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Encounters with the NHS’s most despised class
The latest row between leadership and base shows that the Tories can no longer rely on unquestioning loyalty, argues party historian Tim Bale
This week he’s been exposed. There was little thinking on what modern Conservatism might be like. Now he can only busk it
If four years ago, a Liberal Democrat politician had attempted to portray the Lib Dems as the natural party of government we all would have laughed. But that is just what Danny Alexander tried to do on The Sunday Politics. Being interviewed by Andrew Neil, he implicitly contrasted Lib Dem steadiness with Tory in-fighting.
Taking a cavalier approach to party management may be David Cameron’s biggest mistake
Young tech firms would have us believe they represent a new model of business. Too often, their tax affairs tell a different story
At his best, the PM has brought firmness and clarity – but not to the big issue of our age
The Conservatives are determined to be seen as the anti-Europe party, but an EU referendum that took Britain out of the union would be a disaster for the party
Nadine Dorries is back in the Conservative party fold – but will she be the first Tory/Ukip candidate?
Diane Abbott says the UK is facing a ‘crisis of masculinity’, with young men brought up on a diet of drugs and pornography, but it’s a lack of love that really separates the generations
The Financial Times this morning reports the conduct of a Cabinet Minister who arrived at his Department in a position of strength. Philip Hammond is digging in over cuts to his budget.
The Ukip leader Nigel Farage has condemned “fascist scum” for haranguing him in Edinburgh and hung up on a BBC interview in outrage at its tone of “hatred”.
History is littered with failed projects that appealed to politicians in thrall to modernity
Who is to blame for last night’s Tory uprising on Europe? It’s more entertaining to pin the blame on everyone, rather than one person, and in this case, it’s wrong to insist that the leadership is entirely to blame for the confusing fiasco of the past week.
The crisis facing men and boys cannot be solved by reviving the tired stereotypes that oppress and constrain them
An improving economy may rescue Cameron and Osborne, but it won’t deliver them from some tricky questions
Back in the early days of this Government, there was an easy consensus, among many commentators and politicians, about David Cameron chances in 2015. They would rise or fall, it went, on the strength of the economy. If the Coalition had delivered us from downturn, the Tory part of it would be rather difficult to defeat. If not, then even the Sons of Brown might be given another chance.
The PM grasps the realities of governing by coalition but that isn’t saving him from the self-indulgence of his party
The main argument for the Baron/Bone amendment to the Queen’s Speech, which regrets the absence of an EU bill, is either that a mandate referendum bill, which aims to give David Cameron a mandate for EU renegotiation, or an In/Out bill, which seeks to write his promised referendum into law (or both), are essential if the Conservatives are to win voters back in 2015. This is simply wrong.
There are pros and cons to staying in Europe – and it’s time to talk about them, says Boris Johnson