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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…

Cameron is the only leader who can deliver an EU referendum. Why is he ashamed to say so?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The election campaign is becoming increasingly dominated by a small party whose raison d’être is to preach independence from membership…

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in…

Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era…

Why aren’t the Tories winning?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife…

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015 9:00 am

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election…

The Conservatives should be the party of immigrants — and here’s how they can be

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For a long while, the Conservatives have been puzzled about their lack of popularity among immigrants. In theory, the Conservative…

James McAvoy is wrong – the arts are better off without subsidy

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The season of cringe-making acceptance speeches at arts awards ceremonies is nearly over, thank heavens. But it hasn’t passed without…

If you really love the NHS, you know it needs to change

7 March 2015 9:00 am

To adapt Aeschylus’s aphorism on war and truth, the first casualty in a general election campaign is objectivity. Over the…

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

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names…

Let Greece leave the eurozone

21 February 2015 9:00 am

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week,…

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

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be…

Proof that the schools revolution isn’t over

7 February 2015 9:00 am

For those who assumed that the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary marked the end of the Conservatives’ scholastic…

Calling the Green party socialist is an insult to socialists

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Green party has been likened to a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside. But that…

Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down…

David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech.…

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo lambasts, attacks and lampoons absolutely everybody. Its targets include all religions, all identity groups,…