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Has Gordon got the solution?

9 November 2007 17:57

Gordon Brown has come out of hiding to give Adam Boulton a quick interview, and his (belated) take on the Queen’s Speech. It’s all about setting out long term views,… Continue reading


Tortured thinking

9 November 2007 15:23

The debate over torture in the US has descended into tragic farce. Some on the right are so determined to always take the toughest position possible on any war on… Continue reading


More to Lord Drayson’s resignation than just fast cars

9 November 2007 13:38

The real reasons behind the timing of Lord Drayson’s resignation are beginning to seep out. Writing for Comment is Free, Robert Fox reveals that Drayson had intended to stay until… Continue reading


Will Lord Carlile have the Lib Dem whip withdrawn?

9 November 2007 11:17

Nick Clegg went on Political Betting this morning to answer questions from the site’s users. Most of his answers were fairly standard, but he did hint that Lord Carlile might… Continue reading


Labour and the Lib Dems raise concerns over Ashcroft

9 November 2007 8:59

The row over the influence of Lord Ashcroft takes another turn with a story in The Guardian this morning about whether or not Lord Ashcroft has returned to the UK… Continue reading


Man of the Year

8 November 2007 18:56

Time magazine are inviting people to vote for their person of the year. The shortlist is Al Gore Hillary Clinton Hu Jintao Steve Jobs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Barack Obama General Petraeus… Continue reading


Lib Dem fight turns dirty

8 November 2007 16:54

For all their woolly policies, the LibDem are dirty fighters, as anyone who has seen them campaign will attest. So it was only a matter of time before its leadership… Continue reading


The case for Obama

8 November 2007 16:40

Andrew Sullivan’s Atlantic essay making the case for Obama is well worth reading. His key point is this,  Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating,… Continue reading

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Can’t get no Respect

8 November 2007 14:41

The internecine warfare at Respect just took another turn with George Galloway denying that he has left the party. There now seems to be a bitter dispute between Galloway’s faction… Continue reading


Why so green?

8 November 2007 12:28

I regularly enjoy Camilla Cavendish’s pieces, but to keep doing so I have to skip over anything she writes about the environment. It spoils it. How can a commentator who… Continue reading


This time with feeling

8 November 2007 11:05

Tara Hamilton-Miller has a great little blind item in this week’s New Statesman:  A shadow secretary of state, who shall remain nameless, decided to sing and briefly weep to a… Continue reading


Politics regained?

8 November 2007 9:39

Joe Klein, the legendary American journalist and author of Primary Colors was in town last night to talk about the US election. TimeWarner threw a champagne-soaked gathering with the great… Continue reading


Respectable behaviour

8 November 2007 8:42

Respect is finally collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. Daniel Finkelstein reports that George Galloway has kicked out the Socialist Workers. However, this is only the beginning of… Continue reading


Brown backs away from a fight over 56 days

8 November 2007 2:19

It was supposed to be the big day when Gordon Brown put the case for detaining terror suspects for up to 56 days and took on his backbenches. Instead he,… Continue reading


The Lord Malloch-Brown story

7 November 2007 17:27

Don’t miss a very important piece in tomorrow’s magazine by James and the distinguished US journalist Claudia Rosett on the star of Gordon’s “ministry of all the talents”, Mark Malloch… Continue reading


What will it take for Sir Ian Blair to quit?

7 November 2007 17:12

The Met have been convicted of breaching of Health and Safety Laws, the London Assembly has passed a vote of no confidence in him but still Sir Ian Blair clings… Continue reading


Race for the White House hots up

7 November 2007 14:56

Today is a big day in the race for the Republican nomination with both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain (pictured) rolling out major endorsements from influential Christian conservatives. Giuliani wheeled… Continue reading


Lord Drayson resigns

7 November 2007 12:05

I don’t mean to sound like a kill-joy but doesn’t it suggest a rather warped set of priorities for a minister in the Ministry of Defence to quit his post to… Continue reading


Brown fails to seize the agenda

7 November 2007 8:45

The reaction of three of the most influential commentators on the left to the Queen’s speech is instructive. Michael White in The Guardian suggests that it was less important than… Continue reading


Mrs Brown

6 November 2007 23:11

Michael White’s diary for Guardian Unlimited is always worth reading and today it has a fascinating little tit-bit that I hadn’t heard before. Apparently, it was Sarah Brown who persuaded… Continue reading


Advantage Cameron

6 November 2007 16:08

Walking into the press gallery, I saw something I haven’t seen for ages. Labour MPs animated, laughing, roaring, unfrozen. David Cameron was making the light-hearted speech which follows opening of… Continue reading


Brown’s search for opinions

6 November 2007 15:40

Ben Brogan flags up a hilarious, and worrying, stat from the FT this morning. Only 71 people responded to the government’s online consultation on the Queen’s speech. The FT also… Continue reading


Talking Brown

6 November 2007 12:12

Poor Liz. After ten years of being used to regurgitating Blairite language in the Queen’s Speech, she now has the Brownite argot to contend with. “My government will meet the… Continue reading


Is the monarchy safe for good now?

6 November 2007 11:36

It has long been a joke in Westminster that you don’t need to put your finger in the wind to see which way it is blowing, you just watch Jack… Continue reading


Mbeki still in denial

6 November 2007 8:56

Perhaps the most depressing story in the papers today is the one about how Thabo Mbeki remains an “AIDS dissident.” The Guardian reports how Mark Gevisser, a biographer of Mbeki,… Continue reading