Westminster

“Could a Donald Trump — someone who says he can fix the country’s problems because of his extraordinary business acumen — be elected to high office in the UK?”

The self-aggrandising Speaker has confused the importance of his office with that of its holder

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

The former Cabinet minister was the modest but highly effective lynchpin of the Cameron government

The inside story of the Lib Dems in the coalition government is a brave attempt to explain where it all went wrong

Its time for the metropolitan elites to broaden their horizons

Today, Westminster University was to be the venue for a debate between Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) member Jamal Harwood and Swiss academic Dr. Jean-Francois Mayer.  Yesterday, HT released a statement claiming that the government have intervened, and forced the University to cancel the event.

Does the Sun’s switch in support matter? No, is the short answer. The media’s power is vastly overestimated both by politicians and, of course, journalists, but also by ideologues from all sides who blame the defeat of their hopes on the power of the Tory press, if they are left wing, or BBC bias if they are on the right.

The Norwich North by-election certainly looks like a bye-bye election for Labour. Obviously whichever party is elected to run the country next year is going to make massive spending cuts and it’s clear that there’s no alternative. The question is whether they’ll cut the things we can do without, and not the things we can’t. Pardon me for being cynical, but the chances are that the layers of insane bureaucracy will stay because that’s where the people implementing the cuts will be – so we’re in danger of  losing the baby instead of the bathwater. Here is one personal plea to David Cameron: for God’s sake do not slash our arts.

The results of the latest poll in the Times are rather overshadowed by the headline “Voter back Tories over big cuts in spending”. Underneath the paper reports that, “Nationally, the Conservatives are on 38 per cent, up two points since June 9-10. Labour is on 26 per cent, up two points. If these trends are repeated locally, the Tories should win easily.”