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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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Toby Young takes on the commenters

31 July 2008 13:33

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


An apology

30 July 2008 18:10

As I’m sure many of you will have noticed, Coffee House has been inaccessible for much of the day.  Apologies – we were having technical difficulties, which we’re assured have… Continue reading


Whilst Miliband’s a-plotting…

30 July 2008 17:44

…Ed Balls is a-skipping.  Well, not quite – this footage is actually from an event back in May, and it hit YouTube in June.  But it’s only just made it… Continue reading


A neglected near-masterpiece

30 July 2008 17:01

Michael Tanner calls it a ‘neglected near-masterpiece’. So what is ‘it’? Answer: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, a one-act opera about a blind princess, which is now on at Opera Holland Park. I was… Continue reading


The Northern Rock redundancies

30 July 2008 15:50

Of course, enforced job losses are never a pleasant thing.  But at least Ron Sandler’s announcement that 1,300 Northern Rock employees will be made redundant falls short of the 2,000 redundancies that were… Continue reading


It’s on

30 July 2008 15:25

I’ve just been watching the Miliband press conference on TV and it is clear that Miliband isn’t going to back down. He didn’t actually declare he was standing for the… Continue reading


Is Salmond the real threat for Labour?

30 July 2008 14:55

I just bumped into John Mason, the glorious victor of Glasgow East, nemesis of the once mighty Scottish Labour and trigger of Gordon Brown’s leadership woes. He hardly said a… Continue reading


Something a bit dainty about the Miliband technique

30 July 2008 13:26

David Miliband was always expected to lay out his creed somehow – the surprise is that he has done so now. Here’s my take. Straw’s move last week, with his… Continue reading