These contests, at once cumbersome and trivial, are worse than useless, for they crowd out better forms of politics.
Posts Tagged: Sir John Major
On the first anniversary of her death, Thatcher’s biographer hails her as the most conservative and most radical Prime Minister we have ever had
A new book spurred me to consider the complexity of our relationship with our ancestors.
Runners and riders include: Peter Lilley, Francis Maude, Sayeeda Warsi…and a former Prime Minister.
If Northern Ireland’s leaders are prepared to make compromises on ‘the past’, then so is the UK Government
And much of the £54 billion used to encourage saving is taken by the pensions industry
She tells Russell Brand: “Someone died to get you your vote – you damn well use it.”
Politicians refuse to acknowledge that, in a meritocratic society, average ability levels will come to differ between children born into different social classes.
It isn’t social class, but political class. And by the way, the grip of Eton and the public schools on the Tories is getting weaker, not stronger.
And there’s even less joy for Ed Miliband over his proposed price freeze
Having undermined the Eds’ fiscal message, he then criticised their career path.
These multi-storey buildings are a legacy from the era of consensus politics.
Two years ago, leaning on businesses was preferred to legislating against them. But now, for many, leaning is no longer enough.
The latter’s ordinariness was an electoral asset in 1992. But he is not, as Margaret Thatcher was, strategically minded.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: The Prime Minister underestimated Miliband, and was badly stung for his mistake
This was a defeat that Cameron deserved – and a defeat that he must learn from.