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Ed Miliband stands up to Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch calls Ed Miliband out on his debate boast

27 March 2015 14:04

Ed Miliband used last night’s election interview with Jeremy Paxman as an opportunity to blast the Murdoch press. The Labour leader told viewers that he had stood up to Rupert Murdoch, and would… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton: David Dimbleby is a backwards step for BBC’s election coverage

26 March 2015 17:52

Tonight Kay Burley will moderate a ‘town hall’ style Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband as part of the election debate package. When Mr S bumped into Burley’s Sky colleague Adam Boulton… Continue reading

The Remains Of King Richard III Are Finally Laid To Rest

Benedict Cumberbatch reads at his distant relation Richard III’s burial (despite saying he’s not ‘part of the landed gentry’)

26 March 2015 15:43

Benedict Cumberbatch once complained that ‘posh-bashing’ had got so bad in Britain that he was contemplating a move to America. Cumberbatch, who attended Harrow, moaned that people showed prejudice towards his background despite the fact… Continue reading


How did the Liberal Democrat cross the road?

26 March 2015 12:37

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their funky new campaign poster this morning, only to unceremoniously dump it on a yellow line on an empty street in Westminster: Mr S is… Continue reading

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Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach?

26 March 2015 10:29

Tonight Ed Miliband and David Cameron will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in two separate interviews, after Cameron declined to do a head-to-head interview with the Labour leader. Now, Mr S hears… Continue reading


David Cameron’s VAT pledge spells disaster for Labour’s new poster campaign

25 March 2015 22:26

Ed Miliband had a disastrous PMQs today after the Labour leader claimed the Tories would raise VAT, only to have David Cameron deny that he would increase the tax. Besides leaving Miliband… Continue reading


Are the Lib Dems now trolling their own leader?

25 March 2015 16:32

Cracks within the Liberal Democrats began to surface this week after Vince Cable publicly denounced Tim Farron as a future party leader. Now things have got even stranger. An excruciating mash-up video… Continue reading

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Is Rupert Murdoch eyeing up Jeremy Clarkson now the ‘stupid’ BBC has fired him?

25 March 2015 14:50

Last week Mr S reported how Jeremy Clarkson took to the stage at a charity event and called the BBC a bunch of ‘f—ing b—–ds’. He may well be uttering… Continue reading

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The winter of Ed’s discontent

25 March 2015 13:13

Never one to miss a dig, hats off to the PM at the final PMQs of this parliament for managing to shoehorn a gag about Ed Miliband into a spurious… Continue reading


Stanley Johnson struggles with history in his memoir

25 March 2015 12:57

After Boris Johnson got his dates muddled while discussing his biography of Winston Churchill on LBC yesterday, it has come to Mr S’s attention that a selective memory could run in the family. Speaking… Continue reading

First day of new Parliament

Twitter causes problems for Tory whips ahead of the dissolution of Parliament

25 March 2015 12:34

Next week will see the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the election campaign. With some MPs destined never to return to the House of Commons, offices are… Continue reading

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Isis-gate: Why dogs are out at Downton

24 March 2015 15:50

It’s been a bad month for dogs, first there were reports of the fatal poisoning of a prize-winning Crufts dog, and now there will be no canine lead in the… Continue reading

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Has Boris Johnson read his own book?

24 March 2015 15:07

Boris was waxing lyrical about Winston Churchill during his weekly LBC phone-in earlier when it all went a little wrong. Discussing the ‘many different phases Churchill’ went through ‘in his… Continue reading

Dave's 'Calm Down Dear' chopping board makes an appearance during his BBC interview

Calm down Dave: Eagle camp hits back over chopping board

24 March 2015 10:22

What Dave said in his kitchen during an interview with the BBC has blown this week’s news agenda wide open, yet Mr S couldn’t help but chuckle at the fact the… Continue reading

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Revealed: the Etonian inspiration behind Cameron’s ‘shredded wheat’ analogy

24 March 2015 9:24

Some voters may be rather puzzled by David Cameron’s comments that Prime Ministerial terms ‘are like shredded wheat: two are wonderful but three might just be too many’. The most popular Shredded… Continue reading

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Watch: Gove tries not to burst out laughing when discussing Cameron’s pre-resignation

24 March 2015 0:43

Who needs the Comedy Channel when you have Newsnight? The best part last night was watching Michael Gove who has been dispatched to try to make sense of David Cameron’s tragicomic pre-resignation. You… Continue reading

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Revealed: Labour candidate’s joke about Oscar Pistorius shooting

23 March 2015 18:02

David Cameron is facing calls from Labour to discipline a local council candidate after they dressed as Oscar Pistorius for a costume party. Gregg Peers – who is standing for the Conservatives… Continue reading


Which Spectator columnist thinks Sarah Vine is both ‘an idiot’ and ‘a pox’?

23 March 2015 13:25

After Sarah Vine took Ed Miliband to task in an acerbic Daily Mail column for having a bare kitchen, the wife of Michael Gove received a grilling on the BBC’s This Week from… Continue reading

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Ed Miliband’s brother bother is back

23 March 2015 11:44

Miliband finally got some good media coverage this weekend. Alas, it was David rather than Ed who was on the receiving end. The Labour leader’s brother was branded ‘Celebrity Big Brother’… Continue reading

Temperatures Begin To Fall Across The UK

Are the Tories already planning how to push through their next coalition?

21 March 2015 10:00

Are CCHQ already planning how to push through their next coalition? Mr S only asks as word reaches Steerpike that Conservative backbenchers have been urged to return to London immediately after the General… Continue reading

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Guardian appoints its first female editor

20 March 2015 17:18

After months of speculation, the Guardian have appointed their new editor-in-chief and it is not a man. Katharine Viner, the Guardian US editor, will become the paper’s first female editor later… Continue reading

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Breaking: Ukip not in crisis

20 March 2015 14:18

After the Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson was suspended from her party following claims that a member of her staff tried to get a fake receipt to increase an expense claim, media pundits have… Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson rants about BBC at charity event: ‘I didn’t foresee my sacking’

20 March 2015 7:16

Next week Lord Hall will read the BBC’s report into Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear and make a decision about Clarkson’s future. In light of this, Clarkson may well live to regret… Continue reading


The Guardian sponsors white tie ball at Cambridge University’s oldest college

19 March 2015 18:17

Last week the Green Party was forced to cancel a planned black tie fundraiser after their members complained that the champagne-fuelled event was at odds with what Natalie Bennett’s party was… Continue reading

Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Labour’s election chief in campaign struggle to hold onto his seat

19 March 2015 14:44

Douglas Alexander claimed this week that Facebook has made it difficult for politicians to campaign successfully. He said that Labour were struggling to win back voters in Scotland as a result of conspiracy theories being posted on… Continue reading