Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.
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Monday 01 October 2012
The political graveyard is littered with ex-future leaders who have risen too fast only to wilt in the heat of too much exposure. With that caveat, let it be noted that Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow Business Secretary, is acquiring the kind of aura that Tony Blair or Gordon Brown had 27 years ago, when the Tory diarist Alan Clark singled them out as Labour's "two bright boys".
Thursday 01 December 2011
Alastair Campbell told the Leveson Inquiry yesterday that he believed Cherie Blair's former style guru, Carole Caplin, was the source of leaks that revealed some of the inside secrets of the Blairs' life inside No 10. However Tony Blair's former spinner-in-chief revealed that Ms Caplin was recently been told by Scotland Yard that her mobile was targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, the jailed private detective commissioned by the News of the World.
Sunday 04 September 2011
Another memoir from a former member of Brown's government adds brushstroke detail and depth to his monster status
Friday 26 August 2011
Nick Clegg, whose party colours are usually a bright shade of yellow, was looking distinctly blue yesterday as he met party activists for a question-and-answer session in Glasgow. Police said that a 20-year-old man had been arrested after blue paint was thrown at the Deputy Prime Minister.
Friday 10 June 2011
Two former Cabinet ministers have demanded the Metropolitan Police tell them whether they were targeted by Jonathan Rees.
Friday 10 June 2011
News International faces the threat of a new police inquiry into allegations of illegal newsgathering techniques after Scotland Yard revealed it is considering a full criminal inquiry into the activities of a disgraced private eye who supplied the News of the World.
Thursday 10 March 2011
It was curiously fitting to find In Our Time contemplating the end of the world as we know it. It's all too easy, gazing round the broadcasting landscape and chancing on programmes like F*** Off I'm Fat, or Snog, Marry, Avoid?, to get an inkling of cultural apocalypse. But if there was ever a programme to be put in a time capsule to prove that alongside the deluge of drivel with which we divert ourselves there was something that justified millennia of brain evolution, then it's In Our Time. I don't think this is over the top, is it?
Saturday 26 February 2011
The paperback version of Peter Mandelson's memoirs is out on Monday. Most of the talk in the Village will be about the old spinmeister putting his stiletto into Ed Miliband.
Friday 07 January 2011
It is four years since Rob Andrew beat Sir Clive Woodward to Twickenham's top rugby job in a contest so muddied by political manoeuvring that it would have been no surprise to discover Peter Mandelson, the Prince of Darkness himself, at the heart of the process. Now, there is at least an outside chance of Woodward returning to the scene of his greatest sporting triumph, effectively at Andrew's expense. What goes around comes around.
Saturday 04 December 2010
Works from the government's 13,500-piece art collection are to go on show at the Whitechapel Gallery in east London next year.
Thursday 11 November 2010
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Labour's grandees were locked in a furious battle of words yesterday as they took opposing sides over which of the Miliband brothers should be the party's next leader.
Friday 06 August 2010
Sunday 01 August 2010
Tuesday 27 July 2010
Of the many confidences broken by Peter Mandelson in his The Third Man, perhaps the most striking is this quotation from a note from Cherie Blair after his first resignation, in which “the engine of my destruction was Gordon Brown”, from the Cabinet in December 1998
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