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Brown pummelled in PMQs

18 June 2008 13:32

With four more troops dead in Afghanistan, the campaign in Helmand led PMQs. Gordon Brown wished to pay tribute, and I’m afraid it did not go well. “The freedoms that… Continue reading


Is Finkelstein fighting the last war?

18 June 2008 12:53

Few columnists in Britain provoke as often or as brilliantly as Daniel Finkelstein does. But I think Danny reveals himself to be fighting the last war in his piece today.… Continue reading


A show of strength

18 June 2008 12:11

Neil O’Brien and Richard North’s Downing Street petition, demanding that Brown abandon ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, is now the third most popular live petition on the Downing Street site.… Continue reading


Freedland gives Brown a kicking

18 June 2008 11:03

Brown’s been Prime Minister for a year next week, so you can expect the papers to be stuffed with articles on his premiership so far. Coffee House will be making… Continue reading


Progress in Iraq

18 June 2008 10:43

Perhaps the most under reported story of recent years is the turn around in Iraq. In this country, there is no constituency for charting the progress there—both main political parties… Continue reading


Davis’ big day

18 June 2008 9:04

So, today’s the day that David Davis will formally step down as an MP, to begin his campaign against stolen liberties. On balance, I think he and his team will be… Continue reading


So good that someone had to ban them

17 June 2008 18:59

Andy Burnham is quite right to dismiss Scotland’s planned ban on alcohol advertising as “a bit silly”. Simply because the lager adverts have for years been the most amusing and… Continue reading


Spectator Q&As

17 June 2008 17:38

Over on Trading Floor, we’re running a Q&A with the economic forecaster Graham Turner.  Graham has recently written a book on the credit crunch, so please do put your questions… Continue reading


David Davis launches his website

17 June 2008 16:02

You can access David Davis’ campaign website here. Hat-tip: Iain Dale


Blears blunders?

17 June 2008 15:50

The news that Hazel Blears has had a computer with sensitive material on it stolen from her constituency office is acutely embarrassing for the government, coming as it does on… Continue reading


The fight against ratification continues

17 June 2008 15:14

According to a new YouGov / Open Europe poll: 54% [of respondents] agreed with the statement that "The government should drop the Lisbon Treaty and not try and ratify it". Just… Continue reading


Has Brown done the right thing over pay?

17 June 2008 14:04

George Osborne’s referred to it as a "gesture" – which is almost certainly true.  But at least the announcement that ministers will give up their pay rise this year is the… Continue reading


The truth behind the high cost of living

17 June 2008 13:32

If looked as if Alistair Darling were stuck on a groove on his Sky News interview. Michael Howard was famously asked the same question 13 times – Darling seemed to… Continue reading


Introducing Spectator Live

17 June 2008 12:40

We’ve added a new feature to the site – Spectator Live.  You can access it via the ‘Live’ tab at the top of the page, or by going to … Continue reading


Are the Tories in good health?

17 June 2008 12:22

The Telegraph is running an excellent series on what the Tories would do in power. Yesterday, Jill Kirby wrote about the Tories and family policy, and this morning Anthony Browne turns… Continue reading


A new inflationary peak

17 June 2008 10:55

So the latest ONS data puts May’s inflation at 3.3 percent - the highest figure since the current measure was introduced in 1997, and higher even than the 3.2 percent that many pessimistic analysts were… Continue reading


Tell Brown to abandon ratification

17 June 2008 10:25

Neil O’Brien and Richard North have submitted a petition to the Downing Street website stating that: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Respect the result of the Irish… Continue reading


Richards outlines the Westminster argument

17 June 2008 9:00

Even if you don’t agree with his conclusions, Steve Richards is always worth reading. His article in today’s Independent is a case in point. It largely lambasts the actions of… Continue reading


And the winner is…

16 June 2008 19:20

We got lots of good responses to our request for ideas as to how David Davis can keep his cause in the news. The champagne goes to a Coffee Houser… Continue reading


A rather good Churchill quote

16 June 2008 18:22

The New York Times has a fun round-up of commencement addresses, speeches by the great and the good to the graduating classes of US universities. Gavin Newsom, the mayor of… Continue reading


Davis to keep shtum during PMQs

16 June 2008 17:07

Three Line Whip are reporting that we won’t hear a rousing speech or probing question from David Davis during Wednesday’s PMQs.  It looks like that champagne will be staying firmly in the the Coffee House cellar, then… 


Murdoch steps down from the fight

16 June 2008 16:58

In the end Rupert Murdoch decided he didn’t want a fight with the Tories after all, so he pulled the plug on Kelvin MacKenzie’s bid to give David Davis a… Continue reading


Anti-waste campaigner to stand against Davis

16 June 2008 15:23

The Guardian’s reporting that Kelvin MacKenzie probably won’t run in the Haltemprice & Howden by-election after all.  Perhaps a sign that Murdoch and Co. don’t want to pick a fight with the… Continue reading


David Davis states his case

16 June 2008 14:41

Over at Conservative Home, David Davis sets out his reasons for resigning as an MP.  He also provides details of the website he’s launching tomorrow, and of how people can… Continue reading

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Are British children seeing too little of their parents?

16 June 2008 14:24

For those who haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend Rachel Johnson’s article in the latest issue of the magazine. Her thesis is neatly contained in this paragraph: "If you add… Continue reading