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Michael Brown was a Conservative MP from 1979 to 1997

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We've had the boom; here comes the bust - and it is time for us all to panic

Mr Brown's arithmetic, if growth fails to match his expectations, has horrendous implications for public borrowing

The defining issue in British politics today: trust

Mr Duncan Smith need no longer be ashamed of the charges of being 'boring' and 'bald'

The political classes must reflect on this demonstration of people power

There is a growing feeling of alienation which is coupled with the view that the politicians are not listening to the people

Here we go again: it's time to play the sordid game of who's up, who's down

I suspect the days when cabinet reshuffles actually made much of a difference to a government's performance are long gone

Five years on, Prescott remains the man to watch

If anything, he could become even more essential to the PM as the jockeying for succession starts

The Tories are reaping the reward for grinding work on public services

'Their new consensual style does not hide the yawning chasms in their empty policy chests'

It is time for Britain to quit the Commonwealth

'Black Africa would learn we are no longer prepared to be made fools of, either by Mugabe or his fellow tyrants'

Take no notice of the EU's crocodile tears over Mr Bush's steel tariffs

'Protection is sometimes necessary to prevent unfair advantage from imports subsidised by EU grants'

Throw some red meat at the baying pack. That will keep them quiet...

'The next time a minister is caught lying, Labour MPs will be more willing to run him to earth'

Memo to MPs: remember the power of the vote

The docile Millbank pager-brigade decided no longer to tolerate efforts to stitch up the Commons
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