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9 October 2007 19:34

This morning’s Guardian hailed the fresh brilliance of the new Unilever Turbine Hall project at Tate Modern by Doris Salcedo.  It shows: “a laudable unwillingness to compromise, wanting to make… Continue reading

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INSERT A HEADLINE

9 October 2007 19:27

This morning’s Guardian hailed the fresh brilliance of the new Unilever Turbine Hall project at Tate Modern by Doris Salcedo. It shows “a laudable unwillingness to compromise, wanting to make… Continue reading

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The inheritance tax con

9 October 2007 18:30

By Fraser Nelson Here’s the weasel. The Inheritance Tax "reduction" is a canard. Anyone with financial acumen (or a lawyer) will not benefit at all. KPMG have just been on… Continue reading

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The impact of the PBR

9 October 2007 17:53

By Fraser Nelson • Buy-to-let bonanza: Previously, if you sold a buy-to-let house you’d pay between 24% and 40% on the capital gains. Now it’s 18%. Great news, which may help… Continue reading

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How much have taxes risen by?

9 October 2007 17:21

By James Forsyth The Tories, who have been pumping out information at a ferocious rate all afternoon, are saying that taxes will rise by £2.2bn over the next 3 years.… Continue reading

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A tax raising report

9 October 2007 17:05

By Fraser Nelson I now have the costings. This is indeed a tax raising budget. By 2010-11 they plan to net £1.4 billion extra in tax. Highlights are: £440m a… Continue reading

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The Tories force Darling to play catch up

9 October 2007 16:54

The most important line was George Osborne’s: “From this day on let there be no doubt who is winning the battle of ideas.” That’s right. Darling was chasing the Tories… Continue reading

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A tax raising report

9 October 2007 16:30

I now have the costings. This is indeed a tax raising budget. By 2010-11 they plan to net £1.4 billion extra in tax. Highlights are: £440m a year by "state… Continue reading

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Live Blog Darling’s speech

9 October 2007 15:34

3:30pm: The House is in confrontational mood and Darling is off on a party political point scoring exercise straight away. First mention of aspiration, the new political buzz word. 3:35… Continue reading

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The scene is set for Darling

9 October 2007 15:27

This is a posthumous Brown budget. Let’s not forget he finished the Spending Review last year, but held it over to now updating it now and again. So you may… Continue reading

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Olympic Fever

9 October 2007 13:20

From today’s Guardian: London Olympic organisers have been forced to abandon their original plans for the canoe slalom venue after the original site in Spitalbrook, Hertfordshire was found to be… Continue reading

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Live from 3PM: The 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review

9 October 2007 11:23

From 3PM, Matthew d’Ancona, Fraser Nelson and Allister Heath will be leading Coffee House’s coverage of the Pre-BudgetReport and the Comprehensive Spending Review. Can Alistair Darling wrestle back the political… Continue reading

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A taxing friendship

9 October 2007 9:29

At the risk of infuriating Coffee Housers (and Polly), I rather like Polly Toynbee. She’s good company and we chatted happily before appearing on Marr on Sunday. It’s just that… Continue reading

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The blame game

9 October 2007 9:15

The fall out from the election debacle continues this morning. The ‘young Turks’ surrounding Gordon Brown—principally, Douglas Alexander, Ed Balls and ED Miliband—are receiving much of the blame. One junior… Continue reading

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Hitchens’s inconvenient past

8 October 2007 17:46

It is good for the soul to be reminded what a sharp and funny writer Christopher Hitchens was in the days before he collapsed under the weight of his own… Continue reading

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Listen live, tomorrow at 6:45pm

8 October 2007 15:56

Tomorrow night from 6:45 pm, we’ll be broadcasting via this site a debate on the motion, “We should not be reluctant to assert the superiority of Western values.”  There is… Continue reading

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Labour to try and steal Tory clothes on inheritance tax

8 October 2007 15:02

I hear on the grapevine that Darling will tomorrow announce a "review" of inheritance tax. If so, Brown again risks derision about his claim to be a "conviction politician". In… Continue reading

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Brown faces the press pack

8 October 2007 14:47

Every time I’ve stood in a queue waiting for these No10 press conferences, the chat is usually “he’s really screwed now.” We’re usually disappointed. Same this time. This was neither… Continue reading

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Brown’s poll pretence

8 October 2007 12:41

At his monthly press conference, Gordon Brown is keeping up the pretence that the polls had nothing to do with his decision not to call an election. But this is… Continue reading

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Society v. the state

8 October 2007 12:23

It’s always a pleasure to hear Will Hutton on the radio, the perfect antidote to the idea that the battle in politics is over. He justified inheritance tax on the… Continue reading

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How Gordon got into this mess

8 October 2007 11:29

In the FT this morning, Philip Stephens neatly sums up how Gordon Brown got into this current mess. There is more to this episode than a miscalculation of the public… Continue reading

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Brown won’t send the young Turks into exile

8 October 2007 8:41

Perhaps, the best guide to the mood in Brown world this morning comes in Jackie Ashley’s column in The Guardian. Ashley admits that Brown has had a terrible week and… Continue reading

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Gordon’s Recovery Plan

7 October 2007 23:30

Now the Brown fight back begins. I hear tomorrow he will announce plans to accept 500 Iraqis as asylum seekers, thus helping the translators. Generous? Not if you consider that… Continue reading

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Polls show that the Tories might have won an autumn election

7 October 2007 18:55

The details of the YouGov / Sunday Times poll show just how dangerous a November election would have been for Labour. The Tories are ahead 41 to 38, but amongst… Continue reading

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Gordon wasn’t ready for the fight

7 October 2007 14:00

The Marr-Brown interview made me realise Brown wasn’t ready for this election either. His claim that the Tory inheritance tax proposal would have "led to economic disarray" is laughable and… Continue reading

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