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Would modern Olympians do the same?

11 August 2008 17:01

Exactly 80 years ago today: "At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Bobby Pearce, a third-generation sculling champion from the Sydney suburb of Double Bay, faced an unexpected challenge in the middle… Continue reading


Polls say Brown should go

11 August 2008 16:22

UK Polling Report points us to the details of the YouGov poll for the News of the World which put the Tories 46-26 ahead of Labour. What should worry Brown… Continue reading


Boom then bust leaves Labour no leg to stand on

11 August 2008 13:56

There’s something funny in Gordon Brown’s (and the Labour Party’s generally) political response to the economic crisis – which Larry Elliott picks up on in today’s Guardian.  Elliott points out … Continue reading


CoffeeHousers’ Wall, 11 August – 17 August

11 August 2008 12:30

Welcome to the latest CoffeeHousers’ Wall.  For those who haven’t come across the Wall before, it’s a post we put up each Monday, on which – provided your writing isn’t… Continue reading


A debate on accountability is long overdue

11 August 2008 12:21

Ed Balls’ article in today’s Independent is yet more of the same accountability-dodging over the recent Sats scandal.  Rather than apologising, he returns to the tired "I share your frustration" mantra, as though… Continue reading


Russia’s distortions of the truth

11 August 2008 11:54

This report from the Moscow Times gives a flavour for how Russian television is covering the crisis: "Russian television is flush with footage of misery left by the Georgian assault… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

11 August 2008 10:12

…here are some of the posts made over the weekend on Tim Hedges, in the first ever Sunday Essay, explores the state of Italy today.  Kaz Mochlinski looks beyond… Continue reading


Just what can the West do?

11 August 2008 8:55

Western policymakers are finally making their official statements on the crisis in South Ossetia.  Our own Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has said he "deplores" the Russian attacks on Georgia.  George Bush… Continue reading


Georgia should not be forced to accept Russian suzerainty

10 August 2008 22:07

Russian ground forces are now moving on Gori, a Georgian city outside of South Osseti. This marks a major escalation in this conflict. Russia’s behaviour in the past few days—most… Continue reading


Will dithering Darling get the chop?

10 August 2008 18:32

For much of his time as Chancellor, it’s been hard not to feel sorry for Alistair Darling.  He’s been parachuted into what are rocky economic times, and has had to… Continue reading


Britishness revisited

10 August 2008 15:39

I’ve just got around to watching some of Gordon Brown’s appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival yesterday (you can see footage here).  It wasn’t that bad, actually.  If anything, he came… Continue reading


The Sunday Essay: The state of Italy

10 August 2008 12:24

Many thanks – and congratulations – to Tim Hedges for providing the first Sunday Essay.  Thanks also to every other CoffeeHouser who sent in a submission.  If the various authors don’t… Continue reading


The Olympic Games get under way

10 August 2008 10:27

Beijing looks so much better at night. The smog that has been enveloping the city by day is far less visible after the heavens darken. Street lights penetrate the gloom… Continue reading


What price oil?

9 August 2008 15:28

As Morus writes in an excellent post over at Political Betting, the escalation of the conflict in Georgia will cause more than a few headaches for Western policymakers.  Most of their worries will centre… Continue reading


What Toynbee doesn’t get

9 August 2008 11:19

For those who haven’t leafed through a copy, or read the extracts in the Guardian this week, Polly Toynbee and David Walker’s new book is effectively an extended diatribe against the Unjust Rewards… Continue reading


Abnormal Miliband?

9 August 2008 9:15

Fun quote from William Hague in today’s Times: "People want normal politicians and David Miliband is more geeky, more like me… David Cameron could wear a baseball cap, whereas Miliband… Continue reading


The week that was

8 August 2008 19:05

Here are some of the posts made this week on… Eric Pickles wants your questions. Chris Grayling answers your questions. Spectator staff suggest some good summer reads. Kaz Mochlinski… Continue reading


The Cameroons do the environment (again)

8 August 2008 18:20

When Cameron first set about decontaminating the Conservative brand, the emphasis was on turning the Tories into the party of the environment – the Blue ‘n’ Greens, if you like.  But… Continue reading


Comparing Cabinets

8 August 2008 17:44

Just to recommend a great post over on Iain Dale’s blog comparing Thatcher’s 1988 Cabinet with Brown’s 2008 vintage.  Do Brown and Darling rank up to Margaret Thatcher, Nigel Lawson… Continue reading


Update to the Spectator summer reading list

8 August 2008 15:37

We’ve just updated the Spectator summer reading list with some selections from our literary editor, Mark Amory.  You can see them – and the rest of the list – here.


Risk aversion therapy

8 August 2008 14:41

If you want some grisly reading for a Friday afternoon, I’d recommend the National Risk Register, released by the Cabinet Office today.  It outlines the "range of emergencies that might have a… Continue reading


Two reminders

8 August 2008 13:30

Just to remind you that… We’re running a Q&A with Eric Pickles.  Go here to submit your questions. And we’ll be posting our first Sunday Essay this weekend.  For more… Continue reading


Brown’s PR people should rein him in

8 August 2008 13:21

Gordon Brown has written in the literary anthology Wow 366 that he had a boyhood fascination with Antarctic explorers such as Captain Scott.  It surely won’t be long before the… Continue reading


How long before the knives come out for Clegg?

8 August 2008 12:10

Nick Clegg can count himself lucky that there’s so much leadership speculation whirling around Gordon Brown – it’s probably deflected attention from his own less-than-stellar performance as Lib Dem leader.  How disappointing… Continue reading



8 August 2008 10:47

The ever-readable Daniel Finkelstein wrote an entertaining piece on Comment Central last week, noting the parallels between Richard Nixon and our own beleagured premier, Gordon Brown.  And I weighed in with… Continue reading