×
coffee house

Coffee Houserss

Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56
Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

46 Comments

Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014 13:22
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading

133 Comments

Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

178 Comments

The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14
BRITAIN-EU-VOTE-LIBDEM-CLEGG

In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

22 Comments

Tories vs Labour tax row continues

16 July 2014 15:39
BsqtNCkIMAE2o4e

Labour has now reviewed the Harriet Harman interview on LBC in which she said ‘I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’ and concluded that she… Continue reading

105 Comments

PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42
Beckett And Harman

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

49 Comments

We are all numbers in Labour’s computer now

9 July 2014 14:56
Molly

In 1975 Margaret Thatcher said in her ‘Free Society’ speech to the Conservative Party Conference: ‘Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We… Continue reading

43 Comments

Miliband’s main man blames the voters

8 July 2014 15:04
Axelrod

Labour Party guru David Axelrod popped up in Sunday’s New York Times, presumably to promote his new book. He spoke candidly to columnist Maureen Dowd, attempting to explain why Barack Obama is… Continue reading

21 Comments

Labour’s true believers ask Ed Miliband to repeat past Tory mistakes.

8 July 2014 10:49
Ed Miliband election campaign

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to say about the 2015 general election is that it is Labour’s to lose. The second thing to say is that Ed Miliband… Continue reading

47 Comments

Video: The week ahead — Westminster abuse allegations and Miliband’s localism

7 July 2014 12:08
holding

In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the allegations about a paedophile ring in Westminster and Ed Miliband’s localist agenda… Continue reading

9 Comments

Tristram Hunt won’t condemn the NUT’s strike, but is he ready for a confrontation?

6 July 2014 19:18
Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

Tristram Hunt is getting a fair bit of stick from the Conservatives for refusing to condemn the strike action planned by the National Union of Teachers on this morning’s Andrew… Continue reading

83 Comments

Baldwin’s blunder

4 July 2014 16:44
Tom Baldwin, master of spin. Image: Getty

Labour’s ‘media grid’ for this week had Miliband’s millionaire spinner Tom Baldwin pencilled in to brief Times journalist Rachel Sylvester and give her an exclusive story for Tuesday’s paper. When… Continue reading

9 Comments

Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20
All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

26 Comments

Labour run a mile from ‘nuts’ McBride return

1 July 2014 16:43
Damian McBride won't be welcomed back into Labour. Photo: Getty Images.

Mr Steerpike’s suggestion that things could be getting so bad for Labour that they may have to call on the services of Damian McBride, based on the disgraced former spin… Continue reading

17 Comments

Minister demands apology from Miliband after stats blunder

1 July 2014 16:14
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech In Essex

The Tories are very keen to sabotage Ed Miliband’s big speech about rebalancing the British economy, which is probably a compliment to the Labour leader as it suggests that they… Continue reading

30 Comments

Labour’s localism arms race

1 July 2014 8:51
Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

How can politicians encourage this country’s economy to grow more evenly? Do you build a nice big railway line? Or try – and largely fail – to devolve greater power… Continue reading

60 Comments

Damian McBride’s Labour audition

30 June 2014 18:29
mcbride1

Is Damian McBride auditioning for a job as the saviour of the Labour Party spin operation? His re-energised blogging would certainly indicate as much. In the last few weeks the… Continue reading

50 Comments

Video: The week ahead — Juncker and Cruddas

30 June 2014 12:36
view34

In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the ascension of Jean-Claude Juncker and Jon Cruddas’s intervention on Labour’s ‘dead’ hand… Continue reading

6 Comments

Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. And pointless

29 June 2014 10:57
Jon Cruddas. Image: Getty

I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy unit. What happens if he talks sense? Well, my fears… Continue reading

33 Comments

David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52
Image: Getty

It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say, how amateur. Doesn’t he know that the job is to… Continue reading

117 Comments

Spectator debate: Independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh

25 June 2014 12:51
George Galloway in full flow last night, proposing the motion that independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh. Photo: Jonathon Fowler

Listen: listen to ‘Spectator debate: independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh’ on Audioboo A kicking. A good, old-fashioned, brutal Glasgow-kissing thrashing. Last night’s Spectator debate on Scottish independence, held… Continue reading

229 Comments

Gove vs Labour on Cummings, round 56

24 June 2014 16:22
Michael Gove and his former advisor Dominic Cummings. Photo: Getty.

Michael Gove has this afternoon replied to Labour’s questions about Dominic Cumming’s access to the Education department since finishing as a special adviser. Coffee House has got hold of the… Continue reading

38 Comments

There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet – and it could cost Ed Miliband the election

24 June 2014 13:50
Image: Getty

That Ed Miliband is even having to state that he wants to carry on as Labour leader if he loses the general election when his party is ahead in the… Continue reading

79 Comments

Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24
reeves

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be the workers’ party, given that they’ve overseen the creation of… Continue reading

90 Comments

What Ed Balls told the bankers

22 June 2014 11:15
To be upfront about Labour's plans for borrowing, Ed Balls would have to make a complex argument about 'good' and 'bad' borrowing. Picture: Getty

Ed Balls knows how to talk to bankers. Having been Gordon Brown’s right hand man and City Minister under the last government, he is well known in the Square Mile—and… Continue reading

101 Comments