UK politics

Down with declinism

14 March 2010 16:13

Everywhere you turn, it is hard to escape the sirens of decline. Their song echoes through Coffee House: “Buy supplies”,…

34 percent  think a hung parliament is in the country’s best interests

14 March 2010 11:15

It would be news if the Tory lead didn’t contract every Sunday. James has already noted the latest retreat in the…

McMillan-Scott makes no impression

13 March 2010 15:30

Edward McMillan-Scott fights a lone and determined battle. Timing his defection for maximum destruction, McMillan-Scott characterises the Tory party in…

Brown’s latest confidence trick

13 March 2010 10:01

One of the Brownie’s we’ve been hearing recently from the Dear Leader is that it is in some way ambitious…

The Tories should ignore Byrne’s tax fantasy

12 March 2010 18:01

Liam Byrne told The Daily Politics yesterday that Labour would reduce the deficit without raising additional taxation to that which…

BNP fails to publish European parliament expenses

12 March 2010 15:45

I’m aghast. I never imagined that even Griffin and Brons would fall at the first, and eminently negotiable, jump. The…

Do these slogans hit the mark?

12 March 2010 13:30

Michael Savage called it right. The LibDems’ campaign slogan (Change that works for you. Building a better Britain) is a…

RIP EDA?

12 March 2010 12:08

If you listen to the Tory front bench, you’d be excused for believing that Rue des Drapiers, 17-23, Ixelles in…

At last, the Tories get organised

12 March 2010 10:49

Three weeks ago, James argued that the Tories’ incoherence emanated from their disjointed campaign management. Steve Hilton, Andy Coulson, George…

Affluence for influence

12 March 2010 9:07

I’d assumed the left was dead, but Mehdi Hasan says otherwise. The left is triumphant. Whilst Hasan defines left with…

Hague’s modern Realism

11 March 2010 18:02

In a splurge of activity, William Hague gave both an interview to the FT and another foreign policy speech at…

Uptown girl

11 March 2010 16:39

David Cameron warns the nation to “get ready” for Samantha, who will be interviewed by Sir Trevor Macdonald on Sunday.…

Endless saga

11 March 2010 14:22

The four members are before a magistrate, attempting to clear their names. I’m not sure if it’s more preposterous than…

City middlemen don’t like Osborne precisely because he is competent

11 March 2010 12:33

The City’s elopement with New Labour has ended violently. A poll of leading financiers, conducted by City AM, reveals that…

Clegg’s conditions

11 March 2010 9:00

Nick Clegg is the rage of the papers this morning. His interview with the Spectator is trailed across the media…

Hague and Cameron are vindicated for leaving the EPP

10 March 2010 17:35

Daniel Hannan breaks the, sadly, not very surprising news that MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of an EU Tobin…

Clegg: Heir to Thatcher?

10 March 2010 15:20

Nick Clegg has a blue rose in his mouth in tomorrow’s Spectator, serenading readers – and showing his hidden Tory…

The Tories will have waves of dirt thrown at them

10 March 2010 13:01

If you want a flavour of what is going to be thrown at the Tories between now and May 6th,…

The Budget will be on 24 March

10 March 2010 9:04

So now we know.  Gordon Brown has just announced that the Budget will be on 24 March – which strongly…

Tough on dangerous dogs, blind to the causes of dangerous dogs

9 March 2010 18:03

It’s ‘dangerous dogs’ season again – but is there more to the story? The Today programme gave this its main…

The prospect of another EU treaty is a huge problem for reformer Brown

9 March 2010 17:34

It seems there must be discussion about a potential European Monetary Fund, and an organisation to manage Europe’s economies that…

Vaizey drops Cameron in it (again)

9 March 2010 15:39

Michael Wolff’s portrait of David Cameron in the latest issue of Vanity Fair is well worth reading, even it it’s…

A warning that applies to the Tories as much as it does to Labour

9 March 2010 14:07

As James Kirkup says over at the Telegraph, it’s worth paying attention to the credit rating agency Fitch when it…

Bringing Clegg to the table

9 March 2010 12:19

My gut feeling is that Cameron will win with a majority. But I had a gut feeling that Carey Mulligan…

A well-timed change of heart from Lord Paul?

9 March 2010 10:32

Previously, there were rumblings that Lord Paul was considering quitting the Lords to keep his non-dom status. Today, he has…