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Cooper bombs on Newsnight

24 April 2008 17:50

Iain Martin is right to highlight Yvette Cooper’s dreadful performance on Newsnight yesterday evening. She personified the Government’s actions over the 10p tax rate – confused and unconvincing.  Here’s footage, for your viewing pleasure:

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Rebellion is in the air

24 April 2008 17:07

As ever, Martin Bright’s column in the New Statesman is well worth reading. Here’s the key paragraph: “Brown and his poll-obsessed allies may find some comfort in the latest figures,… Continue reading

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Dorries plans revenge

24 April 2008 15:11

Hm. The latest post (entitled ‘Secrets’) over at Nadine Dorries’ blog is very intriguing. Do CoffeeHousers have any ideas what she might be getting at?  UPDATE: It seems to have been taken down. Curiouser and curiouser…

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Ken ponders defeat

24 April 2008 14:46

Is Ken getting worried? Until now he’s been tight-lipped about the prospect of defeat – but that changed this morning at the launch of his full manifesto. He told the assembled journos… Continue reading

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Striking out

24 April 2008 13:17

I have just ran into the striking teachers, placards aloft as they try to extort even more money from the taxpayer by closing a third of English schools today. Three… Continue reading

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Three men stabbed outside Jacqui Smith’s kebab shop

24 April 2008 11:45

During the kerfuffle after the Jacqui Smith told The Sunday Times that she wouldn’t feel safe walking the streets of London her aides made great play of the fact that… Continue reading

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Running scared

24 April 2008 11:29

As Fraser said yesterday – and as Peter Riddell writes in today’s Times – we may be entering a phase in which Labour rebellion and dissent become commonplace. “After all” –… Continue reading

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Can Boris run London?

24 April 2008 8:56

Can Boris run London? That’s the question that Matthew answers with a resounding “Yes!” in the latest issue of the Spectator. His article’s just been uploaded to the website, so… Continue reading

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Where have all the Brownites gone?

23 April 2008 22:39

I’m just out of a More4 studio debating Brown with Francis Beckett, author of a very good (and, to my mind, under-appreciated) biography of the Dear Leader. He’ll carve a… Continue reading

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The return of drama and rebellion?

23 April 2008 18:05

Apparently Brown (or, more likely, Carter) didn’t think the PMQs performance leant itself to the right kind of footage for the evening news. So political editors are being summoned to… Continue reading

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Introducing The Spectator 180th anniversary blog

23 April 2008 15:58

We’ve just launched a blog celebrating the 180th anniversary of the Spectator. You can check it out here. At the moment, there are two posts up – an introduction and a look… Continue reading

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The Powell doctrine

23 April 2008 15:04

Jonathan Powell’s essay on the Northern Ireland peace process in the May Prospect sets out his position on talking to terrorists with complete clarity: “To argue that al Qaeda and the… Continue reading

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From Darling with love

23 April 2008 14:33

For those who want to know what a U-turn looks like, the Guardian has a scanned copy (pdf) of Alistair Darling’s 10p tax letter to John McFall.

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Wednesday Whoppers

23 April 2008 13:56

Cameron said it should be called Prime Minister’s U-Turn, not PMQs. I disagree. It should be renamed Wednesday Whoppers or – as we say here in CoffeeHouse – Brownies. A… Continue reading

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The rebellion fizzles out

23 April 2008 12:26

A quick update to Fraser’s post – the 10p tax rebels, lead by Frank Field, have withdrawn their amendment to the Finance Bill in the wake of Alistair Darling’s statement. … Continue reading

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Post-Pennsylvania

23 April 2008 12:21

Hillary Clinton scored a solid victory in the Pennsylvania primary.  How is Team Obama going to react?  Find out over at Americano.

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The 10p tax U-turn

23 April 2008 11:53

Gordon Brown doesn’t get it. Even his U-turn over the 10p tax rate (announced just time for PMQs in the form of a letter to John McFall) is devilishly complicated.… Continue reading

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The finishing post is in sight

23 April 2008 11:24

I don’t know a single person in Westminster willing to predict the outcome of the Mayoral election. Most people I speak to say their gut tells them Livingstone will win, but… Continue reading

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Happy St George’s Day

23 April 2008 8:59

It’s St George’s Day today, so – if you haven’t already – do check out the special articles from the latest issue of the Spectator, and have your say on… Continue reading

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Should the flag of St George fly over Downing Street?

22 April 2008 18:13

I must admit to mixed feelings at the news that Number Ten will fly the flag of St George tomorrow. On the one hand, it’ll be an impressive sight and… Continue reading

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Gaffes galore

22 April 2008 17:46

Even spell-checker’s rebelling against Gordon Brown.  On the Labour website earlier: "excellance for all".  It’s been fixed now, but not before some quick-thinking types captured screen grabs. 

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How can Brown make amends?

22 April 2008 17:05

How should Brown deal with the 10p tax band issue?  That’s the question that was put to Politics Home’s group of 100 political insiders today.  In answer – some 62 percent of repondents believe… Continue reading

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Will the rebellion be quashed?

22 April 2008 15:22

Team Brown’s clearly spooked by the 10p tax rebellion (and so it should be – as Jackie Ashley pointed out yesterday, the repercussions could be massive). The evidence? Well, the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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It’s crunch time

22 April 2008 12:46

With polls in Pennsylvania having opened – and with everyone expecting a Clinton victory - do check out Americano’s guide to how to interpret her winning margin.

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The Sun shines on Boris and Paddick says he couldn’t work for Ken

22 April 2008 10:34

This morning, The Sun offers an enthusiastic endorsement of Boris Johnson proclaiming that he ‘has the energy and the imagination to give this great city what it needs.’ Meanwhile, in… Continue reading

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