The celebrity ladder theory
By Gideon Donald - 02 July 12:18

It was while we were sitting in a Starbucks in Norwich that the loneliness of David Cameron’s position dawned upon him.

A fresh approach?
By James Macintyre - 02 July 12:18

Could a mixture of tax rises and spending cuts, public service reform and constituonal change be a w

Mama said knock you out
By Mark Fisher - 02 July 12:18

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became prime minister – and a rap record was a hit for the first time. Ma

My Perk is your Fiddle
By Sean Carey - 30 June 21:13

Following the recent outrage over MPs' expenses, Sean Carey talks to Gerald Mars, who provides an an

Secrets of the Speaker
By Harry Phibbs - 25 June 11:37

Observations on the young Bercow

What a shambles
By Ken Livingstone - 25 June 11:37

Boris Johnson is under pressure following yet another high-profile resignation. How much longer can

Commons Confidential
By Kevin Maguire - 25 June 11:37

avid Cameron’s black mood over the dissing of his fellow Old Etonian Sir George Young by Grange Hill’s John Bercow is unlikely to be lifted by the identity of the Speaker’s first two visitors.

Game, set . . . and Scottish flag
By George Eaton - 25 June 11:37

Andy Murray may be wishing he’d never raised his nationality – but the worlds of tennis and politics

Brown’s PR gamble
By James Macintyre - 25 June 11:37

Could a referendum on Scottish independence be held alongside a PR referendum on election day?

The bankers cannot believe their luck
By Vincent Cable - 25 June 11:37

The disgrace of the political class has been the salvation of the bankers. And lax regulation has le

The meaning of freedom
By Peter Wilby - 25 June 11:37

. . . on meddling in Iran, pay cuts for bosses and wasteful words

An embarrassment of Etonians
By Gideon Donald - 25 June 11:37

In theory, secret ballots are the cornerstone of democracy. But when the electorate is made up of conniving, duplicitous, self-deceiving politicians given a rare chance to vote in private, then all bets are off. The election of the Speaker was one such occasion.

Banking is too important to be left to greedy and reckless bankers
By Staff blogger - 25 June 11:37

It is sickening to see our wretched bankers dusting themselves down with taxpayers' money. Labour ha

Labour whips instruct MPs to vote for Beckett as Speaker
By James Macintyre - 21 June 21:10

• Party abandons unofficial support for Bercow.
• Whips' behaviour contradicts "non-partisan" pledg

Brown and Mandelson: It's Love
By Donald Macintyre - 18 June 12:11

Peter Mandelson once spoke of how Gordon Brown “wants to kill me before I destroy him”, but now the

Vote Bercow for a real reformer
By Staff blogger - 18 June 10:53

He is the most progressive candidate in the race-a genuine reformer.

Cabinet happy families and the Gordian not
By Kevin Maguire - 18 June 10:53

The Monday Clubber-turned-moderate John Bercow’s ambition is boundless, so up he popped in Strangers’ Bar, canvassing Labour votes for the Speakership. Lord Lucan riding Shergar would have created less fuss than the sight of this Tory MP in a watering hole otherwise known as the Kremlin.

Cameron's wobble

The Tories are ahead in the polls but remain unpopular. And there are divisions behind the scenes.

How the left lost its language
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 18 June 10:53

The global crisis exposed the intellectual hollowness of our politics. Despite signs of renewal, the

Diary: Bob Crow
By Bob Crow - 18 June 10:53

Boris Johnson thinks I'm demented

No room for closure
By Peter Wilby - 18 June 10:53

. . . on the Iraq inquiry, public spending cuts and Mandy’s manoeuvres

A total white-out
By Martin Jacques - 18 June 10:53

In Britain, black people are excluded from decision-making in top-flight football. It will take more

Cut out those clichés
By Staff blogger - 11 June 13:12

These are great days for the metaphor, the simile, the humble analogy. There’s nothing quite like a political crisis to inspire the wordsmiths.

The Politics Interview: Alan Johnson
By Gloria De Piero - 11 June 13:12

The amiable postman, the ‘‘good, cor blimey cockney’’, insists Labour must get behind its leader. Bu

The plot to kill off Labour
By Peter Wilby - 11 June 13:12

. . . on boardroom, bathroom and Purnell’s sideburns

Nothing to turn back to
By Neal Lawson - 11 June 13:12

Irresponsible capitalism has left us in economic and political turmoil. The solution is a new democr

Enjoying a spot of hit and run with John Major
By Gideon Donald - 11 June 13:12

It will probably not surprise you to learn that when I am required by infernal HM Revenue & Customs to state my occupation, I usually plump for “professional backgammon player”.

Mandy is handy but will Cameron play the Field?
By Kevin Maguire - 11 June 13:12

Is Frank Field set to cross the floor?

20 ways to save Labour
By Staff blogger - 11 June 13:12

Figures including Germaine Greer, Richard Dawkins and John Pilger suggest policies to revive Labour