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Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

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The Pope and ‘paedophile cardinals’: another clue that Francis is at war with the Vatican

18 July 2014 17:46
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Today’s front-page splash in The Catholic Herald reads: ‘Vatican in a spin as Pope Francis grants an explosive new interview’. That interview, with La Repubblica, quoted Francis as saying that… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11
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Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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Spectator archive: A history of passenger planes shot down

18 July 2014 12:35
Remains from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine after being hit by a missile. It’s not the first civilian flight to have been shot down in error though. Here are four other… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: Beware the revenge of the ‘Uglies’

18 July 2014 12:22
Out for revenge? Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Image: Getty

There are two reasons why David Cameron’s cull of the ‘Uglies’ – the Conservative ministers who don’t perform well on camera – had to be so vast. The first is… Continue reading

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The conflict in Crimea will be the downfall of Putin

18 July 2014 10:08
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Earlier this year, Owen Matthews discussed in the Spectator how the conflict in Crimea will be the making of Ukraine and the end of Vladimir Putin: David Cameron says that Russia’s… Continue reading

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Forget about Assisted Dying: what about Assisted Living?

18 July 2014 8:55
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By the time most readers see this, the House of Lords will have formed a view about Assisted Dying. Some Anglican bishops have got wonderfully on-the-one-hand/on-the-other about it. They seem… Continue reading

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Who shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17?

17 July 2014 19:09
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US Intelligence has confirmed that a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines plane, flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam. Pictures of the wreckage have now appeared, yet no one… Continue reading

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What Germans do worst

17 July 2014 18:10
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Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans are pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything, as our Barometer column this week points out. Here are… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: where is the radicalism?

17 July 2014 16:46
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One of the more dispiriting things about this reshuffle has been the way in which important policy areas appear to have been downgraded. This week’s leading article in The Spectator… Continue reading

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BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 ‘shot down’ in Ukraine

17 July 2014 16:39
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There are reports from Russian agency Interfax that a passenger airliner, believed to be Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has been ‘shot down’ in eastern Ukraine by a ground-to-air missile, 50km away from… Continue reading

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LBC coy on ‘Grill Gove’

17 July 2014 16:15
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Talk radio station LBC are coy about the prospect of a Michael Gove phone-in show, mooted by Mr S yesterday. When asked if such a show is on the cards, a spokesman… Continue reading

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Tories to keep Gove on tight leash

17 July 2014 13:57
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Why is Michael Gove a minister for the Today programme when he was removed as Education Secretary because of his poor poll ratings? This paradox has amused some in Westminster,… Continue reading

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Andrew Lansley’s international role in public service remains a mystery

17 July 2014 13:16
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Coffee House apologises unreservedly for keeping readers in suspense for two days about Andrew Lansley’s mysterious international role in public service. Yesterday, Number 10 did tell us that discussions were… Continue reading

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Labour shadow minister attacks reshuffle women

17 July 2014 13:04
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There’s something wonderfully ironic about a Labour party that boasts about decency in politics yet has a frontbencher who tweets things like this: Bravo to Helen Goodman, Labour’s Shadow Culture,… Continue reading

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Australia’s Tony Abbott has made history by abolishing the hated carbon tax

17 July 2014 12:56
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A few years ago, the conventional wisdom down under held that Tony Abbott and his centre-right Liberal Party were crazy to oppose the notion of carbon pricing. The view was… Continue reading

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Gilbert and George have lost their bottom over the burka

17 July 2014 12:52
Gilbert and George have not engaged in equal-opportunity blasphemy.  Not by a long shot. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Let’s brood, shall we, on the following report in the Evening Standard about an exciting new departure by the winsome duo, Gilbert and George, on the back of their new… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14
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In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

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Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44
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In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but… Continue reading

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Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11
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What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well as having responsibility for the environment, the role also covers… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: the fallout

16 July 2014 17:43
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New ministers are marching through the corridors of power today with the special ‘I mean business’ walk that denotes an MP who finally has a job they consider important. Meanwhile… Continue reading

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Dave the radical feminist gets a helping hand from Harriet

16 July 2014 16:54
The Queen Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

It was the final PMQs before the sun-stroke season begins. Usually these are high-spirited Derby Day affairs and Ed Miliband came to the house knowing things could hardly be easier.… Continue reading

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Tories vs Labour tax row continues

16 July 2014 15:39
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Labour has now reviewed the Harriet Harman interview on LBC in which she said ‘I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’ and concluded that she… Continue reading

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PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42
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David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

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Audio: What Harriet Harman said about tax

16 July 2014 12:57
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At PMQs David Cameron attacked Ed Miliband for his deputy Harriet Harman’s comments, made on an LBC phone-in show on Monday, that she wanted to see higher taxes on middle-income… Continue reading

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