Machiavelli is famous for his manual of power, The Prince, but it now seems likely he wrote it in an attempt to curry favour with the de Medici family...
The upcoming EU referendum in the UK is considered to be almost exclusively an issue for the political Right. It is automatically assumed that left-wing voters and thinkers will vote to stay in. This is not the case. I'm a left-wing voter and I will be voting to leave the EU.
When Cameron kicked off the renegotiation at the European summit in Brussels, over dinner last week, it became clear that he will work broadly within parameters that are acceptable to his fellow leaders. British officials briefed that the government understood the EU treaties cannot be changed before a referendum.
The advice from Europe's voters to David Cameron could not be clearer: If you want popular support across the Channel for your renegotiation strategy, talk not about what's good for Britain but what's good for Europe.
For a journalist, covering the EU has always been one of the toughest gigs around. Brussels? Oh. So. Boring. But not any more. The coming months will see the EU front and centre of the political debate not just in the UK but in many other member states as well.
We have the opportunity to come out of this referendum enlivened in our common endeavour, let's go ahead and take it, even if we have to endure a little bit of cliché for our troubles.
Churchill's ability to capture the public imagination, his capacity to put the Hitler offensive into a grand historical perspective, and his qualities as a seer, each had something to do with his being, at heart, a writer. Yet ultimately it was his deep knowledge of Britain's military capacities, both its strengths and weaknesses, that informed the strategies which proved decisive in the war.
Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...
With the EU referendum bill racing through parliament, it is not too late to rethink fundamentals. Voters should not make their epochal decision on the basis of sound-bites and twitter-feeds. They should instead be given a day off from work to engage in a National Day of Deliberation on the basic issues at stake.
I will support a vote for 16 and 17-year-olds, when schools are dedicating the same time to political education as they are currently committing to PE, RE and PSHCE. That time will not come before the EU referendum.
For the Eurosceptic campaign, the Eurozone could be characterised as the next coalition of chaos, appearing messy and undemocratic. Cameron has been warned the referendum may turn into his version of the Maastricht Treaty, destroying his authority within his party.
The Lib Dems seem quite a tough lot. While it is impossible to ignore the gravity of the electoral crisis which has clobbered the party at all levels since Nick Clegg led it into coalition with the Tories in 2010, Britain without a Liberal party would be an alien place... So what is going on: and will it make any difference who wins?
John Redwood even went as far as to say that 16 and 17-year-olds that are engaged in politics are a "myth", whilst Philip Hammond said that it would "not be appropriate" to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the EU referendum. They are essentially saying "But you don't have the vote, so you know that your opinion does not matter to us, therefore you have no reason to have an opinion, therefore your opinion must be irrelevant" .
David Cameron has made treaty change the totemic issue in his quest to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union: he believes that he must have it to convince his party that the EU has been reformed. But he is engaged in two negotiations - one with his own party and eurosceptic press, and the other with the rest of the EU.
Despite David Cameron's recent charm offensive in Berlin, where he spoke about his hope for EU reforms ahead of the EU referendum on membership, senior German figures are uneasy about the British "renegotiation" that is about to begin.
Tuesday morning dawned with MPs from every party buzzing in to debate one of the big questions of the election, the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. To quote that revered philosopher Yogi Bear, it was another case of deja-vu all over again