Margaret Thatcher

Much on display this week, John Bercow's trademark belligerence - along with his circumlocutory rhetoric - are tactics he learnt young, says his biographer Bobby Friedman

Britain faces a generational struggle to relocate itself to the heart of the European project. With relations and reputation at rock bottom, what better time to start the fightback? asks JOHN KAMPFNER

How the killing of Tory MP Airey Neave still reverberates today, by his biographer, the veteran political reporter Paul Routledge.

"As of now, power resides not in No.10 but in the House of Commons. And it is precisely because power now lies in a leaderless body of 650 MPs, incapable of forging and agreeing a new Brexit, that I am so confident Brexit will be terminated."

Even at this late stage, Brexiteers are projecting their own dreams onto their failing enterprise, in the knowledge they will escape the blame. John Kampfner reports.

The political situation in Northern Ireland leaves many unionists unrepresented and Brexit is serving only to heighten this sense of disconnect. PADDY HOEY considers where it might lead

Andrew Adonis argues Brexit has all the morbid symptoms of being in its death throes

At the end of a momentous year, JOHN KAMPFNER surveys the febrile European political scene and finds embattled leaders, emboldened populists and a looming election in which everything could be up for grabs.

JANE MERRICK writes about an immovable political object facing irresistible forces.

George Osborne so busy with his nine jobs he neglects paperwork for Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Womad Festival under pressure over Jacob Rees-Mogg connection and the Telegraph hires from TaxPayers' Alliance in this week's MANDRAKE.

CHARLIE CONNELLY on the life of the last president of Czechoslovakia

Recent Tory leaders have put the interests of their party ahead of the country but, as ALASTAIR CAMPBELL argues, Theresa May is putting her personal interests ahead of both.

Brexit is only one chapter in the story of Britain's retreat from influence, says JOHN KAMPFNER. We now face a marathon journey back to our rightful place

Former Tory adviser Barnaby Towns on the ignorance, irresponsibility and ideology which menace the party - and the country.

Michael White on a week which brought both a people's vote and a no-deal Brexit closer.

Brexit has reached a crunch moment. Here Progress director RICHARD ANGELL rallies the remain troops.

Mandrake reveals when Kamal Ahmed said 'all hail, Sir Philip Green,' Liam Fox combines business with pleasure and Jane Fonda asks why Corbyn is not opposing Brexit.

Britain's declining influence has put global security in peril. And it is entirely self-inflicted, says James P. Rubin, a former aide to Bill Clinton

MICHAEL WHITE on the looming conclusion for Brexit's ring a ring o'roses and why we're all about to fall down

Labour are losing the battle to control the national conversation while the Tories continue their inevitable march into Brexit chaos, writes Michael White.

As they struggle to make headway, the Liberal Democrats need to do more to promote the one issue they have always held the high ground about - Europe.

A new exhibition about the great man paints a very selective picture of the country he was born into and its corporate interests, says Andy Higginbottom

Michael White explains why the collapse of the ERG blueprint joins Boris as twin embarrassments of the week.

From the ruins left by the Luftwaffe Britain had to rebuild. IAN WALKER charts the process from high rise living to the out-of-town cineplex

There have always been two compelling practical reasons for the Labour leadership to come out against Brexit: the first is that it would win them votes.

The electoral logic is inescapable, and even Corbyn will soon grasp it... Labour must support a People's Vote, says historian of the Labour movement FRANCIS BECKETT

Michael White says all political parties have an as-yet-unfulfilled duty to think much harder about reforms.

MICHAEL WHITE sees a glummer holiday ahead amid fears we may end up worse off than in the seventies.

Michael White takes a look at the chaos derailing the government and the less than helpful visit of Donald Trump.

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