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Simon Kelner: The giant confidence trick that twisted politics for ever

Our disillusionment with a government that embarked on a disastrous imperial war was only intensified by the aspirations we had in the first place

John Rentoul: As Hilton heads off, Cameron Mark II begins

Dave prefers George's 'cold calculation' to Steve's 'idealism'

Ed Miliband in voter registration move

Ed Miliband today launched Labour's biggest voter registration drive in a generation in an attempt to rebuild the support which delivered its landslide general election victory of 1997.

Rebekah Brooks' meetings with party leaders: the list

This is the list of meetings with prime ministers handed to the Leveson Inquiry by Rebekah Brooks.

Gove says a move away from AS-levels would develop pupils' thinking skills

Eight academies given improvement notice

Eight academy schools have been put on notice that they must boost their standards or face action, it was revealed today.

Andrew Grice: Is current crisis a blip – or worse? The jury's still out...

"On the family, we need two or three eye-catching initiatives that are entirely conventional in terms of their attitude," the Prime Minister said. "I should be personally associated with as much of this as possible."

The former prime minister, Tony Blair

Kuwaiti finance minister faces questions over deal to pay 'millions' to Tony Blair’s company for advising royal family

Kuwaiti MPs are preparing to question the country’s finance minister over a controversial deal in which Tony Blair’s company was allegedly paid millions of pounds to advise its royal family.

Leading article: Seeing through transparency

There are some things no politician can be against: equality used to be the most fashionable aspiration, now it's transparency. Indeed, on the basis that no one could argue for its converse, opacity, we are all in favour of transparency now. There was once a time when the emperor's new clothes made him look ridiculous; today it's all the rage for those who govern to parade naked.

The Prime Minister fears that the recent panic at Britain’s petrol pumps has raised questions about the competence of his Government

Simon Kelner: Parky might feel a bit chilly coming in from the cold

I can't read, or even think, anything about Michael Parkinson without that theme music playing in my head. For those of us of a certain age, it was the soundtrack to our Saturday nights.

Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Former Labour minister Jack Straw said the Tories were prepared to evade rules stating that donors must be registered to vote in the UK

Matthew Norman: How much must the PM have to offer if he's worth £250,000 a pop?

At his age, the shock might have killed him. Straight up, Rupert Murdoch could have gone out like a light on learning that the rich and powerful can buy access to a Prime Minister. So praise be that his naive heart survived the epiphany, sparing him to confide his thoughts on the latest demi-scandal bedecked with the scintillatingly fresh suffix of "-gate". "What was Cameron thinking?" he tweeted. "No one, rightly or wrongly, will believe his story."

Matthew Norman: Surely Cameron is in line for a Michelin star?

If the PM's genius is worth £250,000 a pop, he must make Heston Blumenthal look like the Crossroads chef

The Sketch: Where is Sir Menzies extradition treaty report?

Sir Menzies entered, came into, ingressed or otherwise effected the interiorising process vis-a-vis the committee room. He'd come to talk about his long-promised report on the extradition treaty, most particularly to answer the question, "Where the devil is it?”

Leading article: Gay marriage will lift the last barrier to equality

There must be a role for Church of England archbishops after they leave office, but anathematising the logical advance of a uniquely progressive social policy should not be one of them. In lambasting the Government's plan to legalise same-sex marriage as "one of the greatest political power-grabs in history", Lord Carey places himself on the wrong side not just of history, but of morality, compassion and reason.

Diary: Militant tendencies resurface in Left's 'Abba generation'

Labour Party veterans remember the great Militant war of the 1980s, as members of a secretive Trotskyist sect who denied being a party within the party were hunted down and expelled, one by one. Eventually, they gave up on the Labour Party and now function openly as the Socialist Party. Their leader, Peter Taaffe, was a guest speaker last week at the Oxford Debating Union.

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