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Chief Political Commentator — The Observer
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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.

The parties prepare for a hung, drawn and quartered parliament — We need to talk about Nigel. No, not that Nigel. We've had more than enough of him for the moment. The Nigel we need to talk about is Nigel Dodds. Mark the name. For within a few months, he is the Nigel who could be an absolutely pivotal player in the politics of our country.

Nick Clegg’s taken up the hokey-cokey. One leg in, one leg out of the coalition — The death of Jeremy Thorpe reminds me of one of my favourite historical what ifs? The high point of his career was the election of February 1974 that resulted in a split verdict and a hung parliament. Ted Heath's Tories had won the largest share of the vote, but Harold Wilson's Labour was a nose ahead in parliamentary seats.

Moody, angry, naive: yes, he was flawed but Gordon Brown did save the world — Gordon Brown recently rang a confidant. He was angry, and no one gets angry quite like Gordon Brown. Having played a widely admired role in saving the union at the climactic stage of the Scottish referendum campaign, the former prime minister had been whipped up into one of his furies by signs that the Tories were trying to renege on the "vow" to devolve more power to Edinburgh.

Economic dishonesty is the deadliest deficit of all — Never - probably - in the history of political conflict will so many be misled by so few as in Wednesday's autumn statement. If the chamber had a polygraph and a Geiger counter to measure radioactive levels of untruth, the place would bleep so loud nothing else would be heard.

The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour: Steve Richards: 9780007320325: Books — Buy Whatever it Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour by Steve Richards (ISBN: 9780007320325) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders. Anthony Seldon, Guy Lodge: Books

Autumn statement: Osborne only has scrawny rabbits to pull out of his hat — On Wednesday, George Osborne will stand before MPs to present his "autumn financial statement" - and there are two terminological inexactitudes just in the title of the event. Only astrologers and the Treasury, who have it in common that they make dodgy predictions that only the credulous would plan their lives by, regard early December as belonging to the autumn.

Ukip should be taken seriously. But it may not like the experience — In politics, as sometimes in life, there can be nothing more disappointing than a dream that comes true. It was the decades-long yearning of Lib Dems that Britain's traditional two-horse race would give way to a pluralistic, multi-party politics. The grip on power of the big two would be broken and supplanted by a rainbow of choices.

£10 charge to be introduced for up to 5.5m visitors to the UK, Labour says — Labour will seek to beef up its pitch to voters on immigration with a pledge to pay for 1,000 extra border guards by imposing a charge on visitors from the US and 55 other countries.

Immigration is changing character of UK schools, claims Iain Duncan Smith — Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, has said that non-English-speaking children are changing the character of British schools, as Ukip looks likely to gain its second MP in the Rochester & Strood byelection.
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Dec 21, 2014

Lots of donkeys but no lions in a year of political trench warfare.

Nov 30, 2014

George Osborne only has scrawny rabbits to pull out of his hat.

Nov 02, 2014

Why Ed Miliband now looks for salvation from an old Scottish foe

Oct 31, 2014

@MatthewdAncona I will be far from alone in finding my Sundays hugely diminished.

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