UK politics

The not so steady creep of inflation

19 January 2010 12:01

As Mark Bathgate and Fraser warned, the economic crisis now has an added dimension: inflation. The government’s preferred marker, the…

Labour’s IT bungles cost taxpayers £26bn

19 January 2010 9:06

This morning’s Independent contains an almost incredible splash that £26bn has been wasted on IT projects over the last decade. It’s…

Burning bridges

18 January 2010 19:26

A noteworthy point from Tim Montgomerie in ConservativeHome’s latest general election briefing*: “The Daily Mail continues to blast Labour for…

Me? Sleight of hand?

18 January 2010 19:15

Two weeks ago, Barry Sheerman opened a second front against Brown’s premiership by attacking Ed Balls’ appointment of Kathleen Tattersall…

A matter of trust

18 January 2010 16:46

Oh dear.  Seems like Labour supporters don’t have too much faith in their party of choice.  A new poll for…

Making social reform affordable

18 January 2010 15:31

Last week we heard that the Tory leadership are considering limiting their £20-a-week marriage tax break to make the policy…

The Tories’ simple moral purpose

18 January 2010 12:43

Education is the area where the Cameron agenda inspires most. The supply-side revolution the Tories are planning to enable, will…

Three steps to cleaning up our toxic banks

18 January 2010 10:51

Fraser outlined the problem with the British banks in his earlier post, but I’d like to suggest a three-step solution.…

At last, a “brazenly elitist” approach to teacher recruitment

18 January 2010 9:07

The next target for the Tories’ policy blitz is teacher recruitment. Cameron will pledge a “brazenly elitist” system with considerable…

The burka is a symbol of division, but it should not be banned

17 January 2010 18:36

On the face of it, Nigel Farage is right: “There is nothing extreme or radical or ridiculous” about banning the…

Labour’s policy is a hostage to their internal struggles

17 January 2010 17:14

So Gordon is selling himself as a champion of the middle classes.  There is, as various commentators have pointed out,…

Clegg has one great policy but he doesn’t know how to sell it

17 January 2010 11:36

Nick Clegg has one policy that he should be talking about at every opportunity, his plan to make everyone’s first…

The insiders bite back

17 January 2010 11:27

Another weekend, another set of embarrassing revelations for Gordon Brown.  The Mail on Sunday continues its serialisation of Peter Watt’s…

"Conservative" silence on the British Council may undermine their value-promoting credentials

17 January 2010 9:54

The Conservative party’s security proposals have sparked a bit of debate, with many on the right concerned that democracy-promotion is…

Osborne looks to Sweden, but let’s not turn Japanese

16 January 2010 18:52

The Tories have said plenty to dismay me in the last few weeks, so I was delighted to pick up…

Gentlemen interrupt their lunch for no one

16 January 2010 11:57

Why did it take Peter Mandelson so long to support Brown on the afternoon of the snow plot? Well, his…

Will faith prove Cruddas’ undoing?

16 January 2010 11:13

What intrigues me most about the Cruddas/Purnell axis is their commitment to faith in public life. Many politicians discuss faith…

The government caves in to the Muslim Council of Britain

15 January 2010 19:15

The government has caved in its dispute with the Muslim Council of Britain. The government broke off relations with the…

Fighting terror with the National Security Council

15 January 2010 18:15

Since September 11, Britain has lost one war and is not winning another. But the question of why this is…

Boothroyd slams quotas for women and ethnic minority MPs

15 January 2010 16:44

Andrew Neil’s guest on this week’s Straight Talk (BBC News Channel – Saturday at 0430 and 2230 and Sunday at…

Burnham’s exocet misfires

15 January 2010 15:21

The sword of truth is working overtime this afternoon. First, Andy Burnham writes a letter to David Cameron demanding answers…

Surprise, suprise, inflation’s on the rise

15 January 2010 13:45

Oops! Britain’s inflation is heading back to 4 per cent territory ­ as you’d expect with the Bank of England…

The cost of saving the Army

15 January 2010 10:36

We have led the magazine this week on coming Tory defence cuts, with a brilliant piece by Max Hastings. Look…

The Tories may raid the aid budget to fund the military

15 January 2010 9:04

The think tank, Chatham House, is the next venue for Cameron’s intermittent policy blitz. He will unveil his national security…

Google poses Obama a problem

14 January 2010 19:14

Google’s decision to publicly confront the Chinese government over cyber attacks that have been hitting Google customers for the past…