Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: described what has been happening as a “serious situation” . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Crisis is a word frequently bandied about when Stormont is being discussed. On an almost daily basis there is talk of the North’s government, set up 1(...)

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Political scientist David Runciman has an interesting analysis of the British Labour Party’s leadership contest, and why Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed by m(...)

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Emails sent by the founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com appear to have been exposed in a second, larger release of data stolen from its (...)

US  presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Monday, where he appeared for jurty duty. Trump’s  hard line on immigration has driven rivals to match his biting anti-immigrant language. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republicans thought they had learned a lesson after 2012: Turning off Latino voters ensures defeat in the general election. But as the disruptive US p(...)

US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has indicated that he would end the popular J-1 work visa program if elected. Photograph: Reuters

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has indicated that he would end the popular J-1 work visa programme if elected. The aspiring Republican candidat(...)

Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, who is the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination.  Photograp: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

This week, Donald Trump said listening to Carly Fiorina, the only woman competing for the Republican presidential nomination, gave him “a massive head(...)

Donald Trump speaking to the media after the first Republican presidential debate. A feud with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly has failed to dent his popularity, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump continued to defy the laws of political gravity on Monday as a Reuters/Ipsos poll found the real estate mogul holding on to a wide lead (...)

Donald Trump: ‘Policy ideas are ripped from the gut instead of the head. Still, he can be a catalyst, challenging his rivals where they need to be challenged.’ Photograph:  David Maxwell/EPA

I’ve been hesitant to start writing about Donald Trump. I was worried that if I wrote something that made him mad, he would send out one of his midnig(...)

Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio at the debate in Cleveland: Rubio . “If I’m our nominee, how is Hillary Clinton going to lecture me about living paycheque to paycheque? I was raised paycheque to paycheque,” said Rubio in response to one question. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Marco Rubio walked into the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night as a decided underdog. But the youthful Florida senator emerged,(...)

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, August 6th, 2015, in Cleveland. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik 0:36

“Authenticity”. That’s the magic ingredient, the sprinkling of gold dust, that every pol’ needs in this age of disillusionment with politics and polit(...)