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Miliband: ‘Cameron’s substance is nonsense’

1 August 2008 12:58

Ok, so that isn’t a new quote from David Miliband – it’s the headline to an article he penned for The Spectator back in October 2006.  After the events of the past… Continue reading

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The maths doesn’t look good for Miliband

1 August 2008 11:56

The Miliband camp can easily spin today’s YouGov poll, which Pete blogged earlier, showing that the Tory lead holds steady with Miliband as leader. They can say with some justification… Continue reading

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Boris backs Obama

1 August 2008 11:50

Boris has endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for the US Presidency, claiming that a victory for the Illinois senator would "do fantastic things for the confidence and feelings of black people… Continue reading

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Has Brown’s reverse Midas touch upset the British Energy takeover deal?

1 August 2008 11:18

I, for one, am weeping no tears about the collapse of the British Energy takeover deal. Invesco and Prudential – the institutional shareholders understood to have led the backout –… Continue reading

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Can anything go right for Labour?

1 August 2008 8:52

Since June, Jack Straw’s been trying to push through reforms which would limit the Tories’ ability to pour £millions into key marginal seats between elections – the ‘Ashcroft Effect’ as… Continue reading

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Brother against brother

1 August 2008 0:53

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Downing Street suspected that Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander knew in advance of David Miliband’s Guardian op-ed.  Today, in The Times Alice Miles, who… Continue reading

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A poll battering for Brown, but it’s not good news for Miliband either

31 July 2008 21:56

The Telegraph have just posted the results of their latest YouGov poll.  It has the Tories a hefty 22 points ahead of Labour.  And Brown’s personal ratings are disastrous.  Only 15 percent of… Continue reading

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By September, it might be Harman’s moment

31 July 2008 20:33

Politics right now is unbelievably macho. Every conversation I’ve had today about the Labour leadership has involved phrases like ‘kill or be killed’, ‘kneecap him’, ‘destroy him’ etc. As this… Continue reading

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How Cameron should reshape the machinery of government

31 July 2008 18:46

With the Conservatives ahead in the polls, David Cameron must be using the summer break thinking of whom to place around the Cabinet table. But he would do well to… Continue reading

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More fuel for the Labour leadership fire…

31 July 2008 18:11

David Miliband has "suddenly" cancelled a trip to India, which was originally scheduled for September.  The Times has the full story here.

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The Brits to watch out for in the Olympics

31 July 2008 17:49

At eight seconds past eight minutes past eight in the evening, central Chinese time, on the eighth of August, two thousand and eight, the Beijing Olympic Games get underway. That’s… Continue reading

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A tactical success for the Brownites

31 July 2008 17:02

Damian McBride will be happy that this is the lead headline on the BBC’s politics site: MPs urge Brown to sack Miliband This, though, is mild compared to what everyone… Continue reading

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No way back for Miliband

31 July 2008 16:27

David Miliband has now gone so far he can’t go back. But could this be his "botched election" moment? His appearance on the Jeremy Vine show went well, inasmuch as… Continue reading

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Miliband needs coaching

31 July 2008 15:39

When David Miliband’s team get together this afternoon to talk through his performance on the Jeremy Vine show, I hope they realise they’ve got to do something about his voice.… Continue reading

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Miliband approaches the point of no return

31 July 2008 14:32

David Miliband is not backing down. Listening to him on the Jeremy Vine Show just now, it was noticeable how pleased he sounded when callers rung in to say how… Continue reading

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Toby Young takes on the commenters

31 July 2008 13:33

You can read – and comment on – his article here.

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Dealing with Miliband: the inclusive approach

31 July 2008 11:30

I wrote earlier that Brown is being urged to sack David Miliband.  But the Mirror’s Bob Roberts puts forward a different scenario – that Brown annoints Miliband as his heir… Continue reading

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Cameron’s secret weapon

31 July 2008 11:15

Cameron “does” punters very well. When I’ve followed him on the campaign trail, I’ve been struck by how he has a gift whereby he can click with pretty much anyone.… Continue reading

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Ofcom justice: fine the victims

31 July 2008 9:38

So Ofcom has fined the BBC £400,000 for multiple fiddles of its various fake phone-in competitions. That would make sense if Director-General Mark Thompson and his bloated boss class at… Continue reading

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Will Brown wield the knife?

31 July 2008 9:00

As Fraser writes in his cover piece today, Miliband doesn’t want to bloody his hands during any leadership struggle. Sure, the Foreign Secretary’s plotting with the best of them. But… Continue reading

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Where’s the beef, David?

30 July 2008 22:04

Camilla Cavendish’s column in The Times is essential reading about the Miliband leadership bid. She makes the point that for all the talk about Miliband being a big thinker with… Continue reading

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Any would-be Labour leaders reading?

30 July 2008 21:49

If so, you may want to print out the speech that Matthew Parris wrote for you in The Spectator recently.  

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Might Miliband move Labour to the left?

30 July 2008 21:04

In media short-hand Miliband is a Blairite. But after talking to a bunch of folk over the last few weeks, I suspect that he might actually be a more left-wing… Continue reading

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Just in case you missed them…

30 July 2008 20:28

We’ve had a few technical problems today, so here are some Coffee House posts that you may have missed: Fraser Nelson wonders whether Alex Salmond is Labour’s biggest threat, and give his… Continue reading

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Will the Redditch by-election force Jacqui Smith’s hand?

30 July 2008 19:28

A leadership challenge really picks up steam when Cabinet ministers start coming out in support of it.  Who’ll be the first to do so, should Miliband, Straw, Harman et al… Continue reading

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