UK politics

The case for John Hutton as a New Labour hero

18 December 2009 15:36

Ok, so identifying the heroes of the New Labour era may not sit well with CoffeeHousers – but I’d still…

The High Court’s decision on BA concerned law, not politics

18 December 2009 14:38

The Guardian’s Seumas Milne condemns the BA strike judgement as ‘blatantly political’. He writes: ‘Mrs Justice Cox has made a…

Cutting the deficit sooner won’t risk the recovery

18 December 2009 13:23

Would cutting spending “risk the recovery?” This claim is, literally, Gordon Brown’s re-election manifesto. He is hoping that the Tories…

Festive cheer

18 December 2009 11:16

Well, Nick Clegg’s reponse to the Labour chief whip’s Christmas card made me smile: “Both myself and Nick Brown have…

And so it rumbles on…

18 December 2009 9:10

Expenses, expenses, expenses.  This morning’s Telegraph splashes with the news that the junior culture minister Sion Simon paid over £40,000…

What happens when quantitative easing stops?

17 December 2009 18:13

Where the Gilt market goes in coming months is going to be very important for the UK economy and politics.…

Timing contrition

17 December 2009 17:32

James Crabtree, a Labour SPAD turned managing editor of Prospect, has a good piece in the new Prospect about how…

Brown’s class war could doom Labour for years

17 December 2009 14:13

A lot of pixels have been expended on Labour’s new class war and soak-the-rich strategies, so it’s worth highlighting the…

Pre-empting Chilcot

17 December 2009 13:35

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry has begun honing in on failures of US and British post-conflict planning. As General Sir…

The spectre at the climate change feast

17 December 2009 12:19

Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance is releasing a new report which sets out the huge and excessive burden that green taxes…

A parting shot

17 December 2009 10:31

I need a new radio for Christmas. Whilst listening to Dr. Sir Liam Donaldson tell the Today programme that parents…

What will today mean for the expenses saga?

17 December 2009 9:08

So MPs have until the end of today to declare whether they’re appealing against Sir Thomas Legg’s request that they…

Unless they defuse the issue, the Tories will face Ashcroft questions every day until the election

16 December 2009 17:18

If PMQs today showed anything, it’s just how eager the Tories’ opponents are to bring up the issue of Lord…

The Tories need an attack dog

16 December 2009 16:26

Iain Martin has a thought-provoking post up about how the Tories lack an attack-dog. Certainly, the Tories lack a shadow…

Tax cuts are a better form of stimulus than more spending

16 December 2009 12:44

Greg Mankiw is one of the best academic economists out there and having been chairman of the Council of Economic…

Inflation nation

15 December 2009 20:44

The inflation surge is now upon us. The CPI rate again “surprised” to the upside – Britain is the only…

Meet Farmer Mandelson

15 December 2009 17:01

Our Christmas double edition is out today, and is choc full of writers to keep y’all entertained over the festive…

The world’s favourite airline

15 December 2009 16:18

Unlike Ben Brogan and Iain Martin, I don’t have a vested interest: British Airways weren’t going to be flying me…

Should an opposition sell itself as a responsible government?

15 December 2009 14:00

One of the Tories’ favoured lines recently has been that they are acting like a responsible government while Labour is…

So what if Zac Goldsmith’s loaded

15 December 2009 12:37

Hold your breath, the ‘Zac’s filthy rich’ furore is coming to a front page near you. In addition to scurrilous…

The Labour leadership question hasn’t been answered

15 December 2009 10:50

Rabble-rouser and bruiser-in-chief Charles Clarke has taken a hatchet to the government’s highly political Pre-Budget Report. Writing on his blog,…

The Tories should resist any temptation to go soft on debt

15 December 2009 9:05

Of all the findings from today’s ICM poll for the Guardian, I imagine this one will concern the Tory leadership…

Only Ireland and Iceland have had a bigger debt explosion than the UK

14 December 2009 18:30

An argument put forward by some Labour types is that we’re not really facing a debt crisis at all.  “Yes,…

Exceeding expectations

14 December 2009 15:44

Today’s Guardian has an interesting story on the success of the New School Network, an organisation set up to get…

Things the Speaker shouldn’t discuss in public

14 December 2009 14:28

As Andrew Sparrow says, it’s well worth reading Iain Dale’s interview with John Bercow in the latest issue Total Politics. …