Keir Starmer should say that if he were prime minister now, he would not offer public sector workers more than Rishi Sunak is offering. There are three advantages to doing this. One is that it is true. Starmer and Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, can take no risks with the public finances. They hope that inflation will have
Keir Starmer’s marginalisation of Jeremy Corbyn and the former leader’s supporters has been so complete that it was a surprise when one of them fought back. Jamie Driscoll, the mayor of North of Tyne who was prevented from standing as the Labour candidate for the new
Overinterpretation is the curse of the political classes. The prime example this week was the reading of Thursday’s by-elections as spelling doom for net zero — the target of a carbon-neutral economy by the middle of the century. This is a problem mainly for Labour — according to many Labour MPs — because green policies
Dame Alison Rose’s resignation as NatWest chief executive was no surprise, after she admitted last night that she was the source of the BBC story about why Nigel Farage was dropped as a client by Coutts, the private bank owned by NatWest. What was a surprise was how Rose was de-banked in the wider
If it had not been for Nick Clegg, it would be all over for Rishi Sunak by now. The former deputy prime minister, having roared mightily about constitutional reform, brought forth a mouse: the Recall of MPs Act 2015.
Labour and the Conservatives should drop “petty and arbitrary fiscal rules” holding back growth, a top economist who recently advised the opposition has said. Jim O’Neill, a former Treasury minister, was appointed by shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves last year to review her party’s business and investment policies.
The most depressing thing about the Tories running about 20 points behind Labour in the polls is that they’ve clearly decided they can’t win the next election on the usual issues that decide such contests — the cost of living, the economy more generally, public services — and have instead decided to try and win on so-called
Suella Braverman probably has a perfectly reasonable explanation for why, having been done for speeding, she asked her civil service staff to see if they could arrange a private one-on-one speed awareness course for her, so that no one would know about it. I say merely probably, not definitely, because while standing at the despatch
Keir Starmer is “working forwards not backwards”, a Blair-era cabinet minister told me after one of the Labour leader’s recent U-turns. This was a cryptic way of saying that Starmer seems to be responding to events, rather than deciding where he needs to be by the time of the election and working backwards from there. Instead of
You have to admire Keir Starmer’s ambition. He wants to fight the 1945, 1964 and 1997 elections all at once. “In 2024 it will have to be all three,” he told a nonplussed Progressive Britain conference at the TUC’s Congress House today. What he meant was that Labour will have to recover from the trauma of coronavirus, which was