Archive of July 2008

Analysis: Who is David Miliband?

When asked which politician they would rather go on a date with, more British gay men picked David Miliband than anyone else. David Cameron came second.


    Comment: So much for Brown's holiday

    If Gordon Brown thought he was going to be able to relax on his holiday this year he has been sorely disabused of such a fanciful notion this morning.


    Analysis: Labour and the unions

    Labour's summit with its trade union backers was overshadowed by leadership speculation and accusations of a return to the 1970's, when strikes paralysed the country.


    Analysis: SNP victory

    Thurday night's vote signifies three things: The slow electoral death of the Labour party, the chasm dividing Scottish and English politics and the emergence of Scottish independence as a tangible possibility.


    Analysis: poll

    Today's poll presents some interesting results - some of them surprising, some less so.


    Can rural England be saved?

    Rural England is being threatened by a brutal combination of high house prices and low wages.


    Feature: How the government got into your living room

    They did it very quietly. There was no press release, no announcement, no television interview with the relevant minister. But last week, without many people noticing, the Home Office revealed how many laws allow the state to enter your home.


    Analysis: Davis by-election

    By-election analyses are always about pinning down the variables: were people voting on national or local issues? How was the weather? Did the ruling party get its core vote out?

  • Mr Davis took a big political gamble

    Interview: David Davis

    The polls are opening for David Davis' unique single issue by-election on civil liberties. But the man himself seems relaxed, confident - even happy. And then he says something unexpected.


    PMQ analysis: Mr Brown's honesty

    David Cameron tiptoes around something very serious.


    The smoking ban one year on

    One year after the country took a dark turn into state control and an unpleasant, puerile attitude to other people's business. Or is it one year into a brave new world where the country became fitter, healthier and more civilised?

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