Isabel Hardman

Orchidelirium

1 July 2017 9:00 am

The lady’s slipper orchid, Cypripedium calceolus, is both a beautiful and silly–looking plant. It is the strangest of our native…

Labour’s happy surprise

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Science,’ wrote Jules Verne, ‘is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because…

The love Labour’s losing

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Stoke-on-Trent is an unsettled place, figuratively and literally. The ground under the city is riddled with shafts from coal and…

May’s big chance

7 January 2017 9:00 am

It is the fate of all new prime ministers to be compared with their recent predecessors. Theresa May has already…

May’s big chance

5 January 2017 3:00 pm

It is the fate of all new prime ministers to be compared with their recent predecessors. Theresa May has already…

In search of Mayism

1 October 2016 9:00 am

What does Theresa May believe? The new Prime Minister has had the summer to settle into her job and has…

In search of Mayism

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

What does Theresa May believe? The new Prime Minister has had the summer to settle into her job and has…

Frankenstein’s Westmonster

27 August 2016 9:00 am

All political parties are a mess: coalitions of people with different beliefs, stitched together — like Frankenstein’s monster — into…

Frankenstein’s Westmonster

25 August 2016 1:00 pm

All political parties are a mess: coalitions of people with different beliefs, stitched together — like Frankenstein’s monster — into…

Remind you of anyone? How Theresa May is morphing into Gordon Brown

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

Standing outside No. 10, our newly chosen — though not elected — Prime Minister decided to address the country directly.…

Remind you of anyone? How Theresa May is morphing into Gordon Brown

11 August 2016 1:00 pm

Standing outside No. 10, our newly chosen — though not elected — Prime Minister decided to address the country directly.…

May’s man of influence

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Civil servants in the Home Office, even the senior ones, always felt a little nervous when walking towards Theresa May’s…

Will Labour never learn?

12 May 2016 1:00 pm

By now, Labour should be rather good at post-defeat inquests. Plenty have been conducted over the years and the drill…

Do the Tories want to lose London?

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

The Labour plotters who dream of ousting Jeremy Corbyn had high hopes for the local elections on 5 May. They…

Cameron’s new army of Tory loyalists

27 August 2015 1:00 pm

Listen http://rss.acast.com/viewfrom22/thereturnofassisteddying/media.mp3 Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy…

Labour MPs’ next choice: which leadership coup to back

20 August 2015 1:00 pm

Listen http://rss.acast.com/viewfrom22/thecleaneatingcult/media.mp3 Jeremy Corbyn’s close friend Tony Benn had five questions he always asked of those in power: ‘What power…

Time is running out for Labour

13 August 2015 1:00 pm

Listen http://rss.acast.com/viewfrom22/chinasdownturn-labourslostvotersandthesweetestvictoryagainstaustralia/media.mp3 The Labour leadership contest was supposed to be a debate about the party’s future. Instead it has oscillated…

The agony of Labour’s old-fashioned modernisers

30 July 2015 1:00 pm

Listen http://rss.acast.com/viewfrom22/theosbornesupremacy/media.mp3 The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an…

The Tories are preparing for civil war in the unlikely event of victory

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

It is quite normal in British politics for a political party to turn on itself after an election defeat —…

The Tories are paying the price for underestimating Ukip

13 November 2014 3:00 pm

Listen http://traffic.libsyn.com/spectator/TheViewFrom22_13_Nov_2014_v4.mp3 In a corner of the Ukip campaign office in Rochester, a light-up orb is spinning, with the words…

The Tories are paying the price for underestimating Ukip

13 November 2014 3:00 pm

Listen http://traffic.libsyn.com/spectator/TheViewFrom22_13_Nov_2014_v4.mp3 In a corner of the Ukip campaign office in Rochester, a light-up orb is spinning, with the words…