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.
The public thinks MPs are on another planet – so why stop John Bercow trying to bring them back to earth?
02 June 2014 05:51 PM
He is the first Speaker in the modern era to be a substantial reformer, and some of the traditionalists are uneasy
What now for Cameron, Miliband and Clegg? After a poor election, each party leader has an acute identity crisis to face
26 May 2014 06:49 PM
Cameron’s party will not tolerate a repeat of his Blair-like attempt at a public identity
23 May 2014 09:22 PM
Sometimes a small volcano erupts in politics and there is little the main parties can do about it.
23 May 2014 07:01 PM
Now we can discern the haziest outlines of the next 12 months
19 May 2014 06:49 PM
An ideological vacuum gives space for populist to rise and appeal across the spectrum
Despite the rifts, the Coalition will stagger on until the election. But can you imagine Cameron and Clegg reunited in the rose garden?
12 May 2014 06:18 PM
There are Tory MPs aching for a brief period of minority government
Despite appearances, it’s Miliband, not Farage, who’s breaking with tradition and upsetting the status quo
05 May 2014 06:20 PM
If voters want more of the same they must choose between Farage and Cameron
28 April 2014 05:18 PM
That way they avoid a crisis that could wreck the party
I’m not a fan of referendums. But giving the public a chance to voice their opinion could be the only way to improve the NHS
21 April 2014 05:52 PM
No politician is allowed to pledge a penny of extra spending on any cause
A Ministry for Complaints might sound like something out of Monty Python, but if it improves public services, bring it on
14 April 2014 05:34 PM
I am still waiting for a refund I claimed from a train company a year ago
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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