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The Prime Minister should stop indulging the idea that Europe is a conspiracy perpetrated by other countries against Britain
Cameron is running out of time to show that he is serious about keeping Britain in the EU
By Rafael Behr - 04 June 21:11

The Prime Minister should stop indulging the idea that Europe is a conspiracy perpetrated by other countries against Britain.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat party leader, at a public event where he is wearing safety goggles. Photo: Getty Images
Lib Dem torment is not all good news for Labour
By Rafael Behr - 27 May 12:24

Ed Miliband benefits when leftwing voters desert Nick Clegg but he suffers when moderate positions on Europe and immigration are shunted to the margins.

Out of his depth? Nigel Farage during flooding on the Somerset levels in February. Photo: Getty
How do you solve a problem like Nigel?
By Rafael Behr - 24 May 11:00

Whether or not Ukip gets its “political earthquake” in the European polls, it has changed the terrain of the next general election.

Ed Miliband
Labour's little wins are not adding up to victory
By Rafael Behr - 23 May 22:56

There are heaps of voters who blame the governing parties for their problems. Not enough of them are looking to Ed Miliband for solutions.

Should Labour make it into government, the schools revolution will be modified, not reversed.
Gove has won his biggest battles. Now he only harms himself by refusing to accept victory
By Rafael Behr - 14 May 22:32

Should Labour make it into government, the schools revolution will be modified, not reversed.

Tessa Jowell, Bob Ainsworth and Dan Jarvis endorse the Tory MP as defence select committee chair.
Senior Labour figures back Rory Stewart for top defence post
By Rafael Behr - 13 May 13:32

Tessa Jowell, Bob Ainsworth and Dan Jarvis endorse the Tory MP as defence select committee chair. 

The moment when Cameron could bring himself to worry aloud about inequality has passed.
Tories dismiss Labour as anti-business. Cameron must be wary of seeming anti-everyone else
By Rafael Behr - 07 May 23:04

The moment when Cameron could bring himself to worry aloud about inequality has passed.

The deficit is in people who can make the case without sounding like they’ve got grenades stuffed in their mouths.
The pro-EU camp is in crisis because no one in Westminster dares to argue for immigration
By Rafael Behr - 30 April 23:18

The deficit is in people who can make the case without sounding like they’ve got grenades stuffed in their mouths. 

Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum Photos
Welcome to Militant England
By Rafael Behr - 18 April 9:00

A few years ago Ukip was seen as the by-product of a Tory split. But now it appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes.

Nigel Farage
A bad press for Farage doesn't automatically help the Tories
By Rafael Behr - 16 April 10:38

Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.

The Prime Minister radiates the Westminster elitism of which Farage offers himself as the scourge.
Maria Miller’s belated resignation shows that Cameron is a slow reader of the public mood
By Rafael Behr - 09 April 23:35

The Prime Minister radiates the Westminster elitism of which Farage offers himself as the scourge.

Anti-Establishment venom proves lethal to pro-European arguments
By Rafael Behr - 02 April 22:20

Nick Clegg stress-tested the case for Britain's EU membership in his debates with Nigel Farage and it failed.

NHS funding is a taboo topic for all parties
By Rafael Behr - 31 March 15:13

The Tories blew their chance to be trusted on health and Labour doesn't want to talk about where the money will come from.

Labour MPs fear going into battle without defences against predictable Tory onslaughts.
The sound of Labour silence: Miliband can’t rely on the Tories to keep hurting Cameron for him
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 23:31

Labour MPs fear going into battle without defences against predictable Tory onslaughts.

Polls called it for Ukip but the Lib Dems are happy.
Clegg and Farage both got what they needed out of this debate
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 21:08

Audiences called the debate for Ukip but the Lib Dems are happy to have established their leader as the man who dares defend Britain's EU membership.

Nigel Farage
Labour can’t stand Farage but they don’t want him to fail
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 14:14

Miliband’s reliance on Ukip taking votes from the Tories puts the opposition in an uncomfortable moral position.

The Budget has revealed how vulnerable Labour is to the charge that it doesn't really trust voters to manage their affairs.
Miliband needs to renew his commitment to "people power"
By Rafael Behr - 24 March 7:49

The Budget has revealed how vulnerable Labour is to the charge that it doesn't really trust voters to manage their affairs.

Labour jitters are eclipsed by Tory neurosis.
Growth is up, unemployment is down – but Labour's stubborn poll lead remains
By Rafael Behr - 19 March 23:44

On the Labour side there is relief and a sprinkling of surprise that Tory popularity isn’t rising in sync with GDP.

Osborne in a pub
Osborne tells the same old story but this isn't a "Same Old Tory" Budget
By Rafael Behr - 19 March 15:41

The Chancellor wants to sound as if he has stuck to a plan. But he's made it up as he goes along, which is why Labour attacks miss their target.

Cameron and Clegg smiling
Elections this May will punch a lot of coalition bruises
By Rafael Behr - 13 March 12:41

Europe is half of the problem. Council seats being contested were last filled in 2010, when support for Tories and Lib Dems was highest.

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do.
Westminster is in thrall to the cult of Farage – but Clegg knows that most voters see through it
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 22:46

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do, including many who despise pub-bore nationalism.

He believes No.10 is within reach.
Miliband's EU referendum stance shows he is confident of election victory
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 14:06

The very fact that the Labour leader feels secure enough to affront Eurosceptics suggests he believes No.10 is within reach.

Ivan Lewis: “The next election will be about what kind of society we want to live in”
By New Statesman - 07 March 10:27

An interview with the shadow Northern Ireland minister.

Cameron and Johnson
Leadership speculation harms the Tories but they can't help themselves
By Rafael Behr - 06 March 13:34

Conservative MPs' anguish flows from their knowledge that Cameron is both the best candidate and not good enough to deliver outright victory.

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.
Cameron’s petty and parochial view of politics has accelerated the decline of British power
By Rafael Behr - 05 March 13:28

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.

Cameron and Merkel
Cameron's European predicament is unchanged by Merkel's visit
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 17:02

Germany is Britain's ally in reforming the EU, but that's no use to Tories who say “reform” and mean exit.

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.
Labour's view on an EU referendum - a work in progress
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 8:32

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic.
Behind the gun-slinging sceptic act, Cameron is a good European. Will he dare show it in public?
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.

There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity.
Westminster isn’t qualified to debate how wealth and power are stitched up in Britain
By Rafael Behr - 19 February 22:29

There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity will even be a factor in the election.

Miliband at a podium
Miliband has a record of picking his fights shrewdly
By Rafael Behr - 17 February 13:08

The Labour leader's combative words on climate change fit a pattern of well-calculated risk

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