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Harry Cole is a contributing editor to The Spectator and a columnist for Spectator Life.

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Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border in 2015. Mr Coburn is a curious character – and… Continue reading

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Next year’s election will be the dirtiest ever

16 September 2014 9:41

By the time a politician stands up to give a speech, it has been briefed out, pre-butted, rebutted, shredded in print and spat out on TV. Politics has become a… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps has built an activists’ team to fight for the Tories in Newark – and in 2015

2 June 2014 16:36

The CCHQ strategy is to never to talk about strategy, but Tory chairman Grant Shapps cannot hide his excitement on this Saturday afternoon. Just a week after the Conservative Party came… Continue reading

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The UK is a Christian country, whether the Left like it or not

22 April 2014 11:20

As the crucifixion of Damian McBride over Easter in 2009 proves, the four-day news void can be gruesome for Downing Street, yet it seems congratulations are in order this year.… Continue reading

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David Cameron and David Davis go head to head in the 2005 leadership hustings. Image: Getty

The post-Cameron long-list

3 March 2014 16:23

Boris being Boris, he has managed to rule something out without actually ruling anything out at all. As Isabel noted this morning, the Mayor of London has said he will… Continue reading

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The SNP risks making the same mistakes as the 'Yes to AV' campaign. Picture: PA

Salmond is stuck in the ‘Yes2AV’ trap

26 November 2013 21:27

‘When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another’, the best way of going about… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Leaked emails reveal United Nations fury at ‘bedroom tax’ report

16 September 2013 20:02

Last Tuesday, word began to spread in Whitehall that the United Nations were set to release a highly critical report about the Under-Occupancy Charge, aka the ‘Bedroom Tax’ to everyone but… Continue reading

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Labour’s ‘cost of living’ eggacy

14 August 2013 18:02

‘Well the cost of living can’t be that high if people can waste eggs’, chortled many a wag today as silly season exploded all over Ed Miliband’s face and jacket. As… Continue reading

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Johann Lamont, Alistair Darling, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie at the launch of Better Together Image: Getty

Ukip officially excluded from Scottish referendum campaign

5 June 2013 16:18

Tonight, the ‘cross-party’ Better Together referendum campaign will have their London launch. At an event in the heart of Westminster the begging bowl will go round, and a rallying call… Continue reading

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Public Administration Select Committee Publish Their Report Into The Andrew Mitchell Plebgate Inquiry

Is Andrew Mitchell the right man for Britain in Europe?

4 April 2013 10:50

It now looks almost certain that Andrew Mitchell will be our next EU Commissioner in 2014. The job was not advertised and the backroom selection process remains a mystery. In… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems make another personal scandal their party’s problem

7 March 2013 18:56

Another evening and another set of headlines opening with the now familiar line ‘senior Liberal Democrats have denied they knew’. Not the allegations about Lord Rennard (which he denies) this… Continue reading

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So much for the audacity of hope

1 February 2011 13:57

Those who expected a novel loosely based on Barack Obama’s re-election to be a puff piece should look away now. O – A Presidential Novel is a refreshingly cynical look… Continue reading

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