Politics

Politics: Cameron and the civil service coup

21 April 2012 5:00 pm

There is a split in the Cameron circle. The divide is between those who think that the problems of the…

Politics:  Which party will win the anti-politics vote?

14 April 2012 7:00 pm

One might think that the Cameroons would be desperate about a poll showing their leader’s personal approval rating to be…

Politics: How Boris could rescue Dave

7 April 2012 3:45 pm

Downing Street is, in the words of one senior aide, in a mood of ‘sober reflection’ about how and why…

Politics: The cost of giving

31 March 2012 2:00 pm

David Cameron was in a foul mood on Monday night. ‘Cash for Cameron’, the scandal about a Tory treasurer trying…

Politics: Osborne goes for growth

24 March 2012 5:00 pm

This Budget was a reminder that political tactics alone are not enough to explain George Osborne’s actions. The most striking…

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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…

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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…