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Having a flutter on Euro 2008

9 June 2008 18:25

Ok, so Euro 2008 has kicked off (if my calculations are correct, we should be most of the way through France vs Romania right now). And the BBC still bellows… Continue reading


London MPs aren’t even all talk when it comes to dealing with knife crime

9 June 2008 18:00

Clive flags up a story in today’s Evening Standard about how when Parliament debated knife crime last week, only 10 of the 74 London MPs bothered to turn up. Showing… Continue reading


What do CoffeeHousers think about a Manchester congestion charge?

9 June 2008 16:39

What do CoffeeHousers – and particularly those based in Manchester – make of Ruth Kelly’s plans to impose congestion charges in cities other than London?  You see, there are two… Continue reading


Cameron is just doing what Thatcher did

9 June 2008 16:22

Watching Michael Cockrell’s documentary on Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power last night, I was struck by how many times she was interviewed with her family. Just after her maiden speech… Continue reading


The cost of living under Gordon Brown

9 June 2008 15:22

Over at Trading Floor, Fraser wonders why the Government won’t tighten its belt when the rest of the country is being forced to.


Dealing with knife crime

9 June 2008 14:08

Knife crime is a serious problem—those who claim that the current concern over it is all a result of media fear-mongering are being far too flippant. But I do wish… Continue reading

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Has Clarke found the answer to the West Lothian question?

9 June 2008 14:06

There’s an interesting debate fizzing between Iain Dale’s Diary and Three Line Whip at the moment. It’s all about the West Lothian question or, rather, Ken Clarke’s proposed solution to it. As… Continue reading


Is Cameron dyeing his hair?

9 June 2008 12:43

Iain Martin moves the Cameron hair story along over at Three Line Whip. Iain suggest that we hacks might have been wrong to concentrate on the parting and should instead… Continue reading


Dorries takes on the Beeb

9 June 2008 12:31

Nadine Dorries’ latest blog post is a classic piece of telling-it-like-it-is.  Here’s how she kicks off: "The frenzied attack against Conservative MPs and MEPs, orchestrated by and emanating from the… Continue reading


The Taliban’s suicide bombing campaign

9 June 2008 12:08

If you ever wondered what a Taliban suicide bomber looks like, examine the boy on the left.  Aged 14, Rafiqullah was caught with a suicide vest but pardoned by President… Continue reading


Damning with faint praise

9 June 2008 10:50

Tonight’s Dispatches on Gordon Brown, which Pete blogged about on Sunday, has already generated a bunch of buzz. Reading the transcript, these two quotes jumped out at me as neither… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

9 June 2008 10:41

Here are some posts made over the weekend on James Forsyth identifies the most worrying Tory sleaze story so far, and highlights a new poll which shows that the… Continue reading


Do the professionals want 42-day detention?

9 June 2008 9:01

One of the Government’s loudest defences for 42-day detention is that it will help the intelligence services and the police catch more terrorists. Problem is, the professionals aren’t exactly backing… Continue reading


Report: Brown won’t reshuffle before the next election

8 June 2008 16:39

 In The News of The World today, Ian Kirby reports that: “Last night, however, Mr Brown insisted all his Cabinet would stay in their jobs till the next General Election.… Continue reading


Brown’s a ditherer, says Straw

8 June 2008 12:25

Ok, so Jack Straw may not quite have used the word "ditherer", but here’s what he has to say about the PM in a Channel 4 documentary, aired tomorrow: "[Brown… Continue reading


The public back Labour on 42 days but think the Tories are tougher on terrorism

8 June 2008 11:06

The latest ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph has the Tories on 42, Labour 26 and the Lib Dems 21. Labour’s ranking is the lowest it has ever been in… Continue reading


Should British military casualties be named and honoured in PMQs?

8 June 2008 0:45

Should the Prime Minister (and, increasingly, each party leader) name and honour the recent fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan at PMQs? I had thought this quite respectful, but when I… Continue reading


Brown versus the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

7 June 2008 16:41

Peter Oborne in The Mail today details the tensions between the government and the Bank of England. Oborne writes that, The truth is that relations between the Bank and Treasury… Continue reading


Will Project Cameron be undone by expenses?

7 June 2008 11:02

Looking back over the past week’s news cycle, I reckon it’s the first one for some time that Labour have come out on top over the Conservatives. That’s partly down… Continue reading


The week that was

6 June 2008 19:11

Some highlights of the week on James Forsyth wonders whether Nick Clegg is about to perform a left turn, and claims that Sir Richard Dannat is right to be… Continue reading


Picking sides for Euro 2008

6 June 2008 18:08

In the absence of any Home Nations presence in the upcoming Euro 2008 football championships, there’s been plenty of talk about which teams we Brits should support. I suspect many… Continue reading


Will South Africa act over Zimbabwe?

6 June 2008 17:02

Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is as dependent on South Africa as Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, and The LA Times editorial board has a good example of how South Africa could force Mugabe… Continue reading


Is the worst over for Brown?

6 June 2008 15:01

There is a little glimmer of hope this afternoon for Gordon Brown: the Politics Home 5,000 Panel reports that Brown’s ratings are no longer falling. The bad news is that… Continue reading


How to get hold of the Spectator 180th Anniversary issue

6 June 2008 13:30

We’ve had quite a few people asking how to get hold of the special Spectator 180th Anniversary issue, other than from off newsstands (priced £4.95).  You can do so by either… Continue reading

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Miliband needs to check his facts

6 June 2008 11:24

Strikingly good BBC Question Time last night, the highlight of which was David Miliband being asked if he could save the Labour Party. He avoided that question, but his answers… Continue reading