A long weekend of politics

By Tim Le Couilliard Harold Wilson once famously said, “a week is a long time in politics”. Well, it would appear that a weekend can seem even longer. Much has changed since the polls closed on Thursday evening, and with today’s announcement that Tracy Brabin has resigned as an MP following her election as West…

Sleaze allegations expose the outdatedness of PMQs

By Aimee Howard It was announced this morning by the Electoral Commission – which regulates political and electoral finance – that an official investigation has been launched into how home renovations at the Prime Minister’s Downing Street flat were funded.  Suggesting that “there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have…

A firefight with an arsonist – or the return of Tom and Jerry politics

By Simon Gentry While talking to a friend this morning about the Johnson-Cummings scrap, he recounted a conversation between his two children which ran something along the lines of “You’re a liar!” “Well, you’re a worserer liar!” Etc. Did Johnson say he’d rather see the bodies pile up than impose another lockdown? Is there evidence?…

Downing Street’s move to scrap daily press briefings surprises no one

By Nick Jessup In a move that came as a surprise to precisely none of the journalists commenting from the corridors of power, the Government announced last night that plans to hold daily ‘White House style’ press briefings in the new press briefing room built in 9 Downing Street have been shelved. In July 2020,…

Shirley Williams – remembered

By Mark Glover I first got to know Shirley Williams at the Eastbourne By-Election in 1990. I had been involved in student politics in the SDP since 1985, when I joined the SDP at Newcastle University, but in 1990, I was the elected National Chair of the Student Democrats, working out of the Lib Dem…

Parliament pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh

By Simon Gentry The Commons met this afternoon, recalled a day early to pay tribute and give thanks for the life of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The sitting began with minute’s silence after which the Speaker of the House, Lindsay Hoyle, set out the long list of the Duke’s achievements and interests, ending by…

Covid vaccines – the breakeven point between benefits and risks? Age 30

By Paddy Kent Today the Government joined several other European countries in applying the brakes (albeit lightly) on the Astra Zeneca vaccine, announcing that under 30s will no longer be offered the Astra Zeneca vaccine.  It seems the Astra Zeneca vaccine is fine for those over 30, but those under 30 should be offered an…

Could the Government be headed for a defeat over ‘COVID passports’?

By Imogen Shaw After several weeks of mounting speculation, Boris Johnson confirmed at yesterday’s press conference that the Government is considering the introduction of COVID status certificates, with the accompanying documents outlining that they could be used across hospitality, live performance venues and mass events.  Following his statement, however, the proposal for what would in…