UK politics

How Cameron should structure his national security team

8 August 2009 13:01

Reports that the Tories are thinking about appointing a Minister for Afghanistan raise the broader question of how they should…

The West must prepare contingency plans to bomb Iran

7 August 2009 18:49

Chuck Wald, a retired US Air Force General who was the air commander for the US response to the 9/11…

Why Georgia matters

7 August 2009 17:20

When David Cameron flew to Georgia last year, it was perhaps the clearest and most welcome statement of foreign policy…

The human cost of deprivation 

7 August 2009 16:14

The news that in one Northern city, 15 percent of Neets, those young people not in education, employment or training,…

Confusion reigns

7 August 2009 15:12

On Wednesday, the Downing Street press office confirmed with us that there was a timetable for ministers to stand-in for…

What Dougie didn’t say

15 July 2009 18:31

The New Statesman’s interview with Douglas Alexander is making waves for Alexander’s admission that he was briefed against by Brown’s…

Reforming maternity pay

15 July 2009 17:41

While it is widely accepted that the costs of family breakdown are significant, there is less agreement on policy options…

Helicopters hover over PMQs

15 July 2009 15:32

One of the strangest and most dramatic parliamentary terms ended today in bizarre fashion. The fiasco over fiddled expenses has…

How close we came to Chancellor Balls

15 July 2009 14:01

Sue Cameron’s Notebook in the FT is one of the best guides there is to the mood in Whitehall. The…

Why I remain unconvinced about the Tories’ tax break for married couples

15 July 2009 12:46

Ok, Fraser – I’m not going to let this tax ‘n’ marriage debate rumble on interminably, but I do want…

A mutual decision?

15 July 2009 11:31

There is an interesting little story tucked away in today’s Daily Mirror, the government might only sell off Northern Rock…

Why marriage should be recognised in the tax system

15 July 2009 10:57

Cameron has been fairly bold in entering the debate on marriage, because we don’t like do that debate in Britain.…

Love and marriage?

15 July 2009 9:06

Ok, I must admit I’m quite wary of Tory plans to encourage marriage via a £20-a-week tax break for married…

Another goat goes

14 July 2009 19:35

News is breaking that the Health Minister Lord Darzi is leaving the government. By my count, that means Lord West…

The slowdown in government

14 July 2009 18:01

It’s no secret around Westminster that civil servants are giving up on the Labour government and are wait-wait-waiting for the…

The tide turns on public spending

14 July 2009 16:11

If further proof were needed that the public’s attitude to public spending has changed it comes in the latest Guardian…

Public in favour of ringfencing defence spending

14 July 2009 15:01

A timely poll from PoliticsHome which finds that two-thirds of the public think defence should be protected from any spending…

Time for a British Manley Commission?

14 July 2009 14:23

If the government wants to stem the haemorrhaging of elite support for NATO’s Afghan mission, there is one major thing…

Coulson in the clear?

14 July 2009 12:29

It’s worth following Andrew Sparrow’s typically excellent live blog of the Commons culture committee’s first public hearing into the recent…

Behind the swine flu panic

14 July 2009 10:46

I am instinctively sceptical about health scare stories, so have been watching the Swine Flu story with much suspicion. We…

Defending his own premiership

14 July 2009 9:00

The Times’s story of how Bob Ainsworth came to be Defence Secretary is equal parts extraordinary and disheartening.  Here are…

A burden for future governments

13 July 2009 18:33

If you haven’t already, it’s well worth reading Robert Peston’s analysis of the first annual report from UKFI, the government’s…

What did Mitchell mean?

13 July 2009 16:56

Andrew Mitchell is doing the media rounds to discuss the Tories’ new policy paper on international development, and he seemed…

Continuing the immigration debate

13 July 2009 15:32

My post on immigration the other week was picked up by BBC World Service, who invited me to discuss it…

Who watches the watchmen?

13 July 2009 13:40

In the US, a storm is brewing over Dick Cheney’s alleged role in concealing an intelligence programme from Congress. Whatever…