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More bad headlines for Labour

27 November 2007 8:52

The morning papers are dominated by the Labour fundraising scandal and the resignation of the Labour Secretary-General Peter Watt. The Daily Telegraph reports that, “David Abrahams, the millionaire property developer… Continue reading

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Labour fall through the 30 percent floor

26 November 2007 20:26

A new ComRes poll has Labour at 27%, Conservative Home is reporting tonight. This is the lowest number Labour has recorded in this poll since April 2007 while the Conservative… Continue reading

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Fundraising scandal leads to key Labour figure’s resignation

26 November 2007 18:23

Labour’s General Secretary Peter Watt has tonight resigned over the fundraising scandal that broke this weekend. Watt resigned because he knew that property developer David Abrahams was donating money to… Continue reading

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Game on

26 November 2007 17:48

In a TV interview tonight, Barack Obama takes one of his harshest shots yet at Hillary Clinton. "I think the fact of the matter is that Senator Clinton is claiming… Continue reading

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Why the Oxford Union has it wrong

26 November 2007 12:46

The Oxford Union’s decision to invite David Irving and Nick Griffin to speak confuses the right to free speech with a duty to offer people a platform. Nick Griffin is,… Continue reading

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The tide continues to turn

26 November 2007 11:10

Hot on the heels of Adam Boulton speculating about whether Gordon Brown is cut out for the job of being Prime Minister, we have Trevor Kavanagh predicting in his Sun column… Continue reading

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How bad is it for Brown?

26 November 2007 8:47

Jackie Ashley is one of the columnists who is normally most sympathetic to Gordon Brown. So her take on the issue of how much trouble the Prime Minister is in… Continue reading

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What price red tape?

25 November 2007 22:07

The Observer has a very readable piece on the opaque nature of the European Parliament this week. One fact in it is truly shocking, even to someone fairly sceptical about… Continue reading

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Look who’s coming to dinner

25 November 2007 16:55

Barack Obama got the question about who he would invite to his ideal dinner party from a newspaper in New Hampshire. The guest list of Jesus, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln… Continue reading

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Educating Gordon Brown

25 November 2007 14:00

One of the least explored defects of this government is what Rabbi Lionel Blue calls “moral short-sightedness” – the ability to see problems on another continent, but not on one’s… Continue reading

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Key Clinton adviser wants more US troops sent to the Balkans

25 November 2007 13:48

Richard Holbrooke, America’s UN Ambassador under Bill Clinton who is expected to become Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, has an op-ed in the Washington Post… Continue reading

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Des Browne’s Defence Spending Fiddle

25 November 2007 11:38

The government’s response to the Thursday attack by the defence chiefs was to claim that Britain has the second-highest defence spending in the world. It was a new one to… Continue reading

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Not good news, Darling

24 November 2007 17:19

Tomorrow’s News of the World has a poll which gives the last rites to Brown’s reputation for economic competence. It is truly devastating on many levels. 1. Two months ago… Continue reading

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Can Gordon recover?

24 November 2007 11:42

With Labour down to 31% in the polls, talk has already started about whether the Brown premiership is salvageable or not. It is premature, if tempting, to declare that it… Continue reading

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Weekend viewing

23 November 2007 19:27

You can listen to this week’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on whether Britain needs Trident via this link—speakers include Baroness Helena Kennedy and Sir Malcolm Rifkind. We also have… Continue reading

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The shape of the race

23 November 2007 17:38

As America tucks into turkey sandwiches now seems as good a time as any to assess the state of the presidential race. The first contests are now only a little… Continue reading

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Grammar school numbers up by more than 20% under Labour

23 November 2007 15:41

Labour talks about grammar schools as if they are something out of the dark ages. They’re also currently trying to make it easier for them to be abolished by ballot.… Continue reading

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One offer of support that Clinton will find easy to refuse

23 November 2007 14:40

Hillary Clinton received another endorsement for the presidency today and it came with an offer to stump for her, "And if I can be of any use to her somewhere… Continue reading

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Bush’s gravest misjudgement

23 November 2007 12:45

One of the great myths about the Bush administration is that is has adopted a cookie-cutter approach to foreign policy. As Tim Montgomerie pointed out in The Times yesterday, there… Continue reading

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The nightmare scenario for the Lib Dems

23 November 2007 11:22

There is an increasing sense here in Westminster that the Lib Dem leadership race will be a far closer run thing than anyone was expecting. Indeed,judging by this poll, albeit… Continue reading

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Retired top brass speak out against Brown and part-time Browne

23 November 2007 8:57

The attack on Gordon Brown’s attitude to the armed forces launched last night in the House of Lords by five former chiefs of the defence staff was absolutely devastating. Lord… Continue reading

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Identity crisis takes Brown and Darling to Rock bottom

22 November 2007 20:37

A new poll has devastating numbers in it for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Public confidence in their ability to handle economic problems has collapsed faster than Northern Rock… Continue reading

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Cooking up a storm

22 November 2007 19:07

Not so long ago, in a futile attempt to foster the Special Relationship, I once offered to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner for my then girlfriend’s family in Los Angeles. The… Continue reading

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Set the people free

22 November 2007 12:20

Amidst this Black Tuesday excitement, we’ve missed the real intellectual headway the Tories are making in education – as Iain Martin says in the Telegraph today. The Gove v Balls… Continue reading

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This failure won’t obscure the government’s failure for long

22 November 2007 8:36

The failure of Steve McClaren’s England team last night has knocked the HMRC debacle off some off the front pages but it is certain that this story will be back.… Continue reading

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