UK Politics
27 January 2003
A determined effort is clearly under way to airbrush John Smith from history. Labour's old headquarters were named...
UK Politics
20 January 2003
How kind of the BBC to mend its fences with the twice-disgraced ex-minister Peter Mandelson, by inviting him to take...
Politics
13 January 2003
Robin Cook is up to his old political tricks. But to what end? Fresh from his triumph in "modernising" the Commons,...
Politics
16 December 2002
Tony Blair is furious that details of his "blind" trust have become known, particularly his wife's dodgy use of the...
UK Politics
09 December 2002
The firefighters' dispute is the cause of much coming and going at Westminster. The day after both sides went to Acas,...
Politics
02 December 2002
Note the change in the face of Iain Duncan Smith. In the Conservative Party diary for 2002, he appears in a full-length...
UK Politics
25 November 2002
A campaign is under way to find a government job for Fiona Mactaggart, the second-richest Labour MP. It is being...
UK Politics
18 November 2002
Tony Blair hates unions. He has never been a member of one (discounting his ersatz membership of the TGWU, solely for...
Politics
11 November 2002
Robin Cook, the Leader of the House, has revolutionised parliamentary procedure in more ways than have been appreciated...
UK Politics
04 November 2002
It is not often that one gets three cherries in a row. Three weeks ago, this column predicted: Charles Clarke for...
UK Politics
28 October 2002
New Labour's centralisation of power is quickening apace. MPs have been told that they must tell Old Queen Street HQ by...
Politics
21 October 2002
Blackpool lingers, in a way that will infuriate the Labour Party chairman Charles Clarke. While the Great Thirst...
UK Politics
14 October 2002
Post-Blackpool, the rumour mill is busy, grinding out gossip about a cabinet reshuffle. Some expect one at the...
Politics
07 October 2002
New Labour's leaders did not withdraw the national executive committee statement on Iraq because they had second...
UK Politics
30 September 2002
Regime change is back on the agenda. No, not in Baghdad. In Smith Square. After his lustre-free performance in the Iraq...

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