UK politics

Cable’s attack on the Tories does nothing for the Lib Dem’s credibility

21 September 2009 15:59

Vince Cable’s caricature of Tory economic policy was so disingenuous that it failed to hit its target. He said: “The…

The Tories must ready themselves for the coming tax battle

21 September 2009 13:54

You may not agree with the specifics, but one of the successes of the Lib Dem conference so far has…

Lib Dems in the limelight

21 September 2009 9:08

The Lib Dems need eye-catching policies to attract attention and this time round their neon lit policy is a 0.5%…

Blair and Brown, the story that keeps on running and running

20 September 2009 17:17

Adam Boulton is exceptionally well sourced in the Blair circle so the extract from his updated history of the Blair…

The Lib Dems: not as nice as you think

20 September 2009 12:58

A story that has escaped largely unnoticed this weekend is the creation of the Liberal Democrat party’s sinisterly named ‘anti-Tory attack…

The Budget bombshells revealed

20 September 2009 0:14

An interesting spat is just breaking out over cuts. The Conservatives have a leak from the working of the Budget…

Why Vince Cable is not too sexy for his party

19 September 2009 18:26

For all his celebrity, Vince Cable is not exactly an economic genius – as those who have read his book,…

Liberal moment or Liberal Democrat dilemma?

19 September 2009 16:49

It’s not often that a man who claims to have bedded and satisfied over 30 women declares that the nation…

Is Osborne worth it?

19 September 2009 13:47

Fresh from winning GQ’s Politician of the Year award last week, George Osborne now has an accolade he may be…

The Tories will be thrilled if Brown starts playing the World Saver again

19 September 2009 11:00

Patrick Wintour has an insightful article in today’s Guardian, setting out how and why Brown has dithered when it comes…

Cable separates his own brand from the Lib Dems

18 September 2009 17:23

So are Vince Cable’s public spending cuts his own, or are they Lib Dem policy?  In his Straight Talk interview…

Will the Tories abolish the RAF?

18 September 2009 15:47

Over at his new blog for the Wall Street Journal, Iain Martin ups the provocative factor by asking: “Will the…

Web Exclusive article: Lloyd Evans’ party conference preview

18 September 2009 14:18

With the Lib Dem party conference kicking off this weekend, Lloyd Evans has written a Web Exclusive preview of what…

Another calamitous set of polls for Brown and Labour

18 September 2009 12:49

A Populus poll for The Times shows that the Conservatives are more trusted to run vital services than Labour. Here…

How quickly things change

18 September 2009 11:09

Spot the difference: 5 September, 2009: Gordon Brown warns G20 countries against reining in spending, The Telegraph “Britain is resisting…

Is it Time to Call for Shami (Again)?

18 September 2009 10:21

With the Baroness Scotland housekeeper mini-scandal still in the air, I hear a delicious rumour. I’m told that in a…

An April election is on the cards

18 September 2009 9:01

A couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire told us that No.10 is thinking about a March or April general election. …

The Baroness Scotland’s housekeeper scandal exposes the mess our immigration system is in

17 September 2009 17:34

The news that the UK Border agency will launch an investigation into allegations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed…

The Good Old Cause

17 September 2009 15:37

Paul Waugh’s beaten us to it, but Ed Ball’s New Statesman article is a rallying cry to the left. He…

Which Miliband’s star is ascending?

17 September 2009 13:33

For the Kremlinologists among us, Andrew Grice has an insightful article in today’s Independent on the growing support for Ed…

Why ministers block cuts

17 September 2009 11:44

After Michael Fallon’s claim last week that the shadow cabinet hasn’t got “the faintest idea” of the commitment necessary to…

In defence of Hank Paulson, by Hank Paulson

17 September 2009 11:10

Did Bush or Paulson have a clue what they were doing? It’s an intriguing question. James flagged up the view…

Clegg: Are you one of the millions who turned to new Labour in 1997?

17 September 2009 9:01

Nick Clegg joins the ‘progressive’ debate with a double of salvo in The Times and in a pamphlet, titled ‘The…

All political parties must face up to the debt crisis’ severity 

16 September 2009 16:49

The Independent’s Hamish McRae writes a superb column today on just how far the next government will have to go…

A report that should influence welfare reform for years to come

16 September 2009 14:32

Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice has released a very important report today, and one which should influence the…