Alistair Darling

The book that made me (almost) believe in bitcoin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Bitcoins are digital money ‘mined’ from satanically difficult mathematical problems. Madness, obviously. But five years ago, while the rest of…

Portrait of the week

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped…

Secret oil fields! Skewed polls! The Yes campaign is losing the plot

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The success of the campaign to save the Union can be heard in the increasingly hysterical tone of independence supporters

Ed Balls's secret: he doesn't care whether his tax plan makes sense

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

Mandarins routinely take Fridays off and sometimes can't spell ministers' names. Why does this go on? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

It’s a fact that most ministers are most scared, not of their political rivals but of their civil servants. Ministers…

Why partisan columnists (like me) are doomed

13 July 2013 9:00 am

An email exchange with a Conservative-leaning friend this week left me feeling sheepish. But if shameful my behaviour be, I’m…