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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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

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

I am still waiting for a refund I claimed from a train company a year ago

The theatre of politics is compelling, but Clegg v Farage was dull

It was like watching two sides prepare for this summer's World Cup three years ago, while unsure whether the event would even happen

Newspapers are crediting Maria Miller with too much power if they think she is out to shackle the press over the expenses scandal

The idea of MPs ‘taking revenge’ for newspaper coverage of their expenses is misguided

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

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