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What now for Obama and McCain?

4 June 2008 12:33

If John McCain or his supporters had any doubts about the challenges ahead, they should have been removed last night. Obama once more demonstrated that he can hit the rhetorical… Continue reading

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What are the odds?

4 June 2008 11:59

Apologies for the confusion folks, but William Hill has sent over the actual odds for ministers to lose their seat. (What we had before was rather mangled thanks to a… Continue reading

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Boris stands down as MP for Henley

4 June 2008 10:53

So, Boris has formally announced he’s standing down as MP for Henley. No surprise. But it’s a welcome announcement nonetheless. As Stephen’s already said, Boris should avoid cultivating the “part-time… Continue reading

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Obama: I will be the nominee

4 June 2008 7:23

Hillary Clinton might not have conceded last night but Barack Obama now has the delegates he needs to be the nominee. He declared himself the nominee last night despite Hillary… Continue reading

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Obama will have enough delegates to formally claim the nomination once the Montana and South Dakota results come in

4 June 2008 0:38

NBC’s delegate count shows that following the flurry of super delegate declarations for him today, Obama is only 11 away from having an absolute majority of delegates. Considering that there are 31… Continue reading

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The wacky world of Lib Dem policy

3 June 2008 18:23

I know one shouldn’t take Liberal Democrat policy seriously, but I went along to their first lobby briefing today just to see. Anyone who believes Gordon Brown is detached from… Continue reading

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A recommendation

3 June 2008 16:45

British cinema is renowned largely for its spirit of documentary realism. Think Ken Loach, think Mike Leigh, or – more recently – think Shane Meadows. The four-disc, forty-film box set… Continue reading

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The odds on ministers losing their seats

3 June 2008 16:37

If you fancy a punt on various cabinet ministers losing their seats here are the odds from William Hill and, where relevant, the swing required for the Tories to take… Continue reading

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And now the end is near

3 June 2008 13:26

As the final votes are cast in the Democratic primaries, Americano reflects on when the race tipped in Barack Obama’s favour and looks at the proposed five-step plan for how… Continue reading

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No unadulterated good news for Gordon anymore

3 June 2008 11:22

Gordon Brown should be breathing a large sigh of relief over the fact that Jacqui Smith has apparently won over enough Labour backbenchers to stave off defeat. But it seems… Continue reading

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The best case for 42 days

3 June 2008 10:39

The piece by Peter Clarke, the former head of the Met’s anti-terror command, arguing for 42 days detention in the Telegraph today is essential reading. As I said the other… Continue reading

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The Brown question

3 June 2008 8:46

Gordon Brown timed the Crewe and Nantwich by-election so that MPs would be heading out for the recess as the result came in. With Labour MPs scattered to the four… Continue reading

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Andrew Grice: 42 days rebellion fading

2 June 2008 20:11

The Independent’s Andrew Grice reports that Jacqui Smith’s performance at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting was well received. It appears that the rebellion is diminishing rather than meta-sizing. Smith was… Continue reading

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Hillary’s hold on Obama

2 June 2008 20:03

Over on Americano, an explanation of why Hillary Clinton holds the key to what Barack Obama will say on Tuesday night when the primary process finally finishes.

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Blunkett: Things can only get better

2 June 2008 17:13

David Blunkett’s attempt to be helpful on 42 days is a classic: We’ve hit a rock bottom in my view and we can only get… climb out of it, so… Continue reading

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The aftermath of the Tube riot

2 June 2008 15:41

Clive has footage of the Tube riot on the Circle Line which is well worth watching to get a feel for what went . Harry’s Place (link via Stephen) calls… Continue reading

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The Union wish list

2 June 2008 13:50

Over at Red Box, Sam Coates runs down what the brothers appear to want for bailing Labour out of its present financial difficulties: 1. Windfall tax for energy companies (floated… Continue reading

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Is Clegg about to do a left turn?

2 June 2008 12:12

Nick Clegg is the subject of The Independent’ s ‘You ask the question..’ feature today. His answer to this question is particularly interesting:  Who was a worse PM, Blair or… Continue reading

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Balls’s drinking rules 

2 June 2008 11:33

Ed Balls worries quite a lot about the shortcomings of British parents. Today, he says the state should give clearer instructions on drinking – because he has detected confused British… Continue reading

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In case you missed them

2 June 2008 11:18

A selection of some of the posts made over the weekend: James Forsyth argues that the blame for the violence on the Tube on Saturday nights rests not with Mayor… Continue reading

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The economy points to a two term Tory government

2 June 2008 10:03

I’m now back from the recess and checking up on all the news I missed – the most striking of which seems to be how the economic stars are aligning… Continue reading

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Brown makes the case for 42 days

2 June 2008 8:40

Tonight, Jacqui Smith will address the Parliamentary Labour Party. Brown will not attend the meeting but he has outlined the compromises he is prepared to make in an article for… Continue reading

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It should be clear where the blame for last night’s violence lies

1 June 2008 15:55

The behaviour of those protesting the booze ban on the Tube last night was disgraceful. Those who assaulted Tube staff and police officers should be punished to the fullest extent… Continue reading

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A month of real progress in Iraq

1 June 2008 11:17

This May saw fewer US military casualties in Iraq, 18, than any previous month in the war. It also saw the Iraqi government take significant steps to becoming a truly… Continue reading

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Score one to Obama

31 May 2008 18:08

On Tuesday night after the last vote in the Democratic primaries has been cast, Obama will speak in the very hall in which John McCain will accept the Republican nomination… Continue reading

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