Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards was a presenter for GMTV for 10 years and a BBC Political Correspondent. He has been a political columnist for the Independent since 2005. Steve also presents Radio 4's "The Week in Westminster", BBC documentaries, and tours with a unique one man show "Rock N Roll Politics". More details on steverichards.me
28 April 2014 05:18 PM
That way they avoid a crisis that could wreck the party
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
21 April 2014 05:52 PM
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
14 April 2014 05:34 PM
I am still waiting for a refund I claimed from a train company a year ago
07 April 2014 06:44 PM
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
07 April 2014 06:32 PM
The idea of MPs ‘taking revenge’ for newspaper coverage of their expenses is misguided
31 March 2014 06:19 PM
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?
24 March 2014 06:59 PM
No leader of the opposition can resist the offer to give more power to the voters
19 March 2014 06:36 PM
But I would be surprised if the Budget alone greatly changes the electoral mood
17 March 2014 05:56 PM
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
10 March 2014 06:53 PM
These institutions are behaving like alcoholics who cannot resist another drink
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 100,000 back our campaign
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 2 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 3 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train