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Nick Clegg stakes the middle – again – but is it the sweet spot for Lib Dems?

22 October 2014 13:37
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Speaking at a south London primary school this morning, Nick Clegg firmly reiterated the Lib Dems’ equidistance between the two other major parties. Before an assortment of public-sector workers, Clegg… Continue reading

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An NHS stale-mate and squirms for John Bercow, in today’s PMQs

22 October 2014 13:11
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Today’s PMQs was an NHS stale-mate. David Cameron went after Labour on the NHS in Wales, demanding that Labour agree to an OECD inquiry into the NHS there, while Ed… Continue reading

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Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20
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If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As the PM told the Guido Fawkes blog’s ten -ear anniversary… Continue reading

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Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57
A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… 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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Cameron could win in 2015 if he took EU withdrawal seriously … but he won’t

21 October 2014 16:37
Jose Manuel Barroso, David Cameron and Francois Hollande attend a meeting on Ukraine's crisis (Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Getty)

Imagine if David Cameron actually meant it. Imagine if he really did follow through with his implied threat to campaign for Brexit in the absence of better terms from Brussels.… Continue reading

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Moscow may not need London, but does London need Moscow?

21 October 2014 15:45
Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Europe meeting on October 17. (Photo: Getty)

According to an adviser to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, sanctions-hit Moscow intends to slowly move the finance of state companies and political players away from London, Zurich and… Continue reading

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John Humphrys and the BBC’s disdain for market capitalism

21 October 2014 15:44
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Last week’s market tremor, provoked by renewed fears of eurozone stagnation and a slowdown in global growth, was serious enough for IMF chief Christine Lagarde to feel the need to… Continue reading

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The UK doesn’t need Barroso’s ‘positive’ messages about the EU

20 October 2014 22:47
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What a godsend to Ukip José Manuel Barroso must be.  On his recent short visit to the UK he not only managed to tell the British public that limits to… 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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Turkey in Europe? Now there’s a migrant backlash waiting to happen

20 October 2014 19:24
An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobane on October 20, as seen from the Turkey-Syria border (Photo: Getty Images)

Well, I don’t know how José Manuel Barroso came across in the broadcast accounts of his address to Chatham House today but in person the man was geniality itself and… Continue reading

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Robert Peston falls for the Spirit Level theory of equality

20 October 2014 17:41
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Robert Peston was recently at Lincoln’s Inn for the launch of schools charity Primary Futures, which all sounds very worthy. He started off apologising for looking scruffy, then spoke at some… Continue reading

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Police snooping – read it in The Spectator first, then in the Times nine days later

20 October 2014 16:33
A screengrab of a cover story that appeared in the Times of London on October 20 (Image: The Times)

Perusing the morning papers, the denizens of 22 Old Queen Street were tickled to find a tribute to Spectator journalism on no less than the cover of the Times of… 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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Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13
Tax collectors at the Exchecquer in Westminster, circa 1150 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of revenue from a profitable industry, to fund an invariably unprofitable… Continue reading

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‘Religion of peace’ to execute Christian woman for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan

20 October 2014 11:43
Members of the Pakistan Christian Democratic alliance march in Lahore in support of Asia Bibi,  December 2010 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Not long to go now before a middle-aged Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is hanged in Pakistan for allegedly having said something disparaging about the prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be… Continue reading

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Happy Sunday, Nigel Farage – Barroso snubs Cameron’s migration cap

19 October 2014 13:00
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Everyone’s favourite unelected European was doing the broadcasting rounds this morning, popping up on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to tell David Cameron that he can forget any plans to cap… Continue reading

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Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

19 October 2014 11:51
Iraqi boys playing in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah on January 10, 2013 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent urgent action by the UN and Iraq – thousands of… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15
Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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The Vatican cancels its earthquake. This is not Pope Francis’s finest hour

18 October 2014 20:39
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‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm as Mass was over for another week. The most divisive meeting of Catholic bishops since Vatican… Continue reading

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Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29
A Dutch slave ship arrives in Virginia, 1619 (Engraving from Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament. So there’s that, for the 29.8 million people worldwide estimated… Continue reading

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Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher would expect the Tories to retake control of Britain’s borders

18 October 2014 10:53
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In a 1978 interview to mark her third year as leader of the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher addressed public concerns with immigration, stating that ‘people are really rather afraid that… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: tips of the slung — or poems as the Revd W.A. Spooner might have written them (plus: an author’s acknowledgments page with a twist)

18 October 2014 9:23
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The diminutive, myopic Revd W.A. Spooner was the inspiration behind the recent call for Spooneristic poems. The long-time warden of New College, Oxford bequeathed us such comic gems as ‘The… Continue reading

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Where did the BBC find last night's Question Time audience? They were so sensible

17 October 2014 18:09
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When I first learned about Athenian democracy as a teenager I was baffled that they could have decided government positions by lottery; what was to stop someone totally unsuitable and useless from… Continue reading

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