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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Steve Richards: The mark of Margaret Thatcher's success was how she forced her enemies to change

She turned the crises of the 1970s to her lasting advantage: that was her genius

David Miliband’s dignified exit does everyone a favour – including him

Most of what you think you know about the elder brother is wrong. Despite the prevailing orthodoxy, he is neither a Blairite nor the best leader Labour never had

Boris is leader-in-waiting. He’ll never be leader

Discontent with a current leader creates an irrational sense of hope in an alternative

Trapped by his own ideology, the Chancellor is lonelier than ever

Cabinet ministers are becoming more assertive, behind the scenes and publicly

It looked like the Cabinet would act against instinct on alcohol pricing. What a shame it didn't

The u-turn on this policy will cost lives, and Cameron could have driven it through

Labour and the Tories both think they'll lose 2015 and they can't both be right

The mood in each camp is downbeat and introspective, but “Sorry we blew it last time" isn't the kind of slogan that wins elections

Ministerial rows over cuts show how much weaker Cameron and Osborne have become

The Tories now see the reality of public-spending cuts - and they don't like it

As Osborne reels, why is Balls feeling the heat?

There are calls for the shadow Chancellor to be replaced - but Balls is one of the few politicians who has the economic experience to rise to the challenge of a crisis

Calamitous result for Conservatives as Lib Dems win Eastleigh

The confidence boost for Clegg will lead to more stability at the top of the Coalition

Everyone's a winner if the Lib Dems win Eastleigh

It has been a closely fought election, yet despite appearances, there is a single outcome in Eastleigh that would suit all three main parties

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