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If Boris Johnson’s Partygate shame leads to this U-turn and help for those in need, we need more parties

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Let’s have barrel loads more outrageous behaviour inside No 10, if that’s what it takes to panic the government into finally unlocking Treasury coffers for those in most need. Now the chancellor relents, but it was as...

Just how many lives does this disgraced prime minister have?

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No, people are not bored of Partygate and not moving on – because no one will ever forgot those lockdown times. A very real fear of death for themselves and others kept almost everyone obedient to the letter of the la...

Today’s elections are the last before the Tories vandalise our democratic rights

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Today is the last time you will go to the polls before the government’s shameful and shameless new elections bill becomes law. It was squeezed through parliament late at night last week in the final “wash-up” of bad b...

When the NHS spends billions on personal injury cases, it’s the public that loses

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“Let’s kill all the lawyers,” cries a rebel in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2, raising a loud audience cheer. Now it’s Jeremy Hunt and his health and social care committee that threatens to skewer lawyers, specifically...

The Tories have decimated childrens’ futures. Adesso, they want more nursery cuts

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In fear of next week’s local elections, the cabinet thrashed around on Tuesday for cost of living eye-catchers that would cost the Treasury nothing. One of them costs the earth – Jacob Rees-Mogg’s call to abandon the ...

Labour daren’t say it, but some Tory strongholds could be within reach

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No one will win these local elections. It’s statistically improbable, but the only conclusion available if you listen to all the party managers currently energetically tamping down expectations to somewhere below zero...

People are struggling to pay their energy bills – here’s a simple idea that could help

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Here is the sure sign of a government in a death spiral, devoid of ideas, plans or solutions. Can they really stand by and do next to nothing while shocking energy bills land this month? Already the poorest people on ...

They broke the law and are disgraced. Whatever they do now, shame will cling to Johnson and Sunak

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They broke the rules they set for everyone else. Then the prime minister lied and lied again to parliament. “Never before in history has a prime minister broken the law,” Chris Bryant, chair of both the standards and ...

The Tories have created the NHS crisis – and they should own it

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Who is to blame? In the hailstorm of bad NHS news, the government and its press outriders are trying, with some success, to shift guilt on to the NHS itself. The public is no longer clapping, dicono, with only 36% O...

I have covered countless Tory mini-budgets. The cruelty of this one shocked even me

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This was a great “levelling down”, with two-thirds of Rishi Sunak’s giveaways in his spring statement going to the top half of earners. At least the chancellor had the good grace to abandon the words “levelling up” an...

Spend a day with me in the eviction court, Mr Sunak, and you’ll understand the ‘cost of living’

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Expect something on Wednesday, some gesture in the spring statement to ease the gathering cost-of-living storm. But for whom? That’s the chancellor’s political and moral choice. Ma, before he chooses, I would like to...

Pensioner poverty is at a new high – so why are older people still voting Tory?

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It’s happening again: elderly people suddenly getting poorer. Since the dawn of time, to be old was to be poor. Workhouses were abandoned not out of revulsion at their practices, but because virtually everyone in them...

The Tories railed against ‘green crap’. Why trust them to solve the energy crisis now?

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In the grip of the energy crisis, gas prices are already due to increase by 50% in Aprile, and will spike higher later in the year, while the chancellor’s modest mitigations do little for unaffordable bills. Boris John...

Whatever your agenda, the war in Ukraine will have a huge effect on British politics

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Churchillian echoes from Volodymyr Zelenskiy stiffened the sinews and summoned up the blood of the House of Commons: “We will fight in the forests, in the fields, the shores and in the streets.” Each of us, distant sp...

The Tories’ Whitehall farce has left Britain running on empty

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War in Ukraine upends our world again. The iron curtain slams down after the body blows of Brexit and Covid, amid Cop26 climate warnings. With Vladimir Putin’s invasion shaking Nato into life, refilling the war chest ...

Newcastle’s brilliant Labour leader has been ousted, but his work was no failure

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Political talent is in short supply. So is a willingness to step up and take the burdens and the blows of office. The leader of Newcastle city council, Nick Forbes, has been toppled as a result of destructive tribal s...

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