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The Windsor PR problem — how low can they go?

13 November 2014 13:43

Having had years of everybody telling them how clever they are for ‘re-inventing’ monarchy in the 21st century, the royal family has now reached something of a PR impasse. Sebastian Shakespeare today reveals that… Continue reading


Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00
Ed Miliband. Getty Images.

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s problems. Labour has still not come up with answers to… Continue reading


How The Spectator snared the Fake Sheikh – 15 years ago

13 November 2014 9:56
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In 1999 the News of the World offered Lloyd Evans £5,000 to destroy Boris Johnson’s career. Here’s the story… Now it can be told. A couple of months ago — following… Continue reading


Podcast: the death of the left, Rochester and Strood and equality in marriage

13 November 2014 8:50
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Has Ed Miliband found himself on the wrong side of history? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses his Spectator cover feature on the plight of progressives with John… Continue reading


Miliband to pitch himself against Goliaths in fightback speech

12 November 2014 22:56
Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband has a speech billed as his make-or-break fightback proof-I’d-make-a-great-PM tomorrow morning. In truth, it’s rarely right to bill one political speech as The fightback, at least in voters’… Continue reading


The Spectator’s portrait of the week

12 November 2014 18:30

Home The government, expecting a backbench rebellion over the European Arrest Warrant, did not present it for a separate vote in the Commons, which enraged backbenchers all the more. Yvette… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage reinforces David Cameron’s own anti-Ukip squeeze message

12 November 2014 17:01
Political Leader React To Local Election Results

Nigel Farage has talked in the past about his readiness to prop up a Labour minority government – he gave an interview to the Sunday People in October in which… Continue reading


You can vote against the government and keep your Number 10 job

12 November 2014 13:57
Credit: Getty Images

On Monday night, a member of the Number 10 Policy Board, Peter Lilley, voted against the government. Now, in the past, it has been made clear to the MPs on… Continue reading


How can Labour overcome Ed Miliband’s poor appeal to voters?

12 November 2014 13:23
Ed Miliband on the campaign trail. Picture: Getty

How do Labour campaigners overcome the Ed Miliband problem on the doorstep? Today’s Standard poll finds just 13 per cent of voters think he is ready to be Prime Minister,… Continue reading


Tories three points ahead of Labour in new poll

12 November 2014 12:36
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

The Tories have pulled ahead of Labour in a new poll in today’s Evening Standard. The Ipsos Mori poll puts David Cameron’s party three points ahead of Labour, at 32,… Continue reading


Ukip’s puppet David Cameron cuts a pathetic figure

12 November 2014 12:24
A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdo

Well this is a pleasant surprise. After all the years of indifference, David Cameron has condescended to notice us. Not just notice us but want us too. His come-hither smiles… Continue reading


Does Cameron benefit from ECJ ruling?

12 November 2014 8:43
Image: Getty

Yesterday’s ‘excellent‘ ruling from the European Court of Justice on benefits immediately seemed a jolly good thing for David Cameron and allowed him to move on the Commons shambles on… Continue reading


Ukip now 12pts ahead of Tories in Rochester and Strood, but what about next year?

11 November 2014 18:28
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Ukip is still on track to pound the Tories into second place in the Rochester and Strood by-election, but not necessarily at next year’s general election, according to a new poll from Lord Ashcroft. The latest… Continue reading


You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you.

11 November 2014 17:12
Dapper Laughs has been dumped by ITV. Photo: ITV.

In an extract from this week’s Spectator, Hugo Rifkind finds himself defending the comedian Dapper Laughs… As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike… Continue reading


School children excited to see David Cameron in Rochester (and TV cameras)

11 November 2014 16:14
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to pupils of Strood Academy in Rochester, Kent, where he toured the school with the Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst, prior to the forthcoming by-election on November 20.

I spent an hour today following David Cameron around a school in Rochester as part of his latest campaign visit in the by-election. The school, Strood Academy, was candidate Kelly… Continue reading


Does anyone actually want to win the next election?

11 November 2014 15:28
Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

A battle lost is worse than a battle won and there are fewer Pyrrhic victories in politics than you think. One of the staples of pre-election punditry, however, is that… Continue reading


Cameron causes chaos at City supper

11 November 2014 14:10
Prime Minister David Cameron attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, at Guildhall in the City of London, Monday November 11, 2013. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Much harrumphing reaches Mr Steerpike today from the City of London. At last night’s Lord’s Mayor Banquet — the annual knees up at Mansion House to welcome the new Lord… Continue reading


It’s time for Boris to abandon his island and back Gatwick expansion

11 November 2014 12:04
Boris Island: now just a pipe dream.

Surprise surprise, airport expansion is going to cost more than anyone expected. Howard Davies, of the Airport Commission fame, took to the Today programme this morning to kick off the… Continue reading


I’ve just seen the Rochester candidates’ debate. Sheesh. Poor Rochester

11 November 2014 8:22
"Christ, what a shower" - the Rochester candidates

So – the Rochester and Strood by-election next Thursday. Who will win? I’ve been there a few times recently and my guess, from a feeling in my water, is that… Continue reading


Government wins European Arrest Warrant ‘vote’

10 November 2014 20:51
Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

So Labour lost its vote delaying the vote on the European Arrest Warrant that wasn’t technically a vote on that measure anyway. The first vote, that the question not be… Continue reading


Uproar in the Commons: the story so far

10 November 2014 19:29
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This is an extract from tonight’s Evening Blend email, a free summary of the day’s political developments from the Spectator team. To subscribe, click here. And to read the email… Continue reading


The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks at the ‘social economy’ - think tax loopholes for financiers of politically… Continue reading


Government wins crunch vote on European Arrest Warrant by NINE VOTES

10 November 2014 17:52
Operation Trojan Horse allegations

The government has just won the vote extending the debate on the justice and home affairs opt-outs by just nine votes – 251 ayes to 242 noes. This means that… Continue reading


Commons uproar: European arrest warrant debate in a ‘total mess’

10 November 2014 17:22

The government is in a total mess this afternoon. The whole house of Commons has turned on Theresa May and Chris Grayling for the way they have handled the vote… Continue reading


Net migration target becomes an ‘aim’ or ‘objective’

10 November 2014 14:00
Survey Indicates Scotland Have Different Views On Migration From Rest Of UK

When is a target not a target? Theresa May seems quite keen for us to think that Tory pledge to bring migration down to the tens of thousands was a… Continue reading