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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 all our politicians play it safe, who’ll be a Tony Benn 30 years from now?

Nick Clegg has started to look miserable at times during Prime Minister’s Questions and wears a tribal yellow tie, but that's about it in terms of political dissent

There will be no Con/Lib coalition after the next election

Clegg will struggle to get an agreement from his party for a renewal of the partnership

Cameron wants to reform the NHS. But it was his government that handed over the levers

The labyrinthine management structures of the NHS and BBC stymie change

A general view during Prime Minister's Questions during bitter exchanges about Party donations

A lesson from the PMQs: Voters are disdainful of politics and will not pay for state funding of parties

Last week it was Ed at bay in PMQs, now it’s Cameron. Both leaders are vulnerable over party funding

Union support helped Ed Miliband defeat brother David, pictured in 2010

Nothing that Ed Miliband says on union influence on Labour will be enough to silence his many critics - on both sides

Sometimes leaders are trapped without an obvious escape route, as Miliband is now

HS2 must not fail. If it does, investment in our future is doomed

In this country a gimmick, like the Olympics, is required to justify spending

From rescue to recovery? It’s not as simple as that, George

Labour’s position in relation to spending is more astute than the Chancellor suggests

Intervention: too much of it abroad, not enough of it at home

The mark of the liberal interventionist is a mix of faith in the state, and scepticism about it

Prism, Edward Snowden the whistleblower and the frenzy that makes no sense

Freedom of information is all very well, but the act of shining a light on darkness generates a sense of breathless excitement that the documents themselves often lack

How Labour's Miliband and Balls are looking to the past, to plan for the future

They are unusual in having experience of shaping policy while working in opposition

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