MPs’ expenses — worse than cash for questions?

May 12, 2009

Britain’s anti-sleaze chief Sir Christopher Kelly, Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, has said the MPs’ expenses scandal is worse than the infamous cash for questions affair that did so much damage to the John Major adminstration in the 1990s.

Punters cash in on Darling’s budget tie choice

April 22, 2009

Smokers and top earners were clear losers in Britain’s budget this year, as the government hiked taxes on cigarettes and the highest incomes.

Playing the blame game

March 4, 2009

President Barack Obama had barely settled into in the White House before he was happy to admit he had “screwed up” over one of his choices for a cabinet job after Tom Daschle withdraw his nomination as health secretary over an income tax controversy.

Time to reform the Lords?

January 27, 2009

Allegations of sleaze have rocked the unelected House of Lords and re-opened the debate about its role in a modern parliamentary system.

Brown’s see-saw poll recovery

December 2, 2008

A ComRes/Independent poll this week says Gordon Brown has staged a stunning political recovery and that the Labour party is now just one point behind David Cameron and the Conservatives.

Drawing up the Battle Lines

November 25, 2008

Newspapers were in no doubt of the significance of the pre-budget report – this was a defining moment in British politics.

Banana politics delight Tories

September 29, 2008

miliband.jpgDavid Miliband was photographed clutching a banana at the Labour conference last week in Manchester, much to the delight of his political opponents, inside and outside his party.

Labour “lemmings” on tour in Manchester

September 22, 2008

Britain’s foreign minister David Miliband says he does not want a leadership fight.

Charles Clarke keeps out of Brown debate

September 14, 2008

Charles Clarke refused to fan the flames of the Labour Party revolt when he attended a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Bournemouth on Sunday.

Abandon Northern towns for the prosperous South?

August 13, 2008

mersey.jpgEven the report’s authors say the idea may sound barmy.

But the Policy Exchange, a right-wing thinktank, says it was serious when it called on the government to stop spending money trying to regenerate struggling northern cities and use the cash instead to help their residents relocate to the southeast.