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The scars of the Manse

14 December 2007 10:55

Tom Bower’s column in The Guardian today about how Gordon’s upbringing as a ‘son of the Manse’ might be responsible for his current political difficulties is well worth reading. What… Continue reading

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Changed dynamics

14 December 2007 8:57

In every Democratic presidential debate up to now, Barack Obama has seemed rather intimidated by Hillary Clinton. In her presence, he has backed off from real criticism of her. But… Continue reading

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For how long has legitimacy been the rule?

13 December 2007 18:20

When was the last time that most kids were born outside marriage, as they will be this year? Decades, centuries or millennia? This was the fact I couldn’t nail down… Continue reading

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The soft bigotry of low expectations

13 December 2007 16:07

In response to Iain Dale – I do, of course, mean lively by Brown’s standards. For him to say stuff that solicits any response from the reader is a result.

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Contradictory Gordon

13 December 2007 14:42

This morning, Gordon Brown told the Commons liaison committee: "You cannot make decisions and assume that people will simply follow them. Most decisions can only be successful if people are… Continue reading

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Brown gets lively

13 December 2007 12:07

Normally, interviewing Gordon Brown is like drawing blood from a stone. In the old days, the interviewer had to rely on someone like Charlie Whelan to call up afterwards and… Continue reading

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This inquest has gone too far

13 December 2007 11:02

The word “disgrace” is used too liberally, not least by journalists. But no other word will do justice to the cross-examination today of Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, the Duke of Edinburgh’s… Continue reading

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The shameful state of social mobility in Britain

13 December 2007 8:49

Today’s report from the Sutton Trust on social mobility in Britain makes for depressing reading. Their tracking of the Millennium cohort of children suggests that by the age of seven,… Continue reading

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A local government classic

12 December 2007 16:53

Residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea received this message from their local council this morning, which begins:  “Dear Resident(s),  Recycling and Refuse Collections Days are changing in… Continue reading

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Labour’s next rebellion

12 December 2007 15:42

Mark Mardell has a fascinating post up about a forthcoming EU directive that would allow people to travel to another member state for medical treatment. Left-wing Labour MPs like Frank… Continue reading

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Brown’s artful dodger act

12 December 2007 13:04

This time, Brown came ready for Cameron. If asked about one of the many embarrassing issues dogging him, he’d say “he has missed the opportunity to talk about substance” then… Continue reading

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Is Fabio the man to bring an end to forty years of hurt?

12 December 2007 12:46

The most encouraging thing about the news that Fabio Capello is set to become England manager is his refusal to accept egos in his team. One of the problems that… Continue reading

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Listen to last night’s Iraq debate

12 December 2007 12:14

We now have the full audio of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared Iraq debate available. Whatever your opinion on Iraq, it really is worth listening to, the speakers were… Continue reading

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An illegitimate argument

12 December 2007 11:25

Today’s headlines about how one in five kids is born to a foreign mother overlooks a rather interesting fact. In London, it’s one in two. And these newcomers conform better… Continue reading

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Tony Benn’s lack of General knowledge

12 December 2007 10:56

Did anyone else notice a slightly alarming episode during last night’s Spectator/Intelligence Squared Iraq debate? After an air-borne (from the gallery) intervention by General Sir Mike Jackson, Tony Benn responded… Continue reading

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Labour’s thin blue line on pay

12 December 2007 9:00

At first glance, Labour’s decision to pick a politically damaging fight over police pay when avoiding it would cost £40 million at most is bizarre. But as Michael White explains… Continue reading

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Going negative

11 December 2007 19:25

The Republican primary race has entered a decisive phase with Mitt Romney’s decision to go negative on the surging Mike Huckabee. Romney’s unleashed the first attack ad of the campaign… Continue reading

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Listen Live: The Great Iraq Debate

11 December 2007 18:50

You can now listen to the Spectator / Intelligence Squared Iraq debate from Methodist Central Hall by clicking here. The cast of speakers is stellar and includes William Shawcross, Sir… Continue reading

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Is there anything less festive…

11 December 2007 16:36

Than miserable looking employees in Santa hats. Getting my coffee this morning, I was struck by just how dejected all the baristas in Santa hats looked. If some Union wants… Continue reading

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Putin will still be calling the shots in Russia

11 December 2007 14:44

Dmitri Medvedev, who Vladimir Putin anointed as his successor yesterday, today pledged to make Putin Prime Minister of Russia when he takes office. Medvedev even admitted that Putin would be… Continue reading

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Why there’s so much talk about the Labour succession

11 December 2007 12:44

Both Rachel Sylvester and Steve Richards cast their expert eyes over the Labour succession in their columns today. The current emphasis on who will succeed him must be absolutely infuriating… Continue reading

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Everything left to play for

11 December 2007 11:54

Today’s poll in The Times shows how much in flux British politics still is. A Tory optimist looking at it might rejoice that the party has breached 40 percent for… Continue reading

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The Murdochs and the Middle East

11 December 2007 10:24

Rupert Murdoch is such a hard-right supporter of Israel — Ariel Sharon was his great hero (he even visited him on his farm) — that many regard him as a… Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin are back

11 December 2007 7:52

Twenty seven years after it was grounded by sudden death, the Zeppelin flies once more – and none of us can quite believe it. The three surviving members of the… Continue reading

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The Great Iraq Debate

10 December 2007 22:55

From 6:45pm, listen live on Spectator.co.uk to a Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on the future of Iraq. William Shawcross and Lt Peter Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom,… Continue reading

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