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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Members of the media listen to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on the Scottish referendum

Forget devolution, the only thing that matters in
Westminster is the next General Election

It is in the Conservatives’ interests to stop Scottish MPs voting on English matters

Sir Bob Geldof was among the speakers at a rally for the Better Together campaign in Trafalgar Square on Monday. He told the crowd: “I’d like to tell Scotland we’re all fucking fed-up with Westminster”

Scottish independence: After the revolution the rest of the UK will be seeking a rebalancing act

Ed Miliband has to play down some of the ideological differences to keep his party united

The Saltire flying high in an image from the pro-independence 'yes' campaign

Where’s the vision from the ‘No’ side? Opponents of Scottish independence may be doing too little too late

The problem for defenders of the Union is that every time they raise their game, Alex Salmond will say they’re panicking

Former Tory MP Douglas Carswell (right) has joined Ukip but this won't stop the existing Ukip candidate for Clacton, Roger Lord, from challenging the ex-MP for the right to represent the party in the forthcoming by-election

Carswell’s defection was a nightmare for Cameron, but disaffected Tories would be wise to stay put

For any Eurosceptic MP, Cameron's original offer is still their best bet

David Cameron and Ed Miliband

‘Showing leadership’ over Iraq is fraught with dangers for David Cameron

The public and parliament will no longer blindly support gung-ho action

Obama and Cameron’s response to the nightmare of Iraq is an incoherent mess

But after all the mistakes of 2003, are our Western leaders right to be so hesitant?

Is Ed Miliband a natural born leader? Or could he become one?

Here are the qualities you need to be a top political leader

You must have a background in epic Westminster battles, and a nose for PR

Tony and Cherie Blair on the day he was elected

That parts of the Labour Party still love Blair so much ought to worry the ‘new’ leadership

They cheer for Blair because he is not Miliband, who they fear will lose in 2015

After the reshuffle, the Tory front bench is about to become more feminine

But it will take more than symbolism to win next election

I recall the rumours of child abuse in Westminster in the 1980s. They weren’t taken very seriously

Was there a paedophile ring at Westminster? Was there a cover-up? The terms “cover-up and “Westminster paedophile ring” are volcanic. Put them together and there is bound to be an almighty eruption, and a further terrible breakdown in trust between voters and those who were or are public figures.

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