Has the Bird Flown?
Once the darlings of the 19th century, Britain’s liberal political party has lost its way in the 21st. Will the Liberal Democrats ever take the big chair again? Mark Pack thinks it would take some new faces to inject hope into the party and the public
Feeling Blue

Tim Bale dissects the Tory campaign post-2015. Where did it all go wrong?

Seeing Red

UKIP up, the Tories down, Ed crying into his Wensleydale, and Chuka, Umunna coming over the horizon. Things could be very different for Labour in 2015, writes Dan Hodges

The McGuffin Effect
This month: Mr Klutz Goes To Washington. McGuffin heads home as he takes an over-excited Ed to DC. With his "face morphing into a casserole of eyes and intestines" Ed meets Obama and misses fistbumps all over the place.

Alan Beresford B’Stard

Rotating box by Laurence Marks / 10 Jul 2014

Alan Beresford B’Stard

The sad death of Rik Mayall last month overshadowed the passing of Alan B’Stard. Laurence Marks remembers the New Statesman

Cycle of Decline

Rotating box by Dan Hodges / 10 Jul 2014

Cycle of Decline

Team Miliband know they’re losing the campaign and now they’re beginning to punch out at each other

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

Articles by Jess Bowie / 08 Jul 2014

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

Tory skills minister Matt Hancock is said to be ambitious... is he finally calling for...  

BRIGHT SPARKS

Articles by Sam Macrory / 07 Jul 2014

BRIGHT SPARKS

David Sparks, the leader of Dudley Council, is the chairman-elect of the Local Government Association. On the eve of the LGA’s annual conference, he spoke to Sam Macrory 

The Plan from Uncle

Articles by Sam Macrory / 02 Jul 2014

The Plan from Uncle

After once being compared to a charging rhino, the ever self-deprecating communities secretary Eric Pickles filled his office with models of the creature. But beneath his reputation as a thick-skinned bruiser, Sam Macrory discovers his avuncular alter-ego, and an altogether more sensitive soul…

 

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

Articles by Jess Bowie / 30 Jun 2014

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

The socialist stalwart and former London mayor enjoys some hearty English grub with Jess Bowie ...  

Lunch with... David Mellor

Articles by Jess Bowie / 16 Jun 2014

Lunch with... David Mellor

The former culture secretary turned broadcaster lunches with Jess Bowie...  

On the road with... Angie Bray

Articles by Jess Bowie / 11 Jun 2014

On the road with... Angie Bray

Ealing Central and Acton MP Angie Bray has always done her politics in London. Jess...  

The Power of Plan A

Articles by George Pascoe-Watson / 05 Jun 2014

The Power of Plan A

The Tories didn’t win the recent elections, but things are going in the right direction...  

London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

Articles by Jess Bowie / 17 Jul 2014

London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

With Boris Johnson seemingly larger than life – let alone City Hall – the work...  

Early signs of Labour

Rotating box by Stephen Tall / 10 Jul 2014

Early signs of Labour

The early signals suggest the Lib Dems’ 2015 manifesto will have more in common with...  

Aiming for the Ed

Rotating box by George Pascoe-Watson / 10 Jul 2014

Aiming for the Ed

If Ed Miliband thought he’d been hit by some nasty attacks from the Tories, he ain’t seen nothing yet

 

The McGuffin Effect

Articles by Joe McGuffin / 07 Jul 2014

The McGuffin Effect

This month: bleak times for McGuffin as he realises Ed Miliband (“this particular pussy has the people skills of a fucking balloon animal”) is about as “dead as that Monty Python Norwegian turkey.” There’s nothing for it but to start “nail-gunning” the shadow cabinet

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

Articles by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

Few Labour ministers have made the transition from Blair to Brown to Miliband as seamlessly...  

THE H FACTOR

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 30 Jun 2014

THE H FACTOR

Michael Heseltine has been a cheerleader for local power for decades. Still a major player behind the scenes, he tells Sam Macrory that politicians of all parties are finally following suit

FINDING HIS VOICE

Articles by Sam Macrory / 30 Jun 2014

FINDING HIS VOICE

With his pitch-perfect impressions and sharp-eyed satire Rory Bremner was a fixture on the political...  

FREAKY POLITICS

Articles by Liam Shaughnessy / 13 Jun 2014

FREAKY POLITICS

Once the wide-eyed dancer of the Happy Mondays, these days Mark ‘Bez’ Berry is moving...  

Top Trumps: Lady Trumpington interview

Articles by Jess Bowie / 11 Jun 2014

Top Trumps: Lady Trumpington interview

She’s been a code-breaker at Bletchley Park, a councillor, a mayor, a minister and, since...  

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