Politics: When it comes to the crunch, Cameron will choose his party over Europe

Downing Street’s negotiating team returned from Berlin last Friday afternoon in good spirits. Angela Merkel had accepted that Britain deserved…

Politics: Recovery begins at home

There’s a pattern emerging to George Osborne’s autumn. He gives a big domestic set piece speech on growth and then…

Politics: Miliband pitches his tent with the protestors  

During the Depression, tent cities sprung up across America. Today, in the second great contraction, they are appearing in the…

The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs

Half a century ago J.K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation in the English- speaking…

Politics: Nick Clegg is in better political shape than anyone would have guessed

It is too early to call him the comeback kid of British politics, but Nick Clegg enters the party conference…

Politics: Can the coalition survive the crises ahead?

Can the coalition survive the crises ahead?

Michael Gove’s free schools are a triumph – but can they keep up with the baby boom?

When Michael Gove first proposed ‘free schools’ four years ago, he could have been written off as another Tory daydreamer.

Politics: Will Gaddafi’s fall go to Cameron’s head?

David Cameron’s public utterances often appear to have been crafted to make him sound as much like Tony Blair as possible. 


Politics: Euroscepticism isn’t just for Tories any more

‘I’m just popping out to the shops. Do you want anything?’

Politics: Ed Miliband has given himself a chance to be heard, but he won’t take it

After the carnival barking of the phone-hacking saga, the long break beckons for Parliament.


Politics: The people Cameron should be shmoozing

David Cameron has just passed through his first full-blown crisis as Prime Minister. He may have been a bit-part player…


Bookends: Scourge of New Labour

Like all politicians, Bob Marshall-Andrews is fond of quoting himself, and Off Message (Profile Books, £16.99) includes a generous selection of his speeches and articles on such topics as Tony Blair’s messianic warmongering and David Blunkett’s plans for a police state. Less typically, perhaps, he is almost as generous in his quotation of others, such as Simon Hoggart, who has called him ‘a cross between Dennis the Menace and his dog, Gnasher’.

Politics: ‘Best in Europe’ is no longer good enough

If there’s one phrase that infuriates Tory radicals more than any other, it’s ‘We’re the best in Europe at ...’.

Politics: What Miliband has learnt from Thatcher

Ed Miliband could be excused for indulging in some comfort television.


Politics: Don’t let Europe’s crisis go to waste

Europe has reached a crucial crossroads, from which there is no return.


Politics: If Greece falls, Britain will suffer

When George Osborne delivered his first budget, Greece made the perfect backdrop.

How do we get to Denmark?

Francis Fukuyama is rare amongst scholars in being unafraid to ask large questions.


Politics: Cameron in chains

When Conservative leaders come to address the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, they are required to stand outside Committee Room 14 of the House of Commons until the rest of the agenda is completed.


Politics: Lib Doom

When politicians start complaining about the media, you know that they’re in trouble.


Politics: The rose garden romance is well and truly over

A little under a year ago, David Cameron held a party at Downing Street to thank all of those who had helped the Tory general election campaign.

Go out and govern New South Wales

‘In the mists and damp of the Scottish Highlands, 61-year-old Sir Bartle Frere was writing a letter.

Politics: This referendum will destroy a party leader. But which one?

The next general election may seem a long way away.


Politics: Just tiffs – or is the coalition headed for divorce?

When one half of a couple threatens to walk out if he doesn’t get his way and the other responds by threatening to call in the lawyers, it’s obvious that all is not well.


Politics: Time for Cameron to do some pruning

When spring arrives in England, the Prime Minister likes to roll up his sleeves and do a spot of gardening at his constituency home.