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Clegg fails Cameron’s Paxman test

19 December 2007 10:53

Peter Hyman, Tony Blair’s former chief speechwriter, described Nick Clegg as a ‘mini-Cameron’ on Newsnight yesterday and there’s little doubt that Cameron and Clegg exude a similar aroma. Some think… Continue reading


Brussels to the rescue

19 December 2007 8:59

It is days like this that remind you why so many on the right were in the “yes” campaign during the Euro referendum of 1975. It was then to the… Continue reading


Rogue Chancellor

18 December 2007 18:11

Alistair Darling was brought on to be a grey, unremarkable chancellor. He’s fast turning into the Nick Leeson of British politics. Leeson, you will remember, was the rogue trader who… Continue reading


Will it be third time lucky for Huhne?

18 December 2007 16:13

To lose by this small a margin must be absolutely gutting for Chris Huhne. To come so close against the candidate of the party establishment and the media is a… Continue reading


Has Clegg got what it takes?

18 December 2007 15:46

After perhaps the quietest leadership race in recent political history the Spectator/Threadneedle Newcomer of the Year has not disappointed us. I thought Nick Clegg would win by a mile: in… Continue reading


The challenge for Clegg

18 December 2007 15:03

A chastened looking Nick Clegg has just delivered his first speech as Lib Dem leader. It was actually a pretty decent performance, trying to tie both Labour and the Tories… Continue reading


Clegg wins but only by 510 votes

18 December 2007 14:20

London needs a dedicated traffic police

18 December 2007 12:29

On the way to a birthday party in Bucks on Sunday night we were delayed by a long tailback on the elevated section of the A4 out of London by… Continue reading


What other data does Pearson have?

18 December 2007 10:41

What I love about this government is that they lose no time passing the blame. Just as Darling fingered the TNT courier company for the lost discs, we’re told that… Continue reading

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A benchmark for Clegg

18 December 2007 9:02

The Lib Dem leadership result will be announced this afternoon and the general feeling in Westminster is that Nick Clegg has won, although folk aren’t ruling out an upset. The… Continue reading

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Put the L plates on this government

17 December 2007 17:59

Following on from the child benefit data loss fiasco, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has—through an American contractor—lost the details of three million learner drivers. Now, admittedly the lost… Continue reading


The real winners of the Lib Dem leadership contest…The Tories

17 December 2007 16:11

When Ming Campbell was hurried into retirement by his Lib Dem colleagues, the general consensus was that it was bad news for the Tories. Before Ming’s departure, senior Tories joked… Continue reading


A double-edged compliment

17 December 2007 14:02

Bob Kerrey, a maverick former Democratic senator, was out stumping for Hillary Clinton in Iowa yesterday and had this to say about Barack Obama: "I like the fact that his… Continue reading


What we’re leaving behind in Basra

17 December 2007 12:30

In macabre contrast to James’ post about the effects of the US surge, The Guardian splashes on the mayhem in Basra left by Britain’s shameful under-commitment to the provinces under… Continue reading


Democratic VP candidate in 2000 endorses a Republican for president

17 December 2007 10:59

The news that Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000, is to endorse John McCain, a Republican, for the presidency today, raises the question: has anyone who was on… Continue reading


The surge has given Iraq hope again

17 December 2007 7:02

The remarkable military success of the US surge in Iraq has been the most important international story of the year. As Tim Hames writes this morning, the prospects for Iraq… Continue reading


Downing Street and The Bank of England at odds

16 December 2007 16:30

It is rare to have a news story by Irwin Stelzer, he normally writes excellent columns for The Spectator and The Sunday Times. But today’s splash in The Sunday Times… Continue reading


Tories hit 45%

16 December 2007 10:42

Today’s YouGov poll showing the Tories reaching 45% will send the party into the holidays in high spirits. If they can sustain this rating into the New Year, they’ll vastly… Continue reading


Bill Clinton takes the gloves off

15 December 2007 16:51

With Barack Obama becoming a more serious threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions by the day, Bill Clinton has taken on the role of a silver-tongued attack dog. In a… Continue reading


Mandelson enters the fray

15 December 2007 11:24

Peter Mandelson’s dig at Gordon Brown for his botched, theatrically half-hearted signature of the Lisbon Treaty is more than the latest chapter in the 13-year-old feud between Blairites and Brownites.… Continue reading


Give The Spectator this Christmas

14 December 2007 18:57

Thanks to a special Christmas offer, you can get—or give—a six month subscription to The Spectator for just £39. That’s half the normal price. To take advantage of this offer,… Continue reading


Gordon turned up late on purpose

14 December 2007 18:34

Gordon Brown’s decision to turn up in Lisbon yesterday to sign the new EU treaty but only as the other leaders were leaving left him looking more like Mr. Bean… Continue reading


A Cultural Christmas

14 December 2007 18:20

If you’re wondering what to read, see and listen to this Christmas, do check out Clemency Burton-Hill’s sugggestions.

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Nick Robinson is not happy

14 December 2007 15:40

Nick Robinson has an interesting post up about how the Home Office spun him about the number of illegal immigrants who had been allowed to become security guards. Robinson was… Continue reading

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Cameron’s party

14 December 2007 13:24

David Cameron’s party last night was buzzing, well-attended and full of gossip. He was being teased about Gordon Brown claiming to have "quietly" erected solar panels in his Fife house.… Continue reading