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The sooner the Republicans stop Donald Trump, the sooner they can beat Hillary Clinton

28 July 2015 10:42
Donald Trump Makes Announcement At Trump Tower

Lunatics with money are never ‘mad’, only eccentric. In America, they can also class as Republican presidential candidates. Hence Donald Trump – a barmy billionaire with a mouth bigger than… Continue reading

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Lord Sewel resigns from House of Lords — here comes the inevitable calls to scrap it

28 July 2015 9:05
Members of House of Lords in robes at State Opening of Parliament, House of Lords, England, United Kingdom.

Lord Sewel has announced he has resigned from the House of Lords this morning. 48 hours after the first stories and videos about his alleged use of drugs and prostitutes… Continue reading

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Lord Sewel takes leave of absence from Lords

27 July 2015 18:14
Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lord Sewel has announced he is taking a ‘leave of absence’ from the House of Lords. In a statement sent to the Parliamentary authorities this evening, Sewel says he will… Continue reading

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Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07
A good old fashioned British scandal

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging by the Sun — in your face, Leveson! — we… Continue reading

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The old Labour right tells the new right to pull its finger out

27 July 2015 15:51
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Keeping Labour grounded to the centre is proving a tough battle for the moderates. Labour First, a pressure group of the old right within the party, has penned a public… Continue reading

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Lord Sewel’s greatest crime is damaging the House of Lords’ reputation

27 July 2015 8:20
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Lord Sewel’s career is well and truly over. His alleged participation in illicit activities involving drugs and prostitutes, as reported by The Sun, has caused fatal damage to his little-known reputation. It’s… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s legacy: 140,000 new hard-left members sign up to back Corbyn

26 July 2015 13:55
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If Jeremy Corbyn becomes the next Labour leader, there will be a lot of finger pointing at Ed Miliband. Today’s Sunday Times reports that 140,000 new members are projected to sign up to… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond explains how a second Scottish independence referendum will happen

26 July 2015 13:27
Alex Salmond on the Andrew Marr Show. Photo: BBC.

He once said that the independence referendum was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity but Alex Salmond has brushed aside any illusions that the SNP are not desperately hoping, and… Continue reading

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In defence of Boris Johnson’s water cannon

26 July 2015 10:21
The one place that Boris might actually find an authorised water cannon

The spat between Boris Johnson and Theresa May over the acquisition of three second hand ones from the German police has the air of a dormitory water pistol fight that… Continue reading

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The myth of Britain’s two-tier education system

26 July 2015 10:13
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On Broadcasting House, one of my favourite Radio 4 programmes, was this morning discussing a report (pdf) from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty commission. It finds, amongst other things,… Continue reading

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William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

26 July 2015 10:00
William Waldegrave (Photo: Getty)

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded in the annals of politics. The Cardinal Archbishop of Cardiff… Continue reading

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Welcome to the exhausting era of political spam

25 July 2015 16:11
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What does John Major have in common with Nancy Dell’Olio? Click on the image to read in full. Clearly, a love of speech-writer-style paragraphing, sans-serif fonts, and free drinks. (I’m… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: ‘Come friendly bombs, and fall on those/ Who clip their nails or pick their nose…’ (plus: pets dish the dirt on their owners)

25 July 2015 9:30
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Transport for London’s efforts to use verse to encourage Tube users to mind their manners produced poems whose rhyme and scansion would have made William McGonagall blush. So it was… Continue reading

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Isn’t it condescending to call it the ‘special’ Olympics?

24 July 2015 22:15
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Tomorrow sees the start of the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. I’m sure you’ll be watching with great interest. Just one question: what does the word ‘special’, as… Continue reading

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The SNP is forcing Cameron to think of Scotland. They may come to regret that

24 July 2015 17:04
David Cameron meets with Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House on May 15, 2015 in Edinburgh.

No one can deny that the SNP has made Westminster pay more attention to Scotland. Five years ago, it was surprising—and, in many ways, shocking—how uninformed most MPs were of what… Continue reading

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The rival factions at war over Labour’s leadership contest

There is a clear ‘Progress faction’ within the PLP (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

Which factions have the most influence in the Labour leadership and deputy leadership contest? The biggest split in the party is between the pressure group Progress and those with links… Continue reading

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Ministers go on the offensive in rail pause row

24 July 2015 13:51
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visits the Stewarts Lane Train Depot in Battersea,  July 30, 2013.

The government is upping its attacks on Labour’s railways legacy, as the war of words over electrification continues. Coffee House has seen a letter from the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin… Continue reading

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The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48
Middle class people are not the most at risk from alcohol-related harm, despite drinking more

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative?

24 July 2015 10:55
G7 Finance Ministers Meet In Dresden

George Osborne’s Budget plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.35 for over-25s was a surprise – which means it has not yet been much scrutinised. Ed Miliband’s £8 by… Continue reading

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Barack offers David some assistance to keep Britain in the EU

24 July 2015 9:02
Barack Obama and David Cameron shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Barack Obama has given his perennial reminder that Britain should stay in the European Union. In an interview with the BBC, the President of the United States has said it is… Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie? Even Charlie Hebdo has now surrendered to Islamic extremism

23 July 2015 16:41
Tributes And Reaction To Paris Terror Attacks After Gunmen Kill 17 People

Bad news from the continent.  In an interview with the German weekly Stern, Laurent ‘Riss’ Sourisseau, the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, announced that he would no longer draw cartoons of… Continue reading

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The second preference conundrum and why Liz Kendall shouldn’t drop out

23 July 2015 14:45
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Is Liz Kendall about to quit the Labour leadership race? The Times reports comments from Labour sources who say Kendall’s time is up — given her poor showing in the recent YouGov poll… Continue reading

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Who in Labour will fight to bring back sanity and honesty and dignity? Not John Prescott

23 July 2015 14:10
Prescott won't be using his boxing skills to fight for sanity in the Labour party. (Image: Getty)

When I heard John Prescott was going on the Today programme, I must admit that I expected him to urge Labour members to be sensible — and stop this damaging… Continue reading

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Feminists want to be both whistled at and ignored. What’s a man to do?

23 July 2015 11:37
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‘Seasoned feminist’ Jessica Valenti has written in the Guardian about catcalling and the detrimental effect it is having on her self-esteem as she grows older. Valenti mourns ‘the hellishness of… Continue reading

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Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57
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I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why? Simple: the… Continue reading

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