Politics

Who is the Tories’ ‘Stop Boris’ candidate?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Most MPs greet the parliamentary recess with a sense of relief. But Conservatives are welcoming this Easter break like the…

Osborne’s Budget brings politics home again

19 March 2016 9:00 am

George Osborne used to tell his aides to prepare every budget as if it were their last: to throw in…

George Osborne can still see off Boris Johnson. Here's how

12 March 2016 9:00 am

When George Osborne last stood up to deliver a budget, he had reached his post-election apotheosis. His economic (and political)…

Will David Cameron pull his pro-EU punches to help the Tories reunite?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

If Downing Street’s calculations are correct, next week will see politics begin to return to normal. We’ll all move on…

Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘out’ campaign’s secret weapon

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Europe has opened up an unbridgeable chasm in the Conservative party. Labour remains, near as dammit, united. On the EU…

Cameron’s first EU referendum battle: shutting up his own MPs

20 February 2016 9:00 am

On the day that David Cameron delivered his Bloomberg speech, the 2013 address in which he committed himself to a…

David Cameron is presenting all the wrong arguments for staying in the EU

13 February 2016 9:00 am

It is normally in the final, frantic days of a campaign that a multitude of dubious claims are made. But…

Sorry establishment Republicans, The Donald isn’t dead yet

6 February 2016 9:00 am

If Donald Trump had won in Iowa on Monday night, everybody would still be saying what a brilliant candidate he…

The new sceptics’ case for staying in the EU: it’ll sink soon anyway

30 January 2016 9:00 am

As Tory ministers wrestle with their consciences before the EU referendum, an intriguing new argument for voting to stay has…

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The centre-right is failing worldwide, so what’s David Cameron’s secret?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

There are times when Westminster’s obsession with US politics is embarrassing for even the strongest believer in the Anglo-American relationship.…

Jeremy Corbyn is untouchable now

9 January 2016 9:00 am

There have been few more pathetic displays of political impotence than the tweets sent by shadow cabinet members paying tribute…

Can Cameron really offer the best of both worlds in the EU referendum?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

By this time next year Britain will, if the government has its way, have voted on whether or not this…

After Jeremy Corbyn’s Syria shambles, step forward Major Dan Jarvis . . . the new Labour-saving device

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It makes no sense for Britain to bomb Islamic State in Iraq but not Syria. Attacking a group that does…

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The spending cuts George Osborne flatly refused to make

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Autumn Statement on 25 November had long been circled in Downing Street diaries as the season’s defining political moment.…

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Watching Republicans has never been so fun. But voting for them…

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Washington DC A friend of mine asked his father, aged 82: ‘Dad, at this stage of life, what do you…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

Lords of misrule block the Tories at every turn

29 October 2015 9:00 am

A few days after the general election, I bumped into one of David Cameron’s longest-standing political allies, one of those…

Is Theresa May gearing up to lead the EU No campaign?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Who is the most politically interesting member of David Cameron’s cabinet? There’s a good case to be made for Michael…

Could George Osborne come out for the Out campaign?

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Westminster may have been guilty of ignoring the Scottish referendum until the last minute, but no one can accuse it…

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…

Euroscepticism is growing all over Europe

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Europhiles have warned us for years of the dangers of Britain leaving the EU. But all the while a different…

Will anyone fight, fight and fight again to save what’s left of New Labour?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Five years ago this Saturday, Ed Miliband was crowned Labour leader. Three days later, he had to deliver his first…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s victory puts the EU referendum on a knife edge

19 September 2015 8:00 am

No one watching Jeremy Corbyn walk around the Palace of Westminster would imagine that he had just won the Labour…

Tom Watson’s strange journey from Brownite hit man to Labour’s last peacemaker

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Last week I was talking to a member of the shadow cabinet about Jeremy Corbyn’s impending victory as Labour leader.…