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Where are Britain’s unexploded sub-prime bombs?

2 April 2008 17:03

Of all the scary economic forecasts we’ve heard recently, perhaps the most chilling is the idea that we’re nine months behind America on the credit crunch. What would it mean… Continue reading


The insiders give the Tories the edge

2 April 2008 15:18

The Politics Home Index, a poll of 100 political insiders which has just launched, is going to provide a fascinating insight into what the Westminster Village is thinking. Earlier this… Continue reading


Bertie Ahern resigns

2 April 2008 15:09

Bertie Ahern is to step down from his twin role as Irish taoiseach and leader of the Fianna Fáil party on May 6th.  He’s departing under something of a cloud - his personal finances… Continue reading


Harman holds her own at PMQs

2 April 2008 13:36

A bit of a damp squib, really.  Harman held her own against those PMQs titans that are Hague and Cable. And all my anticipatory drooling was for nought.   Hague opened… Continue reading


Clinton’s Rocky road

2 April 2008 12:27

It was Eddie Murphy who pointed out, brilliantly, that white people make the terrible mistake of thinking that Rocky is true. His stand-up riff on the subject involved an Italian… Continue reading


Two greats

2 April 2008 11:59

Cinema is losing its heroes in pairs at the moment. After Bergman and Antonioni passed-away in quick succession last year, the past week has seen the deaths of Richard Widmark and… Continue reading


Ken Livingstone has no shame

2 April 2008 11:06

Ok, so Political Betting covered this yesterday - among others – but the words "Magpie Mayor" emblazoned across the front of last night’s Evening Standard reminded me to give it a Coffee… Continue reading


By design, not by accident

2 April 2008 8:55

Simon Heffer serves up a bracing cup of invective in the Telegraph this morning. His message is that we shouldn’t be too quick to label the Government “incompetent”, as doing… Continue reading


More misery for Clegg

1 April 2008 18:32

Nick Clegg’s in line for more misery over Europe.  Today, Lord McNally announced that Lib Dem peers would go against Clegg’s orders by not abstaining from the upcoming referendum vote.  Instead, they’re set… Continue reading


90 years of the RAF

1 April 2008 17:54

The Red Arrows and four Typhoons fly over London today, to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.


Mugabe to step down?

1 April 2008 16:23

Many fear that the delay in Zimbabwe’s presidential election results getting released is a sign that Mugabe is working out how he can rig it.  But Centre Right flag up… Continue reading


Cameron & friends

1 April 2008 15:37

A perennial problem for Opposition leaders – and particularly those that have never been in Government – is how they put forward their party’s defence credentials.  They haven’t been in the… Continue reading


The failure of Brown’s third way

1 April 2008 13:30

Steve Richards has a typically excellent piece in today’s Independent. In it, he paints Brown’s effort to push through longer detention times for terror suspects as another instance of Blairite… Continue reading


A present from Harriet to Boris

1 April 2008 11:58

Will the gaffes ever stop coming?  Just a matter of weeks after Jacqui Smith admitted she has police protection when walking around London, the Daily Mail have caught out Harriet Harman… Continue reading


April Fools?

1 April 2008 11:28

The hallmark of this ridiculous government is the difficulty one always has on 1 April trying to discern which newspaper stories are April Fools. The Guardian tickles our ribs in… Continue reading


Terminal Five, five days of chaos and counting

1 April 2008 9:46

It is quite incredible that the problems at Terminal Five have still not been resolved. It is expected that 50 flights will be cancelled today, bringing the total since Thursday… Continue reading


Immigration nation

1 April 2008 8:59

A Lords’ committee today claims that record levels of immigration have had no economic benefit for the UK. But what about that £6 billion figure the Government likes to wheel… Continue reading


Trimming government

31 March 2008 19:14

Was Alan Milburn on to something? When he proposed slashing Whitehall by a quarter in his interview with me for this week’s magazine – on the grounds that you can… Continue reading


Harman vs. Cable

31 March 2008 18:54

As James reported last week, Harriet Harman will be standing in for Brown at Wednesday’s PMQs.  Her Tory opponent will most likely be William Hague.  And now Red Box confirm that she’ll… Continue reading


Obama’s web site is more popular in Britain than those of Britain’s political parties

31 March 2008 18:17

If anyone doubted that British political parties are doing a poor job of both using the internet to drive their message and exciting voters, then just consider this from Tom Watson’s… Continue reading

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McCain on Basra

31 March 2008 18:14

Talking about the situation in Basra today, John McCain makes the point that the problems in the city reflect not on the current strategy in Iraq but on the mistaken… Continue reading


End of a circus?

31 March 2008 17:26

So there we have it. According to Lord Justice Scott Baker, there is not a “shred of evidence” that Diana was assassinated by the Royal Family or by anyone else. A line… Continue reading


Has Mugabe actually come third?

31 March 2008 16:18

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting latest update on the Zimbabwe election quotes source with knowledge of the results saying that Mugabe actually came third. He is, however, set… Continue reading


Another considerable lead

31 March 2008 14:27

More encouraging news for Boris, on the day that he formally launched his mayoral campaign. The latest YouGov / Evening Standard poll puts the Spectator’s candidate 10 percentage points clear of… Continue reading


Come and get me

31 March 2008 12:34

Charles Clarke’s interview in The Independent is good value. He lets rip with his now trademark straight talk, declaring that he’s “frustrated that Labour does not seem to be doing… Continue reading