UKIP is in decline from now on, I argue in The Independent on Sunday today. The foremost academics who study the party, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, were politer in their assessment of its showing in the Wythenshawe by-election, that it was a “solid advance”.
That is true, but a solid advance is not enough. The [...]
Are parliamentary tactics like an evolutionary arms race? John Rentoul explains
Matthew Parris has a furious attack on the Tory fifth column in The Times today (pay wall):
I believe that a group of Conservative backbench MPs — quite a small group, much smaller than what the news media like to call the “Tory Euro-rebels” — are content that should their party lose the coming general election, [...]
I do not believe that there are as many as 95 Conservative MPs who really want to leave the EU, but I have taken the dunderheadedness that gives the opposite impression as the subject of my column in The Independent today.
There may be about 20 Tory MPs who have publicly said that they think Britain [...]
Jonathan Portes is in trouble for something he said on Nick Robinson’s programme, “The Truth About Immigration” (which I didn’t see but his article in the Mail on Sunday seemed fair to me):
I think politicians do have to say to individuals who are negatively affected, and let’s face it there will be some: “Yes, we’re [...]
Igor Judge, who retired as Lord Chief Justice in September, says that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, and that the Human Rights Act should be amended to make this clearer.
He is delivering a speech at the Constitution Unit at University College, London, tonight, in [...]
I thought I had come across a sensational story when reading Lord Butler’s comments at a Foreign Office seminar in February – the one in which he repeated his disparaging views of Tony Blair’s decision-making before the Iraq invasion. As an aside, talking about how Harold Wilson managed his Cabinet in the European referendum of 1975, [...]
David Cameron’s two big problems in renegotiating the terms of British membership of the EU, if he wins the election, are: 1. How to get “ever closer union” out of the EU Treaty; and 2. How to make it look as if he has curbed open immigration from other member states.
YouGov’s poll for The Sunday [...]
The Liberal Democrat leader is to support a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in a speech tomorrow, as my colleague Jane Merrick reported in The Independent on Sunday yesterday.
The significance of this requires detailed textual analysis. Nick Clegg is going to say:
The Lib Dems believe it will be far better to have [...]
David Cameron says some startlingly strange things sometimes. Today he told Andrew Marr (glad he’s back, by the way):
Other people can sign up to an ever closer union, but Britain should not be in an ever closer union. I’m determined to make sure we get out of that.
“Other people can”? The British people have. The [...]
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