Andrew Gimson

Underrated: Shiva Naipaul

A warm and witty writer with a mordant eye for the bad and the bogus

How can Theresa May survive Brexit?

The Prime Minister now looks dreadfully weak, but like all her predecessors she is a scapegoat, at the mercy of party and people

Sex, politics and the new blasphemy

Westminster is scandalised by sexual harassment that would once have been treated as a joke. But does the nation take it quite so seriously?

Underrated: Frank Field

The independent-minded Labour parliamentarian would have made an excellent Speaker

Britain Is A Free Country — Thanks To The Queen

The paradox of British democracy is that our unelected monarch safeguards our liberties better than an elected politician ever could

Campaign Diary

"The Chief Whip stormed the moral high ground and dug himself in. So why did I feel unable to follow Michael Gove over the top, as it were?"

Memorable Memoirs

‘The best political memoirs are shot through with a kind of candour’

In Search of the Incomparable Max

I discovered Max Beerbohm as an undergraduate. Rereading his work today has been just as enjoyable

United the Coalition Stands, Divided it Falls

Badmouthing each other is not a path to electoral success. Clegg and Cameron must defend what they have achieved together

Underrated: David Cameron

Our Prime Minister's Anglican attitudes are as valuable to the Conservative party as they are to the nation

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"