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Brownies & Budget 2008

7 March 2008 13:43

A reminder that – after all your suggestions – Coffee House has begun its detailed analysis of Brownies, those little lies that our Prime Minister constantly tells. The introductory post… Continue reading

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Did Clegg pick the least worst option?

7 March 2008 11:49

Nick Robinson has a good post up at the BBC explaining why Nick Clegg got himself into such a mess on the Lisbon Treaty. The whole thing is well worth… Continue reading


 Calamity Clegg

7 March 2008 8:55

Matthew Norman has a very funny column in The Independent today on the damage that Nick Clegg has done to himself and the Liberal Democrats with his appalling handling of… Continue reading


Brown’s super subs

6 March 2008 18:44

I had so much material left over from my political column this week – looking inside the doors of the revamped Team Brown and the needing-to-be-revamped Team Cameron – that… Continue reading


Brownie No.1 – Inflation

6 March 2008 18:43

"Inflation is only 2.1%, or as he will now say, only 2.2%. That is not what my groceries, fuel, energy, rail travel, council tax, water charges, insurance etc. etc. tell… Continue reading


The Islamist threat in Malaysia has lessons for us all

6 March 2008 17:49

When Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave his thoughtful lecture on Sharia law and his slightly less thoughtful BBC interview about its “inevitability” in Britain, he could have taken… Continue reading


Prisoners of their own demands

6 March 2008 15:39

By an 85 percent vote the Prison Officers Association has rejected the government’s offer of a 2.2 percent pay rise with the Union’s leadership calling it “disgraceful”. But really Prison… Continue reading


Exclusive commentary and podcast: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

6 March 2008 13:58

A podcast of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty" – is available here.  Lloyd Evans’ web exclusive report on the debate can also be… Continue reading


A cutting debate

6 March 2008 13:23

Yesterday, Matthew agreed with Daniel Finkelstein that the Tories should hold back a little – and spend more time reassuring the electorate – before cutting taxes wholesale.  As he put… Continue reading


The price of political cowardice

6 March 2008 11:53

The government’s u-turn on road pricing is a depressing act of political cowardice. Steve Richards has a spot on column in The Independent today on the matter: “In this context… Continue reading


What now for the Tories?

6 March 2008 11:53

Now the referendum vote is defeated, what for the Tories? First, hope it’s overturned in the Lords. Then? A ConservativeHome poll shows 76% of grassroot members want a retrospective referendum.… Continue reading


Who should answer the 3am call?

6 March 2008 10:33

As the psephologists continue to argue how many caucus members can dance on the head of a pin, political folklore has already settled around the idea that Hillary was saved… Continue reading


Referendum Watch

6 March 2008 8:58

Just elaborating on my post of last night, here are the full numbers for yesterday’s Commons vote on the the Tory proposal for a referendum: 311 MPs opposed the proposal… Continue reading


What’s next?

5 March 2008 22:43

Over on Americano, a look at how Obama might try and change the story line and what the seven week gap between now and the crucial Pennsylvania primary might mean… Continue reading


It’s Brownie time

5 March 2008 19:39

For the past few weeks, CoffeeHouse has been asking its readers to shout out about Gordon Brown’s lies – or Brownies, as we call them.  The response has been superb. … Continue reading


MPs say "no" to referendum 

5 March 2008 19:06

As expected, the Tory proposal for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has been defeated in the Commons.  248 MPs voted in favour, with 311 voting against.  The Treaty should… Continue reading


Live Audio: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

5 March 2008 18:31

A reminder that the Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty" – begins at 18:45 tonight.  Standing for the motion are Lord… Continue reading


Signing in

5 March 2008 16:27

Iain Martin’s already highlighted it over at Three Line Whip today.  But I thought CoffeeHousers would also enjoy this topical clip of Brown wrapping his clunking fist around a pen,… Continue reading


Europe dominates PMQs

5 March 2008 12:54

Fabian Hamilton kicked off with today’s planted question. Poverty pay in this country has been abolished by the National Minimum Wage, he says, and will Brown increase it and retain… Continue reading


Testing times

5 March 2008 12:23

As Guido reports, Nick Clegg has accepted the first Lib Dem front-bencher resignation over Europe.  No news of who it is, though.  How many more will follow? UPDATE: According to CoffeeHouser,… Continue reading


Taxing times

5 March 2008 12:07

Danny Finkelstein has a must-read column today on the Tory tax row, which has already prompted response over at Conservativehome. Quite apart from his formidable intellect, Danny has something which… Continue reading


This be the verse

5 March 2008 11:37

If you are in awe of the wit and skill of those who appear regularly on the Spectator’s weekly competition pages, and are looking for an antidote to doom and… Continue reading


Special emergency debate: Britain should have a referendum on the EU Treaty

5 March 2008 10:50

With today’s key vote dominating the headlines, a reminder that The Spectator / Intelligence Squared are holding a special emergency debate at 18:45 tonight – "Britain should have a referendum on the EU… Continue reading


It’s so unfair!

5 March 2008 8:48

I briefly mentioned the exchange between David Miliband and William Hague on the Today Programme earlier, although a little detail deserves its own post. The to-and-fro discussion went as expected –… Continue reading


Deciding on a referendum

5 March 2008 8:31

The big Parliamentary event of the day is undoubtedly the vote on whether to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The outcome’s expected at about 1900 this evening. It… Continue reading