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Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of upcoming thriller The 3rd Woman, out in July

How much applause did David Cameron get with his 2009 conservative party conference speech? — Getting a conference crowd going is a tricky business - do it too well and you risk alienating voters outside the conference centre; do it badly and you come off as a poor speaker. So how did David Cameron do with his speech in Manchester today?

Tony Judt: The Best Man Among Us — by Tony Judt, edited and with an introduction by Jennifer Homans 1. More than a decade ago, I met Tony Judt for the first time. We drank whiskey in the lobby of a smart London hotel.

Labour has to get over its Tony Blair problem — For at least two decades Margaret Thatcher haunted the Conservative party. The guilt over her regicide, the fear that they would never find a leader to match her, the urge to do her will by distancing Britain from the hated European enterprise - one way or another, the Thatcher ghost refused to rest.

Ukip’s feuding is not merely a sideshow. There is much at stake — Is it a coincidence that Ukip is suddenly plunged into the same sort of intensely personal in-fighting that has been disrupting its far nastier rival, the French Front National, across the Channel? Of course not, it is in the nature of the populist beast.

Ukip's only MP joins calls for Farage to step down — Ukip's only MP has joined calls from within the party for Nigel Farage to stand down, saying that the leader should "take a break". Douglas Carswell, who was re-elected as MP for Clacton, said that he did not want to take on the leadership of Ukip but did believe Farage should go.

Ukip looks hilarious. But soon we won’t be laughing — There are times when you have to remind yourself that Ukip is not a branch of the light entertainment industry. The delights the UK Independence party served up on Thursday would have qualified for a Bafta in the comedy category, at the very least.

Damned by his own words — Twice in 10 years, the British people have had the chance to elect a Jewish prime minister - and twice they've said no. Michael Howard took on Tony Blair in 2005 and failed. And, last week, Ed Miliband followed Howard into the pantheon of electoral losers .

SNP seeking greater powers, slowly — Angus Robertson, the Scottish National party's Westminster leader, has signalled that his party wants to slowly negotiate the transfer of even greater tax and welfare powers to Scotland. Robertson indicated the SNP has no plans to demand a fast transfer of extra welfare, job-creating and tax powers for Holyrood despite its landslide victory in the general election, based partly on demanding "full financial responsibility" for Scotland.

The Best Man Among Us — More than a decade ago, I met Tony Judt for the first time. We drank whiskey in the lobby of a smart London hotel. He looked a little out of place: the scholar among the expensively dressed international businessmen and women, a visiting American professor who was also a former Londoner, born and raised in some of the city's shabbiest neighborhoods.

Guardian live: election results special - video highlights — Hosted by Jonathan Freedland with a rotating panel featuring Polly Toynbee, Hugh Muir and Owen Jones, Guardian political analysts take stock after a dramatic day for British politics - three political leaders resigned after the Conservative party won an overall majority in the general election.
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May 27, 2015

The Guardian view on the Fifa arrests: football’s game-changer | Editorial

May 25, 2015

RT @PtBacon: @Freedland hi, Jonathan. People are dying for the sake of football matches in Qatar. It's unconscionable. Please RT…

May 24, 2015

RT @BBCKimGhattas: Excellent piece @martinchulov "region’s main powers now openly locked in a struggle for the destiny of the region"…

May 24, 2015

@Rysk75 @nybooks Not sure that is more "considered". It doesn't address Judt's afterword on the 2003 piece or his other writings on Isr/Pal

May 24, 2015

@JakeBenRichards There are some ultra Blairites who've elevated private provision within NHS to the level of a principle. Seems mistaken.

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