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Cameron strong on party funding, vulnerable on dinner party etiquette

3 December 2007 15:21

The monthly Cameron press conference is far more congenial than Brown’s. Coffee is offered at the door, together with biscuits made by the chef in downstairs kitchen. But for all… Continue reading


What is Gordon up to?

3 December 2007 13:43

This morning the general view was that Wendy Alexander was staying in post because Gordon Brown feared the consequences of her quitting. Yet when Brown was offered the chance to… Continue reading

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Can Clegg be caught?

3 December 2007 11:23

Following this weekend’s release of a YouGov poll that showed Nick Clegg ahead of Chris Huhne by 56 to 44, the Clegg camp have released their own internal numbers which… Continue reading


What’s at stake in Scotland

3 December 2007 8:58

Perhaps, more extraordinary than anything going on south of the border with donor-gate is the situation in Scotland. When it was revealed on Friday that Wendy Alexander had sent a… Continue reading


How bad will this week be for Labour?

2 December 2007 23:56

Last week events drew forth plenty of “worst week ever” headlines in the Sunday papers. But there is reason to think that this week could be even worse for Gordon… Continue reading


How much will Northern Rock end up costing the taxpayer?

2 December 2007 20:05

I notice how, in the full-page adverts he has taken out today, Richard Branson says his Northern Rock bailout plan will place no "additional" burden on the taxpayer. Even he… Continue reading

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The succession chatter just got a lot louder

2 December 2007 15:11

If you haven’t already, do read John Rentoul’s column in today’s Independent on Sunday. It is the first time that a major commentator sympathetic to New Labour has seriously suggested… Continue reading


What Gordon needs for Christmas

2 December 2007 11:36

On Marr, David Cameron rightly said that the question on funding is "Who Knew?" This is also the title of a song last year by Pink which has been irritatingly… Continue reading


Abrahams causes more damage to Labour

2 December 2007 11:22

David Abrahams has plunged the hierarchy of the Labour party further into crisis with an article in the Independent on Sunday describing how he donated to the party. Here’s the… Continue reading


Tories must say no to more state funding

2 December 2007 10:29

Hazel Blears’s appearance on Marr provides yet another example of how Team Brown likes putting up women on TV when it’s in real trouble; perhaps, it is because the women… Continue reading


Spot the spoiled ones

1 December 2007 17:30

Amanda Platell, a must-read columnist as well as a hugely experienced former editor and political adviser, hits the nail on the head today with her piece on New Labour’s ‘trustafarians’.… Continue reading


What Gordon Brown should have done

1 December 2007 13:20

As this scandal drags on it is becoming clearer that Gordon Brown made a huge political mistake on Wednesday morning.  When Jon Mendelsohn confirmed Nick Robinson’s report that he was… Continue reading


Paper chase

1 December 2007 9:30

Having trawled the papers for a 7am slot on Sky News, I can perhaps save you some trouble. Buy The Times today: it is simply brilliant. It’s splash tells us… Continue reading


A note of caution

30 November 2007 20:18

Any Tory feeling almost light-headed about the speed with which things are collapsing around Gordon Brown, should read this typically intelligent posting from John Rentoul on the danger of the… Continue reading


What to do this weekend

30 November 2007 19:36

In London, the biggest draw of the weekend may well be the production of King Lear at the New London Theatre (which is receiving some enthusiastic and some not-so-enthusiastic notices). … Continue reading


Another poll with a big Tory lead

30 November 2007 18:06

The latest IPSOS-MORI poll has the Tories nine ahead, with Labour down three to 32. Although, the Tory lead is considerable this poll will not send Labour into a tailspin.… Continue reading


Could Wendy Alexander be collateral damage?

30 November 2007 15:46

Over at that new daily must-read The Three Line Whip, Iain Martin has news of a letter that puts Wendy Alexander in a very difficult position. Alexander wrote to Paul… Continue reading


The limit to Alan Johnson’s ambition

30 November 2007 14:21

If–and this is still phenomenally unlikely–this current sleaze scandal either topples Gordon Brown or brings about a challenge to him, Alan Johnson is being tipped as the man to watch.… Continue reading


Huhne turns donor-gate to his advantage

30 November 2007 11:29

A big winner of donor-gate is Chris Huhne. He’s been the face of the Lib Dems on this, as Vince Cable continues to hound Northern Rock. The ability to jump… Continue reading


Things can only get worse

30 November 2007 9:07

There was a moment of unintentional humour during Jack Straw’s interview on the Today Programme when he was asked if Labour had changed the culture as well as the law… Continue reading


It just keeps coming

30 November 2007 0:14

This evening, Peter Hain has announced that his campaign failed to register a £5,000 donation from Jon Mendelsohn, the chief fundraiser who was told by Peter Watt of how Abrahams… Continue reading


Tories with biggest ever YouGov lead

29 November 2007 21:52

The new YouGov poll for the Telegraph puts the Tories 11 points ahead, which is the first time the pollsters have found the Tories to have a double digit advantage.… Continue reading


This investigation won’t take long

29 November 2007 21:34

Given that the Metropolitan Police are probably more familiar with Labour Party financing than Gordon Brown himself, this shouldn’t be a long investigation. It could be over in as little… Continue reading


Over to the police

29 November 2007 18:16

Yates of the Yard is back. So runs the delicious rumour now the Old Bill has been dragged into the donations scandal: Yates won’t run the investigation but he has… Continue reading


Gordon Brown now acting Labour party treasurer

29 November 2007 15:18

Guido explains why.

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