 October 2009 16:58

Visitors to London are now given an extra special welcome when they arrive at our stations, thanks to the Metropolitan…

Current Tory health plans are backward-looking and reactionary

18 October 2009 14:02

I have long been depressed about Tory health policy, or lack thereof. The News of the World today does a…

Scotland the Brave

18 October 2009 11:20

Everyone knows that Martin Luther King had a dream. It featured eloquent, high-minded ambitions about little white girls and little…

The end of a convenient fiction

17 October 2009 18:46

No one really thought that Vaclav Klaus would hold out against the Lisbon treaty until the British general election, but…

Vaclav Klaus caves into the "train carrying Lisbon"

17 October 2009 17:11

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has developed cult status among Eurosceptics in Britain – a latter day Mons Angel. But it would have been nothing…

The horror story of the BNP’s success is not over

17 October 2009 15:33

Up to now, MEPs can use Westminster’s facilities; but, yesterday, Nick Brown tabled a deplorable motion in the House of Commons –…

Brown the Reformer: er, good luck with that

17 October 2009 12:24

Brace yourselves. According to the Guardian, Brown is about to sell himself as a Great Reformer: “Brown, the cabinet sources…

Tax-free troubles

17 October 2009 10:55

And so it gets even messier. Today’s Telegraph reports that HMRC are conducting formal investigations into the tax affairs of…

Evidence relating to the incarceration of Binyam Mohamed will be published

16 October 2009 17:09

The High Court has ruled that a summary of US intelligence, relating to Binyam Mohamed’s allegations that he was tortured,…

Cameron would intensify No. 10’s spin operation

16 October 2009 16:13

One already hears grumblings from members of the Shadow Cabinet about how much power has been concentrated in Norman Shaw…

The Tories’ Laffer-style radicalism

16 October 2009 14:18

In contrast to David Brooks’ optimism about Conservative economic policy, is Oliver Marc Harwich, former Chief Economist at Policy Exchange,…

The Cameron project is more intellectually interesting than we appreciate

16 October 2009 12:12

David Brooks is the most influential American newspaper columnist and his column today is a paean of praise for George…

Bercow defends the Legg letters

16 October 2009 10:57

The BBC reports that John Bercow will defend Sir Thomas Legg’s commission in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow. The…

The government’s greatest failing is ignoring advice

16 October 2009 9:06

On matters of mechanics, I take my mechanic’s advice; there would be little point in paying him if I turned…

Speaker Bercow asserts himself

15 October 2009 17:25

Despite the circumstances of his election, Speaker Bercow is showing scant regard for the party who secured his election. First,…

Put up or shut up?

15 October 2009 15:02

One of the main questions arising out of the Legg controversy is whether MPs should put up or shut up. …

What can the Tories learn from Boris’s fare dilemma?

15 October 2009 12:59

Oh dear.  Boris has just had to announce a bunch of inflation-busting fare increases for public transport in London.  From…

The Equalities Commission plays straight into Griffin’s hands

15 October 2009 12:08

The BBC reports that Nick Griffin is to put an amended constitution before his party that will abolish the ‘White…

Ironically, Cameron can only deconstruct the state by manipulating central patronage

15 October 2009 9:04

If it remains a mystery that, 12 years after describing the House of Lords as an “affront to democracy”, Labour…

Labour’s future 

14 October 2009 18:24

Sky’s Jon Craig has the scoop that a rump of Blairite MPs and former ministers have formed a group called…

Hammond emphasises the Tories’ temporary commitment to 50p tax

14 October 2009 18:09

Sit Philip Hammond in front of our very own Fraser Nelson, and you know that one topic’s bound to come…

500 more troops to Afghanistan

14 October 2009 17:28

Gordon Brown’s Afghanistan and Pakistan statement was virtually identical to the joint statement he gave with Battlin’ Bob in August.…