Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: the connection between them secured the return of the ideal of the free market.  Photograph: Sipa Press/REX Shutterstock

It was a love affair – platonic, but a love affair, all the same. As a former US diplomat put it, President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were “(...)

Campaigning in the British general election has become more sharply focused since the two major parties published their manifestos last week. The Labo(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: the question is no longer what her government stands for, but whether it is any good. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Reuters

The most important biographical fact about Theresa May is not her Anglicanism, her middle-classness or her sex. More tellingly, she had never served a(...)

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar at a 5k run in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The contest for the leadership of the biggest political party in the State, and ultimately the taoiseach’s office, will not be marked by policy gulfs (...)

British prime minister Theresa May. “Until now, May kept the door to the customs union slightly ajar. The manifesto slammed it shut.” Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Campaigning for the Conservatives in Cheshire last week, David Cameron dodged questions about British prime minister Theresa May’s bonfire of his poli(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron: Alone among the main parties, the Liberal Democrats are promising a second referendum on Brexit. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

From the moment last month when Theresa May called the general election, few were in any doubt that the Conservatives would win, Labour would struggle(...)

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, launches her election manifesto in Halifax. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Theresa May has turned her back on Margaret Thatcher’s free market economics with a Conservative manifesto aimed at capturing Labour and Ukip voters. (...)

British prime minister Theresa May at the  launch of the Conservative manifesto in Halifax. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Theresa May’s election manifesto, which was launched on Thursday morning in London, marks a dramatic shift in direction for the Conservative Party an(...)

Chancellor Philip Hammond with British prime minister Theresa May at a press conference in Canary Wharf, London on Wednesday.  May refused to confirm that Hammond would remain as chancellor after the election. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Theresa May and her chancellor Philip Hammond came to Canary Wharf on Wednesday morning to give Jeremy Corbyn his daily kicking. But nobody was intere(...)

If you read the German newspapers, and nothing else, you would think that the decision of whether Brexit happens or not has yet to be taken

The biggest category of risk in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations is political miscalculation – but not of the variety you would think. Yes, it is a(...)