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Is it just on women’s issues that politicians feel they must deal with the pundits?

30 January 2015 18:42
Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

Bit of a coup for Sarah Vine, Daily Mail columnist (and wife of Michael Gove), don’t you think? Her piece on date rape elicited a trenchant response from Harriet Harman,… Continue reading


Ukip: We won’t do pacts with other parties

30 January 2015 16:15

Who wants to work with who after the General Election? It’s a question that pundits like to chew over, partly because few politicians can afford to rule anything out with… Continue reading


Grant Shapps defends ‘successful’ defection of Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir

30 January 2015 12:16
Grant Shapps giving a press conference in Westminster this morning.

January has been 30 days of chaos for Labour, according to Grant Shapps — but what about the Tories’ bad headlines? In a press conference this morning, Shapps outlined all… Continue reading


A mother’s choice: kill oneself or be ‘forced to work’

30 January 2015 9:53

I suspect that you were as appalled as I by the plight of young mum, Marie Buchan, from Selly Oak in Birmingham. She has eight children – called stuff like… Continue reading


Glorious and triumphant — Iain Macleod on Winston Churchill’s funeral

30 January 2015 9:30
Pallbearers carry Sir Winston Churchill's coffin down the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, London, after the funeral service.

Today marks fifty years since the funeral of Winston Churchill. In the 5 February 1965 edition of The Spectator, editor Iain Macleod wrote under the pen name Quoodle about the occasion.  There has never… Continue reading


The Conservatives will lose votes if they fail to defend their school reforms

30 January 2015 8:51

We can be sure that between now and May there will be an endless barrage of lies and disinformation aimed at belittling this government’s achievements in improving schools. The real… Continue reading


Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs

29 January 2015 17:15
Experts Judge The Annual International Wine Challenge Entries

In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, and it will soon achieve a similar deadly status in… Continue reading


Merkel’s difficulty is Cameron’s opportunity

29 January 2015 16:56
Angela Merkel and David Cameron at the NATO Summit on September 4, 2014 in Newport, Wales.

In the run-up to the Greek election, European figures were adamant that there wasn’t as much to worry about as people thought. They argued that Syriza wouldn’t come close to… Continue reading


The House-Elphicke report buries a distracting myth on house building

29 January 2015 13:25
Report Warns Average Deposit For First Time Buyers In London To Rise To Over 100,000 GBP By 2020

The coalition helped bury an enduring and dangerous myth in a major report into the country’s chronic housing crisis released this week. The year-long probe rubbishes the idea councils are… Continue reading


Green MP hides mention of party from campaign literature

29 January 2015 11:08
Green Mp Caroline Lucas  in Court Over Fracking Protest

The Greens may be in the middle of a national ‘surge’, with more than 50,000 members, but in one part of the country, their brand isn’t particularly trendy. In Brighton,… Continue reading


Podcast: the great European revolt and the dangers of the Green Party

29 January 2015 8:43
Syriza's supporters wave flags during a speech of their party's leader Alexis Tsipras May 25, 2014.

Who will benefit from Syriza’s victory in Greece? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Sebastian Borger discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the impending European… Continue reading


Free markets need defending. Meet CapX

28 January 2015 18:37
Adam Smith

With The Spectator and Coffee House you are already used to getting the very best gossip and news. Can I interest you in the perfect accompaniment?It is a new service… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Cameron demonstrates true gamesmanship

28 January 2015 16:27

Last week it was seven. This morning it stood at nine. By the end of PMQs it had climbed to 12. The statistic everyone is yawning about is the number… Continue reading


Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do

28 January 2015 16:20
A waitress poses with the plate she brin

The government’s Work Programme, launched in 2011 to help long-term unemployed people into work, has been widely condemned in the media. It has been portrayed alternately as greedy, cruel or… Continue reading


More of the same from Cameron and Miliband at today’s PMQ’s

28 January 2015 14:00

David Cameron ran down the clock very effectively at PMQs. With only a few sessions left between now and the general election, Cameron blocked Miliband’s questions on the health service… Continue reading


Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself

28 January 2015 13:20

A cretin writing in this morning’s Telegraph doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘cretin’. Just about every writer writing about Benedict Cumberbatch in every paper yesterday failed to understand that Cumberbatch was… Continue reading


Could Trident be moved to Wales?

28 January 2015 11:55
Could Trident be moving to Wales? (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty)

There’s a belter of a scoop in today’s Daily Mail. James Chapman, the paper’s political editor, reports that the Ministry of Defence is examining plans to move Trident from Scotland to Wales.… Continue reading


Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44
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If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading


Not all the worriers in Labour are from a previous ‘era’

28 January 2015 8:50
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Makes A Speech In Defence Of His Leadership

The papers are full of Blairite warnings to Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham about the way Labour is campaigning on the NHS at present. Alan Milburn’s World at One interview… Continue reading


Nicky Morgan: British values test isn’t just about Muslim schools

27 January 2015 22:08

Nicky Morgan has launched a rather strident defence of the government’s ‘British values’ agenda this evening, after fears that it is being used to punish schools unfairly. The Education Secretary… Continue reading


Majority of voters want Cameron as PM — but would prefer a Labour government

27 January 2015 18:51
Prime Minister David Cameron, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.

What do the British public want from their government after 2015? Well, unless things are really going to shift in British politics in the next few weeks, they still want… Continue reading


Exclusive: Senior Tories protest removal of Theresa May’s advisers from candidates list

27 January 2015 17:50

Senior Tories yesterday protested the removal of Theresa May’s special advisers from the candidates’ list, Coffee House understands. There had been talk of mounting a ‘rescue mission’ to reinstate Nick… Continue reading


80 Tories could reject plain packaging

27 January 2015 16:09
Plans for plain packaging of cigarettes have taken a step forward today. Photo: PA.

While Cabinet members grumble about the way the government’s plain packaging announcement was snuck out last week, those Tories opposed to the measure have been counting up the number of… Continue reading


Labour fails to turn up to work for Treasury questions

27 January 2015 14:10

The Commons is pretty quiet at the moment, draining of energy earlier and earlier in the week as MPs head out to their constituencies. So quiet, in fact, that Labour… Continue reading


100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen

27 January 2015 12:17
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Today marks 100 days till the election — so how is the race looking? Still very close, according to the most recent opinion polls. In three polls released over the… Continue reading