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  1. June 20, 2014

    A great northern conurbation

    Remember ‘Prezzagrad’? Labour’s John Prescott in 2004 outlined a vision of an 80-mile conurbation stretching across northern...

  2. August 18, 2013

    Shadow ministers defend Ed Miliband over ‘quiet summer’ attacks

    Ed Miliband should ignore the sniping coming from his own side and take his time creating the list of policies Labour will...

  1. November 16, 2012

    Mainstream parties wounded in police polls

    The UK’s first police and crime commissioner elections inflicted wounding defeats on both main parties on Friday as the...

  2. November 15, 2012

    Cameron hails chance to vote for police chiefs

    David Cameron has hailed Thursday’s police and crime commissioner elections as a “historic opportunity” for voters to...

  3. November 13, 2012

    Candidate pledges to investigate every crime

    While John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, has clocked up 1,000 miles around the Humber region with a driver and...

  4. October 1, 2012

    Speak, or forever hold your notes

    ● Ed Miliband’s speech today is being billed as “highly personal”, but will the Labour leader go one step further by...

  5. August 20, 2012

    Tory police policy in for ‘bumpy night’

    When a prominent US policeman was asked recently whether he had any advice for the UK as it prepared to elect its first...

  6. June 15, 2012

    Refined dining

    The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food, by John S Allen, Harvard University Press, RRP£19.95/RRP$25.95,...

  7. May 22, 2012

    A Marvellous Year for Plums, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex, UK

    “Once trust is lost, it’s gone for ever. . .  friendship, marriage, government . . . “ It is obliging of Hugh Whitemore to...

  8. Money Supply

    March 19, 2012

    All that money growing on trees

    No, this isn’t a post about quantitative easing – which genuinely is a case of creating money (banking reserves) and using...

  9. March 7, 2012

    Policeman’s lot includes perverse pay

    The fact that security firm G4S has earmarked 20,000 retired coppers as potential staff will further empurple opponents of...

  10. February 23, 2012

    Labour MP charged over alleged brawl

    An MP who allegedly became involved in a bar brawl at the House of Commons has been charged with three counts of common...

  11. February 10, 2012

    Prescott to apply for police commissioner job

    John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, has said he will apply to stand for nomination as Labour’s candidate for...

  12. February 8, 2012

    Campbell says ministers shying away from press curbs

    Alastair Campbell, the former spokesman for Tony Blair, said on Wednesday that he believed the government was shying away...

  13. January 19, 2012

    Furious film star settles hacking claim

    Jude Law may have agreed to settle his phone-hacking lawsuit against News Group Newspapers on Thursday, but the actor’s...

  14. November 7, 2011

    A bolder approach to city regions

    What is to be done about England? Northern regions are again going through a bout of fretting about the superior financial...

  15. September 30, 2011

    The big squeeze

    As the world’s big cities struggle to accommodate expanding populations and house sizes diminish, architects are...

  16. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2011

    How presumption in favour of development existed for half a century

    The tactics in the battle of Daily Telegraph v George Osborne/Greg Clark over the planning system are the equivalent of...

  17. September 16, 2011

    The Quest

    Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, first published in 1991, is a masterpiece; one of the few books that can truly be said to be...

  18. August 9, 2011

    Twitter users unite for riot clean-up

    Politicians and police may have blamed Twitter and Facebook for stoking the fire under street violence in London and beyond,...

  19. July 19, 2011

    Richard of York, your hour is now

    Shakespeare’s Richard III, currently played with relish by Kevin Spacey at London’s Old Vic, was a child-murdering,...

  20. June 30, 2011

    Report finds £469m wasted on rescue services

    Nearly half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money was wasted on a project attempting to upgrade the Fire and Rescue Service...

  21. April 7, 2011

    Nick Clegg shatters the alfalfa ceiling

    Nick Clegg has drawn some beastly criticism over the publication of what might loosely be termed his strategy to improve...

  22. January 30, 2011

    Admiral faces up to the meerkat

    John Prescott has no shortage of competition in his new role fronting a website offering car insurance quotes. The former...

  23. January 27, 2011

    Yard chiefs close ranks on phone hacking

    Scotland Yard’s top brass made a valiant attempt on Thursday to insulate themselves from the celebrity phone-hacking storm...

  24. December 29, 2010

    AV opponents claim wide Labour backing

    Campaigners against a change in Britain’s voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs on Wednesday in a striking...

  25. November 1, 2010

    Rumer: Seasons of My Soul

    Rumer Seasons of My Soul (Atlantic) If you judge a singer by her fans then what to make of Rumer, aka Londoner Sarah Joyce?...

  26. September 23, 2010

    Election defeat leads to £4.5m windfall

    Labour’s weak finances are to be bolstered by £4.5m in public funding this year – its largest state windfall. The figure,...

  27. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2010

    Who will replace Charlie Whelan at Unite?

    It was a slightly surreal experience last night writing a blog about Charlie Whelan leaving Unite when he had utterly denied...

  28. September 7, 2010

    Met to interview Coulson over fresh allegations

    David Cameron’s chief media adviser will be interviewed by the Metropolitan Police as part of fresh inquiries into alleged...

  29. Westminster Blog

    September 6, 2010

    Was Blair's phone hacked?

    A dramatic day already in the Commons, and the AV debate has only just begun. Theresa May has just been forced to answer an...

  30. September 3, 2010

    Police pressed to reopen hackers case

    The Metropolitan Police were under renewed pressure on Friday night to reopen their inquiry into telephone hacking at News...

  31. Westminster Blog

    September 1, 2010

    Tony Blair’s book is published: part 2

    Read our first post on Tony Blair’s book. JP = Jim Pickard KS = Kiran Stacey GP = George Parker That’s all for today –...

  32. Westminster Blog

    August 23, 2010

    Perhaps Labour isn't doing so badly after all

    The lowland countries of Europe function perfectly well without elected government. In the Netherlands and Belgium there is...

  33. August 15, 2010

    Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

    John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

  34. Westminster Blog

    August 10, 2010

    Official: Everyone is middle class now

    The debate is already underway across Twitter and the blogosphere after David Cameron described himself as “middle class”*...

  35. August 3, 2010

    Who is in charge when the boss is away?

    The dog days of August are upon us and prompt the question: “Who is in charge when the top dog is on holiday?” We expect our...

  36. Westminster Blog

    July 30, 2010

    Did Prescott express any doubts about Iraqi WMD before the war?

    Interesting to see that John Prescott now says he was “nervous” about the intelligence that provided the basis for the Iraq...

  37. July 24, 2010

    The Diary: Martha Kearney

    It was midnight at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk and I found myself sitting on a log in the middle of a dark pine wood...

  38. Westminster Blog

    July 14, 2010

    More on the Blair-Brown "creative tensions"

    Ed Balls delightfully referred to the Blair-Brown wars as “creative tension” yesterday. The Mandy memoirs this morning...

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