The self-doubter behind Thatcherism
Forty years ago a man called Keith Joseph had what alcoholics call a moment of clarity.
After years as a typical big-spending, intervene-at-all-times-of-day Conservative Cabinet minister, he suddenly changed his mind. "I have never really been a Conservative," he declared.
Electoral defeat in 1974 lifted the shutters from his eyes and allowed him to reconsider his entire approach to politics and economics. The ailing British economy, he decided, needed more enterprise and less inflation, more freedom and less government.
And so began Joseph's campaign to change the so-called post-war consensus of British politics, where ministers, unions and businessmen collaborated in the public good and used government cash to intervene in the economy to boost demand and jobs as inflation grew ever higher.
It was a campaign that ultimately helped change the way everyone thought about politics and led directly to Margaret Thatcher's transformation of the United Kingdom.
Unite's Len McCluskey warns over Labour 'defeat' in 2015
The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has warned Ed Miliband Unite could break its links with Labour if the party loses the next election.
Len McCluskey told reporters he could see the union voting to disaffiliate from a defeated Labour if it ceased to be the voice of working people.
Labour is nervous
Like a breeze on an open sea, ripples of uncertainty are spreading across Labour's ranks at Westminster.
Labour MPs know that if the opinion polls stay roughly the same as they are now then the party should win a majority at the general election.
Budget highlights philosophical divide
The irony of the Budget is that it touched on one of the core philosophical differences between Labour and the Conservatives and yet few seem to have noticed.
The central idea in George Osborne's reform is that people should have greater choice over how they spend their pension savings.
EU poll talk puts smile on PM's face
When prime ministers travel abroad, more often than not crises blow up at home.
There then ensues a frantic process whereby Downing Street officials desperately try to find out what is happening.
Prime minister's belief in Israel 'unbreakable'
David Cameron came to the Middle East to encourage the Israelis and Palestinians to sign up to a US diplomatic process designed to get both sides talking.
Yet his speech to the Israeli parliament was notable for its lack of edge.
Questions over Labour jobs plan
Labour's jobs guarantee is the kind of policy that gets party strategists weak at the knees.
Not only is it designed to tackle long term unemployment but it also hopes to cut welfare spending too.
UKIP: 'No skeletons in my cupboard'
If you want evidence of how UKIP is trying to become more professional, look no further than the form potential candidates have to fill out, a copy of which I have obtained at the party's conference in Torquay.
Wannabe UKIP candidates have to declare the following:
Floods: Are politicians more Canute than can-do?
It was on the marshy banks of the Thames at what would subsequently become Westminster that King Canute supposedly battled the incoming flood tide.
He placed his throne on the beach and commanded the rising waters to halt to show his impotence at the face of the elements.