UK politics

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…

What was in Brown’s speech for those turning away from Labour?

29 September 2009 16:50

Much like Peter Mandelson’s address yesterday, Gordon Brown’s speech was designed for the Labour Party members inside the conference hall. …

Brown’s speech: live blog

29 September 2009 14:04

1404, PH: We’ll be live-blogging Brown’s conference speech from 1415 onwards.  In the meantime, CoffeeHousers, your thoughts on how our…

Whatever you do in Brighton, don’t mention journalists

29 September 2009 12:46

Labour activists don’t have much in common with Republican activists but they seem to agree on one thing: the media…

Brown’s uncertainty over a TV debate exemplifies his moribund premiership

29 September 2009 11:55

So what’s the story with Brown and the leaders’ TV debate?  There were reports, weeks ago, that the PM was…

Brown is either fleet-footed or indecisive – he cannot be both

29 September 2009 11:00

Gordon Brown delivers the most important speech of his life this afternoon. Whether that speech can even check the march…

Labour want Blair to hit the campaign trail

28 September 2009 16:46

Tom Watson has told the Times that Tony Blair should hit the campaign trail “if he fancies it”. There have…

Mandelson: If I can come back, we can come back

28 September 2009 16:28

You would have got long odds on it in the 1990s, but Peter Mandelson is now a conference darling. His…

Brown is drinking in the last chance saloon (again)

28 September 2009 14:25

Oh joy.  Alan Simpson’s ultimatum to Brown today gives me an opportunity to update this list: 20 April, 2008 “The…

Does Miliband the elder represent Labour’s future?

28 September 2009 12:44

Danny Finkelstein’s right: there are some surprising results in today’s ComRes poll for the Independent.  The one which catches my…

Brown’s new dividing line ignores that banks are our route to salvation

28 September 2009 9:06

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling will launch their umpteenth fight back today by talking tough on banks and bonuses. They…

Either debt goes up, or goes down. It really is that simple.

28 September 2009 7:08

Last night, I appeared on an hour-long phone in on Five Live listening in amazement as Angela Smith and Barry Gardiner defended…

Mandelson: I would work with the Tories

27 September 2009 11:00

The Conservative party’s seizure of the progressive agenda and the rhetoric of liberal democracy suggests that Cameron intends to build a…

Question Time conundrum

25 September 2009 17:41

I was a panelist on Question Time last night, and it started me thinking about how they will handle the…

Ben Bradshaw’s advice for Brown

25 September 2009 17:10

It’s the question that won’t go away for Gordon Brown: should he – will he –  take part in a…

Brown ignores the small issues which precede the "big choices"

25 September 2009 15:42

James has already highlighted the New Statesman’s interview with Gordon Brown, but it’s worth flagging up this passage as well:…