Ed Miliband speaks at a Labour Party event calling for voters to support Britain’s remaining in the EU. The former party leader is ‘now a backbencher trying to make himself useful’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain has evolved a successful economy without evolving any affection for it. France, in contrast, cherishes its managed market as an expression of (...)

British PM David Cameron has called the EU referendum under duress from his party. Photograph: Getty Images

Undeterred by his own cowardice, Sir Harry Paget Flashman won the Victoria Cross, the Order of Bath and the Order of the Indian Empire, mainly by show(...)

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon: Labour can only get around its systemic exclusion from power by reclaiming lost territory in Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Last spring the Conservative minister, Nick Boles, noticed something exercising his constituents in Lincolnshire, in the English Midlands. Whatever th(...)

The key to that comeback is leadership, not membership. It was never going to be easy for Micheál Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

When Fianna Fáil asked me back in 2012 what defeated parties needed to do to put things right, I came up with a 12-step programme. So, has the party f(...)

When people have forgotten Corbyn wanted to stop companies paying dividends unless they paid staff a living wage, they will remember his search for a “reasonable accommodation” with Argentina over the Falklands. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A jaded town on the Essex riviera is all the UK Independence party has to show for its nearly four million votes at last year’s general election. Econ(...)

David Cameron’s Downing Street is not Bill Clinton’s White House: there are no late-night symposia over pizza, no infectious enthusiasm for politics as sport

For someone who is quite good at it, David Cameron is not very interested in politics. Britain’s prime minister does not read Robert Caro’s monument(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives at the party’s annual ard fheis at Citywest in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has to resist getting sucked into speculation about possible coalition arrangements after the election as it will play into the hands of i(...)

Going negative: Fianna Fáil’s first billboard poster of the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

In May 1988 George HW Bush’s quest to become the first sitting United States vice-president in 150 years to win a presidential election was in trouble(...)

Lynton Crosby:  specialises in what his simpering victims call the “politics of fear”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s baroque system of honours rarely decorates the kind of punter to whom Lynton Crosby, the political strategist, has devoted his life’s work. (...)

A farmer with a bucket of slop - an image from UTV Ireland’s on-screen brand “refresh”, unveiled in September.

Another year in the triumphs and travails of the media and there is one puzzle with the power to fox daily. Not why is every YouTube celebrity some(...)