UK politics

Labour’s inflation pitch

9 March 2011 18:00

Curiouser and curiouser. We in Coffee House have been saying for some time now that – whatever Mervyn King thinks…

The hunt for Hague’s mojo

9 March 2011 17:30

All hands to the Defence Select Committee this afternoon, for questions about the nation’s security apparatus. Of course, most onlookers…

Abel fights back

9 March 2011 17:06

One of the hardest tasks of any opposition is to gain the trust and credibility to run the economy. After…

A tasty contest

9 March 2011 15:08

Today’s PMQs was full of verve and bite. A welcome change after last week’s washout. It’s all getting a bit…

A second national debt that needs to be dealt with

9 March 2011 14:06

Public sector workers will be waiting nervously for John Hutton’s pension review, due out tomorrow.  It is likely to mandate…

PMQs live blog

9 March 2011 11:51

VERDICT: A turgid sort of PMQs, where most of the quips were clumsy rather than cutting. Cameron probably won it…

It’s all in the language

9 March 2011 11:07

Sue Cameron’s FT Notebook is always laced with delicious vignettes. This morning, she reveals that the new cabinet manual has…

Cameron’s threadbare praetorian guard

8 March 2011 18:36

One of the worst kept secrets of David Cameron’s leadership is that some in the inner circle don’t think much…

Libya has not been Cameron’s finest hour, but it’s not been a disaster

8 March 2011 18:15

The government has been damaged by its response to the Libyan crisis and the SAS incident in particular. William Hague…

Ken Clarke contra mundum

8 March 2011 16:53

What to make of Sadiq Khan and Ken Clarke? As Pete has noted, Khan (and Ed Miliband) empathises with Ken…

David Miliband hurtles back into orbit

8 March 2011 15:21

Ah, there it is, in the final sentence of the fourth paragraph: a flattering reference to Ed Miliband. Phew. Good…

Some context for those police cuts

8 March 2011 13:19

What’s it to be? Take a pay cut, or lose your job? That, as David suggested earlier, is the question…

Theresa May’s unenviable challenge

8 March 2011 10:48

Many political careers have met a torturous end in the Home Office. And this morning, Theresa May began her struggle.…

What were the SAS doing in the eastern desert?

8 March 2011 9:01

When the official files are opened in 30 years time, we will see what series of decisions led the government…

A princely problem

7 March 2011 19:00

Tonight’s Six o’clock news had a long package on Prince Andrew that ended with Laura Kuenssberg reporting from Downing Street…

Hague statement does little to clear up SAS mystery

7 March 2011 16:51

William Hague’s statement to the Commons this afternoon did little to clear up the mystery behind how a bunch of…

SpAd Wars

7 March 2011 15:20

Downing Street’s briefing that under-performing special advisors will soon be sacked has created a storm in the Westminster tea-cup. One…

The politics of Prince Andrew

7 March 2011 13:59

Uh-oh, the Prime Minster has “full confidence” in Prince Andrew as a UK trade envoy – the sort of endorsement…

Who watches the watchmen?

7 March 2011 11:54

There’s a fuse-meet-flame quality to PoliticsHome’s smart little scoop this morning. Our parliamentarians are already somewhat hacked off with IPSA,…

Khan comes to Ken Clarke’s support (kinda)

7 March 2011 9:08

When it comes to the overall sway of British politics, Sadiq Khan’s article for the Guardian is probably the most…