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George Osborne Wins Politician of the Year

15 November 2007 11:51

The Spectator Threadneedle politician of the year is George Osborne and the parliamentarian of the year is Alex Salmond. A full list of winners is available here. Full video of… Continue reading

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Brown and terror

15 November 2007 9:24

Peter Riddell has a very wise column in The Times today. As he points out, what Admiral West said yesterday about 56 day detention was actually quite sensible even if… Continue reading

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Who should Gordon invite to Chequers?

14 November 2007 14:24

Seeing as Gordon Brown is stonewalling efforts from both MPs and journalists to find out who he has invited to Chequers for dinner, I thought we could help him out… Continue reading

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Brown avoids a thumping

14 November 2007 12:56

Brown lost over immigration at PMQs, but wasn’t thumped which is a result for him. He is desperate to tease out a Tory split on the EU referendum, and may… Continue reading

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St Pancras Day

14 November 2007 12:35

   We’ve just posted a column by Martin Vander Weyer on the significance of the St Pancras Eurostar terminal and why it means that one day we might get a… Continue reading

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The announcement strategy is back

14 November 2007 11:40

Gordon Brown has never looked comfortable at PMQs but after a poor first few performances he developed a clever strategy of announcing policy during it, for instance on super casinos.… Continue reading

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Salmond fishing

14 November 2007 9:18

I love it when Alex Salmond sets a deadline for Scottish independence. First was his “free by ’93” slogan, followed by a lame joke about “nationalist heaven in 97”. Then… Continue reading

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Is this all that Gordon has left to do?

14 November 2007 8:14

I guess all the other problems facing the government must be solved as Gordon Brown is now to turn his attention to making sure that premiership teams select more British… Continue reading

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The future of Conservatism?

13 November 2007 18:10

Conservative Home have just conducted an interesting survey of the candidates in the seats that the Tories have a realistic chance of picking up next time round. 70 of the… Continue reading

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Sing along with the Foreign Office

13 November 2007 15:55

David Miliband was the guest of a press gallery lunch today and the Foreign Secretary had prepared the obligatory joke. Inspired by the decision of his French and German counterparts… Continue reading

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Who is more corrupt?

13 November 2007 14:46

Now that the European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the EU’s accounts for the 13th year in a row citing "errors of legality and regularity", I have… Continue reading

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What did the Prime Minister know?

13 November 2007 12:54

Daniel Finkelstein cuts to the chase on Comment Central and points out that if the Home Secretary knew about this government foul-up for four moths and kept it secret then… Continue reading

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How well worked out are Cameron’s council tax proposals?

13 November 2007 10:58

Cameron is on rather shaky ground claiming to abolish the council tax cap. His plan for a national annual tax rise, thus freeing councils to go over this limit in… Continue reading

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Brown dusts off an old Blair number

13 November 2007 9:28

Blessed are the cheese makers, I mean, changemakers. Good old Brown. As James says, it was a Blairite speech – so much so that he’s resurrected the star of Blair’s… Continue reading

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Another Home Secretary on the rocks

13 November 2007 8:49

The storm that has broken around Jacqui Smith about illegal immigrants working in Whitehall is particularly dangerous for the government as it combines concerns over the loss of control over… Continue reading

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How very Blairite, Brown’s foreign policy is

12 November 2007 22:59

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech lacked the rhetorical flourishes of any Tony Blair address on world affairs but it was substantively far more similar than one would have expected. Indeed,… Continue reading

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Is Gordon doing better than people think?

12 November 2007 16:46

Political Betting has a must-read post up on why it would be a mistake to write off Gordon Brown. As Mike Smithson points out, Labour’s current performance compares favourably to… Continue reading

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Balls’s real priorities in education

12 November 2007 14:18

The more that comes out about the Brown-Blair tensions, the more you realise quite how damaging they were to good government. Just take this example from the forthcoming BBC documentary… Continue reading

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Don’t give your opponents ammunition

12 November 2007 12:19

There is yet another story about Lord Ashcroft’s role with the Tories in the Guardian today. This time the news is that Ashcroft gave David Cameron a ticket to and… Continue reading

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Parliamentarian of the Year Awards live on Spectator.co.uk

12 November 2007 10:46

This Thursday watch the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards on Spectator.co.uk. The awards ceremony from Claridge’s Hotel in London will be broadcast live with the welcome speeches running from… Continue reading

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Brown’s world

12 November 2007 8:24

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech tonight will be pored over for hints about the direction of British foreign policy.  As Jackie Ashley, a columnist normally sympathetic to the Prime Minister,… Continue reading

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The question Aitken still needs to answer

11 November 2007 14:39

Jonathan Aitken’s return to Tory politics to lead a review on prison reform for Iain Duncan-Smith’s Centre for Social Justice makes me uneasy. As Peter Preston writes in The Observer, “to this day,… Continue reading

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Tories on 43% in new poll

11 November 2007 11:00

The Tories will be encouraged by the latest ICM poll which puts them at 43%, up 3 on the last one. Labour are steady at 35% with the Lib Dems… Continue reading

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The failings of the MCB

10 November 2007 16:29

The interview that the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has given to The Daily Telegraph today is phenomenally unhelpful to the cause of community cohesion. Muhammad Abdul Bari… Continue reading

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Brown’s fundraiser goes wobbly

10 November 2007 11:18

I had always expected a major Brown backer to start selling shares in our PM. But I would never have guessed it would be Sir Ronald Cohen, who is supposed… Continue reading

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