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What will follow?

17 March 2008 9:04

The credit crunch took its deepest bite into the US economy over the weekend, as the major investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed under the strain of massive debts.  Shares that… Continue reading


More voters want Delia Smith as the next Chancellor than Ed Balls

16 March 2008 14:56

Tucked away in today’s YouGov poll is a rather amusing question about who voters think would make the best Chancellor if Alistair Darling were to step down. Perhaps unsurprisingly considering… Continue reading


Revealed: Britain’s welfare ghettos

16 March 2008 12:48

Rabbi Lionel Blue talks about a “moral long-sightedness” of politics – the ability to see problems thousands of miles away (in Africa) or a century away (climate change) but not… Continue reading


Tories spring into a 16 point lead 

16 March 2008 11:56

Two new polls this morning offer real encouragement to the Tories. YouGov for the Sunday Times has them 16 points ahead of Labour at 43 percent, if replicated in a… Continue reading


A wider philosophy

15 March 2008 14:51

David Cameron’s given his speech at the Conservative Spring Forum.  I haven’t got access to a television at the moment, so I don’t know what his delivery was like –… Continue reading


The bard of Whitehall

15 March 2008 14:23

Some cabinet ministers are not fully reconciled to the Brown era if a few lines of verse supposedly written by a cabinet minister that have been doing the rounds in… Continue reading


Talking with terrorists

15 March 2008 11:28

There’s a punchy interview with Jonathan Powell – Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, and a key figure in the Irish peace process – in today’s Guardian.  He’s quite candid… Continue reading


The week that was

14 March 2008 17:58

Here are some of the posts made over the past week: Nick Clegg asks CoffeeHousers for their questions. Peter Hoskin on why school-leavers shouldn’t have to swear allegiance. James Forsyth… Continue reading


Weekend art

14 March 2008 16:49

The Chinese are coming — or, rather, they’ve come. China Design Now at the V&A is the latest arrival in the China Now Festival — a nationwide celebration of all… Continue reading

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Shannon Matthews found alive

14 March 2008 16:06

I passed two Evening Standard vendors shouting out the news that Shannon Mathews has been found alive – even though it’s not in the newspaper. One was listening on his… Continue reading


Do the reverse Salisbury

14 March 2008 14:57

Last week, The Spectator called on the House of Lords to apply the Salisbury convention in reverse to the Lisbon treaty and use its power to force the government to… Continue reading


Carry On Recruiting

14 March 2008 14:26

Aside from the Chinese Red Army and Indian Post Office, the NHS is the world’s largest employer with 1.3m staff. Government attempts to trim this unwieldy, inefficient behemoth are pathetic.… Continue reading


A tale of two polls

14 March 2008 13:46

As the Tories descend on Gateshead, two polls will be giving them food for thought.  The first is one of party members conducted by ConservativeHome.  It’s worth flicking through all the results, but… Continue reading


Play the Dave game

14 March 2008 13:02

So Dave has let cameras into his house, to show that ‘the anxieties of parenting are universal’. And what cosy fun the clip is too, and how lovely Sam looks… Continue reading


Family-friendly politics

14 March 2008 10:41

The urgency behind the “family friendly” agenda – which is to be the theme of the Tories’ spring conference in Gateshead – can be traced to an internal opinion poll… Continue reading


Saving the world

14 March 2008 9:00

Yet another job for our former Prime Minister.  And this one’s all about saving the world. In an interview with today’s Guardian, Tony Blair reveals that he’ll lead an international… Continue reading


How much should a politician’s faith be scrutinised?

13 March 2008 19:14

Today both George W. Bush and Barack Obama find their faith under scrutiny. A new book questions Bush’s conversion narrative and suggests that Bush is highly aware of the political… Continue reading


Quiz Clegg

13 March 2008 16:58

Nick Clegg has kindly agreed to a Q&A session with Coffee House.  Obviously, he’ll be providing the answers.  But – as for the questions – that’s where you come in.… Continue reading


A pint will cost £6.47 by 2012

13 March 2008 16:38

The Sun’s Budget coverage today spells out the real-life impact of yesterday’s tax increases. Darling’s booze taxes grow with time and by the 2012 Olympics a pint will cost £6.47.… Continue reading


A majority of Americans now think the US will succeed in Iraq

13 March 2008 15:32

New polling data reveals that 53 percent of Americans now believe that the United States will ultimately achieve its aims in Iraq compared to 39 percent who think it will… Continue reading


A Budget response

13 March 2008 14:14

The Chancellor’s projections for economic growth look to be on the sanguine side. Having said that, the Treasury’s economic forecasts have tended to be closer to out-turn than has the… Continue reading


How the tax system discourages work

13 March 2008 12:45

One of the great scandals of this government is how many obstacles there are to people moving up the economic ladder. The Red Book (page 62) reveals that more than… Continue reading


Cameron v Balls: now with added video!

13 March 2008 12:43

Guido’s put together some great footage of David Cameron taking on Ed Balls in the Budget debate yesterday.  Here it is, for the benefit of CoffeeHousers:


Getting spending down

13 March 2008 12:25

Aside from British budget madness, as Labour and the Tories argue about how much they’d push state spending up, the rest of the world talks about getting spending down. Yesterday,… Continue reading


The Government have got their priorities right

13 March 2008 11:21

Alistair Darling’s first Budget was a Budget for uncertain times. Given the current global turbulence, the Government have taken no chances. This is not the time for a showstopping Budget.… Continue reading