UK politics


George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

Cameron and Osborne have a very clear China policy: do whatever China wants

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Chris Mullin’s diary: Murdoch’s men couldn’t face even a fictional Corbyn victory

With four days to go until the result of Labour’s leadership election, a call from the Sunday Times. Would I…

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Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…


‘Perhaps we needed to tip the whole thing over’: Jon Cruddas on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

Jon Cruddas is still looking for ways to renew his party.They’re unlikely to please his new leader


Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Labour's already running out of time to regain its lost voters

The Labour leadership contest was supposed to be a debate about the party’s future. Instead it has oscillated between petty…


Labour always lurches left when it loses. But this time is worse

The party always swings left after defeats. But this time is worse


Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

It is the duty of MPs to resist Twitter storms and online petitions

Matthew Parris

How Jeremy Corbyn could destroy the Tories (yes, really)

‘Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?’ asked C.P. Cavafy in his poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Because night has fallen…

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Whoever wins the Labour leadership, Blairism is at death’s door

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce…

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Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to…

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will…


The hunting ban could be gone soon – but the hypocrisy will linger on

With luck, the cruel, hypocritical ban could be gone by winter

Queen Elizabeth II Visits Berlin

Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may…


Labour’s austerity tradition

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

King Abdullah Of Jordan Visits Berlin

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

Merkel’s crisis is David Cameron’s opportunity

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The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown

Nigel Farage’s special relationship with an American website, and its part in his party’s sudden meltdown


Ten myths about Brexit

Don’t believe the scare stories about leaving the EU

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

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

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

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Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without…

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Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

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

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction


Inside the Milibunker: the last days of Ed

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