Forget the boundaries and focus on urban voters

Forget the boundaries and focus on urban voters

Has Nick Clegg handed Ed Miliband the keys to Downing Street? Most political commentators believe that killing off the proposed boundary changes, which would have handed the Conservatives anywhere between five and seven additional seats at the next election, will...
We still don’t know what Labour’s alternative is

We still don’t know what Labour’s alternative is

Dear John I’m pleased (and flattered) that you took the time to respond to my article. You write that The emerging consensus among those Ed has promoted is that there is no foreseeable point where the public spending taps are turned back on. The cost of an ageing...
What is Milibandism?

What is Milibandism?

For two years he has been treated as a joke in the Westminster village. But it’s time to take Ed Miliband seriously. Labour is riding high at 45 per cent in the polls. If there was a general election tomorrow, Prime Minister Miliband (there, I said it) would have a...
Tory Modernisation Needs To Be Updated, Not Abandoned

Tory Modernisation Needs To Be Updated, Not Abandoned

Tory modernisation is again being questioned. Some Tory MPs and commentators are reacting to the poor local election results and consistently bad polling evidence by complaining about the Liberal tail wagging the Tory dog. But the truth is that most of those...
Appointing Jon Cruddas was a masterstroke for Labour

Appointing Jon Cruddas was a masterstroke for Labour

Samuel Brittan famously called the distinction between left and right a “bogus dilemma”. Politics and policy is often much too complex and sophisticated to be split into this simplistic dichotomy. This came to mind when I saw the reaction to Jon Cruddas being...