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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Monday 27 August 2012
Balls' banking-sector policy and Miliband's media performances straining relationship
The big questions: Is life still too short to stuff a mushroom? Are relationships the key to happiness?
Saturday 11 August 2012
Answered this week by Shirley Conran
Thursday 09 August 2012
Like Question Time without the annoying tub-thumping
Wednesday 08 August 2012
The flag has been rescued from the connotations of lost Empire or unpopular Union
Thursday 02 August 2012
Tony Blair's former economic adviser, who became one of earliest chroniclers of the then Prime Minister's bitter battles with Gordon Brown, has died aged 65.
Tuesday 31 July 2012
An irreverent Boris Johnson has commended the British for exhibiting the politeness of hosts by not winning too many medals in the opening days of the Olympics.
Sunday 15 July 2012
Equity-release proposals vague, insensitive and more expensive than existing council schemes
Friday 13 July 2012
Ed Miliband was looking chipper as he addressed the annual press gallery lunch in the Commons yesterday. He obviously feels that his last exchange with David Cameron across the floor before MPs begin their summer break proved that he can hold his own in that bear pit. As he half admitted, that means very little outside the Westminster village but is good for the morale of his Labour MPs.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Continuing confessions of a spin doctor - and the haunting spectre of suicide
Sunday 24 June 2012
The eurozone is doomed unless Germany agrees to underwrite the debts of struggling members, Tony Blair warned today.
Friday 22 June 2012
Of all the tricky topics for Ed Miliband, immigration comes second only to the economy.
Friday 22 June 2012
Ed Miliband today promised new measures to prevent British people being "locked out" of jobs by foreign workers, including forcing firms to declare if they employ high numbers of immigrants.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Being invited to the Lord Mayor's annual banquet where he hosts the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Governor of the Bank of England has always aroused mixed feelings. On one hand there is the excitement of rubbing shoulders with the great and the good and being present in the Mansion House for one of the great set-piece occasions of the City. On the other is the sheer discomfort of the experience.
Friday 15 June 2012
Gordon Brown claimed today that records released by the Cabinet Office confirm his repeated denials that he phoned Rupert Murdoch to declare “war” on the mogul and his media empire.
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major today told an inquiry into press standards that media tycoon Rupert Murdoch asked him to change policy on Europe.
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