UK politics

Sorry, Philip Hammond, autumn Budgets aren’t a new idea

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Autumn Budgets Philip Hammond announced that in future the Budget will be held in autumn rather than spring. This is…

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In defence of Zac Goldsmith

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m baffled by the reaction to Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. It is…

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The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

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Of course Tony Blair made a ‘secret deal’. That’s what good PMs do

23 July 2016 9:00 am

As a founder member of the Guild of Blair-Bashers, someone who reacted strongly against him from our first encounter at…

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Strawberries with one man Brexit’s making very rich

16 July 2016 9:00 am

I first met a boyish, sunny Tony Blair more than 20 years ago. Our encounters have always been slightly tense…

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‘I had to step up’: Michael Gove on how he changed his mind about Boris

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Michael Gove on leadership, his wife, Brexit, Boris – and why anybody should trust him again

The true meaning of Sadiq Khan’s claims to virtue

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he wanted ‘the most transparent, honest and accessible administration London has ever…

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How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

At Home With The Krays

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

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Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

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The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Young people are being taught to resent their elders on the basis of tendentious claims and alarmist statistics

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OK: I’m convinced: one EU referendum might not be enough

17 October 2015 9:00 am

We now have to take seriously the possibility that in the EU referendum Britain will vote to leave. I had…

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Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

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The Tories are still anxious to reach out. And that’s a very good sign

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Post-election party conferences usually follow a standard pattern. The winning party slaps itself on the back while the losers fret…

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George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Cameron and Osborne have a very clear China policy: do whatever China wants

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Chris Mullin’s diary: Murdoch’s men couldn’t face even a fictional Corbyn victory

19 September 2015 8:00 am

With four days to go until the result of Labour’s leadership election, a call from the Sunday Times. Would I…

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Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

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‘Perhaps we needed to tip the whole thing over’: Jon Cruddas on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Jon Cruddas is still looking for ways to renew his party.They’re unlikely to please his new leader

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Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Labour's already running out of time to regain its lost voters

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The Labour leadership contest was supposed to be a debate about the party’s future. Instead it has oscillated between petty…

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Labour always lurches left when it loses. But this time is worse

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The party always swings left after defeats. But this time is worse

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Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It is the duty of MPs to resist Twitter storms and online petitions

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How Jeremy Corbyn could destroy the Tories (yes, really)

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?’ asked C.P. Cavafy in his poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Because night has fallen…

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

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce…

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Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to…