UK politics

Who's who: Harriet Harman  and Tessa Jowell (Photo: Getty)

Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…


The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Young people are being taught to resent their elders on the basis of tendentious claims and alarmist statistics

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OK: I’m convinced: one EU referendum might not be enough

17 October 2015 9:00 am

We now have to take seriously the possibility that in the EU referendum Britain will vote to leave. I had…


Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

David Cameron leaves the stage with wife Samantha (Photo: Getty)

The Tories are still anxious to reach out. And that’s a very good sign

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Post-election party conferences usually follow a standard pattern. The winning party slaps itself on the back while the losers fret…


George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

26 September 2015 8:00 am

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

19 September 2015 8:00 am

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

19 September 2015 8:00 am

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

19 September 2015 8:00 am

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

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘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

15 August 2015 9:00 am

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

15 August 2015 9:00 am

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


Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

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

Matthew Parris

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

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘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

1 August 2015 9:00 am

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

25 July 2015 9:00 am

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

18 July 2015 9:00 am

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

11 July 2015 9:00 am

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?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

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


Osborne’s false prophet: why Jim O’Neill will never deliver a ‘northern powerhouse’

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Why Jim O’Neill isn’t fit to run the Northern Powerhouse

Labour’s austerity tradition

27 June 2015 9:00 am

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

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Merkel’s crisis is David Cameron’s opportunity

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The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown

27 June 2015 9:00 am

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


Ten myths about Brexit

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Don’t believe the scare stories about leaving the EU

Yvette Cooper with Ed Miliband (Photo: Getty)

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

20 June 2015 9:00 am

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations…