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UK politics

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Calling the Green party socialist is an insult to socialists

31 January 2015

The Green party has been likened to a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside. But that is to do a huge injustice to generations of socialists… Read more

Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

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31 January 2015

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had a drink, and you should see what that means for… Read more

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Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015

Napoleon notoriously preferred his generals to be lucky — and on that score at least, he would have approved of David Cameron. The triumph of the Syriza party in Greece… Read more

Prime Minister Cameron Visits The Harris City Academy In South London

The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015

The most significant achievement of this coalition, the only thing they really have any right to crow about, and possibly all that posterity will ever remember them for with anything… Read more

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Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The Commons Education Select Committee’s lukewarm report on the government’s academy… Read more

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George Osborne’s 13 tests for an election victory (and how many he’s passed)

24 January 2015

These days George Osborne is rarely seen in public without a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket. But he used to take pride in being recognised as a political insider… Read more

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The iron law of volunteering: the nicer the cause, the nastier the people

24 January 2015

I watched the video with some trepidation. Stonewall (the campaigning gay and lesbian equality organisation) had just sent me the YouTube link. This was to a short film of the… Read more

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Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015

Something funny is happening in this country. Our comedians are becoming politicians and our politicians are becoming comedians — and public life is turning into an endless stream of jokes.… Read more

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Why Ed Miliband's class war rhetoric is Tony Blair's fault

24 January 2015

Peter Mandelson’s famous quote about New Labour being intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich has a suffix that is often mischievously omitted: he added ‘so long as they pay… Read more

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David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Read more

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Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens are being studied by every politico from the Prime Minister… Read more

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Archbishop John Sentamu on why politicians are like men arguing at a urinal

17 January 2015

‘I shoot further than you, I am the biggest of the men!’ says John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. He is talking about the way politicians conduct themselves in the immigration debate.… Read more

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Even Ukip don't dare break the unhealthy consensus on the NHS

3 January 2015

There’s an irony about Ukip’s rise. Nigel Farage party’s popularity is driven by a widespread sense that the main parties are all the same. Yet in the past four years,… Read more

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How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014

Waiting to appear before a Commons select committee, my father turned to me. ‘This was not on my bucket list,’ he said. My father should be enjoying his retirement. Instead,… Read more

Why ‘respect’ is the last thing we should want from politicians

29 November 2014

‘Respect!’ cried my husband, drop-kicking a cushion with a picture of the Queen Mother holding a pint of beer on it (a present from Veronica) across the drawing-room. I might… Read more

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's political earthquake – and what it will do to Westminster

22 November 2014

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s new first minister has come into office on a tide… Read more

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What Angela Merkel really wants (it's not good news for Dave)

8 November 2014

Angela Merkel is misunderstood. Last winter, when Russia moved to annex Crimea after the overthrow of Ukraine’s government, American officials put it about that the German Chancellor had described Russia’s… Read more

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Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures would throw Britain back into recession. But his triumphalism obscures… Read more

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It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to hot-foot it to a tougher position on the free movement… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

How Cameron could make the EU a winning issue (and why he won’t)

25 October 2014

Imagine if David Cameron actually meant it. Imagine if he really did follow through with his implied threat to campaign for Brexit in the absence of better terms from Brussels.… Read more

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Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

25 October 2014

Just over 35 years ago, in August 1979, Christopher Booker wrote a cri de coeur in The Spectator calling for the return of England’s ancient counties and the repeal of… Read more

Russell Brand addresses an anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square Photo: Getty

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of wisdom I can pass on so they don’t make the… Read more

UK Independence Party Wins Its First Seat In Parliament

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British politics by storm, then all you need to do is… Read more

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Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

18 October 2014

I have just moved back to Brighton, and I am happy to report that it remains as shambolic as ever. The estate agent said before opening the door to a… Read more

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Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with the public than the vibrant Islamic State commander ‘Jihadi John’… Read more