Politics

Politics: Europe poisons the lot of the minister

26 February 2011 12:00 am

Have the Tories rediscovered the Right instincts?

Politics: Cameron is betting it all on BS

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Those who hoped they had heard the last of ‘the big society’ should look away now.

Tibet should not despair

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Surely no political process in the modern world is more shrouded in mystery than the way the Chinese select a new supreme leader — except perhaps the occult divination practised by the Tibetans.

Politics: Does Cameron actually oppose AV? He should

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Referendums are a very un-British device.

Politics: In times such as these, a government needs a proper strategic foreign policy

5 February 2011 12:00 am

The coalition’s approach to foreign policy is not to have a foreign policy.

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.

Politics: Westminster just isn’t built for coalitions

15 January 2011 12:00 am

The Liberal Democrats’ current problems can be traced back to 28 October 1943.

Politics: From Red Ed to Steady Eddie

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are locked in a political duel, and only one of them can survive.

Politics: Get ready for a year of upheavals

1 January 2011 12:00 am

This will be the year of the political identity crisis.

Politics: Nick Clegg must reform his party for the sake of democracy – and survival

11 December 2010 12:00 am

Nick Clegg’s tuition fees nightmare was never going to be over after the Commons vote.

Politics: The right way to help Ireland

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Why is Britain committing £7 billion to a bailout which will trap Ireland in its present discontents?

Politics: Miliband’s Labour is in danger of becoming invisible

20 November 2010 12:00 am

It is hard not to feel sorry for the ex-Cabinet ministers who have stayed on the Labour front bench.

A going-away present

13 November 2010 12:00 am

A great time ago when the world was young there was a pleasant and harmless custom by which a British ambassador when leaving his post could sit down and write a valedictory dispatch to the Foreign Secretary.

Politics: What Dubya taught Dave

13 November 2010 12:00 am

When you think of George W. Bush, ‘philosophical influence’ isn’t the first phrase that springs to mind.

Let councils take the decisions – and the blame

6 November 2010 12:00 am

Let councils take the decisions – and the blame

Politics: The coalition gets away with a sneaky power grab

30 October 2010 12:00 am

On Monday night, David Cameron and Nick Clegg succumbed to the temptations of power.

A world of ignorance

23 October 2010 12:00 am

America’s politicians are hopeless at understanding other countries – but they’re not alone in that

Politics: After the cuts, a growth strategy – this is an electoral as well as economic plan

23 October 2010 12:00 am

On Monday night, all new Conservative MPs were summoned to a meeting with the chief whip in Portcullis House.

Liberal Democrat ministers are discovering the Conservative facts of life

16 October 2010 12:00 am

The evening before the government was formed, I walked back from the television tent city on College Green to the House of Commons with a man who was about to become a cabinet minister.

Politics: If Cameron is heir to Blair, Osborne is heir to Brown

9 October 2010 12:00 am

In many ways, Gordon Brown and George Osborne are opposites.

Innocents abroad

18 September 2010 12:00 am

In John le Carré’s fiction, personal morality collides messily with the grimly cynical expediencies of global politics.

The match that sparked the Civil War

18 September 2010 12:00 am

There are turbulent marriages.

Welsh wizardry and venom

18 September 2010 12:00 am

Paul Johnson reviews Roy Hattersley’s life of David Lloyd George

A charismatic narcissist

11 September 2010 12:00 am

In equal measure, this book is fascinating and irritating.

Girls from the golden West

14 August 2010 12:00 am

Who was the first American to marry an English duke? Most students of the peerage would say it was Consuelo Yzagna who married the eldest son of the Duke of Manchester in 1876.