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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Regardless of the result, pro-Unionists need to accept that Scotland has already left the UK behind

Tony Blair’s devolution settlement, intended to be cautious, was the trigger

When you’re not in government, it’s very easy to argue that there should be ‘power to the people’. But what does it actually mean?

No leader of the opposition can resist the offer to give more power to the voters

Budget 2014: The Chancellor's mind is on politics as well as economics

But I would be surprised if the Budget alone greatly changes the electoral mood

The veteran politician Tony Benn in 1970

Politicians have stopped teaching. We can’t be surprised that voters are not enthused

What are the visions that drive Phillip Hammond, Theresa May or William Hague?

By itself, even the most public of scandals won’t fix the police, the banks, the energy companies. It’s time for the sledgehammer

These institutions are behaving like alcoholics who cannot resist another drink

Armed men in military fatigues stand near a painted Ukrainian coat of arms symbol as they block access to a Ukrainian border guards base not far from the village of Perevalne near Simferopol

Britain is responding to the crisis in Ukraine without a coherent foreign policy. And that’s a very good thing

There is no 'Hague doctrine'. Cameron tried out being Blair. He got nowhere

The Government is more anti-EU than at any time in the last 20 years. So why are Eurosceptics still so gloomy?

Those who insisted Britain must not join the euro have achieved all that they wanted

Nick Clegg may be batting his eyelashes at Labour, but he won't turn a cold shoulder on the Tories

The key issue in any future negotiations for a coalition is the precise context in which they take place, not Clegg’s politics

The greater the challenge, the more hope Clegg has

Like Tony Blair, he came to politics relatively late, but now seems to be partly enjoying power even though poll ratings are dire

Flood water surrounds Horsey Farm close to the village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

Who’s responsible for the hopeless response to the floods? In typical British fashion, it’s everyone and no one

The governments does not believe in – or is afraid of taking – direct responsibility

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