• April 29, 2010

    Gordon Brown's nightmare in Rochdale seems to have had little effect on the standing of the three big parties.

  • April 22, 2010

    A YouGov poll taken immediately after tonight's leaders' debate shows David Cameron to be the 'winner' on 36 per cent, Nick Clegg second with 32 per cent and Gordon Brown on 29 per cent.

  • April 19, 2010

    Nick met a nurse, Gordon met a cancer patient, Dave met a black man from Plymouth. The leaders' eagerness to demonstrate how in touch they are with 'real people' and to use them in the popularity stakes is a little toe-curling, even when the accounts are accurate. But the three anecdotal encounters which David Cameron used during last week's debate have unravelled to his detriment and to the further alienation of an already cynical electorate.

  • April 15, 2010

    One down and two to go. Tonight's groundbreaking debate between the three main party leaders was always going to be more about impressions than about policy.

  • September 12, 2008

    Gordon Brown has annoyed pensioners, environment campaigners, trade unionists, anti-poverty activists and his own backbenchers by refusing to impose a windfall tax on energy companies and give more support to the fuel-poor.

  • November 13, 2007

    Modern democratic politics is in danger of turning into a beauty contest and an electoral pantomime, says Simon Barrow. It needs reconnecting with people in civil society, changing institutions and the grassroots.