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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Security never drives our leaders, it just soaks up their time

May defended scrapping orders while arguing she had brought them back. Quite a contortion

Jack Straw meets journalists as he arrives at Millbank Studios to carry out interviews over the cash for access scandal

There's a cure for the lobbying problem reignited by Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind sting, but you won't want to hear it

The talent pool for the big jobs in government is narrow enough as it is

Yes we can: David Axelrod, centre, tries out his campaign slogans on Ed Miliband and Tristram Hunt

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod, book review: Miliband's great hope

David Axelrod's memoir reveals how he engineered Obama's election wins. His attempt to do the same for the Labour leader is proving more of a challenge, says Steve Richards
Ed Miliband has a moderate, expedient approach to the deficit, but evidently he is not enthused

Only when Ed Miliband is shaking things up is he at ease with leadership

Ed Miliband’s authentic public voice is that of the insurgent

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La Gomera, Canary Islands: Whistle while you walk

Communication once took an unusual form on little La Gomera. Today, paths make things easier, says Steve Richards

David Cameron and Ed Miliband attend the Queen's Speech on 4 June 2014

Where are the leaders who cast a spell? Neither Cameron nor Miliband have that quality

If you’re not strong, at least appear to be strong

When asked about reform in general, David Cameron insists that he is about “giving power away from the centre to the users of public services” (PA)

Reform is the watchword, right across the political spectrum. But what does it mean?

From Education to the NHS, the debate is framed in terms that are far too simplistic

Supporters of the radical left-wing party Syriza celebrate in Athens after its convincing election victory (PA)

Where does power lie? The question that ties us to Athens

The election in Greece was about power, where it lies and who wields it, voters refused to accept that control lay with the European Central Bank and Angela Merkel alone

Supporters of New Democracy wave Greek flags during Antonis Samaras pre-election speech.

Greece elections: Where does power lie? This is the question that ties the UK to Athens

Many voters have been motivated by a sense of powerlessness in both countries

John Major on his soapbox in 1992. Such an approach still counts

Do not adjust your TV. This election will be decided on the doorstep

There will be no uniform national swing but a hundred different local swings

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