Labour leader Ed Milliband accused British prime minister David Cameron of acting as a “cheerleader” for Pfizer  in its $106 billion efforts to acquire the second-largest British pharma group. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

How ironic that, as it squares up to the challenge of the anti-European Ukip in the forthcoming European elections, members of Britain’s Conservative-(...)

Deep in thought... Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches the Fine Gael Seanad campaign at the RHA Dublin last week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There’s no easing of toes back into the water for national politicians this week, rather an ungainly plunge into deep waters.All three big parties are(...)

While there is speculation overBoris Johnson and Cameron’s Tory leadership, Enda Kenny has been an incredibly firm leader. Photographs: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images and Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

How safe is David Cameron as leader of the Tory Party? As safe as houses, you might think, with the proviso that all political houses tend to be made(...)

Len McCluskey (left), general secretary of Unite, talks to members of the media at an NHS 65th birthday party in Golden Hill Park, Urmston, Manchester. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Earlier this month a storm broke in the British Labour Party about its link with trade unions. It was caused by a row between the party and trade unio(...)