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The back story to the Cameron-Miraj showdown

2 August 2007 12:37

Martin Bright has some great detail on the lead up to the Cameron, Miraj row. Here’s the key passage: “I understand that at a meeting this year Cameron himself urged Miraj to… Continue reading


The challenge for Boris

2 August 2007 10:28

There is both a must-read and a must-hear on the Boris for London front this morning. First the must-read, Matthew Parris‘s column in this week’s magazine on what Boris needs to… Continue reading


The revolution enters a new phase

2 August 2007 8:21

Philip Gould’s memo laying out what Gordon Brown needs to do to win an early election makes for fascinating reading. Especially notable is Gould’s belief that elections can’t be won… Continue reading


The worst form of NIMBY-ism

2 August 2007 7:59

Societies often have trouble assimilating those who return from war. Half a century before Vietnam, Wilfred Owen wrote of the survivors of World War One: "A few, a few, too… Continue reading


Obama out-hawks Bush and Clinton on Pakistan

1 August 2007 19:46

Barak Obama just delivered the most important speech of the 2008 campaign so far. Having stepped to Hillary’s left on the issue of meeting with Castro, Ahamdinejad, Chavez et al,… Continue reading


Everything you ever wanted to know about Harry Potter and some

1 August 2007 16:04

If you have read all seven of the JK Rowling books and still haven’t sated your appetite for knowledge of Potter and friends, then read this QandA between the author… Continue reading


A cheeky idea

1 August 2007 14:03

The BBC are reporting that Ed Davey, Ming’s chief of staff, is floating the idea of his officemate Lembit Opik running for mayor of London. This strikes me as a… Continue reading


List your pet hates

1 August 2007 13:31

Over at Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein is asking folks what impolite behaviour really gets under their skin in an attempt to draw up a definitive list. He starts us off… Continue reading


Travels with Gordon

1 August 2007 12:13

Editor back online – I have been in the States with Gordon’s travelling party, and fascinating it was, too. Though an evangelical convert to blogging, I thought on this occasion… Continue reading


Spice up their lives

1 August 2007 11:51

The Spice Girls have set up a website allowing fans to vote for one more city to be included on their world tour. But I fear they might be in… Continue reading


Brown to America: I love your country

1 August 2007 10:18

One of the fascinating things about Brown’s trip to the United States is how while he has kept his relationship with President Bush workmanlike he has been effusive about America in… Continue reading


Just not cricket

1 August 2007 8:05

Christopher Martin -Jenkins, The Times’s cricket correspondent and Test Match Special commentator, has an op-ed that is well worth reading on the excessively heated atmosphere during the Trent Bridge Test… Continue reading


The joy of the Bolshoi

31 July 2007 20:47

A new swathe of Russians has hit town – dancing ones this time. The Bolshoi Ballet opened in swaggering style last night at the Coliseum with the full three-act version… Continue reading


Tony’s last act or Gordon’s first triumph

31 July 2007 19:08

Tony Blair will not take a bow for this one, and you can bet Gordon Brown won’t give him credit. But it looks like his plan for a peacekeeping operation… Continue reading


Brown’s poverty of thought

31 July 2007 16:44

I simply disagree with those who criticised Gordon Brown’s Camp David performance in this morning’s press. He struck me as assured, and eloquent. But he has just let himself down… Continue reading


Just as far as we can

31 July 2007 16:22

"We’ll have as much spine as we possibly can, under the circumstances." This response by Hillary Clinton to an activist calling on her to show some spine by endorsing federal… Continue reading

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Bush’s banter

31 July 2007 14:00

Nick Robinson has a funny little blog post up on the ongoing needle between him and President Bush. Back in December 2006, Robinson asked Bush if he was in denial… Continue reading


Where Brown agrees and disagrees with the neo-cons

31 July 2007 10:56

Rachel Sylvester has a typically astute piece in today’s Telegraph on how Brown differs from both Blair and Bush. Here’s the key section: “Mr Brown is different – not just… Continue reading


Cameron hits back

31 July 2007 8:25

Criticism from Ali Miraj, a Tory activist who was an early supporter of David Cameron and sits on two of the party’s policy review groups, of the Tory party’s lack… Continue reading


Baby talk

30 July 2007 18:44

I was struck by the fact James plucked out of that Newsweek article – that “every second child in London is born to an immigrant mother.” Could it really be… Continue reading


The George and Gordon show

30 July 2007 17:50

Gordon Brown will be pleased by how his first press conference with George W. Bush went. There were no disasters even if Bush’s ragging of the press and boast that… Continue reading

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Finish that thought

30 July 2007 16:12

“I really want the Conservatives to win the next election because…” A few CoffeeHousers have offered some endings to the above sentence, and I’d like to offer the bribe of a… Continue reading


Searching for an identity

30 July 2007 15:56

This week’s Newsweek has a piece on what it calls “Britain’s post-Blair identity crisis.” Most of the article is about Gordon Brown’s current obsession with Britishness but this fact in it… Continue reading


Signs of progress in Iraq

30 July 2007 12:40

Ken Pollack and Mike O’Hanlon—neither of whom could be called a neo-conservative, a Bush supporter, or a Republican—have a must read op-ed in the New York Times this morning on… Continue reading


Ingmar Bergman RIP

30 July 2007 11:34

The death of Ingmar Bergman coincides with the re-release of his greatest film, The Seventh Seal (1957), a meditation upon death and the fear of godlessness set in the middle… Continue reading