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Alex Salmond invades the stage and appeals to the cultish side of the SNP

29 March 2015 17:10
Former leader Alex Salmond addressing the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow.

Alex Salmond has been oddly absent from the SNP’s spring conference this weekend. Although the former First Minister’s only official positions are as the MSP for Aberdeenshire East and the… Continue reading

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Podcast special: eve of the general election campaign + SNP spring conference

29 March 2015 15:09
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The general election campaign kicks off tomorrow and Labour appears to have the ‘Big Mo’. In this View from 22 podcast special,  Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the state… Continue reading

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Lucy Powell confirms: debt-addicted Labour has no plan to balance the books

29 March 2015 14:02
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‘You aren’t listening to what I’m saying,’ said a rather rattled Lucy Powell, Labour’s election chief, whom the party put up for BBC Sunday Politics today. I suspect that, by now, she’ll… Continue reading

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Stakes raised ahead of Thursday night’s debate

29 March 2015 13:00
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The stakes have been raised, at least psychologically, for Thursday night’s debate. Today’s YouGov poll has Labour four points ahead, in contrast to a two point Tory lead in their… Continue reading

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YouGov/Sunday Times poll puts Labour 4 points ahead. Be afraid.

28 March 2015 22:15
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Just two weeks ago, senior Conservatives were saying that ‘crossover’ had been reached: that the Tories were ahead in the polls and that the lead would slowly build. Last week, the lead… Continue reading

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In defence of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

28 March 2015 20:58
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Max Blumenthal has made a name for himself as a Jew whose main bete noire is the Jewish state. Preferring fairy tales to facts and evidence, Blumenthal paints a picture… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in Glasgow highlights the similarities between the SNP and Ukip

28 March 2015 19:12
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), speaks at a Spring Conference event in Glasgow, U.K., on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to channel Nigel Farage? Scotland’s First Minister regaled the 3,000-strong crowd at the SNP’s spring conference today with some nuggets of policy, more demands for Ed… Continue reading

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David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50
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The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron delivered some of his most direct attacks on Miliband yet.… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: laments for lost newspapers (plus: historical characters’ desert island discs)

28 March 2015 9:30
Richard Desmond of the Northern & Shell company at the headquarters of Express Newspapers in central London

In his 2004 book The Vanishing Newspaper Philip Meyer predicted that the final hard-copy newspaper will plop through someone’s letterbox in 2043. So who’ll be the first to go? In… Continue reading

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Even the academics don’t have a clue who will win this election

27 March 2015 19:52
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Academics gathered in London today to discuss how they predict the outcome of the most unpredictable election in living memory (© everyone), and they gave their current forecasts. They vary quite… Continue reading

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Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter

27 March 2015 15:55
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A politician’s life on Twitter is rarely uneventful. I have written in defence of all the goodwill and positive communication this election has seen on social media. But slip-ups are… Continue reading

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If British democracy worked, we would have had a referendum on the death penalty

27 March 2015 14:01
Execution by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Nice to know, isn’t it, that public attitudes are finally catching up with MPs’? It seems, from the Social Attitudes survey, that finally, half a century after parliament suspended the… Continue reading

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Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

27 March 2015 10:46
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Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new book makes much of what you might deem the referendum’s dirk-in-the-back theory.… Continue reading

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Miliband’s performance last night vindicates the Tories’ strategy of no head-to-head debates

27 March 2015 9:31
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband (L) is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman of Channel 4 during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband both ‘won’ last night’s TV Q&A session. The Prime Minister put in a decent performance and came out ahead in the snap poll. But Miliband exceeded expectations, albeit… Continue reading

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Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Cameron/Miliband Q&A

27 March 2015 0:17
Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

According to the snap polls, David Cameron was victorious in the first TV ‘debate’ — but Ed Miliband didn’t do too badly either. In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading

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Despite Cameron’s win, Labour will be happy with Ed Miliband’s Q&A performance

26 March 2015 23:48
Kay Burley of Sky News, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Jeremy Paxman of Channel 4 pose ahead of the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

David Cameron won tonight’s TV head to head with Ed Miliband according to an instant ICM poll. The poll for the Guardian gives the evening to Cameron 54-46. Though, it… Continue reading

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As it happened: TV Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband

26 March 2015 20:50
Ed Miliband and David Cameron.

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the Q&A session with David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Channel 4 and Sky News. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown laments the ‘constitutional revolution’ of his own making

26 March 2015 19:17
Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland on March 10, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Given that Gordon Brown has hardly been seen in the Commons since losing power five years ago, it was a bit rich of him to say goodbye now. But the… Continue reading

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Is the era of stable government over?

26 March 2015 18:33
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Everyone agrees: the outcome of this election is impossible to predict. But are we witnessing the end of the stable, two-party system of government we’ve become used to? On Monday, the… Continue reading

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Revealed: David Cameron’s secret conversations about the next coalition

26 March 2015 18:07
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David Cameron is keen to demonstrate his willingness to give straight answers to straight questions at the moment. But there is a limit to his candour. Anyone who asks him… Continue reading

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Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07
A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

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After the Germanwings disaster, do airplanes need to have three pilots onboard?

26 March 2015 15:34
Thomas Winkelmann (L), Managing Director of Germanwings, a Lufthansa subsidiary, and Carsten Spohr, Chairman of German airline Lufthansa, speak to the media following the latest developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in southern France on March 26, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

As soon as I heard the French prosecutor reveal that the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet appears deliberately to have flown his plane into a mountain it took me back… Continue reading

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It’s time for John Bercow to hang up his gown

26 March 2015 15:25
Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

There was a time when both MPs and viewers of Prime Minister’s Question Time would welcome an interjection from the Commons Speaker. Indeed, there was a time when the Speaker commanded… Continue reading

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Vince Cable shows how the Lib Dems plan to squeeze the Tories on Europe

26 March 2015 14:59
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Vince Cable has made some ambiguous comments in the chamber this morning about an EU referendum. At the last business questions of this Parliament, the shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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‘The noes have it’: Government loses bid to topple John Bercow

26 March 2015 13:45
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More crying in the Commons. More applause. John Bercow didn’t try to hide his tears as it became apparent that the government had lost its vote that would have fatally… Continue reading

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