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Brown delays ratification of the Lisbon Treaty

20 June 2008 14:35

At the suggestion of Lord Justice Richards, Gordon Brown has confirmed he’ll delay ratification of the Lisbon Treaty until after the result of Stuart Wheeler’s court case against the Government. … Continue reading


Peter Oborne: We have a duty to protect Zimbabwe

20 June 2008 14:07

With the EU having just threatened further sanctions against Zimbabwe, I’d recommend you read Peter Oborne’s powerful article in this week’s magazine.  In it, he describes the terrible civil strife experienced under Robert… Continue reading


Exclusive: Martha Stewart banned from Britain! Her loss — or ours?

20 June 2008 13:26

I was scheduled to have dinner with Martha Stewart, America’s very own domestic goddess, in London next week — but not any more. She was due to arrive for an… Continue reading


We stand with Mandelson

20 June 2008 12:56

I know this might not come naturally to Coffeee Housers but we all really should rally to Peter Mandelson’s defence. Nicolas Sazkozy is attacking Mandelson because he is a free… Continue reading


The disgruntled speak out

20 June 2008 12:27

Over at Comment Central, Danny Finkelstein’s posted a couple of no-holds-barred quotations from Labour MPs: "Our Leader is utterly useless. If you asked him which of the two doors from… Continue reading


Things are hotting-up in Henley

20 June 2008 11:24

After David Davis’ resignation, Henley was under threat of becoming the forgotten by-election.  But things are hotting up there today, with David Cameron threatening to sue the Lib Dems over… Continue reading


The Davis shuffle

20 June 2008 10:59

Last night on Question Time, David Davis said: "If I was given my job back, I think I’d take it – but I don’t think I’ll be offered it." The… Continue reading


Ed Balls’ salvo against grammar schools

20 June 2008 9:04

Although he hasn’t quite stepped out and declared that he hates all existing grammar schools, Ed Balls’ latest speech contains the strongest clue yet that that’s how he feels. Here’s… Continue reading


Miliband won’t take no for an answer

19 June 2008 20:12

Further to Pete’s post, David Miliband’s comments on Channel 4 tonight are a classic example of Euro double-speak: "We are ready to respond to the vote that took place in… Continue reading


Just say ‘No’

19 June 2008 18:54

The news coming out of the EU summit in Brussels is less than encouraging. Apparently, the various representatives are preparing themselves for months and months of negotiation over the Lisbon Treaty. And… Continue reading


The Labour attack machine has lost its teeth

19 June 2008 17:28

If you want to know how much Labour’s political skills have atrophied just consider how it has failed to land a hit on the Tories—and David Davis in particular—over their… Continue reading


Burnham gets more than he bargained for

19 June 2008 16:26

Andy Burnham’s comments about David Davis and Shami Chakrabarti were a cheap shot and unworthy of this office. They also typified the cack-handed way in which Labour has responded to… Continue reading


Darling speaking at Mansion House

19 June 2008 15:19

Here, thanks to HM Treasury, is footage of Alistair Darling’s speech at Mansion House last night:


Spectator Live

19 June 2008 14:37

Just a reminder about latest feature on the site – Spectator Live.  You can access it via the ‘Live’ tab at the top of the page, or by going to  It’s… Continue reading


The Tories should take the poor out of tax

19 June 2008 13:11

The Telegraph’s excellent Tories in Power series continues today with a splendid piece by Tim Montgomerie. Tim argues that: “The Tories’ next moral target should be the taxation of low-income… Continue reading


The Davis story

19 June 2008 13:03

A few months ago, I was told that David Davis had confessed at a dinner party that he didn’t believe the next Cameron government would be very Tory, and didn’t… Continue reading


Can Cameron be in two places at once?

19 June 2008 11:48

The Daily Mirror has returned to pinning cycling misdemeanors on David Cameron.  But, as Adam Boulton & Co. point out, the Tory leader has a very good alibi for their… Continue reading

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Does Brown need some holiday reading?

19 June 2008 10:59

Alistair Horne has a delightful piece in today’s Independent reflecting on the dinner he went to with George W. Bush and what politicians learn from history. I was particularly struck… Continue reading


Hard Times

19 June 2008 9:02

In the wake of Alistair Darling and Mervyn King’s speeches at Mansion House last night, most of the papers are majoring on the sorry state of our economy. Both Darling… Continue reading


Kelvin MacKenzie: I won’t contest Haltemprice & Howden

19 June 2008 8:00

Kelvin MacKenzie confirms in his Sun column today that he won’t stand in the Haltemprice & Howden by-election: "…the clincher for me was the money. Clearly The Sun couldn’t put up… Continue reading


Parliament ratifies the Lisbon Treaty

18 June 2008 21:04

So that’s it then.  The Lisbon Treaty has passed sucessfully through Parliament, despite an 11th-hour Tory effort to delay proceedings.  The UK now joins a merry band of 19 EU countries which have… Continue reading


A referendum, of sorts

18 June 2008 18:34

Guido helpfully points out that there’s now a counter-petition to the anti-ratification one set up by Richard North and Neil O’Brien on the Downing Street website.  This new petition states:… Continue reading


Muslim women moved out of camera shot at Obama rally

18 June 2008 18:03

The absurd accusation that Barack Obama is some kind of Muslim Manchurian candidate has caused his campaign some political discomfort. But it is still disappointing in the extreme to read… Continue reading


Clegg should go to David Davis’s constituency immediately

18 June 2008 16:27

Nick Clegg should be on his way to Haltemprice & Howden right now with the aim of canvassing for David Davis on the first day of his campaign. Clegg’s aim… Continue reading


PMQs footage

18 June 2008 16:24

For those who missed PMQs earlier, here – courtesy of Politics Home – is footage of the Brown and Cameron exchanges.  You can read Fraser’s write-up here.