It was political jujitsu. The coalition turned the public sector unions’ strike back against them. When the unions first decided…
Downing Street’s negotiating team returned from Berlin last Friday afternoon in good spirits. Angela Merkel had accepted that Britain deserved…
There’s a pattern emerging to George Osborne’s autumn. He gives a big domestic set piece speech on growth and then…
During the Depression, tent cities sprung up across America. Today, in the second great contraction, they are appearing in the…
Half a century ago J.K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation in the English- speaking…
It is too early to call him the comeback kid of British politics, but Nick Clegg enters the party conference…
Can the coalition survive the crises ahead?
When Michael Gove first proposed ‘free schools’ four years ago, he could have been written off as another Tory daydreamer.
David Cameron’s public utterances often appear to have been crafted to make him sound as much like Tony Blair as possible.
‘I’m just popping out to the shops. Do you want anything?’
An economy killed with kindness
After the carnival barking of the phone-hacking saga, the long break beckons for Parliament.
David Cameron has just passed through his first full-blown crisis as Prime Minister. He may have been a bit-part player…
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’.
If there’s one phrase that infuriates Tory radicals more than any other, it’s ‘We’re the best in Europe at ...’.
Ed Miliband could be excused for indulging in some comfort television.
Europe has reached a crucial crossroads, from which there is no return.
When George Osborne delivered his first budget, Greece made the perfect backdrop.
Francis Fukuyama is rare amongst scholars in being unafraid to ask large questions.
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.
When politicians start complaining about the media, you know that they’re in trouble.
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.
‘In the mists and damp of the Scottish Highlands, 61-year-old Sir Bartle Frere was writing a letter.
The next general election may seem a long way away.
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.