Articles tagged UK Politics:

The Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives of 2018

  • 1 Oct 2018

Each year for the last eleven years I have convened panels to compile lists of the Top 50 Liberal Democrats, the Top 100 Most Influential People on the Left, and the Top 100 Most Influential People on the Right. This year, due to workload, I have wimped out of doing the LibDe...

Some Political Gaffes For Your Delectation

  • 22 Sep 2018

Back in 2007 Norwich North MP Ian Gibson experienced what is commonly known as ‘foot in mouth’ incident, when he appeared to describe the whole of the county of Norfolk as ‘inbred’. It was the latest in the line of political gaffes which have damaged and sometimes ended the ca...

Extra NHS Spending: Where's the Money Coming From?

  • 24 Jun 2018

I’m not a great fan of unfunded spending promises. I am, after all a fiscal conservative. So, I had thought, were leading members of the government. The chancellor likes to remind us of his fiscal rectitude so Christ alone knows what Jeremy Hunt has on him. Somehow, he was per...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Peter Mandelson: An Obituary

  • 8 May 2018

Back in 2009 GQ asked me to write a fake obituary of Peter Mandelson, along with Andrew Roberts, John Kampfner, Stephen Bayley, Matthew D’Ancona and John Rentoul. I decided to make mine rather more tongue in cheek than some of the others did, but they were all hugely entertain...

Evening Standard Column: The Sajid and Sadiq Show

  • 1 May 2018

The Sajid and Sadiq show: UK’s two most influential British Asian politicians are on the path to greater power. When Sajid Javid was appointed Home Secretary yesterday, Sadiq Khan was the first to congratulate him — now their friendship could turn to political rivalry. He’s r...

Amber Rudd's Resignation, What Her Successor Needs to Do & the Terrible State of Our Politics

  • 30 Apr 2018

Back in 2006, when he took over from Charles Clarke at the Home Office, John Reid famously declared that the Home Office was “not fit for purpose”. It is hard to escape the conclusion that little has changed in the intervening twelve years. Amber Rudd’s resignation last night...

If You're Standing in the May Elections, Here are 20 Pieces of Advice...

  • 5 Apr 2018

A few years ago I wrote this in relation to people who stand for Parliament. It got quite a reaction. So if you’re standing for your local council in the May elections, quite a lot of this applies to you too! You can’t do everything yourself. Let others take the strai...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: What Really Happened at Margaret Thatcher's Final Cabinet Meeting

  • 1 Apr 2018

Some time ago, back in 2006, I had intended to write a book about the month leading up to Margaret Thatcher’s fall from power. Part of the incentive to do so was that there seemed to be so many conflicting accounts of what actually happened. I knew I would be able to get acces...

EXCLUSIVE: The 100 Most Powerful Politicians of the Last 100 Years

  • 18 Mar 2018

1 Winston Churchill Con 2 David Lloyd George Lib 3 Clement Attlee Lab 4 Margaret Thatcher Con 5 Harold Wilson Lab 6 Stanley Baldwin Con 7 Edward Heath Con 8 Ramsay Macdonald Lab 9 Tony Blair Lab 10 James Callaghan Lab 11 Harold Macmillan Con 12 R A Butler Con 13 William Whitel...

I voted Leave, but Brexit Doesn’t Mean we Lose Everything European - Including Our Identity

  • 15 Feb 2018

This is the text of an article I have written for the ‘i’ newspaper today… In some respects, life in the limbo between the UK voting to leave the European Union and Brexit itself has engendered some unfortunate habits in discourse. As a radio host, I’ve done my best to ask ...