Spanish batons put paid to the Catalan breakaway – and to the SNP’s EU love-in

This time last year she was riding high in the polls but her numbers have since plummeted. Her minority government, propped up by a small fringe party, lumbers from crisis to crisis. The country's future relationship to Europe is fast becoming a source of division in her once united party. Not Theresa May, who doesn't … Continue reading Spanish batons put paid to the Catalan breakaway – and to the SNP’s EU love-in

Can Nicola Sturgeon talk her way out of a P45?

Theresa May’s Manchester meltdown was unfolding on live television, like a particularly excruciating Fisherman's Friend advert, and Nicola Sturgeon was watching nervously 200 miles to the north. The First Minister fired off a tweet: 'Spare a thought for those of us still to deliver our conference speech and now fretting about all the things that … Continue reading Can Nicola Sturgeon talk her way out of a P45?

What’s the story? Manchester Tories need to find a new oasis of capitalism

There is no rule that says all great things must come from Manchester, it just seems to work out that way. The Warehouse City lays claim to some of England's finest writers, from Jack Rosenthal to Howard Jacobson, and from its post-industrial streets emerged sounds to define generations of British pop. Without Manchester there would … Continue reading What’s the story? Manchester Tories need to find a new oasis of capitalism