Churchill saw a century ago that the existing party machines will always prove the stronger, and UKIP and the SDP have confirmed this.
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Corbyn tried to twit her on public sector pay, and neither she nor the Cabinet could treat him with the old contempt.
Interview: “Well, it’s very flattering. But I’m not taking it seriously.” Rees-Mogg says he won’t stand for the Conservative leadership
The Somerset MP strongly supports Theresa May, denies anti-Etonian prejudice in public life, and says a Catholic could perfectly well be PM.
An American scholar shows how British Conservatives welcomed universal suffrage, while German Conservatives were terrified of it.
Green, standing in for May, showed what an admirable caretaker leader he would make.
To help win a new generation of young voters, the Conservatives need a new Swinton College – or a modern equivalent
It was the brainchild of Rab Butler, set up to educate Tory members. 54,000 Conservative activists, agents and other students took courses.
Interview: The double-hatted Suella Fernandes – both a member of the Government and a pro-Leave group leader
She points to the opportunities to imitate New Zealand agriculture, and to crack down on big businesses which evade tax.
By forcing the Prime Minister to talk about Economics for Beginners, the Leader of the Opposition has pushed her onto favourable ground.
Stephen Glover tells the story of a reporter who sets out to destroy a corrupt MP.
The Prime Minister showed that on her home turf, in the Commons, she is still a very difficult woman to get out.
The British media is busy taking revenge on the Prime Minister, while neglecting continental politics.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: May displays enough fighting spirit to show her position is not hopeless
The Prime Minister played the adult to Corbyn’s grumpy teenager.
Profile: Finsbury Park Mosque – An extremist past, claims of Muslim Brotherhood influence, and an establishment present
It feeds the homeless, does inter-faith work and welcomes dignitaries – including Malia Bouattia; a Vice-Chair of Stop the War, and Jeremy Corbyn, the local MP.
The columnist Steve Richards examines the rise of the modern demagogues, and their eventual, inevitable failure.
Profile: George Osborne, who could have stayed in Westminster, and returned to the Cabinet. But who left, and is trying to destroy May.
The former Chancellor has taken to the role of newspaper editor, but some will see his attacks on the Prime Minister as unhelpful.