Real politics blossoms outside the conference hall

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s age, perhaps disillusion, or perhaps party conferences really aren’t what they used to be, but I have struggled…


Lights, camera, politics: the triumph of showbiz over argument

15 October 2016 9:00 am

How statecraft became a branch of reality television

Michael Gove Outlines His Bid For The Conservative Party Leadership

Michael Gove, evil mastermind? I don't buy it

8 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham where the mood is buoyant, to put it mildly. Everyone…

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A broad-left anti-Tory pact will never work. Here’s why

1 October 2016 9:00 am

I appeared on Radio 4 with Shirley Williams recently and as we were leaving I asked her if she thought…

Is Boris without a philosophy? No, he’s worse than that

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Against Boris Sir: In discussing my attitude to Boris (‘The Boris-bashers should be ashamed’, 27 August), Mary Wakefield is too kind —…

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Theresa May: heir to Brown

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Standing outside No. 10, our newly chosen — though not elected — Prime Minister decided to address the country directly.…

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A filthy Noël Coward, snotty Frog, mad Swede and Maggie: Edinburgh Festival Fringe roundup

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Plus: Geoff Norcott, a refreshingly brilliant new comedic voice, whose ascent Beeb censorship will impede. See him live at the Underbelly

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook

The true queen of the Eighties wasn't Thatcher – it was Delia, according to the Beeb

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Proof that someone has really made it as a TV historian comes, I would suggest, when they join the likes…

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Is More United just the Lib Dems in disguise?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The dog days of July probably aren’t the best time to launch a new political movement, but then the people…

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History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…


Help! I’ve started really caring about politics

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Once upon a time, I didn’t really care about politics. Not viscerally. Growing up in a political family, I suppose,…

GBR: Tony Blair Attends PM's Question Time

Tony Blair is top rotter in James Bloodworth’s The Myth of Meritocracy

11 June 2016 9:00 am

‘Your old man’s barking!’ I remember hissing indignantly at my then best friend Toby Young way back in the 1980s…


Why Labour’s next great battle could be Corbyn vs McDonnell

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Et tu, McDonnell? The Labour leader and his shadow chancellor like to present a united front. Don’t expect that to last, says Alex Wickham


In this EU referendum, every vote will be a leap in the dark

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Complaining about the EU referendum campaign has become an integral part of the referendum; even Delia Smith has got in…


The monkey-brained case for Donald Trump

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a conference in New York. ‘Where would be the best…

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How we went from mere betting to gaming the world

7 May 2016 9:00 am

If I prang your car, we can swap insurance details. In the past, it would have been necessary for you…


Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

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How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

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It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

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Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…


If you’re stupid enough to let migrants in, at least treat them as people

30 January 2016 9:00 am

We were on our way to a party in south-east London when my friend, Rob, saw the graffiti. Sprayed with…

Map of the Island of Utopia, book frontispiece, 1563

Even Corbyn would find Thomas More’s Utopia too leftwing

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Thomas More’s 1516 classic is a textbook for our troubled times, says William Cook

Flags of UK and Scotland on Grunge Texture

The shocking truth about the English and the Scots: they agree

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Last year, the United Kingdom came within 384,000 votes of destruction. A referendum designed to crush the Scottish nationalists instead…


'The tide is turning': Justin Welby interviewed by Michael Gove

12 December 2015 9:00 am

An interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Life inside Jeremy Corbyn’s crazy party

5 December 2015 9:00 am

What life is like inside the Labour party right now