Leader: Human, all too human
By Staff blogger - 18 February 7:09

We never doubted Brown was human. Did we?

By Anne McElvoy - 15 February 8:21

Fame and its irrational force is a riveting subject for modern Britain, and Alastair Campbell can claim more experience of this than most, having basked in the reflected glory of the best-known British politician in a generati

In Belize with the Baron, God help me
By Gideon Donald - 15 February 8:17

To Belize, yet again, for a spot of winter sun and some tactical chit-chat. The trip starts poorly when, despite repeated requests, Baron Cashcroft flat out declines to foot the bill for my upgrade.

Doing it for ourselves
By Salma Yaqoob - 15 February 8:15

Muslim women are talked about by others in the west as if they are powerless victims, in need of res

John Terry, tree-hugging and Blair
By Peter Wilby - 11 February 7:09

What exactly does a football captain do, and why is he important?

ʼ92 reasons to be cheerful. Or not
By George Eaton - 11 February 7:09

Why the 2010 election isn't 1992 all over again.

Labour co-opts some mutual friends
By James Macintyre - 11 February 7:09

The idea of mutualism could yet unite Labour's left and right.

By Stephen Brasher - 11 February 7:09

Taunton has had some prestigious MPs. Thomas Cromwell and Francis Bacon represented the constituency in the 16th century.

Does BoJo have the mojo to be our MoMo?
By Gideon Donald - 08 February 7:56

Who will be our Mo? This was the question that hung in the air like cheap cigar smoke, as Dave and I dutifully sat through two hours of Julie Walters acting her cotton socks off.

The single, brilliant idea
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 February 7:11

Great oratory is the mark of a great leader. Sophie Elmhirst asks politicians, historians and the wr

Aneurin Bevan, 1956
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:50

Aneurin Bevan, anti-Suez speech, Trafalgar Square rally, November 1956.

Enoch Powell, 1959
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:48

Enoch Powell, speech on the Hola Camp in Kenya, House of Commons, July 1959.

Harold Macmillan, 1960
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:43

Harold Macmillan, speech to the South African parliament, Cape Town, February 1960.

Hugh Gaitskell, 1960
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:42

Hugh Gaitskell, speech on nuclear disarmament, Labour party conference, October 1960.

Margaret Thatcher, 1984
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:40

Margaret Thatcher, Brighton bomb speech, Conservative party conference, October 1984.

Neil Kinnock, 1985
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:35

Neil Kinnock, Militant speech, Labour party conference, October 1985.

Geoffrey Howe, 1990
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:33

Sir Geoffrey Howe, resignation speech, House of Commons, November 1990.

More political speeches
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:27

Three more speeches that didn't quite make our top ten.

Robin Cook, 2003
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:25

Robin Cook, resignation speech, House of Commons, March 2003.

David Cameron, 2005
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:22

David Cameron, leadership bid, Conservative party conference, October 2005.

Tony Blair, 2006
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:19

Tony Blair, last conference speech, Labour party conference, September 2006.

Great political speeches
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:19

The New Statesman's top ten UK political speeches.

Forget Blair – it’s Brown or bust
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 February 6:28

"Brown can't win" will become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless Labour casts it aside.

Colne Valley
By Stephen Brasher - 04 February 6:28

Victor Grayson is always the first name mentioned in Colne Valley, elected in a 1907 by-election as an Independent Socialist, only to be defeated in 1910 and disappear in 1920.

“He could run and win the leadership”
By Jason Cowley - 04 February 6:28

An interview with Jon Cruddas

Pope on the ropes, and Maggie’s soap
By Peter Wilby - 04 February 6:28

When I became the editor of the New Statesman in 1998, several readers protested after I appointed Cristina Odone, a prominent Roman Catholic, as my deputy.

Cameron is worse than we imagined. Much worse
By Dominic Sandbrook - 04 February 6:28

2015 – David Cameron’s Tories have been in power for
five years, Britain is ravaged by deep cuts,

Leader: It need not be a nightmare on Cameron Street
By Staff blogger - 04 February 6:28

David Cameron's opposition to electoral reform means the Conservatives are once more the party of th

Who’s going to “do a Portillo” this time round?
By George Eaton - 04 February 6:28

The Tories are aggressively targeting Ed Balls's seat

What if . . . Enoch Powell had had a cold
By Dominic Sandbrook - 01 February 8:12

Over Easter 1968 the MP for Wolverhampton South-West, Enoch Powell, went down with a heavy cold. He had been planning to deliver a speech to a Tory group in his native Birmingham. He had even prepared a text for the press.