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Ed Miliband’s ‘new politics’ update

29 July 2014 15:31
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Derision met Labour when news emerged that more than half of its prospective parliamentary candidates are former special advisers, party workers, researchers, lobbyists or ex-MPs. Ed Miliband (PPE, Corpus Christi… Continue reading

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Who cares whether English commentators like or respect Scotland?

29 July 2014 15:18
20th Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony

Because the Commonwealth Games are a thing and because newspapers need to fill their pages every day it is natural, even unavoidable, that they have in recent days been stuffed… Continue reading

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The state should send many more poor children to private schools

29 July 2014 15:08
An Overview Of Eton College

Better capital makes us richer. That’s uncontroversial when it comes to fixed capital like machine tools and computers, but it’s also true of human capital. Better educated workers create more… Continue reading

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Put people before Burnham’s platitudes: Competition in healthcare benefits patients

29 July 2014 14:05
Andy Burnham is denigrating one of Labour's greatest policy achievements: the extension of private providers in national healthcare. (Image: Getty)

We are used to political parties trying to claim credit for any positive development that happened during their time in office. The Labour Party’s current stance on healthcare is the… Continue reading

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Why does Richard Evans choose to vent his spleen on untrained teachers?

29 July 2014 13:51
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I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by his vicious attack on Michael Gove in the Guardian last… Continue reading

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Ukip: David Cameron’s immigration policy is vacuous and cynical posturing

29 July 2014 12:53
'It is time to take back control of our borders. It is time to leave the European Union to become a competitive, engaged, patriotic nation once more,' says Steven Woolfe, Ukip Migration Spokesman. (Image: Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

I have described David Cameron’s posturing on immigration today as vacuous and cynical, for that is exactly what it is. Cynical because once again he seems determined to fool the… Continue reading

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The mysterious case of David Ruffley’s letter

29 July 2014 12:02
David Ruffley at a reception for MPs and MEPs at Buckingham Palace. Image: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

There is much hullaballoo this morning about how slow the Tories were to act over David Ruffley, the disgraced MP who announced last night that he will not stand for… Continue reading

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After Mercer, Hancock, Miller and now Ruffley, we need a proper MPs Recall Bill

29 July 2014 10:30
Patrick Mercer, whose involvement in a lobbying scandal led him to stand down as an MP. Should his Newark constituents have been able to trigger a by-election? Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

There seem to have been few people who did not offer their two cents on David Ruffley. From domestic violence charities to his political opponents, in the chattering classes and… Continue reading

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David Cameron aims at Ukip and attacks Labour with immigration clamp-down

29 July 2014 8:46
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The government has unveiled a set of measures to curb immigration. David Cameron has written an article in the Telegraph about what the government has already achieved and what it… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00
London Landmarks At Night

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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Betty Boothroyd and peers set to rebuke Cameron over Baroness Stowell’s exclusion from Cabinet

28 July 2014 17:13
Baroness Betty Boothroyd is leading the charge against the government's exclusion of the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell, from Cabinet. (Image: Getty)

Update: In a sign of the strength of feeling in the Lords on this matter, Boothroyd’s motion rebuking Cameron passed by 177 votes to 29. This foolish, unforced error now… Continue reading

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In Iraq, ancient Christianity lies in ruins. But who cares?

28 July 2014 16:44
Iraqis holds up a banner which reads in Arabic 'We are Christians and not Nazarethans, and we are proud of our religion', during a demonstration on July 24, 2014, against the threat imposed by ISIS. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mar Behnam monastery outside Mosul, seized by ISIS just over a week ago, bears an inscription in the Turkic language of the Mongols who invaded Iraq in the 13th… Continue reading

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Jon Snow’s view of the Middle East is biased, inaccurate and dangerous

28 July 2014 15:42
A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, on July 19, 2014. (Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

I suppose viewers of Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News don’t expect impartial journalism, any more than viewers of Fox in the States expect their political opponents to get a particularly… Continue reading

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Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

28 July 2014 15:31
Image: Getty

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually quite a large) sigh. The image of queues of angry… Continue reading

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Tory ‘Old Guard’ does pastoral care

28 July 2014 13:33
Politicians In Westminster

One of the last duties Sir George Young undertook as Chief Whip before stepping down during the reshuffle was to call ministers who were in line for the chop to… Continue reading

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Morning review: Could British infrastructure cope with fracking?

28 July 2014 12:28
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In this week’s View from 22 Morning Review, Mary Wakefield, James Forsyth and David Blackburn discuss the weekend’s main stories. What can we do about the turmoil in the Middle… Continue reading

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Presumption against fracking in our beautiful countryside is welcome

28 July 2014 12:12
Anti-fracking protestors outside Balcombe in West Sussex earlier this year. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

The government’s announcement today that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save ‘in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated they… Continue reading

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Britain’s banks fail the poor

28 July 2014 11:36
The Changing Face Of The UK High Street

Britain’s banks aren’t working for the poor. We, the better off, might moan when our internet banking crashes or in-branch mortgage advisers can’t meet us on Saturday mornings; but these… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson minces Ed ‘Image’ Miliband

28 July 2014 9:00
Ed Miliband says of politicians ‘you could find people who look less like Wallace’. Cartoon: Peter Brooks

Mr S can only commend Boris Johnson’s column in the Telegraph today. It eviscerates Ed Miliband for his hypocrisy over ‘image’ and ‘substance’. As Boris puts it: ‘Ed Miliband is… Continue reading

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Labour confirms Tory strategy: Vote Nigel, Get Ed

28 July 2014 7:48
FarageFront

Talk to most Tory strategists about Ukip and Ed Miliband and they say something along the lines of ‘Vote Farage, get Miliband’. They hope that this will deter people from… Continue reading

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What would you ask the prime minister?

27 July 2014 14:22
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Ed Miliband has suggested that there be a public version of Prime Minister’s Questions. This courageous idea makes Mr S want Miliband to be prime minister. What would you ask… Continue reading

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Simon Barnes: The England cricket team is playing out Don Giovanni

27 July 2014 14:03
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are playing out their version of 'Don Giovanni'. (Image: Getty)

Simon Barnes has written the diary in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Here are his opening two paragraphs: ‘Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s taxing dilemma

27 July 2014 11:00
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

Some of what David Smith, author of the essential Economic Outlook column in the Sunday Times, says today will be salve to George Osborne: ‘…the government intended to spend £722bn… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband tries to turn his vices into virtues

27 July 2014 10:12
Ed Miliband Attends Launch Of Online Mental Health Resource For Children

Ed Miliband’s admirers are hailing his speech on Friday as an attempt to change how we think about leadership. It might have been that, but it was also a very… Continue reading

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Libya is imploding. Why doesn’t Cameron care?

27 July 2014 4:23
Smoke billows near Tripoli's international airport (Photo: Getty)

The US has said it has temporarily evacuated its staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli over security concerns. Earlier this year Mary Wakefield discussed in The Spectator how David Cameron… Continue reading

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