Steve Richards

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards became The Independent’s chief political commentator in 2000 having been political editor of the New Statesman. He presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

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Former Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry

Hysteria, vilification, a spurious 'victim': welcome to the age of anti-politics

Thornberry broke one of the golden rules of politics. While voters can be rude to politicians, politicians can never be rude to voters

A pioneering plan to save the health service £1 billion a year by keeping patients out of hospital has been branded a 'shambles' after the Government’s spending watchdog found at best it would save less than a third of the amount projected at best

The Colchester hospital crisis shows the NHS is in need of major surgery

Intense, forensic scrutiny is part of the future for the NHS. Poor managers must go

Only 34 per cent of Labour voters think Ed Miliband is up to the job of Prime Minister

Miliband's problem isn't that he's out of touch, but that he's too neurotically in touch

Instead of fretting about the polls and focus groups, he needs to bind together a team with a shared sense of purpose

Angela Merkel has discussed the issues with David Cameron but is said to be unwilling to bend on certain basic EU principles

Angela Merkel has set the boundaries of David Cameron’s EU negotiations: he would be well-advised to take heed

No wonder Cameron is taking his time to deliver the immigration speech

Ed Miliband insists Labour is on course for victory at next May's general election despite its near-disaster in last Thursday's by-election in Heywood and Middleton

Ed Miliband isn’t the villain of the Scottish Labour piece

The calls from several senior Labour figures in Scotland for their party to become autonomous are illogical and dangerous

Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution

Russell Brand's Revolution - book review: Witty banalities aside, the comic has an authentic voice

The Independent's Steve Richards suggests that Ed Miliband might like to make Brand a Minister if he gets into office

David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government

You want constitutional change? Fixed-term parliaments have already done the job

Why our politics could be in chaos after the next election

Ed Miliband insisted that Labour MPs who are in Parliament must back a motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state

Labour’s time is right, but do they know it?

The party needs to show that it can reach out to beyond its core vote

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said a Tory government in 2015 would see David Cameron become a

No party can afford to let down its supporters - especially the Lib Dems

Lessons for Nick Clegg if he is ever to be in a Coalition again

Tory Party conference: Passionate and witty, the PM’s speech had fizz

Compared with Ed Miliband’s whimsical speech last week, this appeared to be substantial and stuffed full of policy announcements

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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin