Michael Crick on Politics

Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.

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July 22, 2014 6 Comments

Salmond’s Scottish sporting surge? Perhaps not

It’s one of the great tales of British election history.  Harold Wilson, it is often said, owed Labour’s landslide victory in the 1966 general election to the sense of well-being engendered by England’s success in winning the World Cup that year.

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July 21, 2014 1 Comment

Why Gaza has always been tricky for Middle East envoy Tony Blair

Tony Blair was in London today, addressing the Progress think tank 20 years after he became Labour leader. But weren’t there more pressing concerns in the Middle East?

July 15, 2014 1 Comment

Reshuffle leaves Cameron with dangerous lack of legal experience

David Cameron’s reshuffle exposes a lack of legal experience in the upper ranks of government – not to mention a growing pool of unhappy men in their 50s on the backbenches.

July 14, 2014 2 Comments

Conservatives: Newark spending £4,000 within legal limit

The Conservatives claim to have spent £96,191 on winning last month’s by-election in Newark, that’s £3,809 below the official spending limit in by-elections of £100,000 per

June 23, 2014 6 Comments

Would elected mayors ‘put the rockets’ on northern cities?

George Osborne has returned to that old favourite – elected mayors. A Heseltine old favourite, to be precise, developed during his period in the political wilderness.

June 6, 2014 4 Comments

Conservative car crash in Newark

After my brief car park conversation with former Newark MP Patrick Mercer, he scraped an adjacent car as he drove away. A witness to the incident said he’d voted Ukip after voting Tory for 30

Newark, the Tories, and a gentle rap on the head

Later today, in the town square in Newark, I have an appointment with a gentleman who has promised me that I can rap him over the head with a rolled-up newspaper (a la Godfrey Bloom).

May 23, 2014 10 Comments

Seven reasons why success breeds success for Ukip

Are Ukip’s results the sign of an earthquake or a tremor? Their share of the vote may be slightly down, but the party has learned a lot in time for 2015.

May 20, 2014 1 Comment

‘I can topple the Tory government,’ boasted ‘plebgate’ PC

One of the police officers in Downing Street on the night of the “plebgate” incident boasted to a friend that she could bring down the government.

May 14, 2014 2 Comments

When Michael Crick met Godfrey Bloom… again

Last time he biffed him with a brochure… watch what happened when Michael Crick met ex-Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom this time round.

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