UK Politics
04 October 2004
The hubris of the Prime Minister has long been misunderstood. It is the product not of excessive power but of...
Politics
04 October 2004
I am not sure if there is such a person as a floating New Statesman voter. I am even less sure that he or she might...
Politics
27 September 2004
Iraq is coming home for Tony Blair. The public torment of Kenneth Bigley has added a distressing element to the...
Politics
20 September 2004
Nothing much has changed. That is the official line. The furore over Alan Milburn's appointment was overblown; Gordon...
Politics
20 September 2004
Some of the protagonists in the Iraq war are waiting to be judged by history. Others are not leaving it that long. The...
Politics
13 September 2004
All politics, one female minister reminded me, is personal. In this government, it is disturbingly so. The animosities...
Politics
13 September 2004
I asked myself: why is he doing it? Why us, why me, at this of all times? We had been sitting with the president at his...
UK Politics
06 September 2004
Which party advocates a cap on state spending? Which party is calling for a more cautious approach to Europe? Which...
International Politics
30 August 2004
The next time Downing Street lets it be known that Tony Blair is sanguine about a second term for George W Bush, do not...
International Politics
23 August 2004
Old Europe is dead. Long live . . . what exactly? The response from Tony Blair to the composition of the new European...
Politics
02 August 2004
Sir John Stevens likes to get out and about, to see his city for himself. Sometimes he manages to do that incognito;...
Politics
26 July 2004
As he surveys the scene ten years on, the Prime Minister can congratulate himself that on one task, he has made...
UK Politics
19 July 2004
The venerable Lord Butler has dangled Tony Blair over the precipice but declined to let him drop. Beneath the soft...
UK Politics
19 July 2004
The phone call was quintessential Whitehall. Would I, Lord Butler's man inquired, care to clarify one or two points...
North America
19 July 2004
Like ageing rock stars who have seen better days, the Third Way family gathered on 12 July in the grandeur of London's...

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