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Hammond tries to thread the needle on EU immigration

15 November 2014 11:53
Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

Philip Hammond’s interview in The Telegraph this morning is striking for several reasons. First, Hammond admits that Britain isn’t going to regain full control of its borders in the renegotiation.… Continue reading

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The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59
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Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks at the ‘social economy’ - think tax loopholes for financiers of politically… Continue reading

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Tory eurosceptics plot to use loss in Rochester to pressure Cameron

7 November 2014 17:03
UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

Labour might be mired in misery this week, but at least it can take comfort that around the corner is the Rochester by-election, which the Conservatives look set to lose.… Continue reading

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Miliband corners Cameron on immigration at listless PMQs

5 November 2014 13:59
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The Commons has a rather listless feel to it at the moment. Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband’s strategy was to get David Cameron to… Continue reading

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Carry on waffling about Europe, Dave – but do the EastEnders approve?

4 November 2014 15:42
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Having perused the replies for my call to caption Ed Miliband and Mary Creagh, Mr S is sorry to say that there is no ‘winner’, nor even a ‘favourite.’ There… Continue reading

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Is David Cameron about to make another migration promise he can’t fulfil – and distract from meaningful EU reform?

3 November 2014 18:04
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It is easy to understand David Cameron’s desire to make a ‘game changing’ speech on EU immigration. Voters are telling pollsters it is the issue that most concerns them, Ukip… Continue reading

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Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

24 October 2014 14:55
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A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading

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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48
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This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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Podcast: Europe, counties and hipsters

23 October 2014 10:16
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This week’s issue of the Spectator takes a close look at Europe. Nicholas Farrell focuses on the terminal decline of Italy, and asks whether anything can be done to stop… Continue reading

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Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25
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It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk art centre she founded. She was in Kiev at the… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10
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It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s pro-European arguments lack the nuance needed to win over the electorate

20 October 2014 15:16
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At his press conference this morning, Nick Clegg told Jason Groves, ‘Do you really think Washington is going to bother picking up the phone if we can’t even punch above… Continue reading

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The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04
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In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia. ‘The western economy that’s suffered most, by far, is the… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Ukip would benefit from a Labour win in 2015

16 October 2014 16:27
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What result at the next election would most suit Ukip? There is little doubt that the party would most benefit from a Labour victory in 2015, which I discussed in… Continue reading

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All is fair in football, war and the former Yugoslavia – even Albanian mini-drones

15 October 2014 14:16
A drone-operated flag with Albanian nationalist symbols causes a stir at a match in Serbia (Photo: Andre Isakovic, AFP/Getty)

The whole notion that sport is, like the EU, an alternative to war, took a bit of a battering at the Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade’s Partizan stadium last night. The… Continue reading

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A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21
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America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Holland, meanwhile, authorities faced a more cheering task: sorting… Continue reading

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One dog down, in Spain’s Ebola panic

8 October 2014 16:17
Excalibur the dog barks from his owners' balcony in Madrid  (Photo: Getty)

[UPDATE: The dog is now dead, WSJ reports.] For anyone concerned about Spain’s ability to contain Ebola, after a Spanish nurse’s aide tested positive for the virus, fear not: Madrid’s regional… Continue reading

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Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39
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Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the Conservatives remain in power next May. A shame, then, that… Continue reading

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The UK needs a referendum on the EU, or we won’t get a better deal

25 September 2014 15:41
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In this morning’s Independent, a collection of Establishment names have broken cover and lobbied David Cameron to abandon his pledge to hold an EU referendum by the end of 2017.… Continue reading

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The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27
European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the unveiling of his new Commission yesterday has confirmed his reputation… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39
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David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07
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Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13
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I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading

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The argument about Britain in Europe is just the same as the argument about Scotland in Britain

5 August 2014 10:28
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I know some readers have tired of Scotland’s independence debate. That is understandable, even forgivable. It has, after all, been rumbling along for 40 years. There may only be six… Continue reading

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Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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