Labour has to get over its Tony Blair problem

For at least two decades Margaret Thatcher haunted the Conservative party. The guilt over her regicide, the fear that they would never find a leader to match her, the urge to do her will by distancing Britain from the hated European enterprise – one way or another, the Thatcher ghost refused to rest. Perhaps David Cameron’s unexpected success on 7 May will allow an exorcism of sorts, but her shade still lingers. The coming referendum on Europe will, for many Tories, carry a spectral echo of her famous battle cry: “No. No. No.”

Published by: The Guardian

Ukip looks hilarious. But soon we won’t be laughing

There are times when you have to remind yourself that Ukip is not a branch of the light entertainment industry. The delights the UK Independence party served up on Thursday would have qualified for a Bafta in the comedy category, at the very least.

Published by: The Guardian

Damned by his own words

Twice in 10 years, the British people have had the chance to elect a Jewish prime minister - and twice they've said no. Michael Howard took on Tony Blair in 2005 and failed. And, last week, 1a>Ed Miliband followed Howard into the pantheon of electoral losers1b>.

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

Damned by his own words

Twice in 10 years, the British people have had the chance to elect a Jewish prime minister - and twice they've said no. Michael Howard took on Tony Blair in 2005 and failed. And, last week, 1a>Ed Miliband followed Howard into the pantheon of electoral losers1b>.

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

The exit poll no one expected

With projections showing the Conservatives only 10 seats short of a majority, Labour is in shock. Exit polls have been wrong before, but if this one holds, there’ll be inquests aplenty

Published by: The Guardian