UK politics

The Tories must be bold and exploit every tiny opening toward victory

2 February 2010 10:44

Voltaire praised the English for their boldness: “how I like the people who say what they think”. The slow and…

The Tories are muddying their clear, blue water

2 February 2010 9:00

Front page of the Independent: “Vote of no confidence in Tory economic policies”.  As headlines go, it’s one of the…

Will Brown’s election chances be Chilcot’s premier victim?

1 February 2010 18:05

Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I never refused a request for money to pay for arms…

Mandelson is spinning to his heart’s content

1 February 2010 16:56

Peter Mandelson was doing his full Alan Rickman impression at Labour’s press conference this morning. His aim was to imply…

The widening public-private divide

1 February 2010 15:16

The growth of the public sector isn’t exactly new news, but the figures attached to it are always pretty eyecatching. …

Cameron has shifted the spending debate to Labour’s home ground – but the Tories still have an aggregate lead

1 February 2010 14:10

So, is David Cameron’s shift in emphasis on spending cuts a u-turn, a clarification, or something else?  Well, when it…

Clarification or u-turn?

1 February 2010 12:47

Smarting from the savaging he received in Mo, Peter Mandelson characterised David Cameron’s “no swingeing cuts” comment as a u-turn,…

The single best reason to vote Tory

1 February 2010 11:01

There can be fewer more powerful untapped resources in Britain than the desire of parents to place their children in…

Leaked MoD report says, well, nothing really

1 February 2010 9:01

What is the difference between a sieve and the Ministry of Defence? If you think of good punch-line send it…

Because of Blair, Britain will now be shaped by the world

31 January 2010 17:57

It’s striking how Tony Blair, the most successful election winner in Labour party history, is now so despised in the…

Could Jacques Chirac add to the Chilcot inquiry?

31 January 2010 15:39

The Iraq inquiry is making the political weather, much more than Gordon Brown expected. By the time of the general…

It’s war!

31 January 2010 11:51

Politicians have to shout to be heard over the lurid tale of John Terry’s bordello, but Ed Miliband’s fervour for climate…

I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born

30 January 2010 11:15

If Tony Blair were to go to the newsagents to day to see how his performance is being reported on…

Talking to the Taliban

29 January 2010 16:46

After the London conference, it is clear that “talking to the Taliban” will become part of the strategy in Afghanistan.…

Blair wants to tell Iranian tales

29 January 2010 16:02

Iran. That’s the news story which poor Mr Blair is trying to spin to the panel – but they don’t…

Gordon’s off the hook, for the moment

29 January 2010 15:16

Oooh, there’s just been a wonderful exchange at the Chilcot Inquiry. Baroness Prashar was asking some kindergarten questions about military…

Further trouble in Northern Ireland

29 January 2010 14:39

Michael Crick reports that Owen Paterson is seeking an urgent conference with Sir Reg Empey (the UUP leader) after revelations…

Blair on the rack

29 January 2010 12:53

Not so good for John Rentoul: it’s WMD time and Blair’s body language spoke volumes. His movements were almost involuntary.…

Blair, the Special Relationship and the Clash of Civilisations

29 January 2010 12:02

So far so good for John Rentoul: Blair’s walking it, but there have been intriguing moments. The suggestion that Blair’s…

A composed and calculated Blair takes round one

29 January 2010 11:12

So, what do we make of round one? Blair looks younger, in a strange way. A shorter haircut. But all…

There were real, human costs to containment

29 January 2010 10:55

On Today this morning, Nick Robinson said that Tony Blair would point to improvements in infant mortality and the like.…

Why does the Iraq war still fascinate the politics of the present?

29 January 2010 9:00

This week has seen confirmation that social mobility has stagnated, that the economic recovery is dangerously anaemic and that peace…

The Gove agenda goes Hollywood

28 January 2010 18:06

News reaches me of a surprising meeting in the lobby of Portcullis House today, Goldie Hawn — of Private Benjamin…

Blair’s real crime

28 January 2010 15:45

As Tony Blair prepares to sit in the dock tomorrow, I suspect he knows he’ll walk it. The focus is…

Bypassing the centre and trying to broker a peace of the extremes in Northern Ireland was always going to come back to haunt the government

28 January 2010 12:30

The prospects of a deal in Northern Ireland seem to be receding. If the talks and, therefore the executive, do…