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Will the rate cut work?

6 December 2007 19:31

"Interest rates are cut for the first time in two years, so does that mean we can spend more this Christmas?" so runs the headline from Radio One’s Newsbeat. As… Continue reading

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The Ukraine’s Iron Lady

6 December 2007 19:21

With today’s news that Yulia Tymoshenko, one of the key figures in the Orange Revolution, is set to return as Prime Minister of the Ukraine, it is well worth re-reading… Continue reading

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Brown under factional fire

6 December 2007 17:13

If I was Gordon Brown, one of the things that would worry me most is how much more relaxed Labour figure are becoming about expressing unhelpful thoughts. Just today we… Continue reading

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All faiths are welcome but none

6 December 2007 15:14

Mitt Romney’s campaign has released extracts from his speech today on the role on faith in public life, or more cynically his explanation of why his Mormonism shouldn’t bother voters.… Continue reading

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What the rate cut tells us

6 December 2007 13:00

The Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates is an acknowledgment that the UK economy is in a far worse condition that Gordon Brown makes out. It’s so important,… Continue reading

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Why 42 days?

6 December 2007 11:40

It seems only yesterday that Jacqui Smith was saying “I don’t know” when asked how long terror suspects should be detained without trial. Now it seems she has decided on… Continue reading

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What the Brownite bunglers are up to today

6 December 2007 10:28

Fraser explains the absence of Douglas Alexander and Ed Balls from the airwaves in the past week in this week’s cover story and today brings further news on what this… Continue reading

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A debatable triumph

6 December 2007 8:21

Last night I was at a Policy Exchange debate where I was proposing the motion that Cameron has changed the Tory party for good. They expected 40 guests, but had… Continue reading

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The religion question

5 December 2007 16:59

Tony Blair recently complained of how in Britain people think of politicians as nuts if they talk about God. But Blair was a lot better off than Mitt Romney, a… Continue reading

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An explanation for why the Bush administration changed course on Iran

5 December 2007 15:48

Bob Baer, a retired CIA officer who has been deeply sceptical of the Bush administration’s approach to the world, has an interesting take on the whole Iran NIE business:  “The… Continue reading

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Brown finally wins a round

5 December 2007 12:54

I normally review PMQs from the chamber, and conclude Brown has bombed. So I tried a TV view for a bit of balance. Labour does looks better from this vantage… Continue reading

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Clegg ahead in the press

5 December 2007 11:54

Iain Dale is out with his monthly ranking of the shadow cabinet’s media appearances but it is actually his Lib Dem numbers that are most interesting. If anyone had asked… Continue reading

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We need more prisons

5 December 2007 11:09

The review on penal policy by Lord Carter of Coles is unbelievably depressing, giving, as it does, further respectability to the idea that sentencing should be driven by the supply… Continue reading

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The Suffolk Way

5 December 2007 10:42

I spent last weekend at the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival and it’s an event I can thoroughly recommend. It’s been going for 13 years now, with a programme devised by Craig… Continue reading

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More details emerge about the Wendy Alexander fundraising scandal

5 December 2007 8:44

The Jersey based businessmen whose donation to Wendy Alexander’s leadership bid should not have been accepted, has revealed more about his contacts with the Alexander campaign. He alleges that Charlie… Continue reading

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The neo-con case for talking to Iran

4 December 2007 22:47

Bob Kagan, one of the smartest and most influential American foreign policy thinkers, has a compelling piece on how to deal with Iran in the Washington Post.  Here’s how he… Continue reading

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The government’s damning report card

4 December 2007 18:50

Gordon Brown likes to say people will judge this government not on day-to-day scandal but its record on public services. So the OECD’s study on education is devastating. It is… Continue reading

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Why the snob smear matters

4 December 2007 17:16

One of the joys of blogging is that you can take a kicking instantly from people who disagree with you. I had this pleasure yesterday when I recommended that CoffeeHousers… Continue reading

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At least Labour have money coming from somewhere

4 December 2007 15:42

One inevitable consequence of donor-gate is that Labour will find it even more difficult to raise money. If things were hard after the whole ‘cash for honours business’, just imagine… Continue reading

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Can you put a fork in this government?

4 December 2007 13:57

The speed with which things are unravelling for Labour at the moment is quite extraordinary. But the big question is, can Gordon recover? I’ve always been inclined to say yes.… Continue reading

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Nought out of ten for the News at Ten

4 December 2007 12:00

Amazingly bad news judgement by the BBC1 News at Ten last night when it devoted only 10 seconds — and a mere voiceover at that — to the latest development… Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Nick Clegg?

4 December 2007 10:51

The lacklustre nature of Nick Clegg’s public performances is becoming more and more bizarre. This morning on the Today Programme he let Chris Huhne comprehensively out muscle him. Indeed, at… Continue reading

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How Labour will try and fight back

4 December 2007 8:49

The Labour fundraising scandal has taken another twist this morning with the news that there is a hunt on for the mole in the Scottish Labour party who is supposedly… Continue reading

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Iran’s nuclear programme is on hold, according to US national intelligence estimate

3 December 2007 17:56

A new report signed off on by the various US intelligence agencies says that Iran halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003. This declaration is, to put it mildly, a… Continue reading

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Cameron strong on party funding, vulnerable on dinner party etiquette

3 December 2007 15:21

The monthly Cameron press conference is far more congenial than Brown’s. Coffee is offered at the door, together with biscuits made by the chef in downstairs kitchen. But for all… Continue reading

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