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Is Basra back under Iraqi government–not militia–control?

15 April 2008 19:38

Today’s AFP dispatch from Basra makes for fascinating reading. It suggests that the Iraqi government efforts to rein in the militias that had come to dominate the town, thanks in… Continue reading


A liability, but one who’ll stick around until 2010

15 April 2008 18:35

A brief addendum to today’s “Will Brown be deposed?” stories. Ninety percent of the respondents to this PoliticsHome poll think that Gordon Brown is an electoral liability for Labour.  But the… Continue reading


A better effort. Just

15 April 2008 17:38

Take two: Gordon did better in his interview with the BBC today than in his exchange with Nick Robinson last week. As I wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, Brown answered… Continue reading


The wrong long-term decisions

15 April 2008 16:15

If you feel like smashing your computer monitor in frustration, then head over to this Sky News story. The headline: “Brown: we’re getting economy right”. Yes, that’s the outrageous claim our Prime… Continue reading


The Brown ultimatum

15 April 2008 13:55

Yet more talk of Brown’s potential demise.  This time in today’s Standard – a story (not online) about how backbenchers are giving the Prime Minster until May 2009 to "improve… Continue reading


The Tories should reward the strivers

15 April 2008 11:44

Tory splits are rare nowadays, which is why it’s good to see Lord Forsyth talking sense about tax in the Telegraph today. It is “mad” for the Tories to propose… Continue reading


Tax refugees

15 April 2008 11:05

Shire Pharmaceutics, a FTSE100 firm worth GBP5.5bn, is to relist its head office offshore for tax reasons. Global firms (as Shire now is) can report profits anywhere – and Shire… Continue reading


A reshuffle for the better?

15 April 2008 9:00

Can things get any worse for Gordon Brown? With the news this morning that a minister is threatening to quit, our Dear Leader needs something to change. And quick. On… Continue reading


One of Gordon’s goats is abandoning him

14 April 2008 23:41

Tomorrow’s Times splashes on the news that Digby Jones will resign before the next election as he is not prepared to say that he supports Gordon Brown during an election… Continue reading


Channel 4 fact check

14 April 2008 22:28

George Osborne had a bit of a rough ride on Channel Four news at 7pm and the Labour Party has gleefully sent around a transcript. Jon Snow put to him… Continue reading


Who should you vote for?

14 April 2008 19:10

Still undecided on who you’d have as London mayor?  If so, this nifty "Who should I vote for?" quiz that Sky have put together should help you decide.  It asks questions on a policy-by-policy… Continue reading


A change of address

14 April 2008 16:28

So – in an effort to save taxpayers’ money – David Miliband is to permanently vacate his lavish official residence.  Over at Three Line Whip, Con Coughlin is disappointed by the move, thinking it… Continue reading


Britain is "bust" says Osborne

14 April 2008 14:56

A first for British politics – standing room only in a speech about economics. George Osborne was at Policy Exchange laying out his “alternative view” and, as he went, ticking… Continue reading


A cut lead for Boris

14 April 2008 13:13

As Centre Right reveal, today’s Evening Standard records a cut poll lead for Boris. Their latest YouGov poll has Our Man on 45 percent (down 4 on the last poll); Livingstone… Continue reading


Brown shouldn’t fear the stalking horses

14 April 2008 12:47

It is a modern ritual that when a party political leader’s fortunes plummet – and Gordon Brown’s certainly fit that category – there is talk of a leadership contest and,… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

14 April 2008 11:26

Here are some posts made over the weekend: Matthew d’Ancona thinks Gordon Brown is his own worst enemy. Fraser Nelson charts Brown’s reign of error. Peter Hoskin tracks the growing… Continue reading


Another day, same bad story for Brown

14 April 2008 10:50

Every day now brings another set of bad headlines for Gordon Brown. Today, there’s that dire poll in the FT–which Pete mentioned, the news that a cabinet minster told Nick… Continue reading


The Minotaur at the heart of the labyrinth as a metaphor for our times?

14 April 2008 10:35

Difficult not to make comparisons between any number of world leaders and the image of a trapped but powerful figure lashing out in impotent rage, bellowing incomprehensibly, half man, half… Continue reading


No confidence

14 April 2008 8:57

George Osborne couldn’t have hoped for a better background to his speech at Policy Exchange today than this FT poll. It finds that some 68 percent of UK voters don’t… Continue reading

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Labour would be doing better with Blair in charge

13 April 2008 17:19

If Tony Blair were still Prime Minister Labour would be five—not sixteen—points behind the Conservatives, according to the latest YouGov poll. With Blair back at the helm, the Conservative vote… Continue reading


Not worth the candle

13 April 2008 15:51

The full absurdity of the health and safety culture is brought home by this story in The Sunday Times.  A chap was taking his date to the champagne bar at… Continue reading


Brown’s reign of error

13 April 2008 13:45

Gordon Brown doesn’t boast anymore about his friendship with Alan Greenspan – and little wonder. The former Fed Chairman’s name is fast becoming mud in America, as they turn on… Continue reading


No day of rest for Brown in trouble stories

13 April 2008 11:56

The Sunday papers pick up where the Saturday ones left off. The Independent on Sunday reports that Charles Clarke is preparing a stalking horse challenger  if Labour does badly on… Continue reading


Essential reading

13 April 2008 10:55

With the headlines dominated by Chinese action in Tibet, Issac Beech’s new Web Exclusive article – Reporting from Tibet’s cocoon – is essential reading.  You can access it here.


His own worst enemy

13 April 2008 10:28

There is a must-read piece in the Mail on Sunday by the impeccably connected Sue Cameron, who provides a compelling inventory of the Brown administration’s dysfunctions. My favourite detail –… Continue reading