UK politics

Is Brown starting to accept defeat?

10 August 2009 10:56

The FT report on how Labour MPs aren’t putting themselves forward to be parliamentary private secretaries – or “ministerial bag-carriers”,…

To restore confidence, there must be an inquiry into alleged British involvement in torture. 

10 August 2009 9:04

Following Alan Johnson’s and David Miliband’s denial of British collusion in torture, Sir John Scarlett, the head of MI6, has…

Can Cameron afford Lansley?

9 August 2009 19:23

Is Andrew Lansley using his untouchable status* to bounce David Cameron into a three-year budget settlement? On the Marr sofa…

Why Mandelson isn’t deputy PM

9 August 2009 18:56

As the country prepares for Peter Mandelson’s week in charge, The Mail on Sunday reports that the Cabinet Secretary, Sir…

Preparing for a lengthy presence in Afghanistan

8 August 2009 16:17

So what do we learn from the Times’s interview with David Richards, the man who is set to replace Richard…

How Cameron should structure his national security team

8 August 2009 13:01

Reports that the Tories are thinking about appointing a Minister for Afghanistan raise the broader question of how they should…

The West must prepare contingency plans to bomb Iran

7 August 2009 18:49

Chuck Wald, a retired US Air Force General who was the air commander for the US response to the 9/11…

Why Georgia matters

7 August 2009 17:20

When David Cameron flew to Georgia last year, it was perhaps the clearest and most welcome statement of foreign policy…

The human cost of deprivation 

7 August 2009 16:14

The news that in one Northern city, 15 percent of Neets, those young people not in education, employment or training,…

Confusion reigns

7 August 2009 15:12

On Wednesday, the Downing Street press office confirmed with us that there was a timetable for ministers to stand-in for…

What Dougie didn’t say

15 July 2009 18:31

The New Statesman’s interview with Douglas Alexander is making waves for Alexander’s admission that he was briefed against by Brown’s…

Reforming maternity pay

15 July 2009 17:41

While it is widely accepted that the costs of family breakdown are significant, there is less agreement on policy options…

Helicopters hover over PMQs

15 July 2009 15:32

One of the strangest and most dramatic parliamentary terms ended today in bizarre fashion. The fiasco over fiddled expenses has…

How close we came to Chancellor Balls

15 July 2009 14:01

Sue Cameron’s Notebook in the FT is one of the best guides there is to the mood in Whitehall. The…

Why I remain unconvinced about the Tories’ tax break for married couples

15 July 2009 12:46

Ok, Fraser – I’m not going to let this tax ‘n’ marriage debate rumble on interminably, but I do want…

A mutual decision?

15 July 2009 11:31

There is an interesting little story tucked away in today’s Daily Mirror, the government might only sell off Northern Rock…

Why marriage should be recognised in the tax system

15 July 2009 10:57

Cameron has been fairly bold in entering the debate on marriage, because we don’t like do that debate in Britain.…

Love and marriage?

15 July 2009 9:06

Ok, I must admit I’m quite wary of Tory plans to encourage marriage via a £20-a-week tax break for married…

Another goat goes

14 July 2009 19:35

News is breaking that the Health Minister Lord Darzi is leaving the government. By my count, that means Lord West…

The slowdown in government

14 July 2009 18:01

It’s no secret around Westminster that civil servants are giving up on the Labour government and are wait-wait-waiting for the…