Alex Wickham

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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

The REAL Racists: UKIP is the Only Party That Doesn't Discriminate Against Non-Whites

UKIP had a bit of a shocker with some of its more extreme members last week. First the star of the party’s TV broadcast for the upcoming European elections, Andre Lampitt, was revealed to have made a series of racist comments about Africans and Muslims. Nigel Farage admitted “something has gone wrong” with the vetting process and suspended him immediately. Then UKIP candidate William Henwood was exposed for saying that the black comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to “a black country”. UKIP’s Roger Helmer quickly described the comment as “totally unacceptable” Apr 27, 2014 5:33 PM PT

Open Season on Westminster Sex Scandals

Conservative Member of Parliament Mark Menzies has resigned his position as a ministerial aide after two Sunday newspapers revealed that he had employed the services of a £250-a-night rent-boy Mar 31, 2014 1:29 AM PT

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