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St Pancras Day

14 November 2007 12:35

   We’ve just posted a column by Martin Vander Weyer on the significance of the St Pancras Eurostar terminal and why it means that one day we might get a… Continue reading


The announcement strategy is back

14 November 2007 11:40

Gordon Brown has never looked comfortable at PMQs but after a poor first few performances he developed a clever strategy of announcing policy during it, for instance on super casinos.… Continue reading


Salmond fishing

14 November 2007 9:18

I love it when Alex Salmond sets a deadline for Scottish independence. First was his “free by ’93” slogan, followed by a lame joke about “nationalist heaven in 97”. Then… Continue reading


Is this all that Gordon has left to do?

14 November 2007 8:14

I guess all the other problems facing the government must be solved as Gordon Brown is now to turn his attention to making sure that premiership teams select more British… Continue reading

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The future of Conservatism?

13 November 2007 18:10

Conservative Home have just conducted an interesting survey of the candidates in the seats that the Tories have a realistic chance of picking up next time round. 70 of the… Continue reading


Sing along with the Foreign Office

13 November 2007 15:55

David Miliband was the guest of a press gallery lunch today and the Foreign Secretary had prepared the obligatory joke. Inspired by the decision of his French and German counterparts… Continue reading


Who is more corrupt?

13 November 2007 14:46

Now that the European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the EU’s accounts for the 13th year in a row citing "errors of legality and regularity", I have… Continue reading


What did the Prime Minister know?

13 November 2007 12:54

Daniel Finkelstein cuts to the chase on Comment Central and points out that if the Home Secretary knew about this government foul-up for four moths and kept it secret then… Continue reading


How well worked out are Cameron’s council tax proposals?

13 November 2007 10:58

Cameron is on rather shaky ground claiming to abolish the council tax cap. His plan for a national annual tax rise, thus freeing councils to go over this limit in… Continue reading


Brown dusts off an old Blair number

13 November 2007 9:28

Blessed are the cheese makers, I mean, changemakers. Good old Brown. As James says, it was a Blairite speech – so much so that he’s resurrected the star of Blair’s… Continue reading

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Another Home Secretary on the rocks

13 November 2007 8:49

The storm that has broken around Jacqui Smith about illegal immigrants working in Whitehall is particularly dangerous for the government as it combines concerns over the loss of control over… Continue reading


How very Blairite, Brown’s foreign policy is

12 November 2007 22:59

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech lacked the rhetorical flourishes of any Tony Blair address on world affairs but it was substantively far more similar than one would have expected. Indeed,… Continue reading


Is Gordon doing better than people think?

12 November 2007 16:46

Political Betting has a must-read post up on why it would be a mistake to write off Gordon Brown. As Mike Smithson points out, Labour’s current performance compares favourably to… Continue reading


Balls’s real priorities in education

12 November 2007 14:18

The more that comes out about the Brown-Blair tensions, the more you realise quite how damaging they were to good government. Just take this example from the forthcoming BBC documentary… Continue reading

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Don’t give your opponents ammunition

12 November 2007 12:19

There is yet another story about Lord Ashcroft’s role with the Tories in the Guardian today. This time the news is that Ashcroft gave David Cameron a ticket to and… Continue reading


Parliamentarian of the Year Awards live on Spectator.co.uk

12 November 2007 10:46

This Thursday watch the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards on Spectator.co.uk. The awards ceremony from Claridge’s Hotel in London will be broadcast live with the welcome speeches running from… Continue reading


Brown’s world

12 November 2007 8:24

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech tonight will be pored over for hints about the direction of British foreign policy.  As Jackie Ashley, a columnist normally sympathetic to the Prime Minister,… Continue reading


The question Aitken still needs to answer

11 November 2007 14:39

Jonathan Aitken’s return to Tory politics to lead a review on prison reform for Iain Duncan-Smith’s Centre for Social Justice makes me uneasy. As Peter Preston writes in The Observer, “to this day,… Continue reading

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Tories on 43% in new poll

11 November 2007 11:00

The Tories will be encouraged by the latest ICM poll which puts them at 43%, up 3 on the last one. Labour are steady at 35% with the Lib Dems… Continue reading


The failings of the MCB

10 November 2007 16:29

The interview that the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has given to The Daily Telegraph today is phenomenally unhelpful to the cause of community cohesion. Muhammad Abdul Bari… Continue reading


Brown’s fundraiser goes wobbly

10 November 2007 11:18

I had always expected a major Brown backer to start selling shares in our PM. But I would never have guessed it would be Sir Ronald Cohen, who is supposed… Continue reading


Has Gordon got the solution?

9 November 2007 17:57

Gordon Brown has come out of hiding to give Adam Boulton a quick interview, and his (belated) take on the Queen’s Speech. It’s all about setting out long term views,… Continue reading


Tortured thinking

9 November 2007 15:23

The debate over torture in the US has descended into tragic farce. Some on the right are so determined to always take the toughest position possible on any war on… Continue reading


More to Lord Drayson’s resignation than just fast cars

9 November 2007 13:38

The real reasons behind the timing of Lord Drayson’s resignation are beginning to seep out. Writing for Comment is Free, Robert Fox reveals that Drayson had intended to stay until… Continue reading


Will Lord Carlile have the Lib Dem whip withdrawn?

9 November 2007 11:17

Nick Clegg went on Political Betting this morning to answer questions from the site’s users. Most of his answers were fairly standard, but he did hint that Lord Carlile might… Continue reading