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Three reasons why Labour might not actually want to govern

4 May 2015 16:01

There’s an episode of The New Statesman in which geologists discover that there’s no more oil in the North Sea and the British economy is about to crash; as a… Continue reading


Comedian Brand u-turns and urges people to vote

4 May 2015 13:37

There’ll be satisfaction in the Labour leader’s office today as Russell Brand has done a reverse-ferret and urged his voters to vote and vote Labour. Or, to be more precise,… Continue reading


Ed Miliband still isn’t being honest about debt. And yes, that matters

4 May 2015 13:35
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The Guardian’s superb live blog was even better than usual this morning when it covered Twitter’s reaction to the Ed Miliband interview: eight tweets, of which five came from Spectator staff. That’s what… Continue reading


Parties turn attention to crafting post-election narrative

4 May 2015 10:15
UK General Election 2015 - UK Politics Through A Washington Lens

Ed Miliband spent a lot of his Today programme interview refusing to answer questions about how a minority Labour government would work because he is focusing both on the ‘big… Continue reading


Ed Miliband: the stone ‘got people talking’ — and refuses to apologise for borrowing too much (again)

4 May 2015 9:43
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Ed Miliband began the first 15 minutes of his NHS day talking about trust and the deficit. In a feisty interview on the Today programme, the Labour leader again did not apologise… Continue reading


Election podcast special: four days to go

3 May 2015 19:26
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning. Photo: PA.

In today’s election special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I attempt to explain why Ed Miliband unveiled a stone engraved with Labour’s six pledges today. Will anyone notice what the pledges… Continue reading


Ed Miliband turns garden designer with scary new sculpture for Downing Street garden

3 May 2015 14:08
Visitors in the Downing Street Garden, which opens to the public every year.

One of Britain’s great traditions is the open garden afternoon: an opportunity for folk revelling in being both middle-aged and nosy (like me) to wander around other people’s plots and… Continue reading


Will there be a late surge to the Tories?

3 May 2015 13:19
David Cameron Makes Campaign Speech In London

So, here we are. In 100 hours time, we’ll be half-way through election-day. But at the moment, the polls still remain deadlocked. Yet, there remains a sense that there’ll be… Continue reading


Campaign kick-off: six days to go

1 May 2015 9:30
Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme, hosted by David Dimbleby (L), with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

By this time next week, the election will all be over and it will be a question of seats, leaderships and coalitions. With six days of campaigning left, today will… Continue reading


Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 23:18
Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television program at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

According to the snap poll, David Cameron has won the final TV ‘debate’ of the short campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s refusal to admit that Labour overspent could cost him dear

30 April 2015 23:02
Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Tonight’s Question Time special with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg provided the best television of this campaign so far. A well-informed audience relentlessly pressed the three leaders on their weakest points.… Continue reading


A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27
The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading


Podcast: the election where everybody loses and Boris’s vision for conservatism

30 April 2015 9:11
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive at the Advantage children's daycare nursery on April 22, 2015 in Surbiton, England.

With one week to go, are the Conservatives back on track to being the biggest party? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss the state of the election… Continue reading


The ‘Milibrand’ interview does nothing but trash Labour’s standing

29 April 2015 15:31

Ed Miliband’s interview with Russell Brand has been released and it’s rather depressing. Not that Miliband messed up — in fact, he is very on message and sticks to Labour’s… Continue reading


Labour’s ‘secret plan’ attack exploits Tory silence on welfare cuts

29 April 2015 11:40
An image tweeted by the Labour press team

A common technique in gothic horror novels is to avoid describing whatever monster the author is trying to scare readers with. The imagination is even more powerful than the pen,… Continue reading


Campaign kick-off: eight days to go

29 April 2015 9:13
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband addresses supporters on April 28, 2015 in Barry, Wales.

There will be more promises from the party leaders today — plus a comedic twist. David Cameron will pledge a five year ‘tax lock’ that will be enshrined in law,… Continue reading


Like it or not, Russell Brand is the future of media (Ed Miliband seems to like it)

28 April 2015 19:03

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land. Perhaps, by the time you get to read this, more… Continue reading


Rural people have been let down by both Labour and the Conservatives

28 April 2015 16:33

In 1997, Labour could assert with a straight face that it was ‘the party of the countryside’, because it genuinely competed with the Tories for rural votes. Today, an electoral map of… Continue reading


Numbers, not arguments about legitimacy, will decide who enters No.10 after May 7

28 April 2015 15:42
Who will enter No.10 after 7 May 2015? Photo: Getty Images.

Lyndon Johnson’s first lesson of politics was to be able to count. It’s something that many of those commenting on the various post-election scenarios could do with remembering. Let’s start… Continue reading


Election podcast special: nine days to go

28 April 2015 12:30
David Cameron, U.K. prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, speaks as he visits navigation and surveillance manufacturer Kelvin Hughes Ltd. while campaigning for votes ahead of the May 7 general election, in the Enfield district of London, U.K., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In today’s election podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss David Cameron’s ramped up rhetoric on the SNP threat to the Union, the Tories’ promise to create 50,000 new apprenticeships from Libor fines… Continue reading


Tories six points ahead in new Ashcroft poll and three points ahead according to ICM

27 April 2015 16:55

Two new polls out today have the Tories ahead. Lord Ashcroft’s latest national poll says the Conservatives currently have a six point lead at per cent — up two points… Continue reading


Election podcast special: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 12:30
British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during a UK general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on April 27, 2015.

The general election campaign has entered the final stretch and each day between now and polling day, we’ll be producing a short lunchtime podcast looking at the day’s campaign developments.… Continue reading


Note from Mandelson’s firm warns that SNP will drag Labour to the left

27 April 2015 10:20
Peter Mandelson. Getty Images.

Peter Mandelson and Ed Miliband appeared to have been undergoing a certain rapprochement during this campaign. Mandelson declared recently that Miliband has ‘way exceeded my expectations‘. But a briefing note… Continue reading


Campaign kick-off: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 9:04
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech on International Development to invited guests at The Almeida Theatre on April 26, 2015 in London.

With just under two weeks to go until polling day, the promises, threats and reassurances will kick up a notch as we enter the final stretch of the campaign. The… Continue reading


This election will be decided by the undecideds

26 April 2015 13:49

The polls could hardly be closer than they are at the moment and the parliamentary arithmetic looks like it is going to be remarkably tight, there’ll be only a few… Continue reading