Labour

Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This was the Scottish election. Where next for the Union now?

The Tories are now the party of the many — Labour is the party of the few

2 May 2015 9:00 am

When election day dawns, it’s worth bearing in mind that two million more people will be going to work than when…

Portrait of the week

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The British economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, the slowest quarterly growth for…

Here’s everything Islamophobic that I have to say, all at once

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A couple of weeks back I wrote an article headed: ‘Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour.’ Among the many…

Russell Brand’s heart is in the right place – but it’s not the place he talks out of

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land.…

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

A clear-eyed account of socialism: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in ‘Hope’ at the Royal Court

If you thought politics was boring, you should check out today’s political theatre

2 May 2015 9:00 am

How has political theatre fared during the coalition? Not very well, writes Lloyd Evans

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

Spectator letters: England’s defining myth, and another forgotten genocide

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much…

Why so many bankers secretly like Labour’s non-dom proposal

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The interesting thing about Labour’s pledge to abolish non-dom tax status — a squib designed to trap Tories into expressing…

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

David Starkey’s diary: Why don’t we celebrate the triumphs of private dentistry?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I…

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…

The election result that everyone expects – and no one wants

4 April 2015 9:00 am

To form a coalition, David Cameron had to give up the Prime Ministerial prerogative to determine when the election was…

Why are so many men on diets? I blame feminists

4 April 2015 8:00 am

According to Jenni Russell, my colleague at the Times, David Cameron has lost 13lb since Christmas, mainly by giving up…

Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘Would you like a glass of pink champagne?’ asks Alex Salmond at 3.30 p.m., sounding very much like a man…

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…

The real threat to Britain (and it’s not the SNP)

21 March 2015 9:00 am

What a load of mendacious balls everybody talks about Scotland. It’s like a disease. It’s like, you know how they…

Andy Burnham interview: 'I wanted a different approach, because I'm mainstream Labour'

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Andy Burnham on the NHS, ‘mainstream Labour’ and his party’s leadership

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…

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…

Why an SNP surge at Westminster could mean the end of Britain

28 February 2015 9:00 am

A landslide for the SNP will inevitably lead to the end of the Union

Still life in the old slogan: Maurice Saatchi’s famous 1978 poster was adapted three decades later when the unemployment figures were announced in March 2009

Even the people who make political adverts aren’t sure they work

14 February 2015 9:00 am

It is a common prejudice about modern politics that it is all focus groups and spin, all public relations and…