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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If we truly value democratic politics, then we must say MPs deserve their pay rise

I can understand some of the disillusionment, but too much of it is baseless

Ed Balls, left, and Chancellor George Osborne, right, share a lighter moment on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.

Autumn Statement analysis: The Tories could fight an election tomorrow. Not so, Labour...

The Labour leadership needs to add detail to its alternative journey

The Chancellor is examining the capital's buoyant property market as a potential source of extra revenue

The power of George Osborne is growing by the day

The rise of the Chancellor as such an overwhelmingly dominant figure is new

For the state to intervene in the free market would have been anathema to Osborne. How times change

For now, Osborne still has a foot in the old era of state inactivity

If you want a lesson in how to solve social mobility, try reading Harry Redknapp’s autobiography

John Major’s solution to the problem of social mobility– a grammar school in every town – made matters worse

Will politicians never learn? The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is sub-prime mortgages all over again

Cameron and George Osborne have convinced voters the global meltdown is the fault of Ed Balls

What should Ed do? Stand firm on Europe? Or let the people decide?

Whenever Miliband follows his convictions he becomes stronger, not weaker

The future of the High Speed Rail 2 project looks in doubt as Labour prepare to stop backing it, and the Tory rebellion against it gathers momentum

HS2: The train now departing... needs to reach its destination

There is in theory a political consensus around this project. Treasure it

The caring face of Conservatism? Look no further than John Major

The former PM’s ideas offend the ideological souls who currently lead the party

The police have been exposed over plebgate. Now give Mitchell his job back

It's fortunate that the former Chief Whip recorded his police interview

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