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Labour unrest: What Ed Miliband can learn from David Cameron’s struggles with the Tories

9 November 2014 19:49
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Well, the Labour party certainly knows how to give the appearance of a fight when its back is against the wall. Many MPs and supporters have spent quite a lot… Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday is marvellous; for God-free war commemoration, go to France

9 November 2014 18:18
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The most remarkable thing about the ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is that it just gets more popular. A ceremony that a generation ago might have been confidently… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted

9 November 2014 9:49
Labour Party Conference - Daily Life

So far, this is the Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted. The papers this morning are full of awful poll findings for Ed Miliband, negative briefings and on… Continue reading

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Armistice, war and remembrance, seen through the pages of The Spectator

8 November 2014 21:12
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The verse before Laurence Binyon’s ‘They shall not grow old…We will remember them’, is this: They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of… Continue reading

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The US steps up its involvement in the war for Iraq

8 November 2014 17:40
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If you want to know how serious the situation in Iraq with Islamic State is, just look at what the Americans are doing. President Obama, who made his political name… Continue reading

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Michael O’Leary, my favourite anti-hero

8 November 2014 16:33
Ryanair Announces Large Order Of Boeing Planes

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has long been an anti-hero of this column. I loved his airline when it was consistently rude to me as a passenger, because it set benchmarks… Continue reading

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Why did George Osborne spoil a genuine victory with spin?

8 November 2014 10:34
Osborne yesterday

After spending so many years pointing out Gordon Brown’s tricks and deceits, I had hoped for a bit of a retirement when George Osborne took office. No such luck. The… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: acknowledgment pages that say thanks but no thanks (plus: verse viagra)

8 November 2014 9:35
No thanks. E.E. Cummings. Image: Getty

E.E. Cummings does the anti-dedication in style in his 1935 volume tellingly titled No Thanks, which he self-published with financial help from his mother. Its dedication page contains a concrete… Continue reading

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Miliband triggers an outbreak of political unity – though not the sort Labour wants

7 November 2014 18:31
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Is the latest Labour leadership crisis actually triggering new wave of party unity? Lord Prescott, who has slammed Miliband as ‘timid’ for his ‘complacent’ leadership style, spotted John McTernan, Tony… Continue reading

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Tory eurosceptics plot to use loss in Rochester to pressure Cameron

7 November 2014 17:03
UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

Labour might be mired in misery this week, but at least it can take comfort that around the corner is the Rochester by-election, which the Conservatives look set to lose.… Continue reading

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Smoke, mirrors, magic: how George Osborne “halved” the £1.7bn EU bill

7 November 2014 16:48
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George Osborne took a victory lap on Friday to declare that ‘instead of footing the bill, we have halved the bill.’ This would be the £1.7 billion EU budget invoice… Continue reading

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Tory MPs react to Osborne’s ‘EU bill deal’

7 November 2014 16:24
Osborne yesterday

So are Tory backbenchers happy with what George Osborne claims to have brought back from Europe after his talks on that £1.7 billion bill? While the government argues with the… Continue reading

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Did Osborne halve Britain’s EU bill by admitting that growth still leaves him broke?

7 November 2014 14:26
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George Osborne will tonight return from Brussels bringing peace with honour. He says he has agreed to hand over just £850 million to the EU, rather than the £1.7 billion it asked… Continue reading

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Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) decided would be a good idea, that was going to… Continue reading

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Osborne gets Britain’s £1.7bn bill halved—and no payments before the election

7 November 2014 13:43
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Update: In the last few hours, there has been huge confusion and heated debate over whether the British bill has actually been halved. Click here for the verdict of Open… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32
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Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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Tories launch US-style attack ad on Mark Reckless

7 November 2014 13:24
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The Conservatives have launched an aggressive video advert for the Rochester and Strood by-election. It attacks Mark Reckless in a very direct manner – but not in a personal manner.… Continue reading

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Why Labour unrest is getting so much attention

7 November 2014 9:26
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Labour types are in an aggressive mood this morning. Why are the newspapers and the BBC setting such store by just two MPs who apparently want their leader gone when… Continue reading

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Are Zoe Williams and the fatuous Left mad or disingenuous?

6 November 2014 22:35
Rotherham. Alexis Jay's report estimates that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town's care homes between 1997 and 2013. Image: Anna Gowthorpe/Getty Images

Today I went on the Daily Politics, presented by Andrew Neil. Talked about a bunch of stuff and then debated the issue of political correctness with Zoe Williams, from The Guardian.… Continue reading

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Listen: ‘This is nonsense’: Ed Miliband responds to Labour leadership crisis claims

6 November 2014 16:19
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So Ed Miliband did manage to squeeze in a few words on his leadership alongside his comments on bus regulation. This afternoon he dismissed reports of a letter calling for… Continue reading

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There is no such thing as ‘immigrants’ – only Poles, Yanks, Somalis…

6 November 2014 15:50
A worker poses outside the Dwa Koty Polish delicatessen in Crewe, England (Photo: Getty Images)

There was much glee about yesterday’s publication of a report into the economic impact of immigration, which concluded eastern Europeans had provided a net benefit of £4.4 billion to the… Continue reading

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How serious is the threat to Ed Miliband?

6 November 2014 14:20
Ed Miliband Faces A Fight To Save Its Scottish MPs

There are apparently two Labour MPs who have called for Ed Miliband to step aside. That just two from Ed Miliband’s party are openly moving against him while some estimates… Continue reading

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There’s one obvious question about immigration, but nobody is asking it

6 November 2014 14:19
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If you were to close your eyes at any debate on immigration, you might reasonably picture the participants standing back-to-back, shouting and gesticulating to opposite corners of the room. On… Continue reading

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Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05
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The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at the centre of the global struggle against the self-styled Islamic… Continue reading

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European Arrest Warrant rebels predict only 30 will defy government

6 November 2014 11:37
Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

In the Commons this morning, William Hague confirmed Coffee House’s story that the government will hold its vote on opting back into the European Arrest Warrant on Monday. He said… Continue reading

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