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Horror stories about the National Health Service come thick and fast, conveniently for a government that wants to hand it over to private capital.
One can see why MPs think they ought to have the pay rise – from £66,396 to more than £70,000 –proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
New Labour’s triumph over the Conservatives at the end of the 20th century was mostly cultural. That isn’t a belittlement. Culture trumps politics when it comes to social change.
In much of Westminster, Alex Salmond’s campaign for Scottish independence is already regarded as a doomed cause.
When an election looks hard to win, MPs sometimes seek solace in the myth that it might not, after all, be so bad to lose.
As I write, the Bilderberg Group is holding its annual conference in Watford, which must be a shock after St Moritz, Switzerland, in 2011.
The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it.
At the last election, fixing politics seemed as urgent a task as fixing the economy.
Did you know that the alleged ringleader in the 11 September 2001 attacks had originally planned to land one of the hijacked US airliners and give a speech to the assembled press corps?
After his election as Conservative Party leader in 2005, David Cameron promised to create a party at ease with the forces shaping modern Britain.