The longer he delays stating his plans to return to the Commons, the more risk the eventual announcement will destabilise the General Election campaign.
Downing Street comms supremo Craig Oliver texted ‘could this be the start of a beautiful new relationship?’ to a Telegraph executive when Tony Gallagher departed as editor of the once staunchly Tory broadsheet. It seems that Michael Gove did not get the memo, though.
The drowning out of farmers’ concerns in Westminster by environmental and wildlife groups has led to disaster
He is absolutely right in his analysis that prohibition has failed and addiction must be treated as a health issue
If every child had an idea of the way debt functions we might avert another worldwide economic crisis
More self-employed report that they do not have adequate work and want more hours
The Prime Minister gambles on memories of the Olympics gaining him a hearing.
Nick Clegg’s new hostility to the Tories suggests that the Coalition has come to its natural conclusion
It’s insulting to those whose homes are flooded, and harmful to austerity, to equate “expensive” with “good” in public services.
Eurosceptics, says the German Foreign Minister, are a threat to peace in Europe. Frank-Walter Steinmeier keeps telling anyone who’ll listen that, without political integration, Europe will revert to the revanchist jostling of the pre-1914 era.
The Chancellor used to talk up his actions. Now, he’s just as likely to point at their bounds. Why is that?
No room for complacency, as the Prime Minister has just said in his speech on the Scottish referendum. There is a long way to go; the nights are fair drawing in (actually it’s February and the days are getting longer); it’s a game of two halves; and so on. Yes, of course there are seven months left and all manner of developments could go in Alex Salmond’s favour between now and the great day in September.
Danny Alexander would rather have his cold, blood-spattered, lifeless body hauled off to the morgue than see a cut in the top rate of tax
The Chancellor’s satisfaction rating is 80 per cent. Less than a year ago, it was 17. But why don’t the same respondents see him as a future leader?
A record 73 per cent of our survey respondents believe that he’s the best person to lead the party into the next election.
The Conservatives have just held a party meeting where Lynton Crosby was supposed to be reading them the riot act over their behaviour in the past few weeks. But the MPs leaving seemed to think it was ‘lovely’, ‘very positive’ and ‘all very tame’, which sounds like an unconventional roasting.
John Redwood is second, Andrew Mitchell third…and Nigel Farage scores a mere 5 per cent.
The Collins report into Ed Miliband’s union reforms has just been published, and it’s clear that there’s a significant disconnect between what has been spun over the past few days and what has actually been agreed.
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