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Boris strengthens his position

21 January 2008 14:13

Excellent news for the Spectator’s mayoral candidate in today’s Standard. A YouGovStone poll of 533 influential Londoners shows Boris well ahead of Ken on voting intention (44 to Livingstone’s 38),… Continue reading


Brown’s politicking on the world stage

21 January 2008 13:31

No-one thought that Gordon Brown would be much of a statesman but, even so, it’s still surprising just how clumsy his efforts in India and China have been.  His speeches… Continue reading


Reforming the Lib Dems

21 January 2008 12:40

Over the weekend, Nick Clegg had a piece in the Telegraph in which he extolled the virtues of NHS reform.  He wrote: “As it approaches its 60th Birthday, the NHS… Continue reading


Are Brown and Darling the Del Boy and Rodney of British Politics?

21 January 2008 12:10

Have a look at the stock market today, then the housing market, and then ask what kind of idiot would try to flog a mortgage bank like Northern Rock right… Continue reading


Rock solid support for the EU Reform Treaty

21 January 2008 11:52

One would have thought that being Chairman of Northern Rock at the moment was an all consuming task. But Bryan Sanderson, the stricken bank’s chairman, has clearly had enough time… Continue reading


Villains that steal the show

21 January 2008 9:48

I took Peter’s advice and went to see No Country for Old Men over the weekend. This is indeed the Coen brothers at their absolute best (which is saying something),… Continue reading


How the government plans to shift Northern Rock

21 January 2008 8:34

The details of the government’s latest scheme for Northern Rock shows just how long the taxpayer will be left supporting the stricken bank. The government will guarantee £25bn plus of… Continue reading


How will the public react to being denied their referendum?

20 January 2008 18:33

In an interview on today’s Politics Show, David Miliband reiterated the government’s opposition to a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty, claiming that: “The reformed Treaty is there for parliament… Continue reading


Brown won’t get his Tory split on Europe

20 January 2008 14:10

William Hague was on Steve Richards’ GMTV show at 6am this morning (amazing what baby care does to your viewing habits) and asked The Question ahead of tomorrow’s debate: what… Continue reading


Money for art’s sake

20 January 2008 14:02

On Tuesday, the Spectator’s Clemency Burton-Hill wrote an impassioned post on how the Arts Council of England’s recent funding settlement could spell death for numerous theatrical companies across the country. … Continue reading


We have a front-runner

20 January 2008 11:17

John McCain’s victory in the South Carolina primary makes him the Republican front-runner. It is an amazing turn-around for a man whose campaign was left for dead last summer but… Continue reading


Delhi University up in arms over Brown’s "doctorate"

20 January 2008 10:34

In last week’s Spectator, I disclosed, that Indian’s government was stuck for ideas as to what to give Gordon Brown as a present for his visit and ordered Delhi University… Continue reading


The question Hain must answer

19 January 2008 16:07

Peter Hain has been cleared of breaching the Ministerial Code and many in Westminster think the furore over his failure to declare all the donations to his deputy leadership campaign… Continue reading


Has Labour found a way to avoid nationalising Northern Rock?

19 January 2008 13:09

News has emerged from the PM’s trip to China that Alistair Darling will make a Commons statement about Northern Rock on Monday.  On Boulton and Co, Jonathan Levy reports that… Continue reading


The right kind of bulb?

19 January 2008 9:25

Both The Sun and The Daily Mail are today offering low-energy light bulbs for free. Neither newspaper mentions that they contain mercury, and neither reprints the advice which Defra gives… Continue reading


Will Rudy have the last laugh?

18 January 2008 19:17

Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign has, to date, been a damp squid. Despite dangling his toe in the water in Iowa he still finished an embarrassing sixth behind the fringe candidate… Continue reading


All the news that’s not fit to print

18 January 2008 17:19

As the weekly news cycle comes to an end and darkness descends on a gloomy Friday, there are two great news stories doing the rounds, neither of which the great… Continue reading


Weekend Culture

18 January 2008 16:52

The Spectator’s Stephen Pollard has already blogged about this weekend’s big cultural draw – the Sunday performance of La traviata at the Royal Opera House.  Although, if you haven’t yet… Continue reading


Leaders, deputies–and elections

18 January 2008 15:19

£180,000.00 or so doesn’t seem to buy you much of a political campaign these days. Peter Hain’s attempt at being deputy leader of the Labour party certainly ended in a… Continue reading


Just get out of the way, Prime Minister

18 January 2008 14:35

Brown’s been in China only a few hours and already I can’t take any more. Unable to match Blair’s slick statesman act, he gabbles on like an over-promoted finance minister… Continue reading


The truth about income inequality

18 January 2008 14:24

A new report from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies makes the claim that “the outlook for inequality in Britain may depend more on the stock market than on Government… Continue reading


Backing McCain

18 January 2008 14:10

In an excellent post over at Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein lists the reasons why he thinks John McCain will win the Republican nomination.  Finkelstein’s second point is the most persuasive:… Continue reading

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How hungry for power are the Tories? We’ll soon find out

18 January 2008 11:56

How disciplined Conservative MPs are in responding to two issues coming up in the next few weeks will tell us a lot about how determined they really are to return… Continue reading


The greying labour force 

18 January 2008 10:03

As a follow-up to my post yesterday on the number of new jobs being occupied by the over-50s, I should point out that there’s a good piece on the matter… Continue reading


The children that we fail

18 January 2008 8:56

Camila Batmanghelidj of the estimable Kids Company writes in the Telegraph this morning about how we have got into a situation where children kick a man to death. Batmanghelidj’s argument… Continue reading