Alex Wickham

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Owen Paterson Is Trolling David Cameron, But Could He Be Plotting a Run for Tory Leader?

Overshadowed by the noisy departure of Baroness Warsi, another recently liberated Conservative is causing problems for his former boss, albeit in a slightly more subtle manner. While Warsi's weapon of choice was the Sunday Times front page, Owen Paterson's chosen medium thus far has been Twitter. The former Environment Secretary has spent the weeks since he was sacked epically trolling the Prime Minister, and his other enemies for that matter, online. Aug 12, 2014 1:34 AM PT

Everything Points to a Tory Defeat and Ed Miliband Becoming Prime Minister

Bookmakers, pollsters and increasingly Conservative commentators are coming to the conclusion that the Tories are going to be out of office in nine months' time. Yet despite almost everything pointing to a Tory defeat at next year's general election, the mood in Downing Street and Conservative headquarters is calm, even confident. Aug 5, 2014 12:12 AM PT

David Ruffley's Delayed Resignation Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill

David Ruffley, the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, last night announced that he would be standing down at next year's general election. Ruffley has capitulated to mounting pressure and demands for his resignation since it emerged he had accepted a police caution for assaulting his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Jul 29, 2014 8:51 AM PT

Commons Speaker John Bercow Strengthens His Position Despite Disastrous 12 Months

John Bercow has had a rather difficult year. Twelve months ago, the Speaker of the House of Commons suffered public humiliation at the hands of Conservative MPs, who passed to the press physical evidence of so-called "Bollocked By Bercow" badges they were secretly wearing to subvert him. The badges were designed by backbencher Simon Burns, who famously muttered that Bercow was a "stupid, sanctimonious dwarf", only to apologise to dwarves for the offensive comparison. Jul 22, 2014 12:45 AM PT

Gove Is Even More Powerful Now than He Was Before the Reshuffle

Last weekend Michael Gove was down in Portsmouth. Just two days earlier he had seen more than a fifth of his schools closed by strikes, but the then Education Secretary found the time to lead a road trip of young Tory activists to the south coast to drum up support for the party. In many ways this was a preamble to his demotion during yesterday’s reshuffle. Jul 16, 2014 12:45 AM PT

Calling All Conspiracy Theorists: There's No Media Cover-Up Over a Westminster Paedophile Ring

We are all lizards now. Or at least, if you are a journalist working in Westminster, that's what it seems most of the internet thinks this week. Since the alleged establishment paedophile ring was blown open over the weekend, culminating in the Home Secretary yesterday ordering an inquiry into child abuse committed by the upper echelons of British society, the conspiracy theorists have been out in force. Jul 8, 2014 12:49 AM PT

Ed Miliband's 99 Problems: The 'Right Wing Press' Ain't One

“There’s a strange strain of bullying going on at the moment, of Ed. If I took a photograph of you eating a sandwich I could make you look like a muppet if I wanted to, there is something rather distasteful about that. Playing the man means you’re not playing the ball.” Jun 24, 2014 1:47 AM PT

Leadership Rumours: Clegg and Miliband May Not Be Party Leaders for Long

Two weeks ago on Breitbart London I took a look at what the European elections would mean for each party leader. For Nigel Farage it was a case of win or die, and he won. David Cameron never had a huge amount to fret over thanks to some careful expectation management. But for Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, there was always going to be a real possibility of humiliation and/or mutiny May 27, 2014 5:02 AM PT

Farage Rode The Storm and Will Probably Win: A Damning Indictment of The Political Class

For the Westminster elite it is just about the worst thing you can call someone; short of a paedophile or a murderer. “Nigel Farage is a racist,” said Labour MP David Lammy yesterday. Then came Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper: “it is racist to somehow stir up fears about Romanians living next door”. The Prime Minister stopped short of using the R-word, though he did describe the UKIP leader’s comments on Romanians as “really pretty unpleasant” May 20, 2014 2:06 AM PT

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