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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From rescue to recovery? It’s not as simple as that, George

Labour’s position in relation to spending is more astute than the Chancellor suggests

Intervention: too much of it abroad, not enough of it at home

The mark of the liberal interventionist is a mix of faith in the state, and scepticism about it

Prism, Edward Snowden the whistleblower and the frenzy that makes no sense

Freedom of information is all very well, but the act of shining a light on darkness generates a sense of breathless excitement that the documents themselves often lack

How Labour's Miliband and Balls are looking to the past, to plan for the future

They are unusual in having experience of shaping policy while working in opposition

Cameron the new Major? Don’t buy that myth

The current issue for the Conservatives is discordance rather than disunity

Our British democracy is a presidential system - minus the President

Cameron is only the latest Prime Minister to be in intense trouble, but this new pressure on a single individual makes being presidential almost impossible

Old Tory scepticism has won, yet Europe still ravages the party

Cameron has little room to manoeuvre as he twists towards the next crisis

The England we see in the Thatcher funeral coverage bears little relation to the real England

There has been self-generated media excess, disconnected with the level of interest of even the most ardent Conservatives, and we've all been swept along

The debate about the 80s had moved on. Now Thatcher is dragging us back

There were institutions that Thatcher loathed but which still got away with a lot

For many non-Tory voters, Thatcher personified the 'nasty party' Cameron promised to detoxify

The battle over Thatcher's legacy is a battle for the future

The PM has never established an authentic public voice - and Conservative adulation of Thatcher in the wake of her death casts the Cameron in a poor light

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