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Another poll shows Labour heading for a Gord awful defeat

28 July 2008 23:38

The latest Populus poll for The Times shows just what kind of defeat Labour are currently heading for at the next election. The Tories lead by 16 points from Labour… Continue reading


McCain gets a break as new poll shows him four points ahead of Obama

28 July 2008 22:42

John McCain has not had much luck recently. Last week while Obama was receiving acres of news coverage and using iconic sights as the backdrop to his photo-ops, McCain was… Continue reading


Is the West ready to get tough on Pakistan?

28 July 2008 18:38

Is the next war more likely to be Pakistan than Iran? It looks more and more like that each day, especially as Barack Obama makes snarling at Pakistan the biggest… Continue reading


Which Prime Minister has fared worse than Brown?

28 July 2008 16:41

Bruce Anderson says if Brown went now he’d be a “strong candidate for the accolade of ‘worst Prime Minister since 1900’” and it’s got me thinking – why just a… Continue reading


Rarely has politics been so thrillingly unpredictable

28 July 2008 15:29

I have spent the past week in Tintagel, overlooking the castle thought by some to be the birthplace of King Arthur and perhaps even the true site of Camelot. It… Continue reading


"Gloom and rage"

28 July 2008 14:06

Bruce Anderson’s column in today’s Independent is causing quite a stir.  Read Stephen’s take on it here.


The ‘broken society’ consensus

28 July 2008 13:57

There are increasing hints that there is a new consensus emerging about the ‘broken society.’ Take Diane Abbot’s response to the question about what causes knife crime: “Knife crime, gun… Continue reading


The death of a pier

28 July 2008 12:17

There’s something both sad and compelling about the images of Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier in flames.  Of course, we should be extremely thankful that no-one has been injured in the blaze.  But… Continue reading

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CoffeeHousers’ Wall, 28 July – 3 August

28 July 2008 11:38

Welcome to this week’s Wall.  As always, this is your space to write and chat about any topics you want.  Do let us know if there are things you’d like… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

28 July 2008 11:12

…here are some of the posts made over the weekend on Rory Sutherland says it’s out with the flash and in with the smiles to curb speeding on our… Continue reading


Et tu, Jackie?

28 July 2008 10:40

Few journalists have been closer to or more respected by Brown’s inner circle than Jackie Ashley, so it is significant to see her calling on Labour to topple Brown. Ashley… Continue reading


A Coffee House challenge: how can Cameron improve?

28 July 2008 8:59

Despite the CCHQ euphoria about Brown’s predicament, there’s still the occasional bit of news which should give the Tories pause for thought. The latest is a YouGov poll in today’s Telegraph; the… Continue reading


What goes around, comes around

27 July 2008 23:44

From tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph: The Daily Telegraph has learnt that a group of moderate MPs are planning a letter addressed to the entire Cabinet setting out the reasons why they… Continue reading


Obama recalibrates on Iraq

27 July 2008 16:22

Obama’s overseas trip appears to have led to at least one major shift in emphasis in his foreign policy thinking. In a Newsweek interview, he was asked how big a… Continue reading


Might Brown cry off sick?

27 July 2008 13:41

I wonder what Gordon Brown thought of the Kennedyesque overtones which Obama wanted to put on his European visit. Kennedy is Brown’s hero, of course, and he nicks hugs amounts… Continue reading


As long as it is not Johnson, the Tories have little to fear from a change of PM

27 July 2008 11:44

There are plenty of things to put a spring in the step of Tory MPs right now. Every day seems to bring a new poll that shows them on the… Continue reading


The Shadow Cabinet Rich List – Part 2

27 July 2008 1:23

Here, as promised, is the Shadow Cabinet Rich List published in today’s News of the World – reproduced with kind permission.  You can read my introduction to the list here.… Continue reading


The Shadow Cabinet Rich List – Part 1

27 July 2008 1:12

The Shadow Cabinet Rich List is published today by the News of the World (where yours truly is a columnist). It shows there are 19 millionaires around that table. Conservatives,… Continue reading


Cameron wants us to think that the torch has passed to a new generation

26 July 2008 18:58

One of, if not, the key theme of David Cameron’s leadership has been generational change. Back in his 2005 conference speech Cameron told the hall “We can be that new… Continue reading


Obama needs a history lesson

26 July 2008 15:17

Barack Obama should learn a little more history before his next visit – history about America, that is, not Britain. “Our founding institutions were profoundly shaped by the English tradition,”… Continue reading


A nudge in the right direction

26 July 2008 13:56

A few months ago I wrote a Spectator article suggesting that the government  spends far too little money and time on advertising and persuasion, despite the (to me, at any… Continue reading


Remote plotting

26 July 2008 10:51

About the only thing Gordon Brown has got right in recent months is scheduling by-elections so that when the results come in, MPs have left Westminster. This makes it more… Continue reading


And so it begins

25 July 2008 23:23

Oh, joy. It has all started. I’m in the BBC News studios, reviewing tomorrow’s papers – and there is plenty to savour. The Indy says Purnell has cut a deal with David Miliband… Continue reading


Darling makes sense backwards

25 July 2008 18:50

Melissa Kite has a quite brilliant post up on Three Line Whip about the nonsense government ministers have been spouting as they attempt to defend the Prime Minister. Mr Darling… Continue reading


The week that was

25 July 2008 18:12

Here are some of the posts made this week on Chris Grayling wants your questions. George Osborne answers your questions. Fraser Nelson reports on the SNP’s stunning victory in the Glasgow East… Continue reading