Politics

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.…

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench…

Labour MPs’ next choice: which leadership coup to back

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s close friend Tony Benn had five questions he always asked of those in power: ‘What power have you…

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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Hillary Clinton is a hopeless candidate – and Democrats are finally realising

8 August 2015 9:00 am

 New York Remember the fizz around Gordon Brown’s election campaign in 2010? The excitement he brought to the trail? The…

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…

The SNP surge at Westminster might just accidentally save the Union

25 July 2015 9:00 am

There are few quicker ways to annoy an MP than to suggest that they are on holiday when the House…

The Tories can only benefit from the rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

18 July 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get…

George Osborne's real plan: erase every trace of Gordon Brown

11 July 2015 9:00 am

To understand George Osborne, it is important to realise that he cut his political teeth at the height of the…