The departure of David Miliband is a hammer blow for Labour's chances of re election and marks a distinctive lurch to the left

  • 27 Mar 2013

The resignation of David Miliband is a hammer blow to Labour’s chances of re election. There will be whoops of joy from the left, champagne flowing in the trade union bunkers and horror and despair amongst the Blairites. If anyone is deluded enough to be believe that this will...

Lin Homer, eat my shorts. Allah UKBA!

  • 25 Mar 2013

I agree with Iain Dale and James Forsyth that yesterday’s Boris car crash is by no means a fatality. Yet. The trouble is that if you couple it with the documentary screened tonight and the Sonia Purnell hatchet job it means that the journalistic gloves will be off. Her Majest...

Mandelson is on manoeuvres. His objective is the bullet head of Balls on a spike

  • 22 Mar 2013

Oh joy of joys. It’s not just ice maiden May on manoeuvres. We now have the delight of the Dark Lord (Peter Mandelson) putting the cloven hoof into Balls. Ed’s of course. By past experience if the old boy raises an exasperated eyebrow in public the poison he must be pouring in...

The shocking case of the Cardinal who doesn't think paedophilia is a crime.

  • 16 Mar 2013

If you get the chance tune your BBC IPlayer into last night’s Stephen Nolan show on 5 live. It is probably the most extraordinary radio experience I have been part of in nearly thirty years of broadcasting. It started with a routine interview with Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Du...

If we can't rely on the Lib Dems to support a free press then heaven help us

  • 15 Mar 2013

Where politicians tend to go off the rails is when they start playing politics. If it wasn’t so serious I would be quivering with mad hysterical laughter at the latest Leveson Whitehall farce. Let me set the scene. Guy Black, David Hunt and Michael Macmanus have achieved the a...

It is not UKIP who are the biggest threat to to the Tories but a small minority of backbenchers who are hell bent on destroying Cameron. It is time the silent majority howled with indignation

  • 12 Mar 2013

If the future of the Conservative party lies with Theresa May, Philip Hammond and Adam Afriyie, would the last person to leave the country please turn off the lights? I don’t wish to be unkind to Hammond, but I was rather amazed to read how ambitious he is. I always regarded h...

If the Ministry of Justice gets its way in twenty four months the independent criminal bar will cease to exist and 75% of solicitors firms will disappear forever

  • 8 Mar 2013

This is a story that will never make the front pages. It will not excite the indignation of backbenchers cowed by their constituents. It will not even raise a flicker of concern in the pubs and clubs. But it is of fundamental constitutional importance, threatens the rule of la...

Most of the young would find it less embarrassing exiting from the rear of a sheep than the rear of a Conservative battle bus. This must change.

  • 3 Mar 2013

It is one of the great British traditions that after a by election defeat our weekend television screens are filled with jumpy backbenchers calling for their parties to listen to their grass roots, go back to traditional values and get the message across. I remember one memo...

Sensible Tories will realise that Eastleigh was a catestrophe for Labour and good news for the Coalition

  • 1 Mar 2013

If only the Tories would stop behaving like Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army and took a moment to reflect on the how de do at Eastleigh they might realise that the real catestrophe was for Labour. Four thousand votes and fourth place is not a ringing endorsement for the two Eds, n...

Years ago that wily old chief whip, John Wakeham, gave me some very good advice. " if you are in a fix don"t get anyone to lie for you". It's as good now as it was then

  • 25 Feb 2013

That wily old chief whip John Wakeham gave me some very wise advice many years ago. " If you are in a fix don’t get anyone to lie for you." It is as good now as it was in the 1980s. The Lib Dems have got themselves into an appalling and needless muddle over the allegations aga...