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Theresa May humiliates Boris Johnson with water cannon announcement

15 July 2015 14:36

In case the Labour leadership fracas has distracted you, there is still a Tory leadership contest going on, albeit with a slightly longer timetable. George Osborne has had a good… Continue reading


Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40
(Photo: Getty)

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader in the fevered politics of religious victimhood and aggression. Just… Continue reading


PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33
David Cameron on holiday in 2014

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading


Is the jobs miracle over?

15 July 2015 10:43

No self-congratulatory tweets from George Osborne this morning: The UK has seen its first quarter-on-quarter rise in unemployment for two years, figures released by the ONS show. The number of… Continue reading


The Tories are coming across as the reasonable ones with the new trade union legislation

15 July 2015 9:00
Who are the trade unions trying to protect: the workers or their own interests?

Who is being more rational in the dispute over new striking laws: the government or the union barons? With just under a week to go until the summer recess, the… Continue reading


The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10
An anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy (Photo: Atta Kenare/Getty)

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be few greater demonstrations of this than our country’s lack of… Continue reading


Liz Kendall’s Facebook Q&A offers a window into the Labour party’s madness

14 July 2015 19:48
Labour's candidate for Leader Liz Kendal takes part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Liz Kendall spent an hour on Facebook this evening answering questions from Labour supporters. Those sitting on a social network on a Tuesday evening are clearly not entirely representative of the… Continue reading


Norman Lamb interview: we are living in ‘the liberal age’

14 July 2015 17:30

In 48 hours, either Tim Farron or Norman Lamb will be announced as the next leader of Liberal Democrats. Lamb kindly agreed to hop in my Mini for a chat… Continue reading


Tim Farron interview: what I will do as Lib Dem leader

14 July 2015 17:30
Tim Farron at the Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference on October 7, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tim Farron is a confident man. By this time Thursday, he will be announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats — if the bookies are to be believed.… Continue reading


What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet

14 July 2015 17:17

The Shadow Cabinet has split all ways on what to do about welfare. Andy Burnham says he wants a reasoned amendment to the second reading of the welfare reform and… Continue reading


An historic day for Iran and a horrifying one for Israel

14 July 2015 16:48
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo: Joe Klamar/Getty)

When the Shah of Iran gave the order to create the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) in 1974 it is unlikely that he had any idea of just how… Continue reading


The SNP has struck its first blow against English democracy. It won’t be the last

14 July 2015 15:18
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So now we all know what we’re dealing with. This SNP malice against the English and our democracy is no joke. After repeatedly promising that her party would not abuse… Continue reading


Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway

14 July 2015 15:08
(Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Andy Burnham has been vociferous in his opposition to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and made his views clear at a stormy meeting of the Shadow Cabinet this morning.… Continue reading


What next for the pro-hunting lobby?

14 July 2015 13:05
Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

Supporters of relaxing the hunting ban are relieved that the government has pulled tomorrow’s vote after it became clear that it would fail. They feel that there is little point… Continue reading


Why the gender pay gap is a myth

14 July 2015 12:19

Today the Prime Minister has set out to ‘end the gender pay gap in a generation’. It would be an ambitious goal, if a wage gap actually existed. According to the… Continue reading


An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54
Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having second thoughts? It’s not quite a ‘there, but for the… Continue reading


Tomorrow’s vote on the hunting ban has been pulled

14 July 2015 10:42
Participants Prepare For The Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

The government has confirmed that it is pulling tomorrow’s vote on the relaxation of the hunting ban. A Downing Street source is frank about why they are doing this, the… Continue reading


Labour has lost its senses if it thinks Liz Kendall is a Tory

14 July 2015 10:00
Durham Miners Annual Rally And Procession

Here are four things that Liz Kendall has said during the Labour leadership campaign. First, that she would never close a successful school. Second, that the country should always come… Continue reading


Nicola Sturgeon: SNP is using foxhunting to kick the Tories — and will intervene on English issues again

14 July 2015 8:39
Nicola Sturgeon clenches her fists as she reacts in her seat in the royal box during the men's doubles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships on July 11, 2015.

It has only taken the SNP 68 days to jettison its principles for some good old Tory bashing. On the Today programme, Nicola Sturgeon gave three reasons as to why the SNP will be voting against relaxed… Continue reading


Tally No: the SNP abandons its principles to tweak the Tories

13 July 2015 21:42
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In 2008 Alex Salmond told Total Politics that: ‘As you know, by choice, SNP MPs have abstained from every vote on English legislation that does not have an immediate Scottish consequence.… Continue reading


Watch: Jeremy Corbyn’s cantankerous interview on his ‘friends’ in Hamas

13 July 2015 20:43
Durham Miners Annual Rally And Procession

Jeremy Corbyn is finally receiving the scrutiny he deserves. On Channel 4 News this evening, the hard-left Labour leader hopeful was quizzed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy on comments about engaging with ‘friends’  in… Continue reading


SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23
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The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading


Harriet Harman urges Labour: We can’t campaign against the public

13 July 2015 19:42
Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman has just finished addressing the PLP about the party’s official position on welfare cuts. There was a reasonable amount of applause for the interim Labour leader when she… Continue reading


The BMA’s sugar tax would be (another) tax on the poor

13 July 2015 17:38

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He feeds his children bread and pasta instead of quinoa and… Continue reading


Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59
Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading