MPs’ expenses and the political crisis
The real scandal is the culture secretary’s attempt to lay down Leveson’s law.
A new UK government website reveals every ministerial lunch and penny of spending, but it only reinforces the problem of distrust.
The post-expenses-scandal idea that MPs are ‘nothing special’ is another way of saying that the public’s choices and desires are nothing special.
As Gordon Brown launches the General Election campaign, the one certainty seems to be that we won't be offered any political choice.
In the hands of the UK’s non-political parties, the historic crisis of the system is in danger of becoming an historic missed opportunity.
Must-reads from the past week
It is the cowardice of his own party and lack of moral authority of the other parties that allows the utterly isolated Brown to stay in power.
Whether Gordon Brown stays or goes, New Labour’s political crisis goes far deeper than him.
The most revealing thing about the leaked Mandelson emails is the amateur psychologising of a cut-off government.
The BNP won seats not because support for it has exploded, but because of the demise of the mainstream parties.
In response to the expenses scandal, even the PM wants to stand on his personal conscience rather than political principles. But we still need politics.