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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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

Neil Kinnock welcomed Ed Miliband as Labour leader

Don’t mistake Ed Miliband for Neil Kinnock — he is in a far better place

The Tories are failing to win the battle of ideas, while the tide is moving increasingly in Miliband's favour

Travelers are locked out of Finsbury Park station, London, where they were directed to go as trains in and out of King's Cross have been cancelled

Our public services are in steep decline. Can we change track?

Some of the failures we've seen recently would shame a Third World country

Could the real Theresa May please stand up?

The Home Secretary is shy and lacking in overt political guile, and yet at the same time an almost certain leadership candidate

Miliband should lead the fight to make life affordable for all of us

From the poor to the middle classes, the cost of living has become a big theme

The ambition to rebalance an economy so heavily dependent on the South-east was a recurring theme of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne is a man on a mission — I’m just not sure what it is

These are safe pledges to make before an election, but billions will still have to be cut for the Chancellor's target to be met

Gordon Brown: 'Undoubtedly a member of the post-war Premier League of politicians.'

The remarkable highs and lows of Gordon Brown

If he had been gentler in his approach he might have been more successful

Our political landscape is not changing anywhere near as much as we assume it is

With the Ukip rise, the Green surge, and the soaring of the SNP, it's easy to get carried away and think we're heading towards some sort of revolution

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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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