Voting

It’s time to put ‘Not In My Name’ on the ballot paper

8 May 2017 16:00

As Jonathan Miller astutely observes, the abstainers and spoilers in the French election are now the real third force in…

Mutuality pays – for building society bosses

4 April 2017 14:42

I have always had a soft spot for building societies. Maybe it’s because I worked for one in the 1980s…

What happened after I ‘voted’ twice in the EU referendum?

14 January 2017 9:30

Kind readers sometimes ask what has happened to the case against me for electoral fraud. In these Notes on 20…

How the triple lock pension pledge went out of control

10 October 2016 22:18

In my Dispatches documentary on the generation wars, which has just aired on Channel 4, I interviewed Iain Duncan Smith…

I’m not voting on Thursday — but don’t you dare call me apathetic

5 May 2015 15:22

With just 48 hours to go before we get to vote in officially the most boring election in history, the…

Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might…

Bored teenagers are the last people we should be forcing to vote

7 April 2015 11:11

One of the trendy things to worry about these days is political disengagement among young people. A think tank called…

New party, same old politics for Douglas Carswell

9 October 2014 16:49

Douglas Carswell is not like normal politicians; he’s authentic, genuine and in touch with real people. Or so the spin…

We can win Generation Y over to politics – and the Conservatives

12 September 2014 16:57

There are more people who have not yet voted for the Conservative Party than could ever leave it for Ukip. My party…

Eric Pickles says no to pub voting

30 January 2014 15:53

The killjoys at the Department for Communities and Local Government have quashed an (admittedly rather hopeful) attempt by Bob Stewart…

Have your say on the EU

9 January 2014 14:23

The EU commission office in London was kind enough to send me this, a warmup for a ‘town-hall style meeting’…

The insanity of ‘votes for children’: who cares what adolescents think about politics?

25 September 2013 15:31

Should people who comment under YouTube videos be deciding the fate of our country? That’s the frightening scenario proposed by…

Cameron: a leader in need of ‘a people’

9 June 2011 14:50

One of the odd things about David Cameron is that he wants to be a consensual radical. Unlike Margaret Thatcher…

The turbulent priest

9 June 2011 9:14

“Nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics,” said Sir Humphrey. This week’s New…

Huhne on the rack

8 May 2011 10:01

It may not be reflected in the popular vote, but politics is still mostly about the Liberal Democrats this morning.…

Make sure you vote NO today

5 May 2011 11:41

Today I urge everyone who believes in our democracy to vote ‘no’ to the unfair and expensive Alternative Vote (AV)…

The systematised madness of AV

20 April 2011 16:31

This morning on BBC Breakfast Nick Clegg made his key argument for AV: it will make politicians work harder for…

There are more attacks on Clegg to come

19 April 2011 13:45

As the chances of AV passing diminish, the Lib Dems are complaining with increasing volume about just how directly Nick…

Support for AV collapsing

18 April 2011 18:13

An ICM/Guardian poll suggests that 58 percent of those likely to vote will back the No campaign. The Guardian reports:…

The Odd Couples

18 April 2011 13:15

It must be Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau season at the Commons’ film club. A string ofodd political couples has…