UK politics

Brown’s watch words to defeat

29 September 2009 17:57

Comment Central’s Alice Fishburn has collated Brown’s buzzwords. It’s revealing that derivatives of ‘choice’ and ‘change’ were used 38 times,…

Good enough for Labour

29 September 2009 17:28

For Brown this was a doddle. He couldn’t fluff it. Expectations have sunk so low that all he had to…

What was in Brown’s speech for those turning away from Labour?

29 September 2009 16:50

Much like Peter Mandelson’s address yesterday, Gordon Brown’s speech was designed for the Labour Party members inside the conference hall. …

Brown’s speech: live blog

29 September 2009 14:04

1404, PH: We’ll be live-blogging Brown’s conference speech from 1415 onwards.  In the meantime, CoffeeHousers, your thoughts on how our…

Whatever you do in Brighton, don’t mention journalists

29 September 2009 12:46

Labour activists don’t have much in common with Republican activists but they seem to agree on one thing: the media…

Brown’s uncertainty over a TV debate exemplifies his moribund premiership

29 September 2009 11:55

So what’s the story with Brown and the leaders’ TV debate?  There were reports, weeks ago, that the PM was…

Brown is either fleet-footed or indecisive – he cannot be both

29 September 2009 11:00

Gordon Brown delivers the most important speech of his life this afternoon. Whether that speech can even check the march…

Labour want Blair to hit the campaign trail

28 September 2009 16:46

Tom Watson has told the Times that Tony Blair should hit the campaign trail “if he fancies it”. There have…

Mandelson: If I can come back, we can come back

28 September 2009 16:28

You would have got long odds on it in the 1990s, but Peter Mandelson is now a conference darling. His…

Brown is drinking in the last chance saloon (again)

28 September 2009 14:25

Oh joy.  Alan Simpson’s ultimatum to Brown today gives me an opportunity to update this list: 20 April, 2008 “The…

Does Miliband the elder represent Labour’s future?

28 September 2009 12:44

Danny Finkelstein’s right: there are some surprising results in today’s ComRes poll for the Independent.  The one which catches my…

Brown’s new dividing line ignores that banks are our route to salvation

28 September 2009 9:06

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling will launch their umpteenth fight back today by talking tough on banks and bonuses. They…

Either debt goes up, or goes down. It really is that simple.

28 September 2009 7:08

Last night, I appeared on an hour-long phone in on Five Live listening in amazement as Angela Smith and Barry Gardiner defended…

Mandelson: I would work with the Tories

27 September 2009 11:00

The Conservative party’s seizure of the progressive agenda and the rhetoric of liberal democracy suggests that Cameron intends to build a…

Question Time conundrum

25 September 2009 17:41

I was a panelist on Question Time last night, and it started me thinking about how they will handle the…

Ben Bradshaw’s advice for Brown

25 September 2009 17:10

It’s the question that won’t go away for Gordon Brown: should he – will he –  take part in a…

Brown ignores the small issues which precede the "big choices"

25 September 2009 15:42

James has already highlighted the New Statesman’s interview with Gordon Brown, but it’s worth flagging up this passage as well:…

Eureka!

25 September 2009 14:16

Brown’s pursuit of Obama through the UN canteen has finally paid dividends: PoliticsHome is reporting that Barack Obama will hold…

Getting ready for reform

25 September 2009 12:25

Given their position in the polls, and the challenges that face the next government, it’s understandable that the Tories are…

Mackay and the special relationship

25 September 2009 10:53

The news that General Andrew Mackay has quit over the government’s failure to properly equip the Afghan mission is significant.…

Dereliction of duty

25 September 2009 9:04

The Ministry of Defence is the subject of two very damaging stories this morning. First, there are twice as many…

Bercow wants Lords Mandelson and Adonis to be questioned by MPs

24 September 2009 18:02

Speaker Bercow has suggested that prominent cabinet ministers who sit in the House of Lords should be brought before the…

Will he stay or will he go now?

24 September 2009 16:44

Over at his WSJ blog, Iain Martin reckons that Baroness Vadera’s resignation might be an indication that Gordon Brown is…

Can things get any worse for Brown?

24 September 2009 14:32

Yesterday was bad enough, but today’s turning into an utter catastrophe for Brown. First, it emerged that the Tories enjoy…

Is Vadera about to resign?

24 September 2009 12:43

If, as the Westminster rumour mill suggests, business minister Baroness Shriti Vadera is about to resign from the Government, it…