Lib Dems

Ed Davey is leading the Lib Dems to extinction

20 January 2021 6:30 pm

Ed Davey became leader of the Liberal Democrats almost five months ago. Since then, his party has achieved nothing. The…

Labour’s path to victory lies in destroying the Lib Dems

22 June 2020 9:49 pm

It has become a truism that there are not enough liberal voters to get Labour a majority at the next…

Do ‘Workington Man’ and ‘Worcester Woman’ decide elections?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

National characters How useful is it to characterise an election with a single anthropological specimen such as ‘Workington Man’? ‘Worcester…

Lib Dems are the real Brexit extremists

16 September 2019 10:04 pm

The Lib Dems are now the most extremist party in the UK. They might not look like extremists, being made…

Real life

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stefano and his boys got to work with gusto and within a few days the upstairs of my house started…

Real life

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Like Steve McQueen gone slightly to seed, the builder boyfriend strode off into the sunset. Nothing becomes him so much…

Real life

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘What do you think it means?’ I asked the builder boyfriend as we stood in front of the sign. A…

The Tories must move quickly to recruit ex-Labour voters. Here's how

19 September 2015 8:00 am

David Cameron might not be remembered as the best prime minister in modern British history but he will probably be…

We don’t need an elected Lords – just a much smaller one

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Something needs to be done about the overstuffed House of Lords

Portrait of the week

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general…

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…

Channel 4's The Coalition reviewed: heroically free of cynicism

28 March 2015 9:00 am

In a late schedule change, Channel 4’s Coalition was shifted from Thursday to Saturday to make room for Jeremy Paxman…

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…

From coalition to chaos – get ready for the age of indecision

13 December 2014 9:00 am

A recent email from Samantha Cameron started an intriguing debate in the Prime Minister’s social circle. It was an invitation…

Portrait of the week

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Home Alan Henning, 47, a British volunteer aid worker taken captive in Syria by Islamic State, was murdered, and footage…

I wouldn't have accepted Lord Rennard's apology – but then he shouldn't have made it

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Shirley Williams has a point when she says that Lord Rennard’s alleged harassment of four female Lib Dem colleagues was…

Could Jeremy Browne be the anti-Nigel Farage?

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Conviction politics is back. The two men making the political weather at the moment, Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage, both…

White, blue-collar, grey-haired rebels

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the 2010 general election, Ukip gained nearly a million votes — over 3 per cent — three times as…

Welcome to the age of four-party politics

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Two things will make the next general election campaign quite unlike any previous election in this country. The first is…

Ed Balls's secret: he doesn't care whether his tax plan makes sense

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

Why didn't Bridget Harris just slap Lord Rennard?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

When I was promoted to being editor of a programme at the BBC, back in the late 1990s, my line…

Melissa Kite: I can no longer find knickers small enough to fit me

23 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s becoming impossible to find knickers in my size

The PM is preparing for another coalition. His colleagues have other plans

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Conservatives have been returning to their Westminster offices this week to find the wind behind them. Something suddenly seems to…