The former Labour MP’s defection, and the later split within that party, has not yet found in a parallel in our own turbulent times.
Political leaders always say that the election they are fighting is the most important for a generation, but the next time Britain goes to the polls it will probably be true.
Plus: I miss the Liberal Democrat conference. I miss the beards. I miss the sandals. I miss being asked for a discount on a 50p postcard…
Plus: Nigel Farage steps into my shoes; life after gangs; and the absurd Remainer response to the Government’s Brexit papers.
Plus: UKIP goes nuts. And: Chapman’s tweets might lead you to believe that he’s taken some sort of personality-changing drug.
Alan Sugar’s idea of criminalising political lies is deeply unwise.
Plus: As I bask by a sun-illuminated swimming pool on holiday in Spain, I reflect on how the Spanish respond if you try to fiddle your water supply…
Plus: I was a bit hard on Javid. I have a bit of time for Cable. On May’s modesty and decency. And: ttthhhwwwaaaccckkk!…there goes the ball, straight down the fairway.
The Queen’s Speech provides concrete facts to grip on to and analyse, and a clear indicator of how the Government intends to lead our country.
On the anniversary of the EU referendum, the party leadership needs an audit of what went wrong this month, and a plan for the Tory future in this Parliament.
Plus: Why haven’t Kensington and Chelsea’s leaders resigned too? Labour double standards on the Prime Minister. And: how Jake Berry became a cockney.
With seven of their nine seats in England now held with majorities of less than eight per cent of the vote, the next election offers a chance to take them out for good.
During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.
May’s view had no impact on the polls. It was only later after the Conservative manifesto was published that our poll numbers begun to deteriorate.