Activate, the new ‘Tory Momentum’, is 100% astroturf
The Conservatives’ effort at a grassroots youth movement is embarrassingly inept, writes Samantha Stevens

I read Gavin Barwell’s ‘marginal seat’ book and it was incredibly awkward
Gavin Barwell was mocked for writing a book called How to Win a Marginal Seat, then losing his. But what does the book itself reveal about Theresa May’s new top adviser? Matt Thompson reads it so you don’t have to

An ‘obscure’ party? I’m amazed at how little people in Britain know about the DUP
After the Tories' deal with the Democratic Unionists, Denis Burke asks why people in Britain weren't a bit more curious about Northern Ireland before now

The Tories’ deal with the DUP is outright bribery – but this government won’t last
Theresa May’s £1.5 billion bung to the DUP is the last nail in the coffin of the austerity myth, writes Louis Mendee

The myth of ‘stability’ with Theresa May
Settit Beyene looks at the truth behind the prime minister's favourite soundbite

Now is the time for a progressive alliance
Kenny MacAskill of the Scottish National Party says that only a progressive alliance can deliver us from Tory rule

The pitchforks are coming
Red Pepper speaks to Lisa McKenzie, the candidate taking Class War to Tory Essex

Don’t believe the claims about Tower Hamlets – the devil is in the detail
Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing in Tower Hamlets council, defends its record in the face of government-led attacks

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about what makes politicians tick
'I haven’t socialised with senior politicians, but I’ve hung out with the insane and I can reveal that they believe their own lies completely'

The long shadow of the 1970s
The 1970s marked a turning point in left fortunes worldwide and the origins of today’s neoliberal ascendancy. A Red Pepper roundtable with Hilary Wainwright, Andy Beckett, John Medhurst and Suresh Grover looks back

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about characters
'Today’s politicians are boring. Perhaps that’s why they get away with so much'

Taking on the ‘fruitcakes’: how can we stop UKIP?
The breakthrough for UKIP in May’s local elections raises the danger of a long‑term shift to the right in British politics. Richard Seymour considers where UKIP’s vote is coming from and how the left needs to respond

The seven faces of Michael Gove
Mike Peters looks at how the Tory education secretary uses the words and ideas of the left to win support for his policies

Thatcher didn’t save the economy, she wrecked it – and we’re still paying the price
Alex Nunns argues that the right's celebrations of Margaret Thatcher’s economic record are an attempt to rewrite history

Thatcher funeral: an alternative eulogy
As Margaret Thatcher is seen off with pomp and circumstance, John Millington says her real legacy lies in the hollowed-out factories of Britain

Thatcher: You’ve got to fight! For the left! To party!
Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum say Thatcher ‘death parties’ are the thoughtless, tasteless products of a bandwagon-jumping youth. They should have more imagination, writes Siobhán McGuirk. This is an iconoclastic moment

Dispelling the Thatcher myths
Alex Nunns offers an antidote to the media fawning over Thatcher – and argues her biggest victory was getting her opponents to buy into her mythology

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about entitlement
'Well might we muse upon the entitlement of a chancellor who, upon his father’s passing, will be titled'

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the death of the coalition
'Conservatives have never truly been convinced by this country’s experiment with universal suffrage'

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about Margaret Thatcher
'I have no wish to speak ill of the dead, even when they are still alive'

Tory think-tanks’ tangled web
Right-leaning think-tanks play a big part in David Cameron’s Tories, writes Hartwig Pautz

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about hating the Tories
The Tories have taken on human form, which is when they’re at their most dangerous

Back to business as usual
Hugo Radice looks at the Tories' so-called Office for Budget Responsibility and its role in the coalition's cuts agenda

Conservatives 2.0
With the Tories still setting the political agenda in the run up to the election, Alex Nunns examines what a Cameron government might actually have in store for us

2014: A Tory dystopia
David Cameron's apple-pie promises and feel-good rhetoric might sweep him to power in 2010, but there's a yawning gap between the vagueness of his words and the likely consequences of his policies. Alex Nunns takes us on a trip into the future to see how Britain might look after four years of Tory rule

iPods and ideologues
There is something old and something genuinely new about David Cameron's Conservatism. If the left is to help shape the post-Blair political climate, it will have to engage with its ideas, and not simply dismiss them, writes Oscar Reyes