Alex Wickham

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Snapshot: UKIP on Course to Win Rochester and Strood

This morning’s ComRes poll in Rochester and Strood has UKIP defector Mark Reckless 13 points ahead of the Tories in the constituency. Conservative HQ had pretty much openly priced in defeat in Clacton two weeks ago, but losing again on November 20th would be a disaster for them. David Cameron visited the seat last week and plans to make four more trips ahead of the vote. Oct 23, 2014 12:59 AM PT

Why Immigration Is the Most Dishonest Debate in British Politics

When David Cameron promised last week that he would have “one last go” at securing curbs on immigration from within the European Union, he knew his rhetoric stood little chance of success. Days later, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed there was “no possibility” the Prime Minister’s plans could succeed, that “it is not up for negotiation”. Oct 21, 2014 1:32 AM PT

UKIP Finally Has an MP... But Can He Work with Farage?

The UKIP fox, as they love to tell us, is well and truly in the Westminster hen house. Of course there are one group of people for whom killing foxes is a favourite pastime: Tories. It will not be an irony lost on Nigel Farage and co that fox hunting remains a banned activity under the current Conservative-led government. Oct 14, 2014 1:28 AM PT

Is UKIP Abandoning Its Commitment to the Libertarian Right?

A few months ago, UKIP’s website offered a one line description of itself as “a libertarian, non-racist party seeking withdrawal from the European Union”. At some point between then and now, that description changed. It now reads: “UKIP is a patriotic party that promotes independence: from the EU, and from government interference”. A subtle difference, but a notable one. UKIP has abandoned its claim to represent a ‘libertarian’ political ideology. Oct 7, 2014 1:20 AM PT

Conservative Conference: What Have the Tories Got to Smile About?

"A funeral", "a wake", "awful", "dead". These are some of the words used by attendees to describe Labour’s annual conference last week. That is Labour, the party which barring a miracle will sweep to power at next year’s general election and see its leader, Ed Miliband, become Prime Minister. Sep 30, 2014 2:17 AM PT

It Looks Like Ed Miliband is Going to Become Prime Minister by Default

On Sunday night, Ed Miliband stood on a stage in front of a crowded room alongside the black flag of Islamic State. A few minutes later, he was photographed next to a picture of Joseph Stalin. The Labour leader was speaking at the conference party of the New Statesman magazine, and those images were past covers of that publication which had been projected onto a screen behind him Sep 23, 2014 1:37 AM PT

Whatever Happens on Thursday, an English Parliament Is Now Inevitable

Whichever way Scotland votes on Thursday, the consequences for English politics are just as interesting as what might happen north of the border. A Yes vote promises initial constitutional anarchy, but the long-term political impact at Westminster would be relatively straight-forward. Sep 16, 2014 1:25 AM PT

Scottish Independence Will Send the British Political Establishment into Chaos

"Scottish independence means [a] huge black eye for [the] whole political establishment, especially Cameron and Miliband" tweeted Rupert Murdoch this weekend, clearly enjoying baiting both his perennial detractors on the left and the British Conservative leadership he has come to dislike. Sep 9, 2014 1:09 AM PT

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


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