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Britain should not mistake its allies for friends

17 October 2015 8:00 am

It would be hard to dream up a more absurd piece of political satire than an agency of the British…

It's not Tory vs Labour; it's the party of government v the party of protest

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Political party conferences have, in recent years, felt like an empty ritual. They used to be convened in seaside towns,…

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Will Spain learn from Scotland in the battle for Catalan separatism?

3 October 2015 8:00 am

One of the unforeseen consequences of the reunification of Europe after the Cold War has been a resurgence of independence…

The people who really need the Pope's help

26 September 2015 8:00 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis set foot in the United States for the first time in his life. His plane touched…

The Tories must move quickly to recruit ex-Labour voters. Here's how

19 September 2015 8:00 am

David Cameron might not be remembered as the best prime minister in modern British history but he will probably be…

On drone strikes, David Cameron is repeating Tony Blair’s big mistake

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Not even Jeremy Corbyn lamented the death of Reyaad Khan, who was killed by an RAF drone in Syria after…

Queen Elizabeth the great

5 September 2015 9:00 am

That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch — a milestone which she will mark quietly with a…

George Osborne has bet the house (and other people's houses) on there being no new crash

29 August 2015 9:00 am

When George Osborne visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark  the stock markets of each country promptly fell by about 5 per…

At last, Britain can have its shale gas revolution

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Over the past week, the government has finally made a decisive move to kickstart a fracking industry in Britain. Licences…

To defend the NHS, stop health tourism

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Speaking after the Stafford hospital scandal in 2010, the then newly appointed Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, grandly announced plans for…

Edward Heath conducting the annual carol concert at the Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs, Kent in 1963. (Photo: Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty)

Edward Heath and a very modern witch-hunt

8 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a grim inevitability that the name Edward Heath would one day be trawled up in connection with allegations…

Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one…

If you want military interventions, Prime Minister, you'll need more of a military

25 July 2015 9:00 am

“Whether it’s in Iraq, Syria, Libya or elsewhere — as Prime Minister, if I believe there is a specific threat…

Iran can’t be trusted

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Iran is, beyond doubt, a sponsor of terrorism and this week it has been made much stronger. It has (again)…

Osborne's living-wage wheeze will decide the fate of one-nation Conservatism

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In his hastily scripted victory speech, David Cameron hit upon a mission that he wanted to define his remaining years…

Britain needs to get fracking

4 July 2015 9:00 am

That democracy is a superior form of government to any other goes without saying. But in order to function, it…

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his…

Greece should remember the lesson of Black Wednesday

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The campaign to keep Greece in the euro has resulted in five years of groundhog days. The unfortunate country seems…

Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without…

This time, on surveillance, the Americans have it right

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Britain and America, as George Bernard Shaw is reputed to have said, are two countries divided by their common language.…

There’s only one sane way David Cameron can meet the foreign aid target

30 May 2015 9:00 am

In this week’s Queen’s Speech, the government promised as usual to cut red tape for businesses. But David Cameron is…

Isis is our worst possible enemy

23 May 2015 9:00 am

In recent months, as the country went through a general election, our focus has been on our own domestic debates.…

'One nation' politics works. Just ask Nicola Sturgeon

16 May 2015 9:00 am

As David Cameron lined up beside Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband at the Cenotaph on the day after the general…

Do you think the age of boom and bust is over? All our party leaders are betting that it is

9 May 2015 9:00 am

After working for Bill Clinton, the political strategist James Carville said he had changed his mind about where power really…

The Tories are now the party of the many — Labour is the party of the few

2 May 2015 9:00 am

When election day dawns, it’s worth bearing in mind that two million more people will be going to work than when…