Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”
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Saturday 18 January 2014
My Week We can expect the papers next week to be filled with musings from Davos, where the business and political elite are about to have their annual shindig in the Alps, so it was particularly satisfying on Thursday to record a piece for National Public Radio in the United States on why the whole gathering had long since lost the plot.
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Party strategists know they cannot rely on the 'cost of living crisis' to carry them to victory in next year's general election
Sunday 12 January 2014
Defence procurement has been one of the biggest machines for wasting money
Thursday 02 January 2014
It might be regarded as a happy hunting ground for the crucial female votes of Middle England but Mumsnet has again proved it can be a jungle for politicians hoping to reach out beyond the confines of Westminster.
Thursday 26 December 2013
There is a common belief Labour can somehow coast to victory
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Informa has announced plans to move its tax domicile back to Britain after five years in Switzerland — news that will help Chancellor George Osborne’s efforts to make the UK more tax-friendly.
Monday 02 December 2013
More than a year after Nadine Dorries appeared on the reality show I’m a Celebrity… she has finally done what MPs are required to do, and filled in the appropriate part of the Register of Members’ Interests. Thus we learn that being humiliated in the jungle is less lucrative than we thought. According to the Register, she was paid £6,960 while she was on the show, plus £13,268 two months later for associated interviews and photo shoots, making £20,228 in all – half what the pundits guessed she had received.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
To the public this is no more than an SW1 issue, to the Whitehall mandarins it represents an earthquake
Saturday 09 November 2013
In an obscure corner of the parliamentary process sits a committee called the Statutory Instruments Joint Committee.
Sunday 13 October 2013
Ecnomic View: Those in power etween 2000 and 2008 should see what their policies did to living standards
Lord O'Donnell: I warned Gordon Brown not to take Damian McBride to Downing Street from the Treasury
Saturday 12 October 2013
Former Cabinet Secretary says McBride had 'gone off the territory' even as a civil servant
'Ed Miliband copied into smears emails...': Damian McBride's memoirs suggest Labour leader could be 'embarrassed' by Derek Draper correspondence
Sunday 22 September 2013
Ed Miliband may have been copied in to damaging emails that were at the centre of a 2009 smear campaign orchestrated by leading Labour officials, according to senior party sources.
Downing Street hogs the remote control: The PM's use of tame media is annoying the big guns at Sky, ITN and the BBC
Sunday 25 August 2013
Britain's senior political television journalists are at war with Downing Street over what they see as attempts by David Cameron to bypass them and use less critical media outlets to broadcast policies to the public.
Thursday 15 August 2013
Ed must be swivel-eyed this morning, such is the volume of advice he's been handed by the press. Most of it starts by noting the Conservatives are on an upswing, and Labour's message hasn't quite got through to voters. So what might the party leader do to turn things round? (Besides getting that egg out of his hair).
Damian McBride’s poison pen looms over Ed Miliband as memoirs of Gordon Brown’s former spin-doctor set to be published
Friday 09 August 2013
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 1 I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' near to camp
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football