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Is Labour not doing the business any more?

16 February 2008 9:56

New Labour’s relationship with business is at a low ebb. As George Parker argues in the FT this morning, the changes to capital gains tax and the whole non-dom business… Continue reading

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Come off it, Ken

15 February 2008 18:02

At yesterday’s green hustings, Ken Livingstone said that by 2010 the Thames would be the cleanest river flowing through any capital city and that people would be swimming in it. I’m… Continue reading


Dithering Tories?

15 February 2008 17:36

I wrote earlier that the George Osborne’s approach to tax cuts may "reduce to a tortoise-hare debate".  By characterising the Tories as "ditherers" over tax, Ben Chu of Open House feeds ammo to… Continue reading


The Spectator to launch The Spectator Business Magazine

15 February 2008 17:30

The Spectator announced its eleventh consecutive growth in sales this week and with its success in mind we will be launching a new title, The Spectator Business. These are exciting… Continue reading


Osborne on tax

15 February 2008 15:43

Following William Hague’s excellent speech there last week, George Osborne has today delivered an important address on tax reform at Policy Exchange.  The key component was a cogent defence of the Tories’… Continue reading


Clegg’s dilemma

15 February 2008 14:39

Lib Dem frontbencher David Heath has confirmed that he will vote against the Lib Dem whip and for a referendum on the EU Constitution. Nick Clegg now faces a difficult… Continue reading


And now the police step in…

15 February 2008 11:25

It’s emerged that Lee Jasper has been suspended from his role as Ken Livingstone’s race adviser, as police investigate a number of suspect spending decisions that he had a hand in. This… Continue reading


One person we don’t need any moral lectures from

15 February 2008 10:26

There are few people less qualified to act as any kind of moral arbiter than Martin McGuinness. So it is deeply comic to see him pronouncing on how television celebrates… Continue reading


Soft-touch Britain

15 February 2008 8:33

The Royal United Services Institute delivers a stark warning in a report today – that the Government’s “misplaced deference” to multiculturalism has made Britain a “soft touch” for terrorists.  In… Continue reading


The Rushdie Fatwa

14 February 2008 18:43

Today is the 18th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declaring a Fatwa on Salman Rushdie for writing the Satanic Verses. It was a wake up call to the coming challenge… Continue reading


Poll boost for Musharraf’s rivals

14 February 2008 18:00

I’ve mentioned before that election polls don’t happen nearly as often in Pakistan as they do in America. Then, like the London buses…. This week the US-based International Republican Institute, which… Continue reading


Your last-minute Valentine’s solution 

14 February 2008 17:15

I’ve often thought it slightly odd that the Feast of St Valentine (that day of Love and Romance) commemorates a Roman martyr who was tortured and put to death in… Continue reading


Where there’s a will, there’s a way (around Parliamentary regulations)

14 February 2008 15:53

James wrote earlier on plans to make MPs formally declare any family members who work for them.  But, if the New Statesman’s Kevin Maguire is right, the new measures may be to little avail. … Continue reading


How cuddly is Musharraf?

14 February 2008 15:09

Yesterday, we posted a letter by Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the former Pakistan High Commissioner to London, in which he took issue with a Coffee House post by Rani Singh.  Here, Rani responds to… Continue reading


Remember to hold Brown to account!

14 February 2008 12:04

A reminder that Boris wants to know which of Gordon Brown’s misleading little claims you find the most outrageous. At the moment, our Prime Minister’s statements about inflation are topping the chart.  As CoffeeHouser ‘m’ puts it:… Continue reading


Lib Dem frontbenchers in open revolt

14 February 2008 11:03

Two Lib Dem frontbenchers are—in open defiance of their party line—supporting a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty, Sam Coates reveals this morning. This is a major challenge to Nick… Continue reading


Towards a written constitution?

14 February 2008 10:58

Prompted by Peter Riddell’s article in the Times today, I’ve just read through the speech that Jack Straw delivered yesterday on "modernising the Magna Carta".  It’s heady stuff - all talk of Labour’s… Continue reading


A declaration of intent

14 February 2008 8:53

The idea that MPs should have to declare in the Register of Member’s Interests any family members who work for them is a sensible response to the Conway crisis. However… Continue reading


Ashdown’s plan for Afghanistan

13 February 2008 17:46

Paddy Ashdown, who was going to be the much needed UN special envoy in Afghanistan, until Hamid Karzai vetoed him, has a piece in the FT today laying out how… Continue reading


China, Africa & oil…

13 February 2008 17:38

Following Steven Spielberg’s withdrawal as an artistic adviser to this year’s Beijing Olympics, a new web exclusive article by Heidi Kingstone investigates Chinese relations with Africa, and what both regions hope to… Continue reading

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Government backs Blair for EU Presidency

13 February 2008 15:56

I interview Jim Murphy in tomorrow’s Spectator, in which he gives his endorsement to Tony Blair as EU president. For the first time, we’re running a longer version of the… Continue reading


Musharraf’s Pakistan

13 February 2008 14:17

Coffee House was recently sent the following letter from Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the former Pakistan High Commissioner to London: Sir, Your report by Rani Singh made quite a jolly read,… Continue reading


Miliband’s democratic case

13 February 2008 12:13

David Miliband’s speech on ‘the democratic imperative’ marks an important moment in post-Iraq foreign policy. It is the first time since Tony Blair’s departure that a Labour politician has delivered… Continue reading


Hold Brown to account

13 February 2008 11:22

You may have seen the disgraceful suggestion by Gordon Brown in Prime Minister’s Question Time that I want to cut the Metropolitan Police budget when the reverse is the case.… Continue reading


Sprinting leaves morality behind

13 February 2008 9:06

As a sporadic but enthusiastic follower of British athletics, I find the Dwain Chambers story very dispiriting. There is something utterly compelling about the sprinters – from Jesse Owens, via… Continue reading