UK politics

Will the civil service block Tory Euroscepticism?

6 October 2009 10:57

Of all the countless leaflets, pamphlets and circulars being handed out in Manchester, one of the most interesting is a…

Further, stronger, faster

6 October 2009 9:00

Later today, George Osborne will elaborate on the Conservatives’ plan to raise the state pension age to 66. The rise…

Lansley keeps the spending taps on

5 October 2009 22:52

Struggles with the conference internet connection prevented me from posting on it at the time, but it’s still worth flagging…

Tory welfare plan is welcome but does not go far enough

5 October 2009 17:38

The Tories new welfare plan is, it seems, their old welfare plan – with a more ambitious timeline. It’s to…

We have a tax cut

5 October 2009 16:00

George Osborne has just announced a tax cut. Any new business started in the first two years of a Tory…

The Tories in the stocks

5 October 2009 13:28

Here’s something new for party conference season: real people. About 200 of them. Firemen. Unemployed. And, yes, workers. They are…

The Europe question won’t dominate conference but it hasn’t gone away

5 October 2009 12:19

There is a reluctant acceptance here that Lisbon will have been ratified by next May and that the Tories won’t…

Book Club October book of the month

5 October 2009 11:45

Following a lively discussion and a member’s poll, the Spectator Book Club’s October book of the month is Bilton, by…

Labour isn’t working. Have a drink

5 October 2009 11:01

Thanks to Guido for snapping this arresting political slogan. The Conservatives will now sweep the country; of that I have…

The need to go further and faster on Welfare reform

5 October 2009 10:37

I’m on my way to the home city of the best football club in the world (and one of the…

The Tories look evasive on Europe, but now is not the time to clarify

5 October 2009 9:01

The phrase “we will not let matters rest” sounds slightly menacing, but it’s completely opaque. Is it time for the…

Straight talk on Lisbon?

5 October 2009 0:07

I have just been on a phone-in with Five Live, and heard Greg Clark getting into a fix over Europe.…

A festival for the political class

5 October 2009 0:02

When you get on a train on a Sunday and find First Class is more full than the cheap seats,…

Who won’t make it into Cameron’s Cabinet?

4 October 2009 17:27

There are 29 members of the Commons and the Lords speaking from the podium at conference. Four shadow cabinet members…

Someone didn’t tell the printers

4 October 2009 17:04

The official conference guide announces that at 2pm tomorrow “Alan Duncan, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons” will be…

We await the beef

4 October 2009 16:16

The Tories have been briefing heavily that this would be a policy heavy conference. Indeed, I’m told that every shadow…

Cameron’s radicalism is best for Britain

4 October 2009 15:43

The Observer’s leading article asks the question: will David Cameron’s modernism serve Britain’s interests? The article’s conclusion is a firm…

The European issue gets the Tory conference underway

4 October 2009 13:12

The Conservative conference is just hours old, but already Cameron faces a battle to hold the line over Europe and…

Signs of the changing political landscape

4 October 2009 4:01

So how radical is David Cameron? I  was on a Radio Four panel yesterday for “Beyond Westminster” (now online) where,…

Time to start banging on about Europe

3 October 2009 16:46

It’s not yet official, but everyone is couning on a big “yes” from Ireland – to the tune of about…