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Labour and the Lib Dems raise concerns over Ashcroft

9 November 2007 8:59

The row over the influence of Lord Ashcroft takes another turn with a story in The Guardian this morning about whether or not Lord Ashcroft has returned to the UK… Continue reading

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Man of the Year

8 November 2007 18:56

Time magazine are inviting people to vote for their person of the year. The shortlist is Al Gore Hillary Clinton Hu Jintao Steve Jobs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Barack Obama General Petraeus… Continue reading

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Lib Dem fight turns dirty

8 November 2007 16:54

For all their woolly policies, the LibDem are dirty fighters, as anyone who has seen them campaign will attest. So it was only a matter of time before its leadership… Continue reading

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The case for Obama

8 November 2007 16:40

Andrew Sullivan’s Atlantic essay making the case for Obama is well worth reading. His key point is this,  Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating,… Continue reading

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Can’t get no Respect

8 November 2007 14:41

The internecine warfare at Respect just took another turn with George Galloway denying that he has left the party. There now seems to be a bitter dispute between Galloway’s faction… Continue reading

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Why so green?

8 November 2007 12:28

I regularly enjoy Camilla Cavendish’s pieces, but to keep doing so I have to skip over anything she writes about the environment. It spoils it. How can a commentator who… Continue reading

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This time with feeling

8 November 2007 11:05

Tara Hamilton-Miller has a great little blind item in this week’s New Statesman:  A shadow secretary of state, who shall remain nameless, decided to sing and briefly weep to a… Continue reading

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Politics regained?

8 November 2007 9:39

Joe Klein, the legendary American journalist and author of Primary Colors was in town last night to talk about the US election. TimeWarner threw a champagne-soaked gathering with the great… Continue reading

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Respectable behaviour

8 November 2007 8:42

Respect is finally collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. Daniel Finkelstein reports that George Galloway has kicked out the Socialist Workers. However, this is only the beginning of… Continue reading

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Brown backs away from a fight over 56 days

8 November 2007 2:19

It was supposed to be the big day when Gordon Brown put the case for detaining terror suspects for up to 56 days and took on his backbenches. Instead he,… Continue reading

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The Lord Malloch-Brown story

7 November 2007 17:27

Don’t miss a very important piece in tomorrow’s magazine by James and the distinguished US journalist Claudia Rosett on the star of Gordon’s “ministry of all the talents”, Mark Malloch… Continue reading

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What will it take for Sir Ian Blair to quit?

7 November 2007 17:12

The Met have been convicted of breaching of Health and Safety Laws, the London Assembly has passed a vote of no confidence in him but still Sir Ian Blair clings… Continue reading

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Race for the White House hots up

7 November 2007 14:56

Today is a big day in the race for the Republican nomination with both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain (pictured) rolling out major endorsements from influential Christian conservatives. Giuliani wheeled… Continue reading

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Lord Drayson resigns

7 November 2007 12:05

I don’t mean to sound like a kill-joy but doesn’t it suggest a rather warped set of priorities for a minister in the Ministry of Defence to quit his post to… Continue reading

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Brown fails to seize the agenda

7 November 2007 8:45

The reaction of three of the most influential commentators on the left to the Queen’s speech is instructive. Michael White in The Guardian suggests that it was less important than… Continue reading

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Mrs Brown

6 November 2007 23:11

Michael White’s diary for Guardian Unlimited is always worth reading and today it has a fascinating little tit-bit that I hadn’t heard before. Apparently, it was Sarah Brown who persuaded… Continue reading

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Advantage Cameron

6 November 2007 16:08

Walking into the press gallery, I saw something I haven’t seen for ages. Labour MPs animated, laughing, roaring, unfrozen. David Cameron was making the light-hearted speech which follows opening of… Continue reading

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Brown’s search for opinions

6 November 2007 15:40

Ben Brogan flags up a hilarious, and worrying, stat from the FT this morning. Only 71 people responded to the government’s online consultation on the Queen’s speech. The FT also… Continue reading

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Talking Brown

6 November 2007 12:12

Poor Liz. After ten years of being used to regurgitating Blairite language in the Queen’s Speech, she now has the Brownite argot to contend with. “My government will meet the… Continue reading

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Is the monarchy safe for good now?

6 November 2007 11:36

It has long been a joke in Westminster that you don’t need to put your finger in the wind to see which way it is blowing, you just watch Jack… Continue reading

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Mbeki still in denial

6 November 2007 8:56

Perhaps the most depressing story in the papers today is the one about how Thabo Mbeki remains an “AIDS dissident.” The Guardian reports how Mark Gevisser, a biographer of Mbeki,… Continue reading

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Labour ahead in new poll

5 November 2007 23:07

A Populus poll for tomorrow’s Times has Labour on 37, the Tories on 36 and the Lib Dems on 16. The Lib Dems are the big gainers, up four, while… Continue reading

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Bonfire Night Drinks

5 November 2007 17:06

I love Bonfire Night, with its promise of bangers in the sky, and on the plate.  There’s just something about that evocative smell of cordite; the taste of charred sausages… Continue reading

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The view from the frontline

5 November 2007 15:00

The speech by Jonathan Evans, the Director General of MI5, to the Society of Editor’s conference is well worth reading in full. Iraq and the dodgy dossiers mean that it… Continue reading

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Now the Saudis claim they warned the US about 9/11

5 November 2007 11:58

Following on from King Abdullah’s claim that the British were warned about 7/7, Prince Bandar—formerly the Saudi ambassador to the US who is extremely close to the Bush family—has said… Continue reading

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