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An urgent need for change

7 April 2008 12:36

We hear phrase "market failure" often enough – but (as Michael Prowse once said) government failure is far more common. The most egregious example is education – and David Cameron… Continue reading


Introducing Spectator Business

7 April 2008 11:39

We’ve made a few changes to the website, in anticipation of the launch of our new magazine – Spectator Business – next month. An extra tab has been added to… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

7 April 2008 10:54

Here are some of the posts made over the weekend: Peter Hoskin flags up a senior judge’s thoughts on family breakdown, and reports on another good poll result for the… Continue reading


Ming offers lukewarm support for Nick Clegg

7 April 2008 10:33

It is hard to imagine that this week could be as disastrous as last week for Nick Clegg, but Ming Campbell’s interview in the Independent this morning won’t have put… Continue reading


The chickens come home to roost

7 April 2008 8:59

There’s more trouble for Gordon Brown this morning over his decision to scrap the 10p tax rate for low-income earners. The Treasury Select committee – lead by the Labour MP… Continue reading


The wrong sort of snow at Terminal 5

6 April 2008 22:47

You really couldn’t make this up, the snow that fell today led to 100 flights being cancelled at Terminal 5. Now, I’ll grant you that you don’t expect snow in… Continue reading


Taking care of business

6 April 2008 17:12

David Rothkopf’s Newsweek essay on the global super class is well worth reading if only for this anecdote:  “I once overheard a dinner conversation among the CEO of a leading… Continue reading


Protests in the snow

6 April 2008 13:32

The Olympic torch passes through London today.


Another calamity for Clegg

6 April 2008 13:23

The last thing that Nick Clegg needed this morning was the claim in The Independent on Sunday that if all the votes had been counted Chris Huhne would have been… Continue reading


Voters look to the Tories as the credit crunch bites

6 April 2008 12:57

Another encouraging poll for Team Cameron today. The latest ICM / Sunday Telegraph poll puts the Tories on 43 percent (up 6 from last month); Labour on 32 percent (unchanged);… Continue reading


The meaning of what happened in Basra

5 April 2008 17:56

The consequences of the fighting in Basra and the subsequent cease-fire are still unclear. Some see events as testifying to Sadr’s strength, others point out that it was him who… Continue reading


A period of family meltdown?

5 April 2008 13:44

The attacks against this Government are becoming angrier and more widespread by the day.  Now a senior judge wades into the fray, blasting Labour for not preventing family breakdown.  Here’s what he had… Continue reading


Can Clegg recover?

5 April 2008 11:23

Nick Clegg has had a disastrous week. His comments about the number of women he had slept with have made him into a laughing-stock while his party’s position on the… Continue reading


In honour of Martin Luther King

4 April 2008 19:10

Forty years ago today, Martin Luther King was assassinated. Here is the end of the last speech by this great man and Bobby Kennedy’s moving words on King’s death which… Continue reading

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The week that was

4 April 2008 18:09

Nick Clegg answers CoffeeHousers’ questions.   James Forsyth points out how bad things are looking for Gordon Brown.   Peter Hoskin questions the Government’s eco-town policy.   Fraser Nelson says… Continue reading


Who spent what?

4 April 2008 16:53

The expenses claims of nineteen MPs – including Blair, Brown and Cameron – have been released today.  Nothing in breach of the rules, but still some cause for eyebrow-raising.  For instance,… Continue reading


Brown does cool. Fails

4 April 2008 15:21

As it’s Friday, here’s some entertainment – the interview Gordon Brown gave to Radio One’s Newsbeat last year (newly added to YouTube). The interviewer, Rajini Vaidyanathan, specialises in leftfield questions… Continue reading


The Great Gordo

4 April 2008 13:52

Michael Heath’s illustration for our Brownies posts (so far we’ve covered Inflation and The Lisbon Treaty) deserves to be showcased. So here’s Brown the magician, in all his glory:

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Brownie No.2 – The Lisbon Treaty

In its attempts to wriggle out of its manifesto promise to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution, the Government has argued that the Lisbon Treaty is a completely different… Continue reading


The Blair dividing line

4 April 2008 10:41

Most of the press attention on Tony Blair’s speech last night has concentrated on what he said about faith, and understandably so. But to my mind, the most interesting section… Continue reading


The credit dichotomy

4 April 2008 10:40

If you haven’t already, do read our latest cover story. The Telegraph follows it today, and Robert Winnett has a good analysis about the problems piling up on these voters… Continue reading

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Clegg responds – Part II

4 April 2008 8:58

Here are Nick Clegg’s answers to the last five questions put forward by CoffeeHousers.  For his first five responses click here. Q: MPs were already a devalued currency with the… Continue reading


The Ken has five kids by three different women story isn’t going to determine the result of the mayoral election

3 April 2008 20:14

I have very little time for Ken Livingstone but I can’t think that tonight’s revelation about his private life is going to make much of a difference to his political… Continue reading


More Balls

3 April 2008 17:34

Is it a bigger scandal that six state schools are asking parents for voluntary contributions or that 100,000 children do not get into their first choice school? Ed Balls clearly… Continue reading


Keep up-to-date with the Presidential race

3 April 2008 17:31

Do check out the latest posts over at Americano: James suggests that Obama may be losing his credibility.  And someone’s said that Obama "can’t win" – but who was it?