Across a whole range of issues, including even abortion and rape, women's rights are being challenge
Politics, the headlines scream, is getting exciting again. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. It depends on who you ask and it depends on what you mean by politics. Certainly, the arrival last month of King Dave has had a galvanising effect on the rarefied world of Westminster.
It is probably not quite what they meant by "breaking the mould" of British politics. But 25 years after the Gang of Four issued the Limehouse Declaration, the Social Democratic Party lives on - in Bridlington, east Yorkshire.
The Tory leader writers sounded as if they had discovered mouse droppings in a relative's kitchen, b
Twenty-five years after the SDP was born, it is fashionable to say that Blair and new Labour are the
If you were a member of the Garrick Club, or the Athenaeum or Reform, you would expect staff and members to keep your secrets, and so it is with the Palace of Westminster - the best club in London, some of its members call it.
In Turkey, even assisting the state security forces comes at a price. Consider the case of Private C
Maybe an MP or two might cross the floor to Cameron. Could Shaun Woodward do it twice? (Churchill di
It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.
That serial cabinet resigner Alan Milburn is back as the outgoing leader's counsel on public service reform, a process known, in the Tory era, as privatisation.
Only dedicated conspiracy theorists believed the threat was invented by the intelligence services, b
History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les
If ever I need cheering up I only have to think of IDS delivering the line: "The quiet man is here t
A year of name-calling, backstabbing and plots: business as usual in the den of iniquity
It is one of the enduring perceptions of the modern left - politicians and journalists alike - that it is more eloquent in its criticisms than its prescriptions. Therefore, at the end of this year of all years, it would be only proper to celebrate progress where it has been achieved.
2006 - Blair's last year : From a vantage point in early 2007, Francis Beckett looks back on the PM'
There will be more suicide bombers, and I won't be surprised if an Islamic political party emerges
As Blair's revolution limps into its final stage, writers are asking where it all went wrong
Films have never just been about entertainment - they have also been a powerful force for social cha
For the first time since 1997, Labour's inner circles sense there is a real opposition and, what's m
How Willy loses a fortune, Boy George has early night and Ali C puts on the frighteners
One part of the new Labour psyche has been consistently misdiagnosed. Far from suffering from an overdose of self-belief, Tony Blair's lieutenants have shown all the signs of lack of confidence.
Observations on tax credits
There is rarely any point reading to the end of a politician's article; you know exactly where he or
Television - The rigours of political life ease if you can cash in afterwards, writes Andrew Billen
James is watching his favourite rock band. Dressed in black, he dances aggressively, his lip and eyebrow pierced, tattoo on his forearm. He might seem a typical teenager, but his Gothic exterior conceals a different attitude.
The seven years the new Tory leader spent in PR left few business journalists with a kind word to sa
The question is not: can we sustain our energy supply without learning to love nuclear? It is, or at least should be: can Britain and similar countries sustain present levels of energy consumption without causing economic instability and environmental disaster?