UK politics

Signs of the changing political landscape

4 October 2009 4:01

So how radical is David Cameron? I  was on a Radio Four panel yesterday for “Beyond Westminster” (now online) where,…

Time to start banging on about Europe

3 October 2009 16:46

It’s not yet official, but everyone is couning on a big “yes” from Ireland – to the tune of about…

The politics of hope are dead. Cameron has everything to gain by being realistic

3 October 2009 16:16

Publicly at least, Labour MPs are jubilant that Gordon Brown has agreed to appear, in principle, in a televised election…

Brown agrees in principle to TV election debate

3 October 2009 12:20

Despite trying to turn Adam Boulton to stone on Tuesday night, Gordon Brown has agreed in principle to appearing on…

A glimpse of Home Secretary Grayling?

2 October 2009 17:01

Chris Grayling’s reputation as a one-dimensional attack-dog was accentuated by his ill-judged comparison of Britain with Baltimore. The argument laid…

The Hague Miliband Euro-feud hots up

2 October 2009 14:58

Much has been made of David Miliband’s vitriol against the Tories and their EU parliament grouping, and the intimation that…

How to form a government

2 October 2009 12:59

The change from being in opposition to being in government is almost impossible to gauge. How does a new prime…

Council tax freeze is a cracking wheeze for Labour

2 October 2009 11:00

Paul Waugh has the scoop that all eight Labour councils in London will freeze council tax from next April. The…

The SFO can go hang, BAE should not be prosecuted for doing business

2 October 2009 8:59

All eminent barristers have their specialism, Lord Goldsmith’s is changing his mind. Scholarly integrity is to blame – he likes…

Memo to Brown: compromise can be a good thing sometimes

1 October 2009 17:04

Iain Martin writes a typically insightful post on Labour’s conference capitulation.  His central point is that Brown & Co. are…

A conference that changed nothing

1 October 2009 15:30

The red flag has been sung and the delegates are heading home. But no one I’ve spoken to believes that…

Is Miliband the elder up to the job afterall?

1 October 2009 13:24

If there was an award for most improved conference speaker it would go to David Miliband. Last year his lacklustre…

Brown claims it’s 1945 all over again

1 October 2009 12:01

So we’ve heard before that Brown is “obsessed” with Winston Churchill and, in his mind, wants to avoid the wartime…

Forget referenda. If the Irish vote Yes, a future Conservative government would have to adopt the Lisbon treaty

1 October 2009 9:08

According to exhaustive polling data, the Irish will vote Yes to the Lisbon treaty. With Czech senators looking set to…

How Cameron responded

30 September 2009 23:20

A quick post to point out that Fraser’s interview with David Cameron – to which CoffeeHousers contributed questions – will…

Burnham blocks reform

30 September 2009 18:37

More evidence today that the TUC is dictating government policy on public services. Nick Timmins in the FT notes that…

Will Labour go to war with The Sun?

30 September 2009 16:43

Tony Woodley of the Unite union just received a huge cheer for coming to the podium and ripping up a…

When does a joke become a smear?

30 September 2009 14:53

Paul Waugh highlights a passage from Harriet Harman’s speech today: “Contrasting Labour’s record on equalities and feminism with that of…

Getting shirty with the media won’t do Labour any favours

30 September 2009 13:28

The news that the Sun was endorsing the Tories deflated the mood of conference last night. And Labour hang-overs can…

On this morning’s evidence, Brown’s fightback is already over

30 September 2009 12:32

If you still haven’t made up your mind about whether Brown’s speech yesterday will do anything for Labour’s chances, then…

Did you know? Gordon Brown’s been talking about strong global regulation for years

30 September 2009 12:10

Well, that’s what he claims anyway. Brown’s extended interview on the Today programme was an exercise in deflecting blame (and…

Who is to blame for the Pilkingtons’ deaths?

30 September 2009 9:05

I empathise with the jurors who decided the Pilkington case: it is impossible to make sense of this senseless episode.…

The Sun shines on David Cameron

29 September 2009 22:15

The Sun’s Whitehall Editor, David Wooding, has just tweeted that the newspaper will officially back the Conservatives at the next…

Brown’s watch words to defeat

29 September 2009 17:57

Comment Central’s Alice Fishburn has collated Brown’s buzzwords. It’s revealing that derivatives of ‘choice’ and ‘change’ were used 38 times,…

Good enough for Labour

29 September 2009 17:28

For Brown this was a doddle. He couldn’t fluff it. Expectations have sunk so low that all he had to…