On Thursday afternoon I visited the exhibition of the four remaining copies of Magna Carta in the House of Lords. There was a sense of reverence in the Robing Room as we peered through the glass cabinets at the small and powerful writing of the scribes 800 years before.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
As George Osborne sets aside yet more scarce money to subsidise older people’s savings, a look at the simple facts of political life that explain why pensioners are spared austerity
More than 610,000 people bought pensioner bonds worth £7.5billion since they were launched last month, in a move branded ‘inter-generational theft’
A clear plan. A strong retail offer. The right direction. A vision for the country. Labour’s strategic failure. And let’s not forget…Ed Miliband.
Free market thinktank claims chancellor’s scheme is gimmick that subsidises wealthy pensioners at taxpayers’ expense
The Sunday Times reports that No.10 is considering a date in 2016. What does that say about a Prime Minister who, apparently, wants to keep us in?
With every week that goes by, the more likely it is that the next election could result in a stalemate with neither Labour nor the Tories able to put together a deal that gives them a majority in the Commons. One Downing Street source, who has crunched the numbers, predicted to me last week that, because of what is going on in Scotland, the Tories will be the largest party on 280-odd seats.
Labour is wrong. Britain needs businessmen like Stefano Pessina – and a government that understands economics
Today’s €60 billion of European Central Bank loans to Greek banks is a temporary lifeline — but no solution to the underlying crisis. Yesterday’s bad-tempered meeting between Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble left the stand-off over Greece’s debt unchanged.
Plus: Lord Ashcroft’s Scotland poll – I must revise my predictions. Abuse in Rotherham. An upset in Sheffield? My drivetime success. And: in memoriam, Martin Gilbert.
Nick Clegg has complained to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, that he was ignored before a government policy was announced, Coffee House has learned.
There are strict limits to what we can or should do for Ukraine. However, NATO member countries are a different matter.
There has been much interest in the European Central Bank making a new call on Greek government bonds, saying that ‘it is currently not possible to assume’ the bonds to be safe assets once the bailout programme expires. This is as you might expect: after all Yanis Varoufakis, the new Greek Finance Minister, has been touring European capitals this week to remind creditors that Greece is bankrupt.
As the Conservatives throw cash at Faceboook in order to be liked, does success on social networks actually turn into votes?
Labour’s London mayoral race is hotting up with one of the front-runners out of the picture. Margaret Hodge recently saw her backing from Labour supporters climb from 10 per cent to a substantial 16 per cent. But she today bowed out of the battle to become the party’s candidate to take over from Boris in 2016.
I look much more like a Greek Marxist than I do a British Tory. And so do most people.