As the phoney war ends, the battle begins to determine how life in Britain will really be during Tony Blair's second term.
'This is the age of landslide-lite, when you can have an avalanche in the virtual world of parliamentary politics that leaves life pretty much untouched in the real world below.'
'While New Labour is going to trounce the Tories, it has yet to establish the authority of the new political elite.'
Former editor of the now-deceased LM magazine, reflects on the bizarre world of the libel courts.
'The parties try to use taxes to entice us to vote for them, as if we were deciding whether to do the weekend shop at Tesco or Sainsbury's.'
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'Nobody need feel any obligation to vote in an election that has become little more than a coronation ceremony for the new oligarchy.'
As the UK election campaign gets off to a non-start, spiked editor Mick Hume proposes a few bullet points for Tony Blair and William Hague to put on little cards and give to all their candidates.
'Presumably those demanding that more "ordinary people" be turned into people's peers would be happy for political debate to echo the banality of commuter train chat.'
'The question should not be, are you for or against direct action in general, but what does this direct action represent here and now?'
'The problem of racism has been divorced from questions of politics and power.'