Olaf Scholz is tanking

16 May 2022 7:25 pm

North-Rhine Westphalia is Germany’s largest state, almost as large as the Netherlands. It was a traditional SPD fiefdom during the…

Germany’s military muddle over Ukraine

24 April 2022 7:00 pm

The reluctance of chancellor Olaf Scholz to provide heavy weapons to Ukraine is now coming under increasing fire from abroad…

Do Tories know the truth about Boris Johnson?

24 January 2021 6:15 pm

Exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, four Labour party grandees issued the Limehouse Declaration, signalling ‘the re-emergence of social democracy in…

My charter of fundamental rights

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I was chatting to a young medical student, a very bright chap from West Africa, who was nonetheless perplexed by…

How much do you think it costs to travel from London to Manchester?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Success of the SDP The breakaway Labour MPs would have an uphill task emulating the SDP’s early success. It fought…

Roy Jenkins at an SDP conference in 1986 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There’s space for a new party in Britain, but not for another SDP

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I was 17 when the Labour party last split, in January 1981, and for a variety of reasons got quite…

Was Roy Jenkins the greatest prime minister we never had?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Roy Jenkins may have been snobbish and self-indulgent, but he was also a visionary and man of principle who would have made a good prime minister, says Philip Ziegler

Back off, nimbyists, or fracking will benefit Beijing more than Balcombe

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The fracking debate has been brought to a new heat by David Cameron’s message to Home Counties nimbyists and eco-crusties…