New Labour

The Body Zone, centrepiece of the Millennium Dome, a true symbol of the fatuousness, vapidity, incompetence and dishonesty that later characterised the Blair government

My part in the expensive calamity that was the Millennium Dome

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley, creative director (briefly) for the Millennium Dome, lifts the lid on an expensive calamity

Dear God, am I going to have to start liking Ed Balls?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

What the hell is going on with Ed Balls? Back in the horrible doldrums of the last Labour government, he…

Jeremy Corbyn: authenticity in spades

What’s next for Comrade Corbyn?

20 February 2016 9:00 am

‘Ah, Jeremy,’ remarked Tony Blair at a smart dinner party in Islington not long before he became prime minister, ‘he…

Tony Blair: What I got right – and Labour now is getting wrong

12 December 2015 9:00 am

And what the Labour party is now getting wrong

Sidney Blumenthal: peddler of tired old clichés about British politics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I remember Sidney Blumenthal from my time in Washington in the late 1980s when I was there as the first…

Spectator letters: How schools fail boys, Jonathan Croall answers Keith Baxter, and why atheists should love the C of E

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Why girls do better Sir: Isabel Hardman notes that girls now outperform boys at every level in education (‘The descent…

George Osborne is entitled to look smug

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The popular pastime for financial commentators this season is sticking pins in George Osborne. To those on the left who…

White, blue-collar, grey-haired rebels

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the 2010 general election, Ukip gained nearly a million votes — over 3 per cent — three times as…

Damian McBride: Why I clutched at my trousers in front of Jeremy Paxman

28 September 2013 9:00 am

They say nothing beats the feeling of seeing your book in print. But for me, the proudest moment was presenting…

Rod Liddle: Under New Labour, it really was the loony left

28 September 2013 9:00 am

There is a little vignette in the first volume of Alastair Campbell’s diaries that makes it abundantly clear that, at…

Palace intrigue

29 January 2011 12:00 am

Plunging into the second volume of Alastair Campbell’s diaries is like opening a Samuel Richardson novel.

Boom and bust for Gordon

1 January 2011 12:00 am

Iain Martin examines Gordon Brown’s confident policies before and after disaster struck and finds them wanting

The other Prince of Darkness

6 November 2010 12:00 am

This is a clever publishing idea, a light academic-historical cloak for another set of political memoirs.