Steve Richards

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards was a presenter for GMTV for 10 years and a BBC Political Correspondent. He has been a political columnist for the Independent since 2005. Steve also presents Radio 4's "The Week in Westminster", BBC documentaries, and tours with a unique one man show "Rock N Roll Politics". More details on steverichards.me

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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.

The Houses of Parliament

Rumours of sexual misconduct can no longer be brushed beneath the carpet

As more light is shed on our recent past a common theme emerges

When he finally stood down in Luxembourg last year, he had spent 18 years in power, making him one of the longest-serving democratically elected leaders in the world

Nothing Cameron could have done would have changed outcome in Europe

And a referendum won’t make the issue go away

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