UK politics

Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

25 October 2014 9:00 am

If you want real local identity to thrive in England, put the old county boundaries back on the map

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of…

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British…

Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Brighton council’s disastrous experiments should serve as a warning to the whole country against voting Green

Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014 9:00 am

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with…

Yes, Wonga lent at shocking rates – but it was customers who lied

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Payday Lady is not trading at this time,’ says her website, sounding a little like La Dame aux camélias. Indeed (since…

Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

Nigel Farage’s class war

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I initially thought Nigel Farage had made a mistake in unveiling Mark Reckless on the final day of his party…

Letters: Andrew Roberts on Cameron, and a defence of Kate Bush

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Advice for Cameron Sir: David Cameron once saved my life from a school of Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish, so…

The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland will be better for having had the debate

It costs £34,000 to become an MP. No wonder they expect higher pay

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Mark Simmonds has been in politics long enough to know not to expect much sympathy from his constituents. He resigned…

Mark Simmonds was just saying what a lot of MPs think

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I feel some sympathy for Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP who’s resigned as a minister and is stepping down at…

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The next Tory leadership battle has just begun

For Boris, choosing the right seat will only be half the battle

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Choosing the right seat is only half the battle for Boris

Parliament's next crisis: a dangerous shortage of middle-aged men

26 July 2014 9:00 am

The House of Commons is off for the summer. But few MPs and ministers expect to make it through to…

Our spies have stopped chasing subversives. That's why we're in so much trouble

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron…

Right-wing women are sexier

19 July 2014 9:00 am

A lust that dare not speak its name

Could Michael Howard be the next EU Commissioner?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In recent weeks British government visitors to Berlin have been confronted with a persistent question: when will David Cameron make…

How Wales was betrayed by its (Labour) government.

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Devolution has left my country with catastrophic misgovernment

Ed Miliband’s problem isn’t his image. It’s us

28 June 2014 9:00 am

That bacon bap earlier this month was not the cause of Ed Miliband’s unpopularity. Ed Miliband’s unpopularity was the cause…

George Osborne’s cynical grab for northern votes (and why I’m for it)

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When John Prescott used to wax garrulous about a ‘superhighway’ from Hull to Liverpool, everyone assumed it was a wheeze…

Does Ukip believe in anything any more?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

I’m worried about Ukip. It’s possible that my concerns are entirely misplaced but let me give you some examples of…

Why no one’s ready to oust Nick Clegg (except the Tories, of course)

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Nigel Farage is pretty good at giving people hangovers, and on Monday morning all three Westminster party leaders woke up…