There is always a moment when an opposition party starts to look like a government in waiting. At the end of the 2009 Conservative Party conference, David Cameron lined up his shadow cabinet behind him – George Osborne, William Hague, Liam Fox, Theresa May, Andrew Mitchell, the list goes on – and it seemed inevitable to the
A senior Conservative source has disclosed the party’s battle plan for the next election to The Independent. The aim is to draw dividing lines between the Tories and Labour on net zero, national security and cancel culture. It means portraying
King Charles’s warm welcome in Scotland and Northern Ireland during his UK tour cannot mask the fact that he will face a more difficult task than the Queen in holding the union together. It is not impossible that it breaks apart during his reign. It would not be about him; political developments in Scotland and Northern Ireland after
I have torn up my Labour Party membership, having joined in 1964 when I came to London to university. I decided to leave in August after Sir Keir Starmer, as party leader, announced what I think are destructive Brexit policies. I thought I would rejoin after the party conference. However, that conference, with
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took all the leaders who were at the G20 Summit that India had hosted in New Delhi on September 9-10 to Raj Ghat, the place where India’s undisputed leader of the Freedom Movement and Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was cremated, to pay respects. It was a symbolic
The Egyptian authorities have paused bulldozing tombs in Cairo’s fabled City of the Dead after protests by public figures, cultural preservationists, tour operators, and global historians. Too little, too late. A wasteland of rubble is all that remains of historic and family tombs in protected heritage sectors of the
Theresa May has joined the Conservative heavyweight pile-on against Rishi Sunak over HS2 as she becomes the third former Tory prime minister to call for the project not to be axed. Asked on Saturday if she would cut HS2, the former Tory leader responded with a categoric “no” over fears that abandoning the
The most interesting part of the Hollywood writers’ new contract is the AI clause. According to news reports, it explicitly allows the studios to “train” large language models on scripts written by members of the Writers Guild. The agreement implies that permission to train an LLM on a writer’s works has value.