UK politics

Continuing the immigration debate

13 July 2009 15:32

My post on immigration the other week was picked up by BBC World Service, who invited me to discuss it…

Who watches the watchmen?

13 July 2009 13:40

In the US, a storm is brewing over Dick Cheney’s alleged role in concealing an intelligence programme from Congress. Whatever…

The UK “surge” debate

12 July 2009 18:28

The support for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan is, for the first time, showing major signs of fraying. Nick Clegg broke…

What Labour women think of Gordon

12 July 2009 15:00

For those of you who missed it, Radio Four has just broadcast a piece about what the women who worked…

A framework for shelving tax cuts

12 July 2009 13:23

So, the News of the World claims that the Tories are planning to shelve some of their tax-cutting proposals –…

So who’s really "playing politics" over troop numbers?

12 July 2009 9:43

Just when you thought Brown’s government couldn’t sink any lower, you go and read the Sunday Times’s lead story today…

Good lord

11 July 2009 18:32

Earlier this week, Lord Malloch Brown announced he’s resigning his brief as Africa Minister in the Foreign Office. I’m sure…

Smith’s claims call Brown’s political judgement into question

11 July 2009 16:03

Ok, let’s get the hard, grim facts out of the way first: Jacqui Smith was an ineffective Home Secretary whose…

National security priorities: your say

10 July 2009 17:27

Watch out: it’s security review season. The Brown government is about to issue a second version of its National Security…

Brown’s legacy of inequality, poverty and joblessness

10 July 2009 15:21

We all know Labour has failed to run an efficient economy or public services, but what’s little discussed is its…

Whom do you trust more?

10 July 2009 14:26

So, a ComRes poll for the Daily Politics has Cameron leading Brown on the issue of which party leader would…

The extent of Johnson’s loyalty?

10 July 2009 12:53

Kevin Maguire’s Commons Confidential column in the latest New Statesman contains this intriguing little snippet: “Home Secretary Alan Johnson was…

The Lib Dems threaten to go AWOL 

10 July 2009 11:51

Though Nick Clegg has greater pre-existing international experience than either David Cameron or Gordon Brown (having worked in Brussels), he…

Lansley takes one step forward and two steps back on spending

10 July 2009 10:15

Although Andrew Lansley’s “10 percent” gaffe may have worked out alright in the end, I can’t help but think he’s…

No change on the Coulson front

10 July 2009 9:01

After the news that there won’t be a new police investigation last night, the second thing the Tories feared most…

The old gray lady on Cameron

9 July 2009 18:46

Christopher Caldwell’s New York Times Magazine profile of David Cameron has finally been published; Caldwell first interviewed Cameron for it…

No new police investigation into News of the World phone tapping allegation

9 July 2009 18:11

Some good news for Andy Coulson and David Cameron with Yates’s statement that there will be no new police investigation…

Labour prime their anti-Coulson strategy

9 July 2009 13:34

Some useful insights from PR Week’s David Singleton, who reveals that Labour are planning a concerted effort to paint Andy…

There could be a pay freeze, after all

9 July 2009 12:51

Over at the FT’s Westminster blog, Jim Pickard picks up on an important comment from Stephen Timms, the Treasury minister,…

Cutting through the jargon

9 July 2009 12:18

There was a wonderful outbreak of wit and erudition at Parliament this morning. The sketch-writers Simon Hoggart and Matthew Parris…

A headache for Cameron and Coulson

9 July 2009 10:23

So David Cameron has said that Andy Coulson’s job isn’t endangered by the News of the World wire-tapping allegations in…

The consequences of Johnson’s cowardice

8 July 2009 22:01

There was great excitement here in Old Queen Street when Lord Carlile, the Government’s own adviser on anti-terror law, announced…

Rules versus discretion

8 July 2009 19:26

Today’s White Paper on financial regulation avoids introducing some unnecessary regulatory changes at the expense of failing to introduce some…

Harman’s debt calculator is broken

8 July 2009 18:13

I know Harriet Harman is not supposed to be taken seriously, so I’m prepared to believe that she just struggles…

The benefit of the Lords

8 July 2009 16:31

I disagree with Helena Kennedy on a whole host of issues, but her speech last night in the Lords debate…