Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.
Alex Salmond today tried to tug at Scottish hearts, visiting the home of the famous declaration of Arbroath, the statement of independence written in Arbroath Abbey in 1320 at the time of King Robert the Bruce. Salmond today produced his own, updated “declaration of opportunity” - under an independent Scotland, of course.
The former was signed by 30 or so Scottish bigwigs, and is thought by some people to have been one of the documents which inspired the 1776 American declaration of independence almost 500 years later.
Neil Hamilton wouldn’t respond when Channel 4 News asked him today whether the hoped to be Ukip’s candidate in Boston, but he did confirm he does hope to fight some seat at the
Is Alex Salmond hoping to ride a wave of patriotic fervour flowing for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games? If history tells us anything, he may be disappointed.
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.