UK politics

Still divided

20 January 2010 13:44

Another snippet from Jonathan Freedland’s column which deserves a separate post: “Labour has a harder task [on the economy], pressing…

PMQs live blog

20 January 2010 11:48

Stay tuned for live coverage from 1200. 1200: Still waiting.   You can watch live coverage here. 1202: And here we…

The worries behind falling unemployment

20 January 2010 11:15

Expect Labour to make much of today’s employment figures, which show that unemployment fell by 7,000 in the three months…

The Brown brand

20 January 2010 10:44

How do politicians achieve that “unspun” look?  Why, by emulating the spin of a soft drinks company, of course.  This…

Drink isn’t the curse of the working classes, but its easy availability is

20 January 2010 8:59

It must be stated from the outset – most drinkers are responsible and drink only on special occasions, with other…

Geoff Hoon, silent assassin

19 January 2010 17:30

And so it came to pass that nothing came to pass. Geoff Hoon gave evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on…

Darling struggles to find consistency

19 January 2010 16:25

Alistair Darling’s got an interview in today’s FT, and you know the story by now.  Yep, the government thinks that…

Another name for the hat

19 January 2010 14:26

First there was Ken, then Peter Mandelson, and now Jon Cruddas is the latest name to be linked with Labour’s…

Rompuy wants the EU to slither onto the world stage

19 January 2010 13:05

Well hello there, Rompuy. We haven’t heard much from the new EU president so far – he was upstaged by…

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…