Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
Referendums are in fashion: let’s have one every year, preceded by a referendum on what it should be about. I am serious.
Peter Wilby on Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal, Michael Gove’s grammar and schools inspectors.
Nicky Morgan is just Gove with a smile.
Ignore the Eeyores who say Labour can’t win the next election. I am more optimistic about its chances in 2020 than I ever was about 2015.
When politicians, the media and royalty are unanimous in their judgement that a man is a bad egg, I feel there’s probably much to be said for him.
Labour’s abiding problem is that it doesn’t think it really belongs in office and must therefore apologise for occasions when it was.
The Tories, for the first time in more than 20 years, have scraped an overall majority. Isn’t it time they did some triangulation?
I keep being asked for my election predictions, but I hope I'm wrong.
Is the press more partisan than in previous elections? Yes, but that says more about politics than about the press.
I cannot remember an Ashes series that has aroused less anticipation - in fact, I've booked an overseas holiday during the first test.
The Zombie PM