coffee house

Coffee Houserss

An evening with the cult of Corbyn in Islington

22 August 2015 13:00

Jeremy Corbyn has hosted over 70 rallies as part of his Labour leadership campaign. Yesterday evening, the bearded one returned to Islington to speak at a four hour fundraising event… Continue reading


Why are private schools so touchy about state schools’ success?

22 August 2015 10:11
Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 10.06.06

The success of school reform in Britain seem to be worrying the private schools’ spokesmen. They’ve taken the unusual step of releasing a statement in response to my Daily Telegraph column yesterday,… Continue reading


If Jeremy Corbyn joins the No to EU campaign, he’ll drive voters to Cameron

22 August 2015 10:00
Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

If the man with the dull beard does win, where will Labour stand in the European Union referendum? Jeremy Corbyn, being a hard leftist, is theoretically against the EU, but… Continue reading


There’s a simple reason why the Stonewall trailer doesn’t feature more ‘trans women of colour’

21 August 2015 16:06
The Stonewall memorial statues have been painted as part of a protest against the film Stonewall

Aping Isis, trans activists have defaced a historical monument to make a political point. They blacked-up — seriously, with spray paint and afro wigs — the Christopher Street Gay Liberation… Continue reading


Burnham campaign raises entryism concern — but deny any legal challenge

21 August 2015 15:40
Memorabilia supporting British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is offered for sale ahead of his arrival to address party supporters as part of a nationwide leadership campaign at the Town Hall on August 18, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England

Whoever wins the Labour leadership contest, questions will be raised about how it has been run. If Corbyn loses, his supporters will become even more angry about the ‘purge’ of the Corbynites.… Continue reading


The rise and rise of England’s state schools

21 August 2015 14:00
Pupils Receive Their GCSE Results

Moaning about private education is an ancient British tradition; how can there be fairness in society when the rich can afford such great schools? Let’s count how many privately-educated judges… Continue reading


Stripping the bark from Jeremy Corbyn will be the easiest campaign in modern political history

21 August 2015 13:06
Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry  Adams

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence will do to a fellow. Horton, you will remember, was the convicted murderer… Continue reading


Why do we believe rubbish online advice?

21 August 2015 13:06

Have you been duped by the cult of clean eating? In this week’s Spectator, Lara Prendergast and I delve into the murky world of ‘clean’ diets and Instagram goddesses. These… Continue reading


Corbyn’s remarks on Iraq and Isis are a preview of the fireworks to come if he wins

21 August 2015 9:14
Jeremy Corbyn gestures as he leaves an event outlining his plans for a publicly owned railway network, in London, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Tories are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership contest. Two stories that have broken this morning show precisely why. Returning to the Iraq… Continue reading


Tsipras triggers second election

20 August 2015 23:27

Greece has already had one election and a referendum this year. Now it’s going back to the polls again with Alexis Tsipras announcing his resignation and snap elections. Tsipras says he… Continue reading


The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are now the no1 force in Sweden, polls show

20 August 2015 21:26
Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 21.03.57

On the Swedish election before last, there was shock that the populist Sweden Democrats ended up with a foothold in parliament. Even more shock when they did well enough in last… Continue reading


Could Burnham or Cooper stand again in the next Labour leadership contest?

20 August 2015 17:12
Labour leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Does it matter who comes second in the Labour leadership contest? According to the polls and bookies, Andy Burnham is vying for second place with Yvette Cooper. Ladbrokes currently have… Continue reading


Labour ‘members’ object to ‘purge’

20 August 2015 15:43
Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Some Labour party members are currently finding out that they can’t vote in the leadership election after all because they’ve been picked up as being insincere members. A number of… Continue reading


Yvette Cooper: I won’t be challenging Labour leadership result

20 August 2015 14:17
Yvette Cooper, Labour Party leadership candidate speaks at an event at the Coin Street neighbourhood Centre in central London on August 19, 2015.

It was Yvette Cooper’s turn to do a Q&A session on the World at One today and it was a pretty dry affair, unlike Corbyn or Burnham. There was nothing new about her policies or stances but Cooper did… Continue reading


Labour’s bitter, bitchy battles will continue long after its leader is announced

20 August 2015 12:40
Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Why is the Labour leadership contest so vile? It has been the bitterest, bitchiest battle that the party has experienced for a good long while, even though the last contest… Continue reading


Remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist who dared to stand up to Isis

20 August 2015 11:07
Khaled al-Asaad, the Director of Antiquities and Museum in Palmyra, in 2002 (Photo: Marc Deville/Getty)

Erudite and bespectacled, he was the sort of Arab the Islamic State loathed. Khaled al-Asaad, an 81-year old archaeologist, was for the past four decades inseparable from Palmyra’s ancient ruins.… Continue reading


Kezia Dugdale appeals to the Left with personal speech about her past

20 August 2015 10:30
New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Jeremy Corbyn really has made socialism trendy – at least in Scotland. We can take that from the speech that Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s Scottish leader, will make a today focusing on… Continue reading


Podcast: the clean eating fad and what happens if Corbyn wins

20 August 2015 9:40
A trader arranges a display of courgettes for sale on his stall at a farmer's market on Kassandrou street in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Is ‘clean eating’ a trendy new fad or something more dangerous? On the View from 22 podcast, nutritionist Ian Marber discusses this week’s cover feature with Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast. How is the advice… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn: suggestions I’m anti-semitic are ‘disgusting and deeply offensive’

19 August 2015 17:14
A member of staff adjusts the hair Jeremy Corbyn as he arrives at an event outlining his plans for a publicly owned railway network, in London, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at suggestions he has been hanging out in a rather bad crowd. The former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has dug up a press release on… Continue reading


The left is rapidly losing its moral authority on racism

19 August 2015 16:04

On Monday, Jeremy Corbyn was questioned by Channel 4 News about yet another Holocaust denier and anti-Semite of his acquaintance.  And now the BBC’s World at One has asked Corbyn about another.… Continue reading


Come on, Prime Minister: a peerage for our peerless folding bike designer

19 August 2015 15:30
Andrew Ritchie, the winner of the Prince Philip Designers' Prize, with his a pink Brompton bike creation  at a reception at Buckingham Palace, London.

Here is a preview of Martin Vander’s Any Other Business Column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir… Continue reading


Could a strike by Poles bring down Britain?

19 August 2015 14:36

Britain’s Poles go on strike tomorrow to protest the widespread anti-Polish xenophobia across the country, which is literally everywhere. There are about one million Polish people in Great Britain, and… Continue reading


Our railways are better than ever. They don’t need renationalising

19 August 2015 13:31
15th May 1978:  The Scotsman, the high speed, Inter-City 125 train, gliding out of London's King's Cross station, on its way to Edinburgh.

Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn have both pledged to bring back British Rail. Why? In a speech yesterday, Corbyn justified his position: ‘I think the public mood is there, absolutely there,… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is far less popular with Labour MPs than he is with members. Is that a problem?

19 August 2015 11:45

Why haven’t some Labour MPs ever met Jeremy Corbyn? Mr Steerpike picks up on the discussion between former Miliband aide Anna Yearley, and MPs Barbara Keeley and Lucy Powell about… Continue reading


David Blunkett is the latest Labour grandee to attack Corbyn. But is this the right strategy?

19 August 2015 8:34
David Blunkett, veteran Labour politician and former Home Secretary is interviewed by media as he joined the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit on April 22, 2015 in Redcar, England

Day after day, Labour’s big beasts are being wheeled out one by one. Yesterday it was Neil Kinnock, today it’s David Blunkett’s turn to warn against the impending doom if Jeremy Corbyn… Continue reading