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Was the Bush administration too principled for its own good in Iraq?

30 August 2007 12:07

David Ignatius has an intriguing piece in the Washington Post today saying that the Bush administration made a big mistake by not interfering in the Iraqi elections back in 2005.… Continue reading

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Dave’s wrong choice of words on immigration

30 August 2007 9:59

I have been mulling over Dave’s Newsnight performance, which was mostly very impressive. I think, however, that his choice of words on immigration was a mistake. The problem with suggesting… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Newsnight Review

30 August 2007 7:58

David Cameron has for some time been wanting to do one of these Newsnight panel-style interviews. Watching it, I can see why. He excels at answering rapid fire questions, and… Continue reading

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Cameron impresses in Newsnight grilling

29 August 2007 20:15

You can watch the Newsnight special with David Cameron here. In it, Cameron confirms Fraser’s earlier report that the Tories will not, thankfully, be stopping all airport expansion. Cameron put in… Continue reading

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Goldsmith-Gummer report is headed for the recycling bin

29 August 2007 16:15

I have a bit of good news for James (and Iain Dale).  Zac won’t be listened to. I understand that of the six policy review groups, the favourites of the… Continue reading

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Will Brown try and beat the downturn?

29 August 2007 14:01

Irwin Stelzer has a typically sharp piece in today’s Telegraph in which he makes a crucial point about a rather overlooked political consequence of the recent market turbulence. As Stelzer… Continue reading

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Cameron takes a leaf out of Howard’s book

29 August 2007 12:38

Tomorrow’s editorial in The Spectator praises David Cameron for taking on board one of the many lessons to be learned from the his old boss at the Home Office, Michael… Continue reading

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Who could object to a statue of Mandela?

29 August 2007 12:15

Earlier today, the great and the good were gathered a stone’s throw from the Spectator offices for the unveiling of a statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square. Journalists thrive… Continue reading

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The tragic fall of Amy Winehouse

29 August 2007 12:01

There is something more than usually grotesque about the slow-motion downfall of Amy Winehouse being played out daily in the media. As the singer and her appalling husband holiday in… Continue reading

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The importance of what Bush is saying about Iran

29 August 2007 8:51

President Bush’s statement to the American Legion  that “I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s murderous activities” is understandably getting a lot of ink this morning. But this… Continue reading

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Paul Keating regrets

29 August 2007 8:30

APEC–the group which brings together the countries of the Pacific Rim including the US, Russia, Japan and China–is meeting in Sydney next week and to mark the occasion former Australian… Continue reading

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Cameron’s next test

28 August 2007 23:08

As Matt, Fraser and Tim Montgomerie have all argued things are looking up for Project Cameron. Peter Riddell in Wednesday’s Times is more cautious but he still thinks that “Cameron… Continue reading

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How Cameron can mend the broken society

28 August 2007 16:26

Was the Rhys Jones murder just a crime, or the result of a new phenomenon? The answer splits left and right. We’ve heard strikingly little from Gordon Brown – and… Continue reading

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Lady of the night

28 August 2007 15:35

I don’t ‘do’ sleep very well. Never have. If I do manage it, I don’t do it for very long. Or long enough. I am not an insomniac yet according… Continue reading

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What to see this Autumn

28 August 2007 13:31

If you want to know what’s coming up in the arts this autumn a good place to look is today’s G2, where critics have chosen the ‘50 hottest acts’. The… Continue reading

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Boris leads primary race by 60 percent

28 August 2007 11:13

Conservative Home’s monthly survey of members reveals that Boris is well ahead of the pack in the race to become Mayor of London. Amongst London members, Boris has 70 percent… Continue reading

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Internal Labour pressure for an EU referendum grows

28 August 2007 8:23

Today’s Daily Telegraph reports that as many as 120 Labour MPs want a referendum on the new EU treaty. Ian Davidson, the MP who is at the forefront of efforts… Continue reading

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Was Gordon’s 10 point lead a blessing in disguise for Dave?

27 August 2007 14:54

John Rentoul points out in a typically sharp column in today’s Independent that Gordon Brown has benefited from the low expectation surrounding his arrival at Number 10. There had been… Continue reading

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A consequence of withdrawal

27 August 2007 11:49

Newsweek’s investigation into the hunt for bin Laden makes for excellent reading. It gives you a real sense of the trade-offs involving in trying to capture him while not losing… Continue reading

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Advantage Cameron

27 August 2007 9:57

David Cameron will surely be relieved by the finding in today’s Guardian/ICM poll that Gordon Brown’s lead has narrowed already to five points. But the much more significant figures are… Continue reading

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Brown’s lead narrows

27 August 2007 8:42

Today’s poll in The Guardian will be met with relief at CCHQ. Labour is still ahead, but a 5 percent advantage is far less intimidating than a double digit lead… Continue reading

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Our outrage should give us hope

26 August 2007 18:58

The more you read about the murder of Rhys Jones, the more shocking it becomes. The combination of a BMX—a symbol of childhood fun—and a brutal shooting brings home just… Continue reading

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What the statistics don’t show

26 August 2007 11:13

In my Sunday Telegraph column today, I argue that statistics cannot reflect cultural sensibilities, especially in the wake of a horror such as Rhys Jones’s murder. But if crime statistics… Continue reading

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Naipaul on Walcott

25 August 2007 15:34

V.S. Naipaul’s essay on Derek Walcott, the great St. Lucian poet, in today’s Guardian review is as eloquent and insightful as one would expect. What caught my eye is a point… Continue reading

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Roll up for Humphrys versus Paxman

25 August 2007 11:24

If you didn’t hear it, don’t miss John Humphrys interviewing Jeremy Paxman on this morning’s Today programme (you can hear it online). Paxman has issued a resounding critique of British… Continue reading

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