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Why Brown has the ex-factor

20 April 2008 16:44

Like George Osborne, I was struck by David Miliband saying in his News of the World article that the government needs to look at things through the eyes of the… Continue reading

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Jostling for prominence

20 April 2008 12:45

David Miliband has been a busy media figure recently. After his quasi-manifesto in the Times, he’s now penned an article for the News of the World. In it, he echoes… Continue reading

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Raising taxes on those who work hard for little money could be the end of Labour

20 April 2008 10:44

Coffee Housers will soon be piling in with their own take on Alistair Darling’s performance on BBC1′s Andrew Marr Show this morning — he seemed to accept the abolition of… Continue reading

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What do you have to say to get sacked by Gordon Brown?

20 April 2008 10:00

One of the more remarkable things about the row over the abolition of the 10p tax rate is the level of insubordination that the Prime Minister is letting Parliamentary Private… Continue reading

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Brown doesn’t believe in choice, at least when it comes to coffee

19 April 2008 18:26

“When Gordon Brown used to hold meetings at the Treasury, coffee would be served with the milk already added. I always thought that summed up his style. Such was his… Continue reading

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Putin’s private side

19 April 2008 16:27

The story of Vladimir Putin and Alina Kabayeva, the 24 year old gymnast turned MP, is bizarre. On Thursday, the newspaper Moskovsky Korrespondent alleged that Putin was to leave his… Continue reading

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Spelling it out to Brown

19 April 2008 13:30

Gordon Brown claims he is baffled by the suggestion that his decision to double (not abolish) the 10p starting rate of tax hurts anyone. We all have it confused somehow, he… Continue reading

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Get Carter

19 April 2008 10:07

The tensions between Gordon Brown’s old team and his new recruits is bound to be exacerbated by the revelation in the Telegraph that Stephen Carter is earning £180,000 a year… Continue reading

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Brown needs to talk to some new people

18 April 2008 18:37

It wasn’t just the presidential candidates and the president that Gordon Brown met on the DC leg of his trip. Here, via Playbook, are the other folk that he saw:… Continue reading

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The week that was

18 April 2008 18:27

Fraser Nelson charts Brown’s Stateside errors, and implores the Tories to reward the strivers. Matthew d’Ancona claims Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur is a chilling masterpiece. James Forsyth points out the shared… Continue reading

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A losers’ summit?

18 April 2008 17:43

Now for four words which, in my experience, CoffeeHousers hate the most: “in fairness to Brown”. Not many other national leaders could have drawn all three presidential hopefuls to meet… Continue reading

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Gwyneth Dunwoody RIP

18 April 2008 16:34

Gwyneth Dunwoody – the "Mother of the House of Commons" – died last night, aged 77.  I’d recommend you read Michael White’s tribute for the Guardian, from which the following is… Continue reading

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Cable vs Osborne

18 April 2008 15:32

George Osborne’s main opponent isn’t Alistair Darling. It’s Vince Cable. As former chief economist at Shell, he’s that rare thing – a politician who knows what he’s talking about. Today… Continue reading

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What’s the actual cost of living?

18 April 2008 12:08

Under the headline ‘The Real Rate of Inflation’, The Daily Mail launches its new Cost of Living Index. The idea is to show that the Consumer Price Index’s 2.5 percent… Continue reading

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Boris: take two

18 April 2008 11:58

ConservativeHome have an exclusive peek at Boris’s second election broadcast. Maybe he’s taken Livingstone’s criticisms on board: this one is zippy, expansive and – gosh – even in colour.  To my… Continue reading

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Balls to the rescue?

18 April 2008 8:57

Ed Balls plays knight-in-shining-armour today, defending his leader in a Times interview. Here’s what he has to say: "The efforts of local councillors and shadow leaders should not be undermined… Continue reading

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Lining up to give Brown a kicking

17 April 2008 17:23

As Three Line Whip points out, yet another Labour figure has joined the long, long queue to give Gordon Brown a kicking.  This time it’s the Labour MP Ken Purchase,… Continue reading

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Does purdah apply only to bad news?

17 April 2008 15:54

The report into the police shooting of Charles de Menezes is now two months overdue. As the Standard reports today, it’s being sat on because of “political sensitivities” surrounding the… Continue reading

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This is England

17 April 2008 12:59

With St George’s Day fast approaching (it’s on April 23rd), The Spectator has taken the opportunity to release a special issue on England. You’ll find the relevant articles dotted around the… Continue reading

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Bad news travels

17 April 2008 12:38

Context is all in politics and, with the government widely considered to be in big trouble, every piece of bad news is making waves. So, the Labour peer Lord Desai’s… Continue reading

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A catalogue of Stateside errors

17 April 2008 10:56

Whenever Blair didn’t like the heat in Britain he’d jet off abroad. But Brown’s trip to America seems to cast his shortcomings into even sharper relief. My thoughts on the… Continue reading

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Practise what you preach

17 April 2008 8:55

Our Prime Minister’s been laying down the law on Wall Street, telling banks that they must be more open about their bad debts. Ok, so it’s good advice – we… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister’s active, UN diplomacy

16 April 2008 22:37

Sam Coates flags up this classic photograph.

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What have you done Darling?

16 April 2008 19:38

The blogs are alive with Alistair Darling’s observation from China about what the government needs to do: “But we have also got to make sure that in other areas we… Continue reading

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Is Smith breaking the rules?

16 April 2008 18:17

(CoffeeHouse regular Tiberius asked that we write something on this, so here goes…)   Jacqui Smith’s created a bit of a political storm today, over her announcement that 300 extra… Continue reading

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