Party strategists know they cannot rely on the 'cost of living crisis' to carry them to victory in next year's general election
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Sunday 20 May 2012
Saturday 12 May 2012
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.
Friday 11 May 2012
This is the list of meetings with prime ministers handed to the Leveson Inquiry by Rebekah Brooks.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
Eight academy schools have been put on notice that they must boost their standards or face action, it was revealed today.
Friday 20 April 2012
"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."
Kuwaiti finance minister faces questions over deal to pay 'millions' to Tony Blair’s company for advising royal family
Wednesday 18 April 2012
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.
Sunday 08 April 2012
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.
Saturday 07 April 2012
Thursday 05 April 2012
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.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
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."
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Tuesday 28 February 2012
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?”
Tuesday 21 February 2012
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.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
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.
Monday 20 February 2012
Joy at The Sun over the imminent arrival of its Sunday sibling is bridled, sad to report, by angst about one of its giants. Could Trevor Kavanagh, whose musings on police brutality caused that mass lachrymal eruption last week, be the next "legend of Fleet Street" to be persecuted?
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
- 5 Clothes store Joy angers mental health campaigners with Twitter exchange on bipolar disorders