Conservative Leadership Contest: Runners, Riders, Dark Horses and Non-Runners

  • 28 Mar 2019

Back in December I identified 36 potential Conservative leadership candidates - or rather 36 people who had at some point indicated they might run, or would be considered by others to be leadership contenders. Let's look at who the runners and riders would be now.  DEFINITE...

LISTEN: My Very Revealing 'Confessions Podcast' With Giles Fraser

  • 25 Mar 2019

A few weeks ago I recorded an hour long podcast with Giles Fraser, Anglican Priest and star of The Moral Maze.  This is one of those podcasts that is very addictive. I thought I'd better listen to some of the other episodes before doing it myself and I was hooked. His h...

The 1929 General Election Video Collection

  • 24 Mar 2019

Lloyd George on unemployment Address by Liberal MP Margaret Wintringham Address by Labour leader Ramsay Macdonald Speech by Labour MP J R Clynes on unemployment Speech by Labour MP J H Thomas Address by William Joynson-Hicks Sir He...

Telegraph Column: Four Ways to Oust a Prime Minister

  • 24 Mar 2019

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. Theresa May has survived crisis after crisis and clings to office like a limpet. This time, though, it is difficult to see any scenario in which she survives as prime minister. When you reportedly lose the confidence...

The Three Women of 'Newsnight'

  • 23 Mar 2019

This article originally appeared in The i Paper. “Where are the men?” was the somewhat tired and predictable response from the more unenlightened (male) social media users to the BBC announcement on Wednesday that Emily Maitlis is to lead a Newsnight presenter team of three...

Come & See a Live 'For the Many' Podcast at Podcast Live on 7 April!

  • 22 Mar 2019

Let me tell you about something, which I think is really exciting. Throughout my political career I've tried to do things which enhance political engagement. I opened a political bookshop, I have run two political publishing companies, I was one of the first in the UK to start...

Why Jonathan Dimbleby Will be Missed on 'Any Questions'

  • 17 Mar 2019

Could you do 'Any Questions' this week?" emailed the AQ editor, Lisa. "Love to," I thought. Then came the sting. "It's in Carlisle," she said. "Bugger," I thought. I'd already agreed to do Good Morning Britain that morning at 6.15am. "Of course," I said. "Carlisle? Not a probl...

Who Will be the Next LibDem Leader (And Does it Matter)?

  • 17 Mar 2019

One of the many mysteries of British politics is why on earth the LibDems are still languishing at under 10% on the polls, given they are the only political party in the UK to have a united and understandable position on Brexit. They have 48% of the electorate to woo, b...

Theresa May Is Heading For a Big Defeat - What Happens Next?

  • 12 Mar 2019

This time yesterday I published THIS blogpost, saying it was time that Theresa May realised the game was up and that she should depart the stage. A few hours later she was on her way to Strasburg and by 11pm it looked highly likely she was about to pull off the impossible and ...

Theresa May's Days Are Numbered - The Game is Up

  • 11 Mar 2019

Back in September 1992, the evening of Black Wednesday (or White Wednesday as many of us came to call it) when Britain crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, the then Prime Minister, John Major, called Kelvin Mackenzie the editor of The Sun and joshed: "Kelvin, I hope you...