Between police and politics
By Staff blogger - 21 November 12:00

John Stevens was regarded in his force as the copper's copper. His successor, Ian Blair, is being dubbed the politician's copper. The tag is true and unjust in equal parts. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner is no naIf; indeed, he is well versed in the modern art of communication.

Village life - Kevin Maguire keeps an eye on the revolting rebels
By Kevin Maguire - 21 November 12:00

An armed truce, revolting rebels and the small fry stumble from Blunkett wreckage

Lobby fodder no longer
By Philip Cowley - 21 November 12:00

Tony Blair's defeat over the 90-day detention plans has killed two long-lasting Westminster myths: that Labour MPs are supine and that, however much they were prepared to rebel when the government had a large majority, they would behave themselves once the going was tougher.

Has Blair lost his grip?
By Martin Bright - 21 November 12:00

The PM's allies have told him, in no uncertain terms, that he must rebuild trust in the party. But a

Rory's week - Rory Bremner mourns a wise educationalist
By Rory Bremner - 21 November 12:00

Reality managed to outdo even Ted Wragg's attempts at parody, as when two government departments set

Did Charles Clarke want my views?
By Francis Beckett - 14 November 12:00

Observations on the terror bill

The media column - Peter Wilby asks: why are we not told more about editor's sordid private lives?
By Peter Wilby - 14 November 12:00

Editors respect each other's privacy. If they didn't, we would learn more of one's cocaine habit and

'It says something about the nature of Cameron's coterie that it views the leadership campaign as a mock-heroic game where the future of the universe is at stake'
By Martin Bright - 14 November 12:00

The Etonian pretender to the Tory throne is fiercely resisting attempts to nail down his beliefs. Th

Rory's week - Rory Bremner can't help agreeing with John Major
By Rory Bremner - 14 November 12:00

Let's look on the bright side: there are a lot of people in Guantanamo who'd give their eye teeth to

Village life - Kevin Maguire flies with Big Geordie to Israel, and back
By Kevin Maguire - 14 November 12:00

Big Gordie makes two mistakes, Blair's man loses out, and the truth about feasting MPs

At last they have defied Blair
By Staff blogger - 14 November 12:00

Tony Blair gambled spectacularly and has lost spectacularly. He told his MPs it was their duty to follow his lead and they have defied him. A prime minister who emerged badly battered from the general election campaign is now in deep trouble.

NS Interview - Jack Straw
By Mary Riddell - 14 November 12:00

''Tony will go at a time of his own choosing and it won't be soon . . . He's got a great deal more t

Rory's week - Rory Bremner thinks about supporting Wigan
By Rory Bremner - 07 November 12:00

Bans on hunting and smoking are either in force or on their way, much to the chagrin of the beagle p

Village life - Kevin Maguire asks to see David Cameron's pass
By Kevin Maguire - 07 November 12:00

Dozy Dave's fantastic plastic, trouble on't trains and the new price of spin

The Revenue gives a Green light
By Harvey Cole - 07 November 12:00

Observations on tax

Taking their message to the malls
By Abi Foss - 07 November 12:00

Observations on ID cards

The politics column - Martin Bright on Blunkett the great class traitor
By Martin Bright - 07 November 12:00

Blunkett's journey has a heavy symbolism in the Labour movement: new Labour's totemic proletarian he

Learning the wrong lessons
By Staff blogger - 31 October 12:00

For all the accusations of hubris, there is something lugubrious about Tony Blair's view of the human condition. The British people seem to have little sense of their place in the world beyond uncritical support for America.

Death of the left
By Haim Baram - 31 October 12:00

The only political rivals Ariel Sharon worries about are on the far right. How did the Labour party,

Village life - Kevin Maguire asks if Byers has gone Awol
By Kevin Maguire - 31 October 12:00

How Tony helped Dave, to Old Etonian cheers, while everyone ignored Cherie

The politics column - Martin Bright revisits the great education divide
By Martin Bright - 31 October 12:00

Downing Street is convinced the education reforms can be sold as progressive. The Prime Minister's a

The politics column - Martin Bright finds torture is now tolerable
By Martin Bright - 24 October 13:00

In Committee Room 1 in the Commons, the future of our democracy is in the balance. Here the law lord

Politicians on drugs - what's new?
By Simon MacDonald - 24 October 13:00

Observations on Tories

Will Britain buy the Tory make-over?
By Staff blogger - 24 October 13:00

Push me, pull me. Our politicians, it seems, get there in the end. The new Labour legend has it that Tony Blair persuaded his party, after long years of denial, that it had much to learn from Margaret Thatcher.

The Bank borrows an idea - from Enron
By Nick Cohen - 24 October 13:00

After the Treasury, now the Bank of England is embracing the oil firm's dodgy methods. That's very b

Urban life - Darcus Howe corrects Margaret Hodge
By Darcus Howe - 24 October 13:00

A minister blames immigrants for her own failures and misses an obvious lesson