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How parliament is failing to hold the EU to account

15 January 2015 10:32
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Today MPs hold a short Commons debate on the proposed transatlantic trade and investment partnership – TTIP. As a pan-EU trade deal with the US it is being negotiated by the… Continue reading


Podcast: saving Islam from Islamists and the impact of the Greek elections in Britain

15 January 2015 8:25
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Is it time for Islam to confront Islamists? On this week’s Spectator podcast, Qanta Ahmed discusses in the wake of the attack of Charlie Hebdo why this might happen — as well as… Continue reading


The Tories are likely to ‘weaponise’ in the lead up to the election

14 January 2015 17:46

David Cameron did, as James says, manage to avoid debating the rather more electorally damaging issue of the A&E crisis at Prime Minister’s Questions today because Ed Miliband chose to… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: EU referendum, the Greens and A&E

14 January 2015 16:55

Would he say no to saying no? The first question at PMQs, from Gregg McClymont, was about Cameron’s vote in the EU referendum, (if it ever happens). McClymont wants the… Continue reading


Here’s how politicians can convince British Jews that they have a future in the UK

14 January 2015 16:49
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A recent study has suggested that over half of Britain’s Jews feel they have no future in the UK. At first glance this might seem outrageous, indeed incredible. Arguably (one… Continue reading


Al Murray standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet

14 January 2015 15:56
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Nigel Farage will now have to compete for space at the bar with comedian Al Murray, who has announced he will stand for Parliament in South Thanet, as The Pub Landlord for the… Continue reading


Cameron’s reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been depressingly predictable

14 January 2015 15:47
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Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Continue reading


Everyone says they’re Charlie. In Britain, almost no one is

14 January 2015 15:35
(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

Je suis Charlie indeed. This is the problem with placards — there is rarely enough room to fit in the caveats, the qualifying clauses and the necessary evasions. I suppose you… Continue reading


The debate about TV debates dominated today’s PMQs

14 January 2015 13:23
One of the 2010 election debates.

PMQs today was dominated by the debate about debates. After a few statesmanlike questions about the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Miliband started to needle Cameron about his reluctance… Continue reading


Labour’s energy price trap for the Tories

14 January 2015 11:23
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This afternoon Labour has its debate on forcing energy companies to pass on lower oil prices to their customers. The potency of the political attack has been blunted rather by… Continue reading


Finally! Bien-pensant types are starting to see that irritated Muslims pose a threat to us

14 January 2015 10:31
Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, chief-editor of Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Christiaan Ruesink and Frank Pauw, deputy chief constable of the police in Rotterdam, observe a minute of silence (Photo: Jerry Lampen/Getty)

There is the distinct suspicion that at last some more usually bien-pensant commentators are getting it. I mean getting the threat posed to us by irritated Muslim people. First, unexpectedly,… Continue reading


Sign up to TV debates or we’ll go ahead without you, leaders warn Cameron

14 January 2015 8:29
The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

Labour, the Lib Dems and Ukip are having quite a bit of fun with their identical letters from their respective leaders demanding that David Cameron take part in the TV… Continue reading


Defiant Tony Blair apologises for collapse of Downey trial, but says On the Runs scheme was necessary

13 January 2015 21:56
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Appears Before The Committee Investigating The On The Runs Scheme

Meetings of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee are rarely so popular that they have to book an overspill room, but today’s hearing with Tony Blair was a sell-out occasion,… Continue reading


‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

13 January 2015 20:17
The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading


Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13
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listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie was on the Daily Politics earlier today,… Continue reading


Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls?

13 January 2015 18:10
Osborne Balls street fight

Even though they ended up walking through the lobbies together (though not hand in hand, skipping, sadly), Ed Balls and George Osborne still managed to have the sort of Commons… Continue reading


Today’s strikes in London highlight why we need trade union reforms

13 January 2015 15:53
Commuters wait behind barriers to ender the underground at Victoria rail station during a one day strike by bus drivers in London on Janurary 13, 2015

Londoners were not a happy bunch this morning. Aside from the cold, wet weather, two-thirds of the capital’s buses were not running — thanks to a strike arranged by trade union Unite.… Continue reading


Nigel Farage: a two-bit demagogue and believer in lazy ‘Root Causes’

13 January 2015 15:29
Nigel Farage speaking at a press conference in Westminster this afternoon. Photo:  Mary Turner/Getty Images

Nigel Farage has performed a useful public service this week. Yes, really, he has. The UKIP leader, you see, is a believer in Root Causes. He is, in fact, a Root… Continue reading


David Cameron ‘wholeheartedly’ defends right to publish Charlie Hebdo cover

13 January 2015 13:43
Francois Hollande welcomes David Cameron before the march (Photo: Getty)

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo goes on sale tomorrow, with around 1,000 copies expected to be available in the UK. Some people have decided that buying it shows ils sont Charlie,… Continue reading


Tories split between rival parties

13 January 2015 12:49
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David Cameron is holding another one of his parliamentary party meetings this evening to discuss party strategy and rally the troops. Normally these things are quite well-attended, save a few… Continue reading


Has anyone seen Nigel Farage?

13 January 2015 11:16
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‘Ukip seems to have imploded,’ one ‘mainstream’ politician remarked to me yesterday. ‘We haven’t heard anything from them.’ True, Ukip have been rather quiet since Christmas, but anyone in the… Continue reading


The real danger of #CyberJihad is that anybody can get involved

13 January 2015 10:17
@CENTCOM's Twitter page as it appeared after the hack

There was a certain irony to the news that @CENTCOM had been hacked yesterday afternoon. While President Obama was giving a speech on cybersecurity, the U.S. Central Command Twitter account… Continue reading


Cost of living crisis, Ed? The price of goods is now falling…

13 January 2015 9:53
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For goods, as opposed to services, Britain has just joined the Eurozone deflation club. This morning’s figures show that goods (i.e., the stuff we buy) were 1pc cheaper in Christmas… Continue reading


What will the Lib Dem ‘red line’ on a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ mean for a future coalition?

13 January 2015 8:55
Nick Clegg and David Cameron

One of the obsessions that will only get worse over the next few months – along with checking every poll that comes out every day to see whether you’re six… Continue reading


Spectator competition: another side of Judas Iscariot (plus: singing the election blues)

12 January 2015 18:30
Circa 30 AD, Jesus Christ being kissed by Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed him. Original Publication: From 'The Judas Kiss' by Dore. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The latest competition invited you to take a leaf out of Hilary Mantel’s book and provide a scene that shows a well-known villain from history or literature in an uncharacteristically… Continue reading