UK politics

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…

This’ll be worth watching

14 September 2009 18:53

The Daily Telegraph reports today that Cherie Blair will campaign for Gordon Brown at the next election. She told Tim…

Quote of the day

14 September 2009 17:56

…comes courtesy of one Gordon Brown, in interview with Robert Peston: “Well, I’ve never been someone who myself has been…

On a scale of 0-5, how much does this look like leadership positioning?

14 September 2009 17:35

Scoopmeister Paul Waugh has a cracking developing story over at his blog.  He revealed earlier that Harriet Harman’s people have…

Blairites and the Left are on an inevitable collision course

14 September 2009 16:37

I suspect that union leaders have always believed that they ought to drive the Labour party’s agenda. But now, after…

Striking the right balance

14 September 2009 14:40

How worried should we be about national debt? I just had a rather enjoyable spat with Will Hutton on Simon…

Mandelson loses his touch

14 September 2009 12:31

Peter Mandelson got rather badly caught out on the Today Programme this morning. Mandelson tried to deny that the Labour…

Can Labour re-engage with its core vote by attacking middle class benefits?

14 September 2009 8:59

Derek Simpson’s complaint that Labour has failed to keep in touch with its core vote and his half-threat to withdraw…

The government’s latest ‘child protection’ idea is positively harmful

13 September 2009 19:10

Alsadair Palmer neatly sums up the absurdity of the government’s new child protection plans in the Telegraph: “Once it receives…

Hey big spender

13 September 2009 14:19

Perhaps Lord Myners hasn’t seen the cuts memo because he appeared on Sky News this morning trying to convince the…

Unite: Labour can’t function without our money 

13 September 2009 11:42

With the TUC conference coming up, Derek Simpson, leader of Unite, flexes his muscles in an interview with The Independent.…

Can Brown make it through December?

12 September 2009 19:56

The question of Gordon Brown’s leadership won’t go away, but there’s a feeling that nothing will happen for a while…