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 GMTV's flagship current affairs show The Sunday Programme and Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.
29 October 2012 06:07 PM
The sheer power of modern Governors makes the Chancellor's decision momentous - which is why senior Liberal Democrats are so determined to have a say in it
26 October 2012 08:02 PM
Drawn into a scandal that threatens to engulf one of our greatest institutions, can its chairman steady the ship?
24 October 2012 07:16 PM
What should be a glorious era for councils is anything but. For decades, powers have been switched from the local to the centre by those who promise to do the opposite
22 October 2012 07:07 PM
There were errors and misjudgements of varying size, and unacceptable passivity. But the idea that this was something more sinister just doesn't stand up
For all the fuss over interference, there's nothing in Prince Charles' letters that we don't already know
18 October 2012 08:41 AM
And what the Prince thinks or does is of little practical importance
18 October 2012 12:00 AM
15 October 2012 06:48 PM
Alex Salmond is reputed to be the greatest political conjuror of recent times. But do his latest manoeuvres prove that the SNP leader has finally run out of tricks?
10 October 2012 07:35 PM
The Prime Minister looked fresh and unfazed during his conference speech, and he put the Tory case well. But will that be enough to save him?
08 October 2012 06:38 PM
Our Chief Political Commentator reports from a party conference where, once again, the base is unhappy with its leader, modernisation and the public sector
03 October 2012 06:04 PM
Functioning in the dark, secure in their posts, these servants are often a hindrance. And is a Transport Secretary who's actually interested in Transport too much to ask?
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