Style not substance: David Cameron’s conference speech contained some smart sloganeering but was largely an exercise in evasiveness
01 October 2014 08:22 PM
The Prime Minister made much of Ed Miliband’s omission but himself failed to explain how he will pay for his tax perks
01 October 2014 08:19 PM
The French establishment is well-known for its aversion to foreign words polluting the beautiful French language – “le weekend”, “le pullover” and “le penalty” being three examples that have met with varying degrees of resistance. With “austerity” the resistance is less to the word than to the concept.
30 September 2014 10:48 PM
It is, at least, a clear strategy. Theresa May today laid out how a Conservative government would confront extremism if the party wins election in 2015. On the issue of who should assume responsibility for the task, the Home Secretary reasserted sensible and on-going plans for her department to take full control, and so put an end to the muddle that has beset Whitehall in recent years. On the question of how extremism is to be fought Mrs May was equally forthright – but her proposals invite far less approval.
30 September 2014 10:46 PM
Rather than suppress it, China should use the uprising there to create a more open and tolerant society
If Cameron responds to Ukip defections by pandering to that party’s attitudes, the Tories will suffer for it in 2015
29 September 2014 01:16 AM
The battle between the Tories and Labour comes down to a single word: together. In his speech at the Labour Party conference Ed Miliband tried to make it his own by dint of simple repetition. At the Conservative Party conference which continues in Birmingham on Monday David Cameron, who has insisted for years that we are all in “this” – whatever “this” happens to be – together, the challenge will be to seize the word back.
28 September 2014 10:13 PM
The Chinese Communist Party has played a surreptitious but ever-expanding role in the former colony
28 September 2014 12:00 AM
26 September 2014 07:55 PM
There are big and obvious risks in embarking on military action against Islamic State. But to hold off was not an option
26 September 2014 07:51 PM
The attraction of a mass settlement of its foreign exchange trading investigation is easy to understand from the perspective of the Financial Conduct Authority.
25 September 2014 09:52 PM
As the party gathers for its annual conference, is it ready to shed its more eccentric aspects?
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