A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs


In praise of Peter Oborne
By Mehdi Hasan - 01 November 16:30

Why can’t we have more conservative columnists like him?

“Red Ed”? Not quite.
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 October 13:42

Where is the radical candidate who came from behind to win the crown?

Jon Stewart, Barack Obama and the Rally to Restore Sanity
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 October 13:09

Is tomorrow’s gathering going to be lefty, liberal, centrist or none of the above?

In praise of Arundhati Roy
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 October 16:20

Indians should be proud of the country’s most outspoken activist-novelist.

Me versus French MP on the face-veil
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 October 14:00

Watch the video of the BBC World News’s <em>Doha Debates</em>, hosted by Tim Sebastian.

Is there really a “liberal gene”?
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 October 12:18

New research suggests there might be. I’m sceptical.

The war on welfare scroungers, part 77
By Mehdi Hasan - 27 October 15:10

Can ministers or newspapers get their facts straight on benefit fraud, unemployment and the "work-sh

Falling in and out of love with the Institute for Fiscal Studies
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 October 14:56

Shock! Horror! Nick Clegg and George Osborne have changed their tunes since entering government.

The key contradiction in the Tories’ deficit spin
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 October 14:48

Was there a Labour plan, or not?

Video: Nick Robinson versus anti-war placard
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 October 13:22

Hilarious cameraphone vid of the BBC’s political editor trashing an anti-war protester’s sign on Col

The assault on the poor
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 October 19:27

The Spending Review is reckless, unnecessary and unfair.

Quote for the day
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 October 13:00

Chairman of the US Federal Reserve <em>v</em> George Osborne.

Want to know why liberals/lefties feel so let down by Obama? Here’s why
By Mehdi Hasan - 19 October 14:12

The US president fails to stand up to ignorance and bigotry – again!

Exclusive: Lord Paul responds to official report recommending his suspension
By Mehdi Hasan - 18 October 16:28

“I am disappointed that I seem to have been treated more harshly than others.”

Is Alan Johnson the right man for the job of shadow chancellor?
By Mehdi Hasan - 09 October 13:56

The coalition, and the cuts consensus, have to be challenged, not indulged.

Crazy Republicans prefer strip clubs to mosques
By Mehdi Hasan - 09 October 13:10

The row over the so-called Ground Zero mosque rumbles on.

Shadow cabinet results . . .
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 October 23:03

. . . some initial thoughts.

The truth about the cuts/deficit debate, part 77
By Mehdi Hasan - 06 October 13:22

My economists <em>v</em> George Osborne’s economists . . .

Sayeeda Warsi says that the media are “anti-Islamic”
By Mehdi Hasan - 01 October 12:20

. . . and the <em>Daily Express</em> and Rod Liddle prove her point.

My Question Time clash with Cable and Redwood
By Mehdi Hasan - 01 October 9:45

Last week’s show has been uploaded on YouTube.

Beware Labour’s deficit hawks
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 September 13:01

The party’s Hooverites are encircling Ed Miliband.

Exclusive: Baroness Warsi says electoral fraud cost Tories the election
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 September 9:47

The Tory chairman tells me that Labour “absolutely” benefited.

Iraq/Iran WMD myths, part 67
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 September 19:10

John Lloyd uses the “Iranian threat” to criticise Ed Miliband’s position on Iraq.

Fantasy Shadow Cabinet, anyone?
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 September 19:03

Here are some brief and semi-serious suggestions for Ed M from me. Who would you like to see?

Goodbye, David
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 September 14:17

Miliband Sr looks set to announce he’s quitting — and it’s the right thing to do.

Will it be Mili-D? Or will it be Ed B?
By Mehdi Hasan - 27 September 13:30

Labour’s future revolves around a soap opera involving two political families.

10 Questions for Vince Cable, post-Question Time
By Mehdi Hasan - 24 September 4:39

An open letter to the Business Secretary following our debate on BBC1.

Adam Smith on foreign wars . . .
By Mehdi Hasan - 17 September 15:07

Quote of the day.

Ed Miliband’s anti-war credentials
By Mehdi Hasan - 15 September 18:43

The truth about his opposition to the Iraq misadventure.

The burqa was banned in France . . . and then there was light
By Mehdi Hasan - 15 September 18:09

Will Sarko’s veil ban improve life in France? Yeah right.