UK politics

Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

20 June 2015 9:00 am

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations…

The humiliation that turned Andy Burnham from Blairite to union man

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Andy Burnham is the Labour establishment’s choice as the next party leader. So why does he feel like an outsider?

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…

Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

13 June 2015 9:00 am

At 6.30 p.m. on 7 May, the Camerons invited guests at their home in Oxfordshire into the garden for a…

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

Inside the Milibunker: the last days of Ed

16 May 2015 9:00 am

The inside story of Labour’s chaotic and secretive election campaign

How did the polls get it so wrong? Jim Messina knows

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Jim Messina, Cameron’s data supremo, explains all

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015 9:00 am

A new leader will have to focus on winning, not sniping

The year that Scotland learned to hate

9 May 2015 9:00 am

If the SNP isn't about Scottish purity and hating the English, why do so many of its supporters behave as if it is?

Satire is dying because satirists are too successful

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I appeared on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the age-old question of whether political satire is…

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

In a Tory-leaning hung parliament, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds may command the balance of power. So what does he want?

Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing the mood of angry populism

Why do politicians go potty for ‘passion’?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

‘I long for spontaneous passion but I will never get it with my husband because I think he has Asperger…

Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015 9:00 am

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while,…

How to make Ukip supporters love green policies

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Few people know this, but hidden within the FedEx logo, between the E and the x, there is a small…

Hold your nose and bet on Team Ed

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The Speculator

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…

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

Zac Goldsmith: How my dad saved Britain

28 February 2015 9:00 am

If you’re grateful not to be in the euro, it’s James Goldsmith and his ‘rebel army’ you should thank

If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that…

Why the Lib Dems aren’t scared of this election (and why they should be)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

One of the most remarkable features of this parliament has been the sangfroid of the Liberal Democrats. Nothing seems to…

VE day anniversary: why politics will take second place the day after the election

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Will politics take second place the day after the election?

Dodginess from Tacitus to Ed Miliband

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘I hate Jammie Dodgers,’ said my husband staring disdainfully at a biscuit kindly tucked into his coffee saucer at an…

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…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…