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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.

Election Notebook by Nick Robinson review - a man bent on beating both cancer and claptrap — It is the most exposed position in political journalism. To be a success as political editor of the BBC, you need the nous to make sound and instant judgments on unfolding events, the skill to communicate complex issues in a way every viewer can grasp, excellent sources, a huge capacity for hard work and a competitive spirit.

Will the budget divide ‘hawkish’ George and ‘One Nation’ David? — Sometimes, the significant developments in politics are the things that do not happen. "Non-events, dear boy, non-events", as Harold Macmillan did not say. One of the events that has not happened yet is a great bust-up between David Cameron and George Osborne.

Why David Cameron is an anxious spectator of the Greek drama — Angela Merkel is very fond of saying it. The old English proverb - maybe it is also an old Teutonic one - is the default response of the German chancellor whenever there is a crisis in Europe. "Where there's a will, there's a way." That's her mantra.

The wrong ways and the right ones to pick Labour’s next leader — It was a cruel choice to book the Attlee Room for the parliamentary hustings between the Labour leadership contenders. They gathered in a venue named after a revered winner to hear the contestants explain how they would rebuild the party after one of its worst defeats. Many Labour MPs came away pronouncing themselves uninspired.

As Labour tries to resolve its past, the Tories are mapping the future — In the run up to 7 May, some people thought it a clever thing to say that this was an election to lose. The new government would be faced with so many nasty choices that would inflict so much misery on voters that it would be better to sit out the next five years in blame-free opposition and let the other lot take the responsibility and suffer the unpopularity.

The real reason David Cameron is sitting on a Commons majority — Before we start to forget what happened at the election, we ought to reflect on the most gobsmacking aspect of the result. I do not mean that the Tories won. I mean how they won. Some have attributed their shock majority to the dark arts of Lynton Crosby.

For David Cameron, the best answer to the Europe question is a quick one — In politics, as in comedy and sex, timing is often everything. David Cameron has given himself until the end of 2017 to answer what the British call the European Question and Europe calls the British Question.

Four ways for Labour to win back working-class voters — At 9.45pm, I left our campaign headquarters in Darwen, Lancashire, in jubilant mood. Our "get out the vote" operation had been a huge success. I wasn't sure we'd won, but I knew we'd increased our vote (as indeed we did).

Jon Cruddas: this could be the greatest crisis the Labour party has ever faced — A week after Labour's catastrophic general election defeat, Jon Cruddas is holding nothing back. His party must now "go to some dark places", he says, in its search for explanations. After months in which politicians have obfuscated in the name of loyalty and discipline, the man who wrote the party's manifesto believes his duty now lies in being brutally honest.

Andy Burnham: My campaign is ‘heart of Labour’. I am not into factional politics — It is just a week into the Labour leadership contest and Andy Burnham, the frontrunner according to the bookies, admits that it already seems to have "lasted for ever". One fancied prospect, Dan Jarvis, has ruled himself out because of family commitments, while another, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, dramatically pulled out last Friday morning within three days of declaring his interest via a decidedly low-grade video clip from Swindon.
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Jun 28, 2015

@meolscop1978 Cheers, Jonathan. Appreciate you taking the trouble to say so.

Jun 22, 2015

@meolscop1978 As Wellington said after Waterloo, it was a damn close run thing.

Jun 21, 2015

@LeePKelly I am, Lee! To the Ionian. Take lots of cash is my advice.

Jun 21, 2015

@caitlinmoran Thanks, Caitlin. Always happy if I can bring some laughter to the world, even if John Redwood is the unlikely vehicle.

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