The BBC’s shame: Three ways in which Laura Kuenssberg’s tweets demeaned public service broadcasting

In an incident at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London this morning, Boris Johnson was confronted by an angry father of a sick child who argued that the NHS had been destroyed by successive governments – and criticised him for mounting a publicity stunt. Johnson replied “there are no press here” – despite the fact […]

Liberal Democrats and Article 50: a revealing window on the state of British democracy

The Liberal Democrats’ conference decision to campaign for the revocation of the UK’s notification under Article 50 of its intention to leave the EU has caused something of a storm. Obviously there is a debate to be had among Remainers as to what is the best strategy to achieve that goal, but this goes much […]

Will Hutton on Labour’s lost opportunity

At the weekend, I was in the audience for a talk by Will Hutton, formerly of the Guardian and now Principal of Hertford College, Oxford – but, more importantly, for a generation a critical and powerful voice on the centre-left.  The talk was part of the Cardiff Book Festival and was linked to the book […]

Political cults and democratic deficits

In the increasingly ill-tempered Labour leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are using the word “cult” more and more to describe his support.  And it’s not difficult to see why; on social media in particular some of his supporters adopt a tone of personal adulation that would make Kim Jong-Un blush.  Facts – such as the […]

Brexit and the politics of irrationality

A few miles from where I am sitting, something altogether disturbing is about to happen.  There appears to be every sign that, in the South Wales valleys, thousands of people in one of the most deprived areas of the UK – one whose Less Developed Region status under EU rules means that it is a […]

Olympics: Cameron and Johnson show their class

If nations won Olympic medals for the stupidity of their leaders, Team GB would be a prime contender.  It’s difficult to conclude anything different following the comments of David Cameron – a Prime Minister whose attempts to hitch a ride on the bandwagon of British sporting success have been increasingly risible – and London’s part-time […]

Olympic cycling: an opportunity missed

The heroics of British cyclists in the Olympic velodrome have been widely celebrated – and quite rightly so. Whatever one thinks of organised competitive sport – and I’m the first to admit I’m far from being a fan – what those competitors do (regardless of their nationality) is pretty astonishing. But one feels that in […]