UK politics

Learning to let go of the police

28 October 2009 10:15

Today’s Mac cartoon in the Daily Mail is, for me, a cut out and keep. It epitomises everything that has…

If you see an MP wandering around with a stopwatch, this is why…

28 October 2009 9:13

So the details of Sir Christopher Kelly’s review into expenses are starting to leak ahead of their formal publication next…

Two polls to please the Tories

27 October 2009 19:17

There have been two polls today which are worth mentioning belatedly.  The first is YouGov’s voting intention poll for Wales,…

Cameron in front of the press

27 October 2009 15:03

David Cameron was in confident form at his press conference this morning. Most of the questions were about the possibility…

My beef with Stern

27 October 2009 13:04

I must admit that I despaired this morning when I heard that Nick Stern was arguing that meat eating should…

Can you be pro-British and pro-European?

27 October 2009 12:00

Last night in a speech at the IISS, David Milliband laid out the case against the Tories’ Europe policy. As…

The Tories prime their shake-up of the civil service

27 October 2009 10:58

One of the quickest wins that the next government could achieve is to change the power and accountability arrangements of…

Who’s lobbying for Blair?

27 October 2009 9:01

Isn’t it funny how things change?  A few years ago, Brown could barely stand to talk to Blair.  But now,…

An untrumpeted change

26 October 2009 19:26

John Rentoul rightly flags up the story in this morning’s FT that about 100,000 NHS patients have gone private and…

The quangocracy laid bare

26 October 2009 16:14

At last the full facts about our burgeoning quango state are laid bare. The conclusion of a report published today…

The Neather clarification

26 October 2009 14:37

Plenty of CoffeeHousers are mentioning the Andrew Neather revelations in various comment sections.  If you haven’t seen them yourself, the…

The Tories develop their de facto Glass-Steagall Act

26 October 2009 9:01

The most striking aspect about George Osborne’s speech today is how it concentrates on retail banks – the banks you…

The EU prepares for a Conservative government

25 October 2009 14:49

The wheels seem to have come off Tony Blair’s EU presidency campaign and no doubt there is much genuflection and…

The Tories now have a monopoly on the language of optimism

25 October 2009 13:19

So how big a blow was the news that we’re still in recession to Gordon Brown?  Well, compare and contrast…

Still no room for complacency about the BNP

25 October 2009 11:03

It’s an odd one is today’s ICM poll in the News of the World.  Most of it makes for sobering…

Get ready to feel worse about our political class

25 October 2009 9:39

If you want an idea of how resistant MPs might be to the proposals of the forthcoming Kelly review into…

For want of leadership and a clear aim

24 October 2009 17:59

A Channel Four News You Gov poll suggests that an overwhelming 84 percent of the public think that the war…

The Tories’ support for the war in Afghanistan owes nothing to neo-conservatism

24 October 2009 14:00

In his column in the Mail, Peter Oborne writes that Cameron’s stance on Afghanistan represents the same mistake made by…

One in five would consider voting for the BNP

24 October 2009 10:58

Here are the stand-out findings from today’s YouGov poll, conducted after this week’s Question Time, for the Telegraph: “The survey…

Worse than the Major era?

23 October 2009 17:59

Here’s one for Coffee Housers: is this government sleazier than John Major’s?  Asked that question on the BBC News channel’s Straight…

There is no need to go out this Saturday

23 October 2009 15:46

The Thick of It returns tomorrow night and by all accounts its as cynical, savage, sweary and uniformly contemptuous as…

Liberalism is good, beautiful and true

23 October 2009 14:14

Most of the media responses to Griffin have been a bit complacent. He was exposed as a dodgy idiot, the…

Griffin to complain about “lynch mob” Question Time

23 October 2009 13:14

Nick Griffin has just made the following statement: “It was not a genuine Question Time, it was a lynch mob……

If anti-Semitism is the problem, then the Tories shouldn’t sit with the EPP either

23 October 2009 11:36

No one has done more to make the Tories’ new European allies an issue than Jonathan Freedland. He has written…

So where does this leave Brown?

23 October 2009 10:35

Most people expected this morning’s official GDP statistics to show that the economy has come out of recession.  But they…