UK politics

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…

The Hattie show

8 July 2009 14:49

I’d be tempted to call it listless. But everyone was reading from lists. At today’s rather sleepy PMQs I counted…

The Tories must be prepared to launch a reverse march through the institutions

8 July 2009 13:13

Sir Hugh Orde, the new president of ACPO, has predictably come out against elected police chiefs. Andrew Sparrow  has the…

PMQs live blog

8 July 2009 11:56

Brown’s away at the G8, so it’s a Harman-Hague-Cable match at PMQs today. Stay tuned for live coverage from 1200.…

Could you stick with Gordon for 3 more years?

8 July 2009 10:59

Brace yourselves.  According to some great research by David Herdson at Political Betting, Gordon Brown could refrain from holding a…

When the cat’s away…

8 July 2009 9:58

Hm.  Seems like Alan Johnson has chosen the day that Gordon’s away in Italy to write another comment piece on…

A welcome rejection of assisted suicide

7 July 2009 22:10

I’m delighted that Lord Falconer has just failed in his attempt to legalise assisted suicide for people sending friends and…

Government wins 10p tax vote

7 July 2009 19:39

The government’s dire warnings that if the amendment passed all income taxes collected this tax year would have to be…

Defence review: your say

7 July 2009 17:12

So, a Defence Review has been set in motion even though the Government has for a long time said they…

Nick Clegg: out of love with the Tories?

7 July 2009 15:26

The thing that jumps out from Nick Clegg’s speech on families today is how aggressively – if, ultimately, unconvincingly –…

To freeze or not to freeze?

7 July 2009 12:37

The question of whether or not to freeze public sector pay has had a fair bit of airtime over the…