UK politics

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

How Labour lost Scotland (and could lose the Union)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Just four months ago Scotland was the scene of great cross-party co-operation — unprecedented in peace-time politics. Gordon Brown was…

To reform the NHS, use the politics of envy

7 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Let’s make the rich pay more.’ Does that sound so right-wing? To me it has a positively socialist ring. It…

How Alex Brooker made political interviews interesting again

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The other night on Channel 4, I watched the best political interview I’ve seen all year. It was with Nick…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

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…

Nigel Farage’s diary: How I survived Dry January

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had…

Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For Angela Merkel, it’s a crisis. For David Cameron, it’s an opportunity

The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Schools are the one area where this government has made a real, positive difference – but it’s scared stiff of saying so

Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The…

George Osborne’s 13 tests for an election victory (and how many he’s passed)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

These days George Osborne is rarely seen in public without a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket. But he used…

The Stonewall dinner left me with one question: why are volunteers so horrible to one another?

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I watched the video with some trepidation. Stonewall (the campaigning gay and lesbian equality organisation) had just sent me the…

Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why has politics turned into stand-up?

Blame Tony Blair for Labour’s new stupidity about wealth

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Labour's attitude to wealth is sliding back into the 1970s - and Tony Blair's new career is one reason why

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.…

Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens…

Archbishop John Sentamu on why politicians are like men arguing at a urinal

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Archbishop John Sentamu is not scared to tell off politicians, across the spectrum

Even Ukip don't dare break the unhealthy consensus on the NHS

3 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s an irony about Ukip’s rise. Nigel Farage party’s popularity is driven by a widespread sense that the main parties…

How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Whether the high-speed rail line is built or not, it is destroying the retirements of people like my parents

Why ‘respect’ is the last thing we should want from politicians

29 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Respect!’ cried my husband, drop-kicking a cushion with a picture of the Queen Mother holding a pint of beer on…

Meet the new Queen of Scots: Nicola Sturgeon’s unstoppable rise

22 November 2014 9:00 am

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s…

What Angela Merkel really wants (it's not good news for Dave)

8 November 2014 9:00 am

The German Chancellor has a lot in common with David Cameron – which is why she can’t afford to help him very much

Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures…

It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to…

How Cameron could make the EU a winning issue (and why he won’t)

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I don’t think the PM will really campaign for an EU exit. But he still has the best chance of getting one