Conservatives

The Tories have survived a near-death experience. But they’re not home yet

18 April 2015 9:00 am

At 5.45 a.m. Lynton Crosby holds the first meeting of the day at Conservative campaign HQ. The aim is to…

Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Quite often when I deliver myself of an opinion to a friend or colleague, the reply will come back: ‘Are…

Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era…

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Why aren’t the Tories winning?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife…

He’ll never admit it, but David Cameron is already plotting another deal with Nick Clegg

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The Prime Minister could never admit it, but he’s dreaming of – and scheming for – another coalition

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

21 March 2015 9:00 am

George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were his last. This time round,…

If you really love the NHS, you know it needs to change

7 March 2015 9:00 am

To adapt Aeschylus’s aphorism on war and truth, the first casualty in a general election campaign is objectivity. Over the…

It’s now clear: David Cameron was never a real moderniser

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I have a friend who was a Young Conservative. Just the one, I promise, and he’s grown out of it…

My plan for Question Time: mug up and fail anyway

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I was invited on Question Time this week, which gave me a few sleepless nights. Natalie Bennett’s disastrous interview on…

No one wants to fight a national campaign. This will be the least general election in years

28 February 2015 9:00 am

There’s normally an easy way to tell which party is losing a general election campaign. Whenever one side starts telling…

Zac Goldsmith: How my dad saved Britain

28 February 2015 9:00 am

If you’re grateful not to be in the euro, it’s James Goldsmith and his ‘rebel army’ you should thank

In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be…

The Tories are coming to believe in David Cameron's election hunch

14 February 2015 9:00 am

‘You did this,’ David Cameron repeatedly declared to Tory donors as he reeled off a list of the government’s achievements…

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

Proof that the schools revolution isn’t over

7 February 2015 9:00 am

For those who assumed that the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary marked the end of the Conservatives’ scholastic…

Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The…

Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens…

Why no one will win on 7 May 2015

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happens on 7 May, both main party leaders face disaster

The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC on the Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling

What David Cameron must do to win (properly this time)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Almost exactly five years ago, the Conservatives fired the starting gun for a general election — and shot themselves in…

Even Ukip don't dare break the unhealthy consensus on the NHS

3 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s an irony about Ukip’s rise. Nigel Farage party’s popularity is driven by a widespread sense that the main parties…

What Angela Merkel really wants (it's not good news for Dave)

8 November 2014 9:00 am

The German Chancellor has a lot in common with David Cameron – which is why she can’t afford to help him very much

Ukip’s Patrick O’Flynn on the ‘genius’ Nigel Farage and why Douglas Carswell’s votes won’t set party policy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Patrick O’Flynn praises ‘genius’ Nigel Farage, and puts Douglas Carswell in his place