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The Observer's award-winning Chief Political Commentator, critically-acclaimed broadcaster and author of Number One best-seller, The End of the Party.

Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google

theguardian.com — You don't need a search engine to answer the question: did George Osborne commit a serious blunder over Google? We know his next-door neighbour thinks so because David Cameron and his spokespeople have pointedly refused to repeat the chancellor's ill-judged brag that it was "a major success" to extract just £130m in 10 years of back taxes from the digital monopolist.
Jan 31, 2016

RT @guardianopinion: Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google | Andrew Rawnsley d.gu.com/KMWXrm

Jan 31, 2016

RT @DanielBoffey: Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google | Andrew Rawnsley gu.com/p/4g9zp/stw

Jan 31, 2016

Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google | Andrew Rawnsley gu.com/p/4g9zp/stw

Jan 31, 2016

Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google. bit.ly/1PItp8k

Jan 31, 2016

Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google gu.com/p/4g9zp/stw

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The Corbynistas are already preparing their alibis for defeat

theguardian.com — I can reveal that I have had an exclusive leak of the Labour party's official inquest into why it lost the general election of 2020. Dame Margaret Beckett was chosen to author the report after her inquiry into the 2015 defeat demonstrated an outstanding talent for blaming anyone but the Labour party itself for an election loss.
Jan 24, 2016

RT @g_m_hodgson: #Corbyn: “if a leader’s team is not functioning, the ultimate reason is always the leader” gu.com/p/4g4ct/stw

Jan 24, 2016

The Corbynistas are already preparing their alibis for defeat gu.com/p/4g4ct/stw

Jan 24, 2016

The Corbynistas are already preparing their alibis for defeat gu.com/p/4g4ct

Now if only I had followed my own advice about opinion polls…

theguardian.com — At 10pm on 7 May last year, Martin Boon, the head of the polling company ICM, spoke for his entire industry in a two word tweet: "Oh, shit." Our most recent general election was the most polled in British history. As we found out when the returns rolled in, quantity was not a guarantee of accuracy.
Jan 17, 2016

Now if only I had followed my own advice about opinion polls… | Great headline gu.com/p/4fqxc?CMP=Sh…

Jan 17, 2016

I should have been "better at remembering my own rule" about opinion polls, says @andrewrawnsley. Know how he feels theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Jan 17, 2016

Why the pollsters called the election wrong and why I should have been better at remembering my own rule. gu.com/p/4fqxc/stw

Blue on blue, red on red. Welcome to the year of great schisms…

theguardian.com — To adapt Leo Tolstoy's opening line to Anna Karenina, happy political families are all alike; every unhappy political family is unhappy in its own way. Both David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn are trying to lead parties that are hugely split over questions of the first order, but the issues that divide them are different and so are the fault-lines.

And a big hand for the year’s ’heroes’ in Westminster

theguardian.com — O little town of Westminster, how still we see thee lie. While parliament catches its breath at the end of a frenetic year in politics, it seems right to honour those who have distinguished themselves over the past 12 months.
Dec 27, 2015

The Ed Stone, John Bercow's bladder & Nigel Farage's unresignation are among the winners in my political awards. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

The Tories are unstitching the tapestry of our democracy

theguardian.com — Around about now, had David Cameron and George Osborne not been saved from themselves, a lot of people were going to have a Fright Christmas. An unfestive greeting from Downing Street was scheduled to thump through the letter boxes of millions of voters with the miserable tidings that the government was about to make them very much worse off because of cuts to tax credits.
Dec 20, 2015

RT @MartinPengelly: The Tories are unstitching the tapestry of our democracy | Andrew Rawnsley gu.com/p/4f8z4/stw

Dec 26, 2015

The Tories are unstitching the tapestry of our democracy | Andrew Rawnsley gu.com/p/4f8z4/stw Has Cameron become the Great Dictator?

Prime minister Jekyll needs to keep a tighter leash on his inner Hyde

theguardian.com — David Cameron has a temper and sometimes we have seen flashes of it in public. "Calm down, dear!" he once shouted across the Commons at Labour's Angela Eagle. The prime minister knows that it is not one of his most attractive qualities so these days he makes an effort to be better at anger management.
Dec 13, 2015

Prime minister Jekyll needs to keep a tighter leash on his inner Hyde. gu.com/p/4f3vk/stw #euref #eureferendum

The fear and loathing in Labour and the question of accountability

theguardian.com — When Labour went down to defeat last May, Hilary Benn came close to quitting the shadow cabinet. "He almost did a Harriet," says one of his friends in reference to Harriet Harman's decision to retire from the front rank. Having turned 60, he thought his race was almost run.
Dec 06, 2015

RT @guardian: The fear and loathing in Labour and the question of accountability | Andrew Rawnsley trib.al/36qoNyq

There is no obvious escape route for Labour from the party’s agonies

theguardian.com — Always read the small print. Buried in the detail of George Osborne's ersatz budget was a nasty little ruse to hurt the Labour party. It is to be deprived of £2m in "short money", the support given to help the official opposition perform its vital function of holding the government to account.
Nov 29, 2015

There is no obvious escape route for Labour from the party’s agonies --> concise summary from Rawnsley gu.com/p/4ej3q?CMP=Sh…

Nov 29, 2015

RT @Paul1Singh: There is no obvious escape route for Labour from the party’s agonies | Andrew Rawnsley gu.com/p/4ej3q/stw

Nov 29, 2015

Thanks to @andrewrawnsley for generous mention theguardian.com/commentisfree/… Official list of special advisers to be sneaked out on big news day?

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David Cameron will very likely get a yes to taking the fight to Isis

theguardian.com — Since they went on their murderous rampage through the streets of Paris, there have been a lot of voices describing Isis as an "existential threat". No, they are not. That description flatters them and tends to infer that we are so powerless to deal with this menace that we should not even bother to try.
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Feb 01, 2016

@lostveteran @guardian I've been writing about this for a long time. Which you'd know if you'd been paying attention.

Jan 31, 2016

Politicians need to get off their knees with the likes of Google. bit.ly/1PItp8k

Jan 24, 2016

The Corbynistas are already preparing their alibis for defeat gu.com/p/4g4ct

Jan 22, 2016

RT @BBCRadio4: The Leader Conference was chaired by @andrewrawnsley last night. Listen back and read the articles online now: t.co/tvPaKov3gU

Jan 20, 2016

Let me know what we should be discussing during Leader Conference on @BBCRadio4 at 8 tonight. #r4leader

Jan 17, 2016

Why the pollsters called the election wrong and why I should have been better at remembering my own rule. gu.com/p/4fqxc/stw

Jan 13, 2016

Let me know what you think we should be discussing when the Leader Conference team meet in half an hour on @BBCRadio4. #r4leader


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