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