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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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

The Government is more anti-EU than at any time in the last 20 years. So why are Eurosceptics still so gloomy?

Those who insisted Britain must not join the euro have achieved all that they wanted

Nick Clegg may be batting his eyelashes at Labour, but he won't turn a cold shoulder on the Tories

The key issue in any future negotiations for a coalition is the precise context in which they take place, not Clegg’s politics

The greater the challenge, the more hope Clegg has

Like Tony Blair, he came to politics relatively late, but now seems to be partly enjoying power even though poll ratings are dire

Flood water surrounds Horsey Farm close to the village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

Who’s responsible for the hopeless response to the floods? In typical British fashion, it’s everyone and no one

The governments does not believe in – or is afraid of taking – direct responsibility

Michael Gove tells Andrew Marr that Lady Morgan was not removed for political reasons

Michael Gove is on a political journey. And people he once took with him – like Sally Morgan – are now being left behind

Gove’s move signals the end of the Tory modernisers’ dream

Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

Forget the furore over the 50p tax rate. The Tories will regret it if they underestimate the Balls/Miliband team

They’ve fought four elections navigating the hazardous politics of “tax and spend”

Michael Gove should be sticking by Ofsted

It was a Conservative government that introduced a national curriculum and Ofsted

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