We are in the Royal Oak pub in Cannock, near Birmingham, on a miserable Wednesday night.
Here’s a line in the sand, one that stretches from Michigan in US primary season to Manchester as referendum time edges ever closer. Beware pundits bearing wonky opinions.
Tony Blair has called for more “muscularity” from the political centre ground in making the case for Britain’s membership of the EU, but admitted he was too divisive a figure to help the in campaign.
“Boris definitely won’t be driving the lorry,” says one of the London mayor’s right-hand men, “absolutely not.”
George Osborne, has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog for wrongly claiming there would be “no cuts at all in police budgets” in his autumn statement last November.
David Cameron will use a speech on Thursday to dismiss claims by anti-EU Conservatives that a short, sharp economic shock if Britain voted to leave the EU on 23 June would be a “price worth paying” for gaining freedom from Brussels.
George Osborne’s decision to back down from making radical changes to pensions tax relief was a “missed opportunity” to boost the retirement pot of the average British worker by more than 14%, according to an analysis by the Resolution Foundation thinktank.
The UK’s poppers manufacturers should be allowed to operate while the government reviews the product’s legality, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said.
Making change is not easy: it is an art, not a science. As junior partners in a coalition and having been out of power for decades, the Liberal Democrats had to learn quickly how to get things done in a system that can resist change at every turn.
Jeremy Corbyn has floated the idea of letting Labour party members choose some members of his top team in a move to counter calls for the return of full shadow cabinet elections.
Nick Clegg has revealed how his relationship with Michael Gove deteriorated so much while in government that he told No 10 he was no longer prepared to talk to him.