UK politics

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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

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Hold your nose and bet on Team Ed

7 March 2015

Political betting is serious business these days. About £10 million’s worth of bets were placed on the 2010 election; this year the sum is expected to surpass £40 million. It can’t be… Read more

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The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

28 February 2015

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have been prominent… Read more

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How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention than the employment and wage-growth numbers a week earlier, underlining… Read more

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Zac Goldsmith: How my dad saved Britain

28 February 2015

In recent weeks Ed Balls has been offering a new reason to vote Labour: it was his party, he says, that saved Britain from joining the euro. Now, the shadow… Read more

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If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that his father would stand down before the next election. My… Read more

Liberal Democrats Canvas Before May's General Election

Why the Lib Dems aren’t scared of this election (and why they should be)

21 February 2015

One of the most remarkable features of this parliament has been the sangfroid of the Liberal Democrats. Nothing seems to shake them. The mood of the two main parties is… Read more

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VE day anniversary: why politics will take second place the day after the election

21 February 2015

Breakfast is under way on 8 May 2015, and the party leaders have already started haggling. The possibility of a loveless Labour/SNP ‘anti-austerity’ pact has sent the markets tumbling. With… Read more

Dodginess from Tacitus to Ed Miliband

21 February 2015

‘I hate Jammie Dodgers,’ said my husband staring disdainfully at a biscuit kindly tucked into his coffee saucer at an after-church gathering. I’m glad only I heard. But the fact… Read more

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In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be a major player in international affairs and undermining the Atlantic… Read more

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Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a rather Olympian, out-of-the-ordinary figure at HSBC. This was a bank… Read more

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EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015

Albert Square full of Thatcherites? You ’avin a larf? No, it’s true. EastEnders, conceived 30 years ago partly as a means of enraging the Conservative party, has blossomed into a… Read more

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How Labour lost Scotland (and could lose the Union)

7 February 2015

Just four months ago Scotland was the scene of great cross-party co-operation — unprecedented in peace-time politics. Gordon Brown was offering advice on David Cameron’s speeches, Douglas Alexander and the… Read more

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To reform the NHS, use the politics of envy

7 February 2015

‘Let’s make the rich pay more.’ Does that sound so right-wing? To me it has a positively socialist ring. It should appeal to egalitarians: to those who call themselves socially… Read more

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How Alex Brooker made political interviews interesting again

7 February 2015

The other night on Channel 4, I watched the best political interview I’ve seen all year. It was with Nick Clegg, and conducted by a guy called Alex Brooker. And… Read more

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Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for the year. At Shell, the cut could amount to $15… Read more

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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

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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

Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Manchester

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