Mary Ann Sieghart
Mary Ann Sieghart has been writing about politics since the mid-1980s. After stints at the FT and Today newspaper, she joined The Economist in 1986 as Political Correspondent. In 1988, she moved to become Assistant Editor of The Times, where she spent 19 years, editing the Comment and Arts pages and writing political leaders and columns. She has presented TV programmes such as The Brains Trust and The World This Week and radio programmes such as Profile, The Week in Westminster and Newshour. As well as her Independent column, she also sits on the Council of Tate Modern, is an equity partner in The Browser website and chairs the Social Market Foundation think tank.
12 December 2011 12:00 AM
Bizarrely, the best hope for resolving Coalition differences is a collapse of the eurozone
21 November 2011 12:00 AM
Ministers privately hope that prices will fall, but are terrified of saying so in public
14 November 2011 12:00 AM
Stolen secrets are junk food for the soul. Popular journalism can be made from less toxic materials
07 November 2011 12:00 AM
We have pretty strong feelings about fairness and who is deserving and undeserving
31 October 2011 12:00 AM
Companies with more diverse boards produce higher returns for shareholders
24 October 2011 12:00 AM
Let's play a game of fantasy headlines – or rather nightmare headlines. What would each party leader least like to see splashed across tomorrow's front pages? Here's a guess: "Tory war erupts over Europe", "Lib Dems break promises" and "Labour bottles out of opposition". Yet any of those three could be written about today's vote on a European referendum. And it's extraordinary that each party leader has allowed it to happen.
17 October 2011 10:00 AM
There's nothing more dangerous for an organisation than a bullying boss. Look at RBS, where Sir Fred Goodwin bulldozed his board into a reckless takeover which led to the collapse of his bank, and much of Britain's financial system with it. Liam Fox too was a boss who was determined not to be thwarted. The story is a cautionary tale for our politics.
17 October 2011 12:00 AM
Liam Fox's conduct was the result of no one being willing, or able, to stand up to him
10 October 2011 10:00 AM
Last week, at a fringe meeting organised by ConservativeHome, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, took questions. He expected a barrage of Euroscepticism from this haven of the Tory right, but was asked loads about the rest of the world – Brazil, the Middle East, Asia, Africa – and only one about Europe, from a visitor who turned out to be Dutch.
10 October 2011 12:00 AM
The Coalition partners aren't nearly as far apart on Europe as most people believe... Power has mellowed both sides
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2