UK politics

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Whoever wins the Labour leadership, Blairism is at death’s door

1 August 2015

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce on hustings — but probably not hostilities. It’s clear everyone… Read more

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Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to defend it in the media, I’ve been doing my best… Read more

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

18 July 2015

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will go up in value.’ This wasn’t callous. It was a… Read more

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The hunting ban could be gone soon – but the hypocrisy will linger on

11 July 2015

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked it but had not inhaled. David Cameron’s position on hunting… Read more

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Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

4 July 2015

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may be about to present him with a solution to the… Read more

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Osborne’s false prophet: why Jim O’Neill will never deliver a ‘northern powerhouse’

For the final three years of his 18-year career at Goldman Sachs, Jim O’Neill, the Treasury’s new commercial secretary with responsibility for developing the Northern Powerhouse, served as chairman of… Read more

27 June 2015

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London under the banner ‘End Austerity Now’ and demanding ‘Tories Out’… Read more

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Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

27 June 2015

For generations, ambitious politicians have dreamed about having the power to run Europe — but as Angela Merkel can attest, it’s a horrible job. She didn’t want to end up… Read more

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The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown

What’s happened to poor Ukip? Not so long ago, they seemed unstoppable. They were revolting on the right, terrifying the left and shaking up Westminster. The established parties tried sneering… Read more

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Ten myths about Brexit

27 June 2015

  1. Leaving the EU would hurt the UK’s ability to trade with it.   The fearmonger’s favourite argument. But fear not: the global economy has changed dramatically since Britain… Read more

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Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

20 June 2015

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations have closed for the contests to be leader and deputy… Read more

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The humiliation that turned Andy Burnham from Blairite to union man

20 June 2015

As graduates of the country’s best university, most former Cambridge students neither seek nor expect much in the way of public sympathy. Last weekend, however, the frontrunner in the Labour… Read more

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Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without destroying his party. His dilemma mirrors the situation of Harold… Read more

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Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

13 June 2015

At 6.30 p.m. on 7 May, the Camerons invited guests at their home in Oxfordshire into the garden for a drink. Everyone stood on the patio, wrapped up in coats… Read more

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Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

13 June 2015

It used to be that the most annoying thing in academic life was political correctness. But a new irritant now threatens to supplant it: the scourge of correct politicalness. The… Read more

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Inside the Milibunker: the last days of Ed

16 May 2015

Ed Miliband was writing his victory speech on election night when the nation’s broadcasters announced the exit poll. He remained convinced — as he had been all along — that… Read more

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How did the polls get it so wrong? Jim Messina knows

16 May 2015

Not all the pollsters got it wrong. On the morning of the election, a set of strikingly accurate predictions was slapped on David Cameron’s desk. They had been compiled by… Read more

Ed Miliband Launches Labour Party Election Manifesto

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015

The Labour party is in a worse position today than after its defeat in 1992. Then, the electorate sent Labour a clear and simple message: move to the centre, don’t… Read more

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The year that Scotland learned to hate

9 May 2015

You get bad losers in politics and bad winners, too, but it’s surely a rare business to get a bad winner who didn’t actually win. Yet this, since they lost… Read more

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Satire is dying because satirists are too successful

9 May 2015

I appeared on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the age-old question of whether political satire is dead. I don’t think it is, but it has lost… Read more

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The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015

Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist Party leader at Westminster, is reflecting drolly on his party’s recent popularity: ‘I certainly think that the last year or two has been remarkable in… Read more

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Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015

A spectre is haunting Europe — and knocking on the door of Downing Street. It has installed a president in France and a mayor in New York. It is causing… Read more

Why do politicians go potty for ‘passion’?

18 April 2015

‘I long for spontaneous passion but I will never get it with my husband because I think he has Asperger syndrome,’ wrote a reader of the Sun to Deidre last… Read more

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Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while, that my shoulder felt good again. In last year’s Grand… Read more

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How to make Ukip supporters love green policies

14 March 2015

Few people know this, but hidden within the FedEx logo, between the E and the x, there is a small white arrow, pointing to the right. I feel slightly guilty… Read more