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Prisoners of their own demands

6 March 2008 15:39

By an 85 percent vote the Prison Officers Association has rejected the government’s offer of a 2.2 percent pay rise with the Union’s leadership calling it “disgraceful”. But really Prison… Continue reading


Exclusive commentary and podcast: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

6 March 2008 13:58

A podcast of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty" – is available here.  Lloyd Evans’ web exclusive report on the debate can also be… Continue reading


A cutting debate

6 March 2008 13:23

Yesterday, Matthew agreed with Daniel Finkelstein that the Tories should hold back a little – and spend more time reassuring the electorate – before cutting taxes wholesale.  As he put… Continue reading


The price of political cowardice

6 March 2008 11:53

The government’s u-turn on road pricing is a depressing act of political cowardice. Steve Richards has a spot on column in The Independent today on the matter: “In this context… Continue reading


What now for the Tories?

6 March 2008 11:53

Now the referendum vote is defeated, what for the Tories? First, hope it’s overturned in the Lords. Then? A ConservativeHome poll shows 76% of grassroot members want a retrospective referendum.… Continue reading


Who should answer the 3am call?

6 March 2008 10:33

As the psephologists continue to argue how many caucus members can dance on the head of a pin, political folklore has already settled around the idea that Hillary was saved… Continue reading


Referendum Watch

6 March 2008 8:58

Just elaborating on my post of last night, here are the full numbers for yesterday’s Commons vote on the the Tory proposal for a referendum: 311 MPs opposed the proposal… Continue reading


What’s next?

5 March 2008 22:43

Over on Americano, a look at how Obama might try and change the story line and what the seven week gap between now and the crucial Pennsylvania primary might mean… Continue reading


It’s Brownie time

5 March 2008 19:39

For the past few weeks, CoffeeHouse has been asking its readers to shout out about Gordon Brown’s lies – or Brownies, as we call them.  The response has been superb. … Continue reading


MPs say "no" to referendum 

5 March 2008 19:06

As expected, the Tory proposal for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has been defeated in the Commons.  248 MPs voted in favour, with 311 voting against.  The Treaty should… Continue reading


Live Audio: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

5 March 2008 18:31

A reminder that the Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty" – begins at 18:45 tonight.  Standing for the motion are Lord… Continue reading


Signing in

5 March 2008 16:27

Iain Martin’s already highlighted it over at Three Line Whip today.  But I thought CoffeeHousers would also enjoy this topical clip of Brown wrapping his clunking fist around a pen,… Continue reading


Europe dominates PMQs

5 March 2008 12:54

Fabian Hamilton kicked off with today’s planted question. Poverty pay in this country has been abolished by the National Minimum Wage, he says, and will Brown increase it and retain… Continue reading


Testing times

5 March 2008 12:23

As Guido reports, Nick Clegg has accepted the first Lib Dem front-bencher resignation over Europe.  No news of who it is, though.  How many more will follow? UPDATE: According to CoffeeHouser,… Continue reading


Taxing times

5 March 2008 12:07

Danny Finkelstein has a must-read column today on the Tory tax row, which has already prompted response over at Conservativehome. Quite apart from his formidable intellect, Danny has something which… Continue reading


This be the verse

5 March 2008 11:37

If you are in awe of the wit and skill of those who appear regularly on the Spectator’s weekly competition pages, and are looking for an antidote to doom and… Continue reading


Special emergency debate: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

5 March 2008 10:50

With today’s key vote dominating the headlines, a reminder that The Spectator / Intelligence Squared are holding a special emergency debate at 18:45 tonight – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU… Continue reading


It’s so unfair!

5 March 2008 8:48

I briefly mentioned the exchange between David Miliband and William Hague on the Today Programme earlier, although a little detail deserves its own post. The to-and-fro discussion went as expected –… Continue reading


Deciding on a referendum

5 March 2008 8:31

The big Parliamentary event of the day is undoubtedly the vote on whether to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The outcome’s expected at about 1900 this evening. It… Continue reading


Live blogging tonight’s results

5 March 2008 0:09

Over at Americano, I’ll be reporting on the resuts from today’s primaries as they come in. Later on, I’ll be heading over to the Obama election night event here in… Continue reading

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Will the Democratic race twist again tonight?

4 March 2008 18:20

Tonight, for the first time in a while, the pressure is all on Barack Obama. When I arrived here in Austin on Friday, the general feeling was that Obama was going… Continue reading


Pledge-avoidance tactics

4 March 2008 17:32

I went along to the launch for Cameron’s Military Covenant Commission, aimed at renewing the obligations that are owed to the military.  It’s a good idea and good box office… Continue reading


Cooking the books

4 March 2008 14:39

Northern Rock is £110 billion of public debt.  An amount which “blows a hole” in the Treasury’s “sustainable investment rule” – that the debt-GDP ratio shouldn’t go higher than 40 percent. … Continue reading


What’s to blame for the Broken Society?

4 March 2008 12:37

A CoffeeHouser, William, asks how I can blame socialism for the Broken Society – a problem which he says is an “absence, not the promotion, of a collective responsibility”. This… Continue reading


Remembering Chancellor Road-Block 

4 March 2008 11:13

Rachel Sylvester writes a typically excellent article in today’s Telegraph, charting Brown’s apparent transformation into a fervid Blairite. I’m still not convinced that the change is anything more than rhetorical.  But… Continue reading