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What happens when it doesn’t add up? EPA/Daniel Deme

How negotiations over a hung parliament might work in 2015

Britain is now in full general election countdown mode – and the polls indicate another hung parliament is the most likely outcome on May 7. Gus O’Donnell, the former cabinet secretary, recently reflected…
Did Brown really build Britain’s future? EPA

Was the Gordon Brown government really that bad?

In the week Gordon Brown announced he will stand down from his Westminster constituency at the May 2015 general election, two central observations come to mind. From the Brown government to its Cameron-Clegg…
Brown was undoubtedly a big beast, but could have been so much more. 10 Downing Street

Gordon Brown: political giant and wasted talent at the same time

Gordon Brown will retire from the Commons viewed on the one hand as a giant of Scottish Labour who spent 13 years at the pinnacle of frontline UK politics as chancellor and prime minister: the son of the…
Look who’s back… Stefan Rousseau/PA

Gordon Brown’s political resurrection

In the last three weeks of the Scottish referendum campaign, Gordon Brown had already emerged as the galvanising force on the No side. This reached new heights on Wednesday in Glasgow when he made what…
Gordon Brown has lead way in proposing a new deal for Scots in the event of a No. Danny Lawson/PA

Scotland will not be offered devo max after a No vote – here’s why

In the current debate on independence, journalists and commentators regularly claim that “devo max” is the favoured option of a majority of the Scottish people, and some express an expectation that this…
What might have been? John Smith, Margaret Beckett and Tony Blair. John Giles/PA Archive

20 years on: what if Tony Blair had never led the Labour Party?

It is 20 years since Tony Blair took over as leader of the Labour Party. There has been much comment about his legacy, a great deal of it uncomplimentary. But it could have been so different… It’s the…
When I said help young people, James, I didn’t mean… Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Revolutionary code for bringing order to court of the tsars

For more than 15 years, policy “tsars” have been a growing, unrecognised and largely hidden source of influence on UK government ministers’ decisions. Our research revealed for the first time that more…

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