UK politics

Cable separates his own brand from the Lib Dems

18 September 2009 17:23

So are Vince Cable’s public spending cuts his own, or are they Lib Dem policy?  In his Straight Talk interview…

Will the Tories abolish the RAF?

18 September 2009 15:47

Over at his new blog for the Wall Street Journal, Iain Martin ups the provocative factor by asking: “Will the…

Web Exclusive article: Lloyd Evans’ party conference preview

18 September 2009 14:18

With the Lib Dem party conference kicking off this weekend, Lloyd Evans has written a Web Exclusive preview of what…

Another calamitous set of polls for Brown and Labour

18 September 2009 12:49

A Populus poll for The Times shows that the Conservatives are more trusted to run vital services than Labour. Here…

How quickly things change

18 September 2009 11:09

Spot the difference: 5 September, 2009: Gordon Brown warns G20 countries against reining in spending, The Telegraph “Britain is resisting…

Is it Time to Call for Shami (Again)?

18 September 2009 10:21

With the Baroness Scotland housekeeper mini-scandal still in the air, I hear a delicious rumour. I’m told that in a…

An April election is on the cards

18 September 2009 9:01

A couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire told us that No.10 is thinking about a March or April general election. …

The Baroness Scotland’s housekeeper scandal exposes the mess our immigration system is in

17 September 2009 17:34

The news that the UK Border agency will launch an investigation into allegations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed…

The Good Old Cause

17 September 2009 15:37

Paul Waugh’s beaten us to it, but Ed Ball’s New Statesman article is a rallying cry to the left. He…

Which Miliband’s star is ascending?

17 September 2009 13:33

For the Kremlinologists among us, Andrew Grice has an insightful article in today’s Independent on the growing support for Ed…

Why ministers block cuts

17 September 2009 11:44

After Michael Fallon’s claim last week that the shadow cabinet hasn’t got “the faintest idea” of the commitment necessary to…

In defence of Hank Paulson, by Hank Paulson

17 September 2009 11:10

Did Bush or Paulson have a clue what they were doing? It’s an intriguing question. James flagged up the view…

Clegg: Are you one of the millions who turned to new Labour in 1997?

17 September 2009 9:01

Nick Clegg joins the ‘progressive’ debate with a double of salvo in The Times and in a pamphlet, titled ‘The…

All political parties must face up to the debt crisis’ severity 

16 September 2009 16:49

The Independent’s Hamish McRae writes a superb column today on just how far the next government will have to go…

A report that should influence welfare reform for years to come

16 September 2009 14:32

Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice has released a very important report today, and one which should influence the…

Losing perspective 

16 September 2009 12:34

At The Spectator, we’ve been so close to the spending debate that one worries about losing perspective. But this post…

The Tories’ Treasury mole exposes Labour’s cuts deception

16 September 2009 11:04

On July 2nd, Gordon Brown told the House of Commons: “I have always told the truth and I’ve always told…

Europe rears its head once again for the Tories

16 September 2009 9:09

One of David Cameron’s chief successes has been to marginalise Europe as an issue. But the expulsion of Edward McMillan-Scott…

A sneak preview of the election campaign

15 September 2009 21:21

One of the features of the coming general election campaign is going to be the use of video attacks ads…

Purnell’s enjoying the freedom of the backbenches

15 September 2009 17:58

James Purnell has just spoken at The Spectator’s Paths to Prosperity conference, with sideburns bushier than ever after the summer.…

Brown missed a trick by not deploying the ‘c-word’ earlier

15 September 2009 17:34

Six months after a Politics Home/Spectator poll illustrated that ‘cuts’ was no longer a dirty word, Gordon Brown squared up…

Cable: no budget should be ring-fenced

15 September 2009 14:02

Vince Cable has joined the cuts debate, arguing that the “time for generalities is over” and that “politicians must not…

Osborne: Tories will hold emergency Budget if they win the election

15 September 2009 12:45

George Osborne has just announced at The Spectator’s inaugural conference, Paths to Prosperity, that there will be an emergency Budget…

Ouch

15 September 2009 11:08

From the write up in The Times of the latest Populus poll: “Almost half of voters think that anyone would…

The irrefutable fact about cuts is that they are needed now

15 September 2009 9:03

I did Lord Myners a disservice by suggesting he’d gone off message by saying that spending would continue until recovery…