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Labour fundraising scandal takes a dramatic turn

28 November 2007 8:37

Nick Robinson has just reported on the Today Programme that Jon Mendelsohn had been told by Peter Watt, the Labour Secretary General who has already resigned over this scandal, how… Continue reading


Abrahams speaks

27 November 2007 23:57

The mysterious David Abrahams called into Newsnight this evening and his exchange with Jeremy Paxman makes things even murkier but does seem to bring the scandal closer to Downing Street.… Continue reading

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Two keys to the puzzle

27 November 2007 19:46

I’d urge you to read Stephen Pollard on how well known David Abrahams was on the Labour circuit in the 1990s and this post from Boulton and co by Joey… Continue reading

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Where’s Jack?

27 November 2007 19:38

Has anyone heard from Jack Dromey? Last time a Labour funding crisis emerged, the party Treasurer was touring TV studios venting pious anger. Now, silence. There are plenty unanswered questions… Continue reading


Brown needs to recover and quick or he is doomed

27 November 2007 16:24

When a patient’s heart stops beating, medics have about ten minutes to revive it. So it is with the Labour government. Gordon Brown is running out of time to get… Continue reading


The latest twists in the fundraising scandal

27 November 2007 14:07

Gordon Brown’s press conference was, unsurprisingly, dominated by the Labour fundraising scandal. Notably, Brown described Peter Watt’s resignation as a “necessary first step.” He also expressed his confidence in Harriet… Continue reading


What should be the first question of the Brown press conference

27 November 2007 10:53

Daniel Finkelstein flags up the key questions that Labour must answer about this whole fundraising affair.  Do read the whole thing.


Quiz night

27 November 2007 10:36

The competitive spirit never ceases to amaze me and it was flamboyantly evident last night at a gathering in Hammersmith Town Hall to raise funds for RAPT, the Rehabilitation for… Continue reading

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More bad headlines for Labour

27 November 2007 8:52

The morning papers are dominated by the Labour fundraising scandal and the resignation of the Labour Secretary-General Peter Watt. The Daily Telegraph reports that, “David Abrahams, the millionaire property developer… Continue reading

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Labour fall through the 30 percent floor

26 November 2007 20:26

A new ComRes poll has Labour at 27%, Conservative Home is reporting tonight. This is the lowest number Labour has recorded in this poll since April 2007 while the Conservative… Continue reading


Fundraising scandal leads to key Labour figure’s resignation

26 November 2007 18:23

Labour’s General Secretary Peter Watt has tonight resigned over the fundraising scandal that broke this weekend. Watt resigned because he knew that property developer David Abrahams was donating money to… Continue reading


Game on

26 November 2007 17:48

In a TV interview tonight, Barack Obama takes one of his harshest shots yet at Hillary Clinton. "I think the fact of the matter is that Senator Clinton is claiming… Continue reading


Why the Oxford Union has it wrong

26 November 2007 12:46

The Oxford Union’s decision to invite David Irving and Nick Griffin to speak confuses the right to free speech with a duty to offer people a platform. Nick Griffin is,… Continue reading


The tide continues to turn

26 November 2007 11:10

Hot on the heels of Adam Boulton speculating about whether Gordon Brown is cut out for the job of being Prime Minister, we have Trevor Kavanagh predicting in his Sun column… Continue reading

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How bad is it for Brown?

26 November 2007 8:47

Jackie Ashley is one of the columnists who is normally most sympathetic to Gordon Brown. So her take on the issue of how much trouble the Prime Minister is in… Continue reading


What price red tape?

25 November 2007 22:07

The Observer has a very readable piece on the opaque nature of the European Parliament this week. One fact in it is truly shocking, even to someone fairly sceptical about… Continue reading


Look who’s coming to dinner

25 November 2007 16:55

Barack Obama got the question about who he would invite to his ideal dinner party from a newspaper in New Hampshire. The guest list of Jesus, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln… Continue reading


Educating Gordon Brown

25 November 2007 14:00

One of the least explored defects of this government is what Rabbi Lionel Blue calls “moral short-sightedness” – the ability to see problems on another continent, but not on one’s… Continue reading


Key Clinton adviser wants more US troops sent to the Balkans

25 November 2007 13:48

Richard Holbrooke, America’s UN Ambassador under Bill Clinton who is expected to become Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, has an op-ed in the Washington Post… Continue reading


Des Browne’s Defence Spending Fiddle

25 November 2007 11:38

The government’s response to the Thursday attack by the defence chiefs was to claim that Britain has the second-highest defence spending in the world. It was a new one to… Continue reading


Not good news, Darling

24 November 2007 17:19

Tomorrow’s News of the World has a poll which gives the last rites to Brown’s reputation for economic competence. It is truly devastating on many levels. 1. Two months ago… Continue reading


Can Gordon recover?

24 November 2007 11:42

With Labour down to 31% in the polls, talk has already started about whether the Brown premiership is salvageable or not. It is premature, if tempting, to declare that it… Continue reading


Weekend viewing

23 November 2007 19:27

You can listen to this week’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on whether Britain needs Trident via this link—speakers include Baroness Helena Kennedy and Sir Malcolm Rifkind. We also have… Continue reading


The shape of the race

23 November 2007 17:38

As America tucks into turkey sandwiches now seems as good a time as any to assess the state of the presidential race. The first contests are now only a little… Continue reading

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Grammar school numbers up by more than 20% under Labour

23 November 2007 15:41

Labour talks about grammar schools as if they are something out of the dark ages. They’re also currently trying to make it easier for them to be abolished by ballot.… Continue reading