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Free advice to Ming: Don’t declare yourself a failure

17 September 2007 16:34

Mike Smithson has an interesting piece up at Political Betting arguing that if the Lib Dems are to be taken seriously by the media they need their very own Campbell… Continue reading


Lib Dem conference gets bumped down the new agenda

17 September 2007 13:38

The predicament of the Lib Dems is summed up by the media coverage, or lack thereof, of their conference. Looking at the papers today, the Lib Dem conference seems to… Continue reading


How we got into the current mess

17 September 2007 11:37

As David Cameron prepares to speak, I would like to helpfully outline five components behind the mess we see today. 1. Bungling central bankers: As I blogged earlier, the Bank of… Continue reading


More bad poll news for the Lib Dem

17 September 2007 10:00

The ComRes poll in today’s Independent will not improve the mood of grumpy Lib Dem delegates in Brighton. The poll finds that the party is down at 15 percent, a… Continue reading


Ming on the back foot

16 September 2007 23:02

The YouGov poll in the Sunday Times has got the Lib Dem conference off on the wrong foot for Ming Campbell. The poll finds that only four percent of voters… Continue reading

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Darling stumbles

16 September 2007 17:11

Darling is losing his grip. He got his figures wrong twice on the World This Weekend and his exasperated stuttering hardly inspired confidence at a time when it is so… Continue reading


How the Tories could get the public to go green

16 September 2007 10:52

The YouGov poll in Sunday Times which shows that Labour is five points ahead also contains some instructive data on the public’s reactions to the policies suggested by the Tory… Continue reading


Why John Reid is stepping down

15 September 2007 17:21

Earlier today, like many people around Westminster, I received a text message from John Reid letting me know that he will be standing down as an MP at the next… Continue reading


How government and the Bank of England exacerbated the credit crunch

15 September 2007 16:35

The credit crunch is global. So why has there only been a run on the banks in Britain? Alistair Darling suggests Northern Rock is a mere domino in a chain… Continue reading


Might Brown’s tea-time stunt backfire?

15 September 2007 13:52

On Thursday I thought that Gordon Brown had pulled off a masterstroke by inviting Margaret Thatcher to tea at Downing Street, but now I’m not so sure. Marina Hyde’s column… Continue reading


Only a Lib Dem could get it this wrong

15 September 2007 1:56

Sir Menzies Campbell’s call for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is a desperate bid to preserve party unity on the eve of what may be his last… Continue reading


The pick of the weekend’s films

14 September 2007 18:05

If you’re planning a visit to the cinema this weekend, I recommend you bypass the  cold, albeit visually impressive, ‘Atonement’, in favour of  Julie Delpy’s first effort as an actor,… Continue reading

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Old is the new new

14 September 2007 11:40

The old Latin rite of Mass is officially reinstated today. It’s not easy to explain the significance of this to non-Catholics (or even to Catholics under the age of 50),… Continue reading


Not Rocking

14 September 2007 10:30

As a Northern Rock mortgage holder, I naturally went to the bank’s website when I heard the news about the Bank of England’s extraordinary intervention, providing emergency funding for the… Continue reading


Bush on Iraq

14 September 2007 8:30

President Bush’s speech on Iraq last night showed how reliant he now is on others for credibility on Iraq. Take the two key paragraphs that set out the shift in… Continue reading


Captions Please

13 September 2007 19:19

Gordon’s new ad message: I’m not Tony

13 September 2007 16:06

Back in May, the American pollster (and Spectator contributor) Frank Luntz advised Gordon Brown to make a virtue out of his reputation for being boring. The Prime Minister has today… Continue reading


Brown invites Thatcher into his ever expanding tent

13 September 2007 15:31

Margaret Thatcher is taking tea with Gordon Brown, Ben Brogan has the scoop. This is just about the last thing that David Cameron needs today as he tries to defuse… Continue reading


Policy pollution

13 September 2007 14:34

The Zac-Gummer boomerang, thrown in December 2005, has hit Cameron in the face today. The Quality of Life group policy report is overflowing with guff. Take their headline plan to… Continue reading


Did the anti-war movement just save the Iraq mission?

13 September 2007 12:26

When you hear people talk about the importance of the NetRoots in left-wing politics in the US they’re largely talking about MoveOn.org which was founded to try and get the… Continue reading


Al Qaeda has not gone away

13 September 2007 8:28

Take a look at the Guardian’s report this morning on a new study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies on the current strength of al Qaeda. So much energy… Continue reading


Toby Young’s new column starts this week

12 September 2007 18:42

Do not miss Toby Young’s new weekly column Status Anxiety, starting in tomorrow’s magazine. As any fule kno, Toby is the laureate of metropolitan angst so it seemed only fair… Continue reading


The coming Lib Dem leadership battle

12 September 2007 17:46

A book has just landed on my desk with Chris Huhne’s beaming, discoloured face on its cover. The LibDem environment spokesman is carrying a placard saying “green taxes now”. So… Continue reading


Putin set to anoint Ivanov as his successor

12 September 2007 12:56

Interesting news from Russia where Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and his cabinet have all resigned, giving Putin the chance to appoint a new PM and government before presidential elections next… Continue reading


Who would follow Musharraf?

12 September 2007 10:52

On the list of things that should keep us up at night, Pakistan has to be pretty high. It is a phenomenally unstable state with nuclear weapons. Much as I… Continue reading