<strong>Plundering the Public Sector: how new Labour are letting consultants run off with £70bn of o
Once upon a time (well, specifically about nine months ago) there was a fictional sixth-form boy, living on a council estate, who wanted to go to university. Let's call him Bob.
Soon after he became Home Secretary, John Reid met the heads of all the directorates and departments of the Home Office. His predecessor Charles Clarke had been forced to resign because of a basic bureaucratic failure to manage foreign prisoners.
Tony produces the perfect gift for Baby James, Cherie's Italian lessons go to waste, but the Blairs
Spied on the yellowing grass of St James's Park: the socialist renewal picnic wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
The pensions reforms show that when the government thinks long and hard about something, it can get
People at the heart of the police inquiry into loans for peerages are singing like canaries
John Prescott looked in need of emergency dental treatment at a No 10 reception. A cabinet minister is adamant he glimpsed a couple of missing front teeth, but was unable to corroborate the state of Deputy Dawg's incisors.
Faced with what could be the biggest story in British political history, the papers were forced to r
There's plenty of youthful talent in the cabinet, but none has yet shown any appetite for purging th
Hegel's notion of progress is oddly relevant to today's politics, finds John Gray
Big Gordie's dream of reviving dowdy new Labour with a touch of telly glamour has been dashed. The queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly, rebuffed the incoming premier's advances, I hear, and prefers her nicely upholstered sofa to the uncomfortable green benches of the Commons.
The DTI has lost its nerve in the face of global geopolitics – energy security has become as critica
Only one proposal put forward by Muslims who gathered to tackle the causes of extremism has been tak
Nervous glances on the terrace over a letter from Jacqui "Miss Whiplash" Smith threatening to suspend rebellious Labour inmates, reducing the parliamentary committee to the role of rubber stamp.
Observations on prejudice by <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>
Brown is convinced he must confirm his centrist credentials to prepare for the takeover, but it is a
The government looks doomed, and it may even be heading for its own May 1997-style catastrophe. If
Shenanigans in the British-Italian parliamentary group to leave Machiavelli blushing, with Emperor Edward Garnier paying a high price for three minutes' lateness.
<strong>Men Who Made Labour</strong>
Edited by Alan Haworth and Dianne Hayter <em>Routledge, 273pp
The bank holiday found me trying (unsuccessfully) to cast a line on the Tweed - not an activity you'd associate with the New Statesman, salmon fishing being more a Spectator sport.
At least one person involved in raising money for Labour may have made inappropriate approaches to p
There is no policy he is not willing to shed in order to win back voters. But is David Cameron's pr
A passable My Little Pony tantrum from the socialite Chris Bryant when asked to sit on a panel created by Hazel Blears, chair of little Labour, and do some liaising with socialist comrades on the Continent.
Prescott and Gordon arrange a peerage, Tony and Cherie pray for Africa, while Sarah sizes up the cur
Brownites ready to celebrate, Gordie eats chips, while shadowy Tory thwarts spooks