UK politics

Has dead aid taken on a green hue?

27 November 2009 15:08

We’ve got £800 million to spare, haven’t we?  Don’t be so cynical – of course we do.  After all, it’s…

Tory government should be manoeuvrist government

27 November 2009 13:28

The greatest challenge facing a new government may be that Britain’s national security institutions are not fit for purpose. They…

The axeman cometh

27 November 2009 11:29

Philip Hammond, the man the Tories have tasked with overseeing spending cuts should they get into power next year, has…

Commissioner Boris

27 November 2009 11:07

The Evening Standard reports that Boris Johnson is set to become the Tories’ first elected police commissioner. Chris Grayling told…

Dodgy doings in the desert

27 November 2009 9:06

Of all the lunacy engendered by this financial crisis, Dubai’s decision to call a six-month creditor standstill on its chief…

Turning Japanese

26 November 2009 21:49

Is the British economy turning Japanese? Since asking the question last year on Coffee House, the evidence has been piling…

Nudging us to go green

26 November 2009 17:47

When the Tories first got interested in nudge theory in the summer of 2008 there was some sneering and questioning…

What Gordon thinks of London 2012

26 November 2009 16:24

Another good quote for the Brown ‘n’ Blair scrapbook, courtesy of Ben Brogan’s column in the Telegraph: “Only once in…

The Red Tory

26 November 2009 14:46

Phillip Blond has been attracting a lot of publicity in the past few weeks and it was standing room only…

Smoking guns and missing memos

26 November 2009 13:08

Sir Christopher Meyer gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry this morning. He spoke with characteristic flamboyance, awash with elegant witticisms…

Johnson: the Tories aren’t the "nasty party" when it comes to immigration

26 November 2009 10:49

There are plenty of noteworthy snippets in Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre’s interview with Alan Johnson today, but it’s this…

Byrne draws a dividing line over decentralisation

26 November 2009 9:10

Good work by the Guardian, who have got their hands on leaked sections of a government report into downscaling Whitehall. …

The man who hopes to unseat Harman

25 November 2009 16:56

The papers have been stuffed with articles recently about the current crop of Tory party candidates – but few have…

Saving the world

25 November 2009 15:56

Today’s revised GDP data confirms that the UK remained alone of the world’s major economies in recession in the third…

A game of chess

25 November 2009 14:22

Fascinating details dominated PMQs today. Instead of the usual custard pie-fight this was a game of chess. Things began with…

Cause for concern

25 November 2009 12:48

That Ipsos-Mori poll is still making waves, with both Steve Richards and Daniel Finkelstein devoting their columns to the prospects…

Missing the point

25 November 2009 10:33

The Today programme really let Paul Myners off the hook this morning. The interviewer obsessed with why the loans had…

With friends like these

25 November 2009 8:59

Bob Ainsworth has publicly criticised President Obama’s slothful deliberation on an Afghan troop surge. The Defence Secretary said: ‘We have…

There are more pressing financial concerns than this

24 November 2009 18:26

The two top dogs at the Treasury Select Committee, John McFall and Michael Fallon, give remarkably different reactions to the…

Will Chilcot be any different?

24 November 2009 17:05

The Chilcot inquiry’s precedents don’t auger well. It’s unfair to describe the Hutton and Butler inquiries as ‘whitewashes’, but their…

Yet another poll for the mix

24 November 2009 13:45

After the Ipsos MORI hullabaloo, it’s tempting to treat the YouGov/Telegraph poll on Westminster voting intentions in Scotland with extreme…

Mandelson downplays Van Rompuy and Ashton – and bigs up the EU’s financial influence

24 November 2009 12:14

To my eyes, there’s more than a little dose of mischief in Peter Mandelson’s article for the FT today.  Discussing…

Osborne’s recycling giveaway is actually an Age of Austerity measure

24 November 2009 10:37

I don’t want to be a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to an idea which is actually quite promising, but it’s…

A debased database

24 November 2009 9:12

As with much police work, the questions surrounding a DNA database come down to one thing: striking a balance between…

A poll taken at the same time as the Ipsos-Mori poll had the Tories 14 points ahead

23 November 2009 23:08

The Observer’s Ipsos-Mori poll has dominated political discussion since its publication on Sunday. But two things that I have heard…