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The press takes direct action

27 February 2008 17:22

During today’s protest against a third runway at Heathrow the protestsers draped a banner down from the roof over the side of the Palace of Westminster. Someone from the inside, though,… Continue reading

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Tebbit wades into the "Heir to Blair" debate.

27 February 2008 15:34

Here - for the benefit of CoffeeHousers – is the full text of a letter from Lord Tebbit that will run in tomorrow’s Spectator: "Sir: Michael Gove gives a eulogy to Tony Blair, ‘I… Continue reading

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Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into Harriet

27 February 2008 15:01

Over at The Three Line Whip, Andrew Porter notes how Gordon Brown distanced himself at PMQs from Harriet Harman’s disgraceful praise for the former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Porter reports… Continue reading

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Davey bites back 

27 February 2008 13:15

Open House have afforded Ed Davey a plaform from which to deliver his version of yesterday’s events.  Unfortunately – yet predictably – he uses it peddle the Lib Dem’s ludicrous line on… Continue reading

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Cameron urges Brown to clean-up politics

27 February 2008 12:56

A rather downbeat PMQs session, where the following quote from Cameron is the highlight. “If he really thinks these exchanges once a week are a substitute for a proper television debate,… Continue reading

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Protestville

27 February 2008 11:01

With anti-Heathrow-expansion protestors scaling the roof of Parliament – and sparking all kind of security concerns in the process - it’s worth asking when & whether protests cross the line of decency. It’s… Continue reading

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A blessing in disguise

27 February 2008 9:03

The Today Programme’s interview with Hector Sants – the chief executive of the Financial Services Authority – is well-worth listening to. His message is that the credit crunch will change… Continue reading

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Too much information

26 February 2008 20:29

The Information Commissioner is wrong to order that the minutes of the Cabinet meeting where the legality of the Iraq war was discussed be published. If Cabinet Minutes can be… Continue reading

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Boris leads London mayoral race

26 February 2008 20:14

Political Betting has details of a new YouGov poll which shows Boris five points ahead of Ken Livingstone at 44 percent. Livingstone’s people are reportedly claiming that their polling still… Continue reading

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Listen Live: Spectator Education debate

26 February 2008 18:24

Tonight, an all star panel debate whether all schools should be allowed to select their own pupils. Speakers for the motion are Chris Woodhead, former chief inspector of schools, Dr… Continue reading

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Intelligence Squared debate: All schools, state as well as private, should be allowed to select their own pupils

26 February 2008 17:40

Just a reminder that the latest Spectator/Intelligence Squared debate - "All schools, state as well as private should be allowed to select their own pupils" – begins at 18:45 tonight. The… Continue reading

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Taking leave of their senses

26 February 2008 16:57

Fraser told us to "stay tuned" to the Lib Dems’ continuing efforts to force an "in or out" referendum, and now we’ve been rewarded with a spot of Parliamentary drama.   Ed Davey –… Continue reading

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Clegg rebuffed

26 February 2008 16:15

Michael Martin has for once proved his worth by throwing out Clegg’s amendment for an “in or out” referendum saying its not relevant to the Lisbon Treaty (which, of course,… Continue reading

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Tex Avery is 100

26 February 2008 14:53

One of the greatest American artists of the Twentieth Century was born 100 years ago today.  The artist was Tex Avery (d. August 26th, 1980), and his medium was animation. … Continue reading

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Splitting Brownies

26 February 2008 12:55

We’re on the last couple of days for collecting entries for the Gordon Brown’s book of fibs, but we haven’t quite decided what to call his embellishments. Many of you… Continue reading

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Calling Nick Clegg’s bluff

26 February 2008 11:46

An early test of Nick Clegg’s credibility is at hand. Labour’s Ian Davidson has sent a letter to him proposing a solution: a two-question referendum on both the Lisbon Treaty… Continue reading

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Building Down

26 February 2008 10:33

There’s a fascinating piece in The Times today arguing that rather than building ever upwards in London we should bore down. Certainly, the idea of putting some of London’s hideously… Continue reading

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Polling cheer for Cameron

26 February 2008 10:06

Today’s poll in The Independent is striking not only for the fact that it gives the Tories an 11 point lead but for how broad it finds Tory support with… Continue reading

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Fixing the Prozac Nation

26 February 2008 8:51

“Anti-depressants don’t work” is the message splashed across the front pages this morning, after a research team from the University of Hull discovered that: “The difference in improvement between patients… Continue reading

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School daze

25 February 2008 18:43

Why would anyone want to be the “heir to Blair”?   It’s a question that’s popping up numerous times in the comments on Michael Gove’s latest piece for the Spectator. And I’m… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg should speak out

25 February 2008 17:50

The Lib Dems should be leading the charge against Michael Martin. It is the kind of issue where the Lib Dems can emphasise their outsider status and come across as… Continue reading

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A mobile police force?

25 February 2008 14:14

Reading the news release, I initially thought that Gordon Brown’s "new kind of policing" – by which every household in England and Wales will be given e-mail/mobile phone details to contact "neighbourhood… Continue reading

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Clegg and his European red herring

25 February 2008 12:24

Now, as Fraser’s noted before, the official Lib Dem position on the Lisbon Treaty is a tad bizarre.  Nonetheless, Nick Clegg stubbornly sets about defending it in today’s Guardian: “It’s… Continue reading

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Just in case you missed them…

25 February 2008 11:21

Be sure to check out some of the posts made over the weekend: Fraser Nelson sets out the Coffee House ethos, and also charts Britain’s spiraling drugs problem. Peter Hoskin… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman needs a moral compass

25 February 2008 10:24

Harriet Harman comes out with one of the most disgraceful statements by a government minister in a while, in today’s Independent. Here’s the exchange: Now, Castro is not some cuddly… Continue reading

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