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Not everyone on the right will agree with this new Conservative agenda

18 February 2015 15:49

No party knows how to break out of the war of attrition that is British politics at the moment. Neither the Tories nor Labour are expecting to hit 40 percent… Continue reading


Record employment figures create more problems for Labour

18 February 2015 13:06

Britain has reached its highest ever level of employment. According to new figures from the ONS, the employment rate has risen to 73.2 per cent — or close to 31… Continue reading


Tories try to derail plain packaging vote

18 February 2015 12:49
Image: Getty

Opponents of plain packaging for cigarettes are trying to work out how to derail the vote in the Commons introducing the law, Coffee House has learned. There is considerable frustration… Continue reading


If this is a debate about animal welfare, we must repeal the Hunting Act and start again

18 February 2015 12:48
A demonstrator at the Liberty and Livelihood march, in September '02. Image: Getty

Today marks ten years of a ban on hunting a wild mammal with hounds in England and Wales, except under certain exemptions. To understand what a fundamentally bad law the… Continue reading


UKIP: The First 100 Days, Channel 4, review: a sad, predictable, desperate hatchet job

18 February 2015 11:31
Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow Just three months into Ukip’s shock victory as the party of government and already Nigel Farage’s mob are starting… Continue reading


Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34
A Coptic clergyman shows a picture of one of the men murdered by Islamic State (Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty)

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating the traditional media cycle and using sensational violence to goad its enemies… Continue reading


Tories and the Church: the 30-year war continues

18 February 2015 9:37
Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby Visits Israel And The West Bank

Here are some observations from the ‘incendiary’ letter from the House of Bishops that has upset the Tories so much. ‘Our electoral system often means that the outcomes turn on… Continue reading


Peter Oborne has performed a great public service today

17 February 2015 21:48
Maria Miller's adviser tried to warn the Telegraph off publishing a story about her expenses by mentioning her connection to Leveson. Picture: Getty

Well, this is awkward. Peter Oborne is a friend and The Spectator shares a proprietor with The Daily Telegraph. So there is a danger that anything written in this space… Continue reading


Former NEC chair dumps Labour for Ukip

17 February 2015 19:18
Harriet Yeo of the TSSA has switched her support from Labour to Ukip.

Labour’s decision to shy away from an EU referendum has cost it a senior figure. The Telegraph reveals that Harriet Yeo, the former chairman of Labour’s National Executive Committee between… Continue reading


Labour tries to resuscitate tax row

17 February 2015 15:12
Ed Balls

Presumably as a way of getting out of an endless debate about receipts, Ed Balls has issued a letter with some detailed questions about tax evasion and HSBC (as opposed… Continue reading


The Eurozone crisis is as much a political problem as it is an economic one

17 February 2015 13:05
Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

Veterans of Eurozone crisis summits, hoping for another nail-biting drama, had queued to get ringside seats. But yesterday’s meeting over Greece with Eurozone Finance Ministers ended without result. And you… Continue reading


Inflation sinks to a record low — and is set to fall even further

17 February 2015 12:50

Inflation fell to 0.3 per cent in January, the lowest level since records began in 1989. As the above chart shows, the government’s target of two per cent CPI inflation… Continue reading


A true feminist will defend the unborn girls being aborted in the UK because of their sex

17 February 2015 11:52

Question: Is abortion on gender grounds illegal in the UK? Answer: yes and no and maybe – depends who you ask. Ask Britain’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory… Continue reading


‘Ukip: The First 100 Days’ shows the media prefers to laugh at than understand the party

17 February 2015 11:42
Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

What would happen if Britain left the EU later this year? According to Channel 4, the country would descend into riots and anarchy. Last night’s one-off drama Ukip: The First… Continue reading


Bold new Tory election strategy: Tax cuts for our chums; welfare cuts for you

17 February 2015 11:29

“There’s a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us… Continue reading


Labour’s tax fight turns scrappy

17 February 2015 9:39
Ed Balls Kill Bill

Well, those tax attacks worked out well, didn’t they? Tax avoidance is on the front pages of the newspapers, but not in a way that benefits either main political party.… Continue reading


Greek debt talks break up – can the eurozone hold together?

16 February 2015 21:54

Are we now closer to Grexit? Tonight’s talks between eurozone finance ministers broke up after a few hours with Greece slamming the draft statement prepared by the group as ‘unacceptable’… Continue reading


Britain must assist Iraqi Kurds in their fight against Isis

16 February 2015 17:49
(Photo: Getty)

The implosion of Iraq and the durability of Islamic State will be major headaches for new ministers in May. Their required reading should include recent and substantial reports from the foreign… Continue reading


Why Islamic State will be defeated more easily than al Qaeda

16 February 2015 17:45
Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014

One consequence of Islamic State’s barbarity is that we know relatively little about it. This is what makes Graeme Wood’s piece about it in the Atlantic, based on extensive conversations… Continue reading


Has Labour finally found its campaign message?

16 February 2015 16:00
Ed Miliband Delivers Education Speech

As well as keeping the tax avoidance row going for as long as possible (something that is worrying Tories, who think their party needs to find a way of moving… Continue reading


Seven times Labour has previously launched a plan for the economy

16 February 2015 15:35
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks to business leaders on December 11, 2014 in London, England

The Labour vs. Conservative battle of economic plans is heating up. Ed Miliband is launching a 79-page Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity today, which appears to be his latest alternative… Continue reading


Conservatives are four points ahead in latest ICM poll

16 February 2015 13:53
British Prime Minister David Cameron (L)

Are the Tories beginning to edge ahead of Labour in the polls? ICM have released their latest monthly poll, which suggests a surge in support for the Conservatives. Since their last poll in… Continue reading


Israel has become a life-insurance policy for many British Jews

16 February 2015 12:22
Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his call for European Jews to immigrate to Israel (Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty)

Weekends are quality time in the Alderman household. On Saturday evenings, following the termination of the Sabbath, my wife and I are accustomed to sit together, review the week that… Continue reading


Will Labour’s efforts to paint the Conservatives as a party of the rich backfire?

16 February 2015 9:03
Chuka Umunna, business spokesman for the opposition Labour party, pauses ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

Quite naturally, the latest foray by Labour into pointing fingers at Tory tax avoiders has led to two scraps, firstly about Labour’s own donors and their tax affairs (as James… Continue reading


Britain already has the world’s highest property tax. Why do we need a Mansion Tax?

16 February 2015 8:06
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To listen to the debate about Labour’s prospective Mansion Tax, you’d think that the UK didn’t have any wealth or property taxes. So your CoffeeHouse baristas looked up the figures,… Continue reading