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Brown’s unemployed army

14 July 2008 12:09

Ever since JFK established the Peace Corps, policymakers here have been keen on a British version of it. The latest idea is from the new knife crime tsar, Alf Hitchcock,… Continue reading


Protecting free speech

14 July 2008 11:39

The American press is significantly freer than the British one because of the free speech guarantee enshrined in the First Amendment. In the US unlike in the UK, the burden… Continue reading


In case you missed them

14 July 2008 10:46

Here are some of the posts made over the weekend: The Russian and Chinese veto of sanctions on Zimbabwe is a result of the UN not being designed to be… Continue reading


Inflation the highest it has been since 1992

14 July 2008 8:56

Last week, the Bank of England held interest rates at 5 percent because inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, was 3.3 percent—above the Bank’s 2 percent target. Today’s… Continue reading


CoffeeHousers’ Wall, 14 July – 20 July

14 July 2008 8:19

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


Obama talks God

13 July 2008 21:34

Obama supporters hope that his comfort in talking publicly about his religious beliefs will both help Obama bridge some of the cultural gap that separates him from large chunks of… Continue reading


The two sides to fighting crime

13 July 2008 19:20

‘Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ is one of the great political soundbites. Sadly, though, Tony Blair’s government never managed to put both parts of into action.… Continue reading


The US, Israel and Iran

13 July 2008 15:40

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that Israel was stepping up its preparations to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Jim Hoagland, The Washington Posts’s foreign affairs… Continue reading


Another big Tory poll lead

13 July 2008 12:28

The latest YouGov poll for The Sunday Times shows no change in the Labour and Tory numbers—the Tories are still 22 points  ahead, 47 to 25. The good news for… Continue reading


Loving the trend

13 July 2008 10:16

I’m in Austria for a wedding this weekend, as yet another one of my friends has got hitched to a European. It’s becoming a trend. Of the five closest friends… Continue reading


Poll has Labour 14 points ahead in Glasgow East

12 July 2008 19:19

Gordon Brown’s effort to give up biting his nails just received a boost with the release of an ICM poll of Glasgow East which shows Labour 14 points ahead, 47… Continue reading


Obama’s lead down to three points

12 July 2008 15:11

We should be wary about getting overexcited about a single opinion poll but the new Newsweek poll will be causing some heartburn among Obama supporters. Last month’s Newsweek poll put… Continue reading


Labour need a message but not Ed’s one

12 July 2008 12:49

One of the problems besetting this government is that it lacks a narrative; Cabinet Ministers cannot put their policies into context and voters cannot tell what you the government is… Continue reading


The UN is not designed to be moral

12 July 2008 9:46

The decision by Russia and China to veto sanctions against Zimbabwe should finally remove the scales from peoples’ eyes about the role and purpose of the United Nations. The UN’s… Continue reading


A week in posts

11 July 2008 19:48

Here are a selection of the Coffee House posts made this week: Fraser Nelson explains what is really going on in the credit market and writes about how the Glasgow… Continue reading


Top economist: UK will enter recession this year

11 July 2008 17:38

The City economist I mentioned yesterday, Michael Saunders from Citibank, has today revised forecasts and believes the UK recession will start this year and expects growth of 0.3% next year… Continue reading


David Davis to be Tory civil liberties tsar

11 July 2008 16:00

The Telegraph is reporting that next week David Cameron will invite David Davis to take on a role overseeing Tory policy on civil liberties. Presumably, the hope is that this… Continue reading


If Brown can’t win in Scotland, where can he win?

11 July 2008 12:43

There is another set of depressing poll numbers for Gordon Brown today. A new YouGov poll for The Telegraph has the SNP ahead of Labour in general election voting intention… Continue reading


The Glasgow East by-election shows us the two Scotlands

11 July 2008 11:54

My wee film about Glasgow East will be shown on BBC Daily Politics today. I’ve blogged plenty about this, but if CoffeeHousers will indulge me here’s my take on the… Continue reading


Labour’s depressed MPs

11 July 2008 10:29

If you want to get a sense for how demoralised Labour MPs are at the moment read John Kampfner in The Telegraph today. Kampfner writes that: “Several senior figures I… Continue reading


David Davis gets the decent turnout he needed

11 July 2008 8:19

David Davis cruised to victory last night in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election with 72 percent of the vote on a 34 percent turnout. Turnout was high enough for Davis… Continue reading


The Beijing Olympic Spirit

10 July 2008 21:08

There is an important piece in The Washington Post today detailing how China is imprisoning and harassing political activists in the run up to the games: As the Olympics draw… Continue reading


Salmond’s airs and graces

10 July 2008 18:34

Kevin Maguire reports in the New Statesman that Alex Salmond has taken to signing his letters: Yours of Scotland, Alex It is hard to think of a more pompous valediction.


Brown’s Praetorians close ranks

10 July 2008 17:46

Ben Brogan, one of the most plugged-in journalists in Westminster, has a great scoop about a Brownite whipping operation which bypasses Geoff Hoon, the chief whip, and reports directly to… Continue reading


Should Labour get the defeat out of the way as quickly as possible?

10 July 2008 15:59

There is an absolutely fascinating post by Simon Carr over at Open House. Carr reports that Labour SPADs are kicking around the idea that a Cabinet delegation should force Brown… Continue reading