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Are the Blairites sitting comfortably for Labour’s election campaign?

20 January 2015 18:26
Gordon Brown Tours East Midlands

Lord Mandelson likes to think he knows a thing or two about Labour winning elections. So it’s odd that the man so keen on message discipline should start sticking his… Continue reading


Four things to put on Page 3 now that topless babes are ‘so last century’

20 January 2015 17:20

Page 3, in its traditional, busty format, is no more and British men have been left with only the internet’s meagre offerings to cling on to. But what to fill the… Continue reading


Could Labour limit its tuition fee cap to ‘useful’ subjects?

20 January 2015 13:29
Ed Miliband's Speech On The Cost Of Living at Battersea Power Station

One of the really big policy areas that Labour has yet to resolve before the General Election is how it can lower the cap on tuition fees to £6,000. University… Continue reading


PM and Education Secretary at odds over Page 3

20 January 2015 13:08

The ministers covering women and equalities do have a view on the disappearance of topless Page 3 models, but the Prime Minister apparently doesn’t. Today Nicky Morgan called the decision… Continue reading


Ukip is sticking to the mainstream line on the NHS

20 January 2015 10:29

One  reason that Ukip seems rather quiet at the moment is that it doesn’t have very much policy to talk about. And one reason for that is that there’s a row going… Continue reading


By depicting Shin Dong-hyuk as a fantasist, the media strengthens North Korea’s regime

19 January 2015 18:46
Shin Dong-hyuk (Photo: Getty)

Shin Dong-hyuk really shouldn’t need defending.  The thirty-two year old was born in, and grew up in, the North Korean gulag system.  And as he has related in his book… Continue reading


Team Boris are catching ‘interesting fish’

19 January 2015 17:29
Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Who are the latest contenders in the Tory leadership battle and how much support do they have? That’s the question that Tory MPs and pundits love to chew over, even… Continue reading


Green Party up to 11 per cent in latest Ashcroft poll

19 January 2015 17:06
Last Minute Canvassing Takes Place Before Tomorrow's Crucial Elections

After overtaking Ukip in membership stakes, the Greens are now snapping at its heels in the polls. According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll, 11 per cent are now intending to vote Green… Continue reading


Chuka Umunna shouldn’t have lost his temper on TV. But he was right to refuse to comment on something he hadn’t read

19 January 2015 16:39
The Labour Party Conference Continues

Chuka Umunna’s fit of pique at the end of his Sky interview was unnecessary. One of the skills of a politician who fancies being a leader is to look calm… Continue reading


Good question, Mr Bryant, where are the Albert Finneys and the Glenda Jacksons?

19 January 2015 15:48
James Blunt and Chris Bryant.

James Blunt, the self-deprecating musician who may or may not have stopped World War III, has written an open letter to Chris Bryant calling him a ‘classist gimp’ after the… Continue reading


Archbishop John Sentamu is wrong about free schools on every count

19 January 2015 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has never been shy about courting publicity. He frequently churns out controversial opinion pieces for the red-tops and, just in case they don’t receive… Continue reading


Watch: Green leader Natalie Bennett backs Cameron on TV debates

19 January 2015 13:18

What are you afraid of boys? The Green Party posed this question on Westminster’s College Green this morning as they launched a new poster campaign (driven around on pedal bikes, natch) calling… Continue reading


Why are the MCB complaining about Pickles’s letter to Mosques?

19 January 2015 13:05

Eric Pickles’s letter to Mosques is pretty anodyne. It is hard to see how it could be objected to. But the Muslim Council of Britain is busy complaining about it. Its… Continue reading


Under Oxfam’s dodgy maths, someone with 50p to his name is “richer” than bottom 2bn

19 January 2015 12:26

Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a global anti-poverty charity, such as ‘Oxfam’, would celebrate this fact.… Continue reading


Parties stick in comfort zones for another Monday of campaigning

19 January 2015 9:19
Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

It’s another election Monday and the three parties are still hanging about in their comfort zones, even though they appear to have moved on to other topics. David Cameron is… Continue reading


What Oxfam doesn’t want you to know: global capitalism means less poverty than ever

19 January 2015 8:58
An Oxfam poster - advancing class war, while perpetuating damaging stereotypes about Africans

The hijacking of Oxfam by the politicised left is nothing short of a tragedy. It’s heartbreaking to see a charity that has built up so much goodwill from so many… Continue reading


Why is Nick Clegg so happy?

18 January 2015 14:47
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

Nick Clegg always seems oddly upbeat when he’s doing interviews about just how badly his party could do in the General Election. Today when Andrew Marr asked him about Iain Dale’s… Continue reading


Does Ed Miliband think my generation is lazy, stupid – or both?

18 January 2015 14:01
Ed Miliband with some young potential voters. Does he think they're smart enough to register to vote?

According to Ed Miliband, my generation is about to be disenfranchised by the coalition. He’s getting quite worked up about it. On Thursday, he accused David Cameron and Nick Clegg of…… Continue reading


The coalition government is not blame for the latest NHS ‘crisis’

18 January 2015 11:29
No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Of all the accusations thrust at the Conservatives by Labour over the NHS in recent weeks, their weakest has been the attempt to blame the Government’s reforms to the NHS… Continue reading


Why Boris and the Tory leadership are playing nicely

18 January 2015 10:55
David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

For most of this parliament, Downing Street has been thoroughly paranoid about Boris Johnson and his intentions. Any attempt by the Mayor to reach out to Tory MPs was met… Continue reading


Grey voters snap up Osborne’s pensioner bonds

17 January 2015 13:04
Image: Getty

Downing Street was a happy place after David Cameron and Barack Obama’s joint press conference yesterday. The US President was effusive in his praise for Cameron and his seeming endorsement… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Not Richard Dawkins’s Book of the Year (plus: literary agony uncles and aunts)

17 January 2015 9:15
Richard Dawkins. Could these blurbs make the bible his book of the year? Image: Getty

The recent call for publicity blurbs that sell the bible to a modern audience attracted a host of new competitors as well as the old-timers. Kieran Corcoran’s entry presented Jesus… Continue reading


Cameron and Obama: Friends4eva

16 January 2015 18:46

David Cameron and Barack Obama have just finished giving a rather cutesy and extremely verbose press conference following the reinvigorating of their bromance/serious talks on the economy and counter-terrorism. The… Continue reading


Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work.

16 January 2015 15:01
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We’ve spent plenty time on Coffee House challenging George Osborne’s more dubious claims (‘deficit halved!’, etc) as has much of the media. But happily, there now seems to be a truce.… Continue reading


The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58
Mitt Romney Campaigns With AK Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan In Anchorage

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading