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Still no lead: Tories and Labour tied in two new polls

23 March 2015 23:51

Two polls out today have the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck, while another has Labour ahead by two points. Lord Ashcroft’s national poll has the two main parties at 33 per cent… Continue reading


In a brave move, David Cameron sets fire to his authority

23 March 2015 18:35
Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

It is always useful to remember Robert Conquest’s suggestion that The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume it is controlled by a cabal of… Continue reading


David Cameron: this will be my last election. Theresa, George or Boris may succeed me

23 March 2015 18:29
David Cameron and Boris Johnson. Photo: Getty Images.

With just days to go until the general election campaign, David Cameron has declared that this is last time he’s leading his party into battle. It’s not clear why he felt the… Continue reading


Mini Election: Sajid Javid on appealing to ethnic minorities and negative campaigning

23 March 2015 15:51
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Conservative party still doesn’t attract enough ethnic minorities. In this week’s Mini Election video, I visit Essex to speak to the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid about what the Tories… Continue reading


Another poll suggests Labour wipeout in Scotland

23 March 2015 12:14

Will the SNP eviscerate Scottish Labour? A new poll from the Guardian/ICM today suggests once again that the SNP is on course to do very well in the upcoming general… Continue reading


Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

23 March 2015 11:50
Prime Minister David Cameron And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Meet To Set Out Independence Referendum Deal

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung parliament and spied an opportunity to ‘make Westminster dance to a… Continue reading


Edward Stourton just can’t stop bashing the bishop

22 March 2015 17:40

I’ll keep this brief, but can the BBC please replace Ed Stourton as presenter of Radio 4′s Sunday programme? He is an old Amplefordian from one of the great recusant families who,… Continue reading


Thank goodness we only have to watch one TV debate

22 March 2015 16:08

The treasurer of one of Manchester’s Conservative clubs is a lifelong Labour voter who votes only as a mark of respect for his father, who always voted Labour. He’s one… Continue reading


When will voters really tune into the election campaign?

22 March 2015 10:33
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With just over six weeks to go to polling day, the mood of the parties is now largely determined by the opinion polls. This morning’s crop are a mixed bunch.… Continue reading


100% Pork Constituency Guide to the 2015 Budget

21 March 2015 16:17

Hendon has a special place in my heart. No really. My parents met there. I mourned when my favourite childhood adventure playground, Kidstop, was burnt to the ground. We even… Continue reading


Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53
The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading


Internships at The Spectator for summer 2015

21 March 2015 15:42

Summer’s coming, and we’re looking for interns at The Spectator. We’re looking for digitally-savvy lovers of good writing with fresh ideas to spend a week or two with us at 22… Continue reading


The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46
Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too. In interviews with The Mail and The Times this morning,… Continue reading


Spectator competition: female chauvinist pigs on men behaving badly (plus: when Damon Runyon met John Bunyan…)

21 March 2015 9:30

There are man-haters everywhere, it seems, from children’s telly to high culture. Charges of sexism have been levelled against the creators of the Daddy Pig character in Peppa Pig —… Continue reading


Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08
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Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis. Technically he has resigned. But the statement above leaves us… Continue reading


Scottish nationalism is hypersensitive and insular. So is the newspaper it has spawned

20 March 2015 17:38
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Last year Russia Today launched a poster campaign with a fanciful strapline: ‘This is what happens when there is no second opinion’. The extraordinary implication is that the conflict could… Continue reading


Parliament is weak and ineffective — it needs to change

20 March 2015 17:10
London Landmarks At Night

Only a third of the public think Parliament is effective in holding government to account: two thirds want improvement of our democratic institutions. We struggle to get more than two in… Continue reading


Mini Election: Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz discusses fighting a three way marginal

20 March 2015 16:11
Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Will the Liberal Democrats make any gains in the London suburbs at the upcoming election? In the latest Mini Election video, I went to Hampstead & Kilburn to speak to… Continue reading


Main parties seem rather old and tired, say voters

20 March 2015 15:41

Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with negative campaigning (though surely there’s something a bit wrong about being inaccurate). But when parties pontificate about crafting messages of hope and avoiding smears and… Continue reading


Is Sweden's military aggression pushing its citizens into the arms of Isis?

20 March 2015 14:38
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Sweden’s latest attempts to integrate its migrant population have suffered one or two hiccups after it was learned that staff at its ‘assimilation guide service’ were recruiting people into the… Continue reading


Janice Atkinson is just the latest example of Ukip’s persistent problem with candidates

20 March 2015 12:35
Nigel Farage leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrates with candidate Janice Atkinson, left, as he hears the results of the south east region European Parliamentary Election vote at the Guildhall in Southampton, England, Monday, May 26, 2014.

Ukip is in crisis once again. Today’s Sun reveals that Janice Atkinson, an MEP for the South East and PPC for Folkestone and Hythe, has been suspended and may face a police enquiry over… Continue reading


Labour launches scary NHS attack poster

20 March 2015 11:05

The post-Budget attack lines for Labour were clear in Ed Miliband’s speech on Wednesday: his party will allege that the Tories have a ‘secret plan that dare not speak its… Continue reading


What real reform of business rates would look like

20 March 2015 8:50
George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, holds the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget as he stands outside 11 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Of all the measures talked up ahead of the Budget, the reannouncement of a ‘radical’ review of the business rates was the least concrete in content but the most important… Continue reading


Tories ahead again in first post-Budget poll 

19 March 2015 23:55
David Cameron And George Osborne on February 5, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Tories have pushed ahead of Labour again after George Osborne’s successful Budget. In tonight’s poll from YouGov/The Sun, the Conservatives are ahead by two points on 35 per cent… Continue reading


Is London’s ‘diversity’ to blame for its ‘unprogressive’ views on homosexuality?

19 March 2015 18:41

I have been most interested in recent posts here by Alex Massie and Matthew Parris.  Here is a poll which might interest them both. YouGov recently carried out a survey… Continue reading