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Addressing the social question

8 July 2008 8:56

The Daily Mirror launches a predictable attack on David Cameron today, claiming that in his Glasgow speech yesterday he blamed the poor, the unemployed and the fat for their own… Continue reading

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The Tory lead is down but this poll might encourage Labour MPs to move against Brown

7 July 2008 21:48

Normally the news that the Tories had fallen and Labour had gained in the polls would be met with cheers in the Brown bunker but the latest Populus poll might… Continue reading

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Obama’s most significant advantage

7 July 2008 20:48

What should keep the McCain campaign up at night is not Obama’s financial advantage or even his poll lead but his ability to command the news agenda almost at will.… Continue reading

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Cameron has immunised himself from attacks on his morality matters approach

7 July 2008 18:47

Conservative Home is worrying about how the press might report Cameron’s Glasgow speech, fearful that it might be presented as a ‘nasty party’ attack. But to my mind, the Tories… Continue reading

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A moral policy

7 July 2008 17:03

One of the most frequent conversations that Fraser and I have is about whether politicians can change the moral weather. Fraser thinks they can’t, I think they can. If you… Continue reading

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Talking about Islamophobia

7 July 2008 15:23

Peter Oborne’s Dispatches programme about Islamophobia in Britain is already making waves. (To get a sense of Peter’s argument, read this piece he did for the Mail). Peter is undoubtedly… Continue reading

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Get Carter (Episode 25)

7 July 2008 13:31

I’m not sure how to describe on a family-friendly blog what people in the know say the mood in Downing Street is like. But Sam Coates has a great example… Continue reading

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Scottish sectarianism

7 July 2008 12:36

Is it significant that Cameron will speak in a Catholic church in his visit to Glasgow East today? You can bet any Scottish politicians would have avoided any church in… Continue reading

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An unhealthy approach to policy

7 July 2008 11:02

To many in conservative circles, the less said about Tory health policy the better. The Tories have seemingly decided that the best they can do is neutralise the issue politically… Continue reading

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In case you missed them

7 July 2008 10:52

Here are some of the posts made over the weekend: Fraser Nelson notes that Gordon Brown is only "currently" leader of the Labour party. The Skimmer wonders how a bunch… Continue reading

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Glasgow East moves centre stage

7 July 2008 8:55

The Glasgow-East by-election is going to dominate the news for the next few weeks. The Westminster Village has concluded that if Labour can’t hold its 25th safest seat under Gordon… Continue reading

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CoffeeHousers’ Wall, 7 July – 13 July

7 July 2008 8:22

Welcome to the third CoffeeHousers’ Wall. CoffeeHousers’ Wall is a new feature on Spectator.co.uk. Every Monday, we’ll put up a ‘wall’ post and – provided your writing isn’t libellous, crammed… Continue reading

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Magnificent

6 July 2008 22:24

I’m not much of a tennis fan but even I was gripped by the men’s final. Every time you thought it was going to end, the player on the brink… Continue reading

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A reconstruction report-card 

6 July 2008 17:34

Like James, I’ve been admiring the new issue of Time – what caught my eye was its superb report on the Kajaki Damn in Afghanistan. This is Britain’s top reconstruction… Continue reading

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Look at who else he is talking to

6 July 2008 15:29

There’s plenty to read between the lines in The Sunday Times interview with Tony Blair. This aside from Blair is particularly interesting:   “One thing you could say about me,” he… Continue reading

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Situation soon to be vacant?

6 July 2008 12:10

When John Reid was given his last-ever appointment, he’d have fun introducing himself at meetings by saying “I’m John Reid and I am the current Home Secretary.” It was a… Continue reading

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Will it be goodbye from Glasgow for Gordon?

6 July 2008 10:28

Gordon Brown is, according to The Sunday Mirror, finally going to take a proper holiday. The Brown family will head to East Anglia later this month for a week or… Continue reading

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Pink nonsense

5 July 2008 20:04

It looks like Gordon Brown broke into The Financial Times last night and wrote its second leader – which is a summary of all Labour’s clichéd attack points, strikingly unworthy… Continue reading

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The hunt for Bin Laden

5 July 2008 18:37

The new issue of Time magazine has a couple of interesting pieces on the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The magazine reports that US counter-terrorism officials have decided that the… Continue reading

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The State and the establishment should stop pulling the rug out from under moderate Muslims

5 July 2008 15:31

Matthew Parris and Charles Moore both have important columns in their respective papers today about the Lord Chief Justice’s remarks. Matthew eloquently sums up what is most worrying about the… Continue reading

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Brown’s dirty deal on the expenses vote

5 July 2008 12:12

The vote on Thursday night not to fix the broken system of MP’s expenses was a disgrace; it was the kind of behaviour that brings politics into disrepute. It was… Continue reading

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Ray Lewis stands down

5 July 2008 9:47

There is no doubt that Ray Lewis’s resignation is embarrassing for Boris Johnson but I rather feel that sections of the media are rather overreacting to it. Listening to the Today… Continue reading

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The week that was

4 July 2008 20:33

Some highlights of the week on Spectator.co.uk: George Osborne wants your questions. Maurice Gerard reports on the aftermath of the presidential election in Zimbabwe. Fraser Nelson says that Ken Clarke has… Continue reading

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Walking the freedom trail

4 July 2008 19:52

Something that I would recommend all Coffee Housers do if they get the chance is to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. It is brilliantly laid out and gives you a… Continue reading

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A careless talk

4 July 2008 18:45

The Lord Chief Justice’s speech last night at the East London Muslim Centre was, to put it mildly, unhelpful. His point that English law allows people to arbitrate disputes under… Continue reading

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