Siege mentality

24 March 2012 11:00 am

The mirrored sunglasses worn by Putin on the cover of Angus Roxburgh’s The Strongman give the Russian president the look…

Politics: Taking back the cities

17 March 2012 7:00 pm

When the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, Steve Hilton, quits Downing Street in May, he’ll leave behind what he believes to…

Politics: A struggle for the Tory soul

10 March 2012 4:00 pm

Walking back to the Palace of Westminster the other day, I bumped into a new Tory MP. He was eager…

Politics: The Liberal Democrats hold the key to boundary reform – and therefore the next election

3 March 2012 2:00 pm

The Cameroons believe they have come up with a policy that will deliver at least 20 more Tory seats at…

Politics: At last, we can have it both ways on Europe

25 February 2012 3:00 pm

In all the controversy about the eurozone and Greece, it is easy to ignore one simple fact: that the bailouts…

Politics: Britain’s new gang of four

18 February 2012 4:00 pm

We have a new system of rule in Britain: Quad government. The coalition has not, as is often claimed, restored…

Politics: Cameron cannot escape a verdict on Strasbourg

11 February 2012 3:00 pm

‘I don’t really worry about David and the European Court of Human Rights,’ one right-wing member of the then shadow…

Politics: Parliament’s power surge

4 February 2012 3:00 pm

Bob Diamond, the chief executive of Barclays bank, is not a man inclined to bend to the public mood. ‘There…

Politics: Why a double dip won’t save Ed Miliband

28 January 2012 6:00 pm

It wasn’t meant to be this way. The Tories used to joke that after a year and a half in…

Politics: Is Britain ready for an optimistic Prime Minister?

21 January 2012 3:00 pm

David Cameron is a sunny-side-up politician. At his first party conference as leader, he declared, ‘Let optimism beat pessimism. Let…

Spirit of place

21 January 2012 11:00 am

There are two ways of viewing the changes sweeping through the Arab world in general and Cairo in particular. There…

Politics: Alex Salmond’s three-card trick

14 January 2012 5:00 pm

Not since 1745 has the union been in such danger. It now seems certain that there’ll either be a referendum…

Politics: Who will speak for the middle 98 per cent?

7 January 2012 5:00 pm

The year has begun with the British political class obsessing about the government’s new housing benefit cap. The cap is…

Politics: Can the coalition survive a good year for the Tories?

31 December 2011 12:00 pm

Westminster used to think that 2012 would be the year that the ‘feel-good factor’ returned. Back in May 2010, all…


Crusader on the attack

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Why have we forgotten John Bright? In his day he was a massive political celebrity. He could command audiences of…

Politics: Cameron is at his best when he is boldest

17 December 2011 11:45 pm

David Cameron must sometimes wonder if the gods are against his modernising project. Events have forced him back on to…

Politics: Whitehall’s own Scottish nationalist

10 December 2011 4:00 pm

The notion of Scotland being reoriented as a ‘Scandinavian’ country, at the expense of links with England, the Commonwealth and…

Politics: Osborne’s Autumn Statement was about creating more Tories

3 December 2011 4:00 pm

It was political jujitsu. The coalition turned the public sector unions’ strike back against them. When the unions first decided…

Politics: When it comes to the crunch, Cameron will choose his party over Europe

26 November 2011 3:00 pm

Downing Street’s negotiating team returned from Berlin last Friday afternoon in good spirits. Angela Merkel had accepted that Britain deserved…

Politics: Recovery begins at home

19 November 2011 3:00 pm

There’s a pattern emerging to George Osborne’s autumn. He gives a big domestic set piece speech on growth and then…

Politics: Miliband pitches his tent with the protestors  

12 November 2011 6:00 pm

During the Depression, tent cities sprung up across America. Today, in the second great contraction, they are appearing in the…

The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Half a century ago J.K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation in the English- speaking…

Politics: Nick Clegg is in better political shape than anyone would have guessed

17 September 2011 12:00 am

It is too early to call him the comeback kid of British politics, but Nick Clegg enters the party conference…

Politics: Can the coalition survive the crises ahead?

10 September 2011 12:00 am

Can the coalition survive the crises ahead?

Michael Gove’s free schools are a triumph – but can they keep up with the baby boom?

3 September 2011 12:00 am

When Michael Gove first proposed ‘free schools’ four years ago, he could have been written off as another Tory daydreamer.