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The gossip on what’s in Cameron’s speech

2 October 2007 23:16

Guido has been having fun at the conference here, and has caught wind of what’s in Cameron’s speech tomorrow. It squares with the gossip here.


How many minutes are left on the election countdown clock?

2 October 2007 22:37

I am on a Today Programme panel this week playing a prediction game modelled on the famous Doomsday Clock. The idea is for Michael Portillo, Jackie Ashley, John Curtice, Peter… Continue reading


The quiet man roars

2 October 2007 22:21

I am in the Hilton at a dinner hosted by the Countryside Alliance. There is someone I know on almost every table in the restaurant. Everyone is talking about the… Continue reading


All politics is local

2 October 2007 18:47

I’ve just been speaking to over hundred business people who have come up to Blackpool for our Corporate Day. I spoke alongside Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of… Continue reading


Told you so

2 October 2007 18:31

I have tried so hard all day. I have kept myself distracted. Fully immersed in meetings and preparing for my fringe tonight. I forced myself not to look at the… Continue reading


Brown’s biggest mistake to date

2 October 2007 16:25

Gordon Brown’s trip to Baghdad is the biggest political misjudgement of his leadership so far. It would have looked very different if the Tories were tearing themselves apart in Blackpool—Gordon… Continue reading


Tamzin’s Blackpool latest

2 October 2007 14:54

So exciting. Was at secret meeting with Dave last night when he told us Gordon was going to call the election on Friday, or possibly Monday. Or, possibly not for… Continue reading

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Will Brown dare not go to the country?

2 October 2007 14:09

Bumped into Baroness Peta Buscombe at the bar in the Imperial Hotel last night – Peta is the CEO of the Advertising Association. She told me that last week she… Continue reading


Why did Gordon change his Iraq timetable?

2 October 2007 12:27

So Gordon Brown, having brought forward his trip to Iraq, says that more than 1,000 troops will be home by Christmas. Is this the same Gordon Brown who said at… Continue reading


George puts me in my place

2 October 2007 12:21

By the way I know that last post was very self-centred of me so I want to reassure Coffee House that lots of people up here are putting me in… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s conference diary

2 October 2007 10:58

Woke up to blanket coverage. Seems the speech went down well.


Security Risk

2 October 2007 10:41

Blackpool. Tuesday morning. Windy. Been here for 24 hours now, and why are there quite so many policemen? It’s not as if the Tories are in power. They are probably… Continue reading


Good signs for the Tories

2 October 2007 8:28

Politicians like to talk about ‘non-electoral milestones’—the big symbols, endorsements and Clause 4 moments that pave the way for a party’s return to power. But what about the much smaller… Continue reading

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Back in the game

2 October 2007 7:20

I was surprised to see Andy Coulson, George Eustice et al at the packed (and hot) Telegraph party last night with big smiles. Seeing today’s papers, I see why. This… Continue reading


Tories upbeat in Blackpool

2 October 2007 7:14

The mood at the conference has switched from despair to optimism. I traced it to Osborne’s speech but Emily Maitlis reckons it turned about midday. Anyway it was still buzzing… Continue reading


Will the non doms squeak under the Osborne squeeze?

1 October 2007 18:53

Team Osborne (regular, if anonymous Coffee House visitors) call to take issue with my earlier blog. I am not right to say non doms will pay more than 50% tax… Continue reading


The social perils of conference

1 October 2007 18:43

Fans of Larry David’s deeply wonderful US comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm will be familiar with the social angst of the "Stop-and-Chat". This is Larry’s description of the social obligation… Continue reading

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Gordon lends the Tories a helping hand

1 October 2007 17:31

This is such a good week. Commentators have said that Gordon has taunted us into announcing policies that we would have preferred to leave until later in the electoral cycle,… Continue reading


Tamzin needs some wellies

1 October 2007 15:52

Been everywhere and can’t find designer wellies. Am getting desperate. Does anyone reading this have any idea where I can get them? They don’t need to be leopard patterned. In… Continue reading


It is all set up for Dave

1 October 2007 14:35

For a party facing certain defeat at the next election, these Tories are strikingly upbeat. Osborne’s speech has put lead in their pencil, they sense—to use a phrase—that the über… Continue reading


Can the Tories learn to run before Brown runs to the country?

1 October 2007 14:25

The psychology of this conference is like no other I’ve experienced. Having mastered walking, the Cameron Conservative Party believed it had a couple of years in which to get on… Continue reading


Osborne explains who the uber mods are

1 October 2007 13:42

Steve Richards has just asked Osborne what he meant by "über modernisers" in his interview with me last week. Here’s his answer. "Some people who had urged modernisation on the… Continue reading

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Osborne and the non doms

1 October 2007 13:33

I’m sitting in a George Osborne fringe event, where he’s being given the Parky treatment by Steve Richards from the Indy. He’s discussing his new tax on the non domiciles:… Continue reading

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What I would do if I were Gordon

1 October 2007 13:21

Everyone is very upbeat this morning, despite the fact that I have yet to speak to anyone who got to bed before three am. There is a real buzz that… Continue reading

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Boris by the book

1 October 2007 11:52

Unlike the Labour conference, there is a bookshop here in Blackpool (what does that tell you?) and I have found a gem: The Little Book of Boris. It’s one of… Continue reading