UK politics

What the papers say: In praise of Macron’s charm offensive

19 January 2018 8:24

Emmanuel Macron capped off his trip to Britain by taking a selfie with the Prime Minister last night. His charm…

New Tory vice-chair culls ‘white public schoolboy’ Remainer from candidate list

18 January 2018 20:00

With the new Tory vice-chairman for youth, Ben Bradley, currently making headlines for ill-judged blog posts from 2012, it’s safe…

Macron charms, but won’t give ground on the City

18 January 2018 19:27

Emmanuel Macron is revelling in his new status as the preeminent politician in Europe. In his joint press conference with…

The Tories must hold their nerve on tuition fees

18 January 2018 16:23

One upshot of last week’s reshuffle is that Number 10 will get its review of higher education. But a lengthy…

Karen Bradley gets on the wrong side of the DUP

18 January 2018 13:14

Oh dear. Although Karen Bradley has only been in her new job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for just…

Labour embrace Jared O’Mara

18 January 2018 11:57

It’s been a difficult week for Ben Bradley, the new Tory vice chair for youth. In unearthed blog posts dating…

Emmanuel Macron’s charm offensive is paying off

18 January 2018 11:14

Summit? What summit? Coverage of today’s Anglo-French tête–à–tête at Sandhurst can best be described as low-key on the French side…

Carillion’s collapse is the worst of all worlds for the government

18 January 2018 8:47

Having spent the best part of 15 years looking at public procurement data, this is my take on collapse of…

Whips try to soothe post-reshuffle wounds

17 January 2018 17:50

If you thought the main fallout from Theresa May’s reshuffle was last week, think again: over the past few days…

Paul Mason’s elite panic

17 January 2018 17:20

Oh dear. After three Momentum candidates – including key Corbyn ally Jon Lansman – were elected to Labour’s national executive…

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The government must end the curious indifference to survivors of domestic abuse

17 January 2018 17:18

What happens to a woman who leaves domestic violence? A layman’s impression might be that she gets on with her…

Hopeless Jeremy Corbyn manages to out-feeble Theresa May yet again

17 January 2018 16:30

Carillion. It doesn’t help that the name resembles a kiddie’s word, like gazillion, suggesting an astronomical sum of cash. The sudden…

Corbyn is missing an opportunity each week at PMQs

17 January 2018 16:16

Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn are great Commons’ performers. PMQs is, more often than not these days, a no…

In praise of Michael Gove and his reusable cup

17 January 2018 14:44

I’m drinking coffee as a write this. That’s not unusual. I drink a lot of coffee, much of it bought…

Nicola Sturgeon is running out of popularity – and time

17 January 2018 12:36

Time is beginning to run out for Nicola Sturgeon. That, at any rate, is one conclusion to be drawn from…

How much bother will Jacob Rees-Mogg cause the government in his new role?

17 January 2018 10:56

Although Jacob Rees-Mogg missed out on a promotion in last week’s reshuffle, the Moggster has at least got a new…

Labour’s beleaguered moderates must act now before it’s too late

17 January 2018 8:50

When is left-wing not left-wing enough? Veteran Labour organiser Ann Black is finding out the hard way. Yesterday morning, she…

Theresa May could learn a lot from Emmanuel Macron

17 January 2018 8:24

Theresa May hosts Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst tomorrow, an encounter that is unlikely to paint the British Prime Minister in…

The case for more NHS cash is growing

16 January 2018 16:50

Theresa May likes to boast at Prime Minister’s Questions that mental health spending is increasing. The problem is that this…

Watch: Ken Clarke sends fellow Tory MP to sleep

16 January 2018 14:58

Ken Clarke is back on his feet talking about Brexit in the Commons again – but his speech has not…

Andrea Leadsom sees green over Gove

16 January 2018 13:50

Whether it’s authentic or not, the Conservative party is going green. Following Michael Gove’s reinvention as resident eco-warrior, the party…

Donald Tusk’s Brexit comments should worry the government

16 January 2018 12:52

Donald Tusk’s comments, echoed by Jean-Claude Juncker, that Britain could still change its mind on Brexit should worry the UK government.…

Has the era of low inflation really come to an end?

16 January 2018 11:00

How many times have you heard in recent months that the era of low inflation is at an end?  The…

What the papers say: Carillion represents a catastrophic failure by politicians

16 January 2018 8:30

Theresa May has said the collapse of Carillion is ‘extremely regrettable’. But with tens of thousands of jobs at risk…

How to ban newspapers and influence people

15 January 2018 17:55

How to signal your virtue is one of the most perplexing problems in modern etiquette. It has to be done,…