Andy McSmith is a senior reporter at The Independent. He has vast experience in political journalism and has also appeared on documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
26 March 2015 11:36 PM
The image that lingers on in the mind is Ed Miliband declaring, “Hell, yes, I’m tough enough,” putting on his best “tough enough” face. It was towards the end of the gruelling last 18 minutes of the great television non-debate.
26 March 2015 06:17 PM
George Galloway – never one to understate his own achievements – was heard on BBC Radio’s Today news programme talking up his victory in the Bradford West by-election. “We successfully won the biggest swing of the 20th century on mainland Britain,” he proclaimed.
25 March 2015 07:42 PM
Some people are having problems keeping track of which MPs are standing down this week, and which are fighting on.
24 March 2015 07:04 PM
Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has had a good idea: she has written a children’s activity book about the civil war in Loughborough, where she is the local MP.
23 March 2015 10:04 PM
Charles VI was mad, genuinely insane and incapable of governing France
19 March 2015 07:35 PM
Never in the history of British fiscal policy has there been a tax that came and went faster than the trumpet tax. It was there in the morning: by the afternoon it was gone, leaving nothing but a cacophony of puns.
18 March 2015 06:08 PM
David Cameron must think the “two kitchens” story is doing Ed Miliband serious damage, because he managed to work no fewer than five jokes about it into Prime Minister’s Questions.
17 March 2015 10:59 PM
Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown as he did on stage. This is the kinder version
17 March 2015 07:34 PM
“Most judges, lawyers, probation staff, prison officers, victims, court staff and people denied access to justice believe that you have been the worst Lord Chancellor since Lord Shaftesbury in 1673,” Chris Grayling was told by his Labour shadow Sadiq Khan, as they faced each other in the Commons for the last time before the election.
16 March 2015 11:48 PM
With about a month left before the Duchess of Cambridge is due to have her second child, the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act is still not in force.
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