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Making sense of the polls

4 September 2007 12:52

If you’re struggling to come to terms with the slew of polling data that is currently circulating take a look at Tim Hames’s column in The Times that does a… Continue reading


What Brown’s new politics is all about

4 September 2007 8:36

Rachel Sylvester’s column in The Daily Telegraph today sums up brilliantly what Brown is up to with his call for a new politics. As Sylvester writes, “[Gordon Brown’s] aim is… Continue reading


The political season kicks off

3 September 2007 22:49

Today has been quite a day. Gordon Brown has burst back onto the political scene with an agenda-setting appearance on the Today Programme, a march into Conservative territory in The… Continue reading


John Howard heading for defeat down under

3 September 2007 21:13

Nobody in Australia has every come back from poll numbers this bad, this close to an election. According to Newspoll, Labor now leads the government 59 to 41 with 48%… Continue reading


What Britain owes southern Iraq

3 September 2007 16:01

Given that Tony Blair misled Britain on the way into war in Iraq, Gordon Brown had better be very careful not to mislead us on the way out. Are Iraqi… Continue reading


A flying start for Boris

3 September 2007 12:50

Boris is back: back Boris! Here at 22 Old Queen Street, the blond bombshell’s Spectator support team are punching the air. It wasn’t that we let the nay-sayers get to… Continue reading


New Brown much like old Cameron

3 September 2007 12:24

Moments into Gordon Brown’s speech about a new kind of government, it is already clear what the speech is about: copying David Cameron. Addressing a group of voluntary organisations, he… Continue reading


Gordon’s new friend

3 September 2007 10:49

There is nothing new in Gordon Brown’s taste for citizens’ juries and new forms of consultation – the cornerstone of his speech on the “New Politics” today – although his… Continue reading


Brown courts small ‘c’ conservatives

3 September 2007 9:01

Gordon Brown’s interview in the Daily Telegraph sums up how Brown thinks he can appeal to small ‘c’ conservative voters. He talks, as he did on the Today Programme this… Continue reading


An autumn election is becoming less and less likely

2 September 2007 23:10

The chances of Gordon Brown opting for an early election are rapidly receding. The latest polls show the Tories level and behind by three respectively; hardly the kind of margin… Continue reading


Bush’s shoulder to cry on

2 September 2007 11:17

There is a must-read account of George W. Bush’s private mood in the New York Times this morning. Robert Draper, who has interviewed the president for a new book coming out… Continue reading


Can McCain comeback?

1 September 2007 18:02

This is the last weekend before the US presidential primaries kick into top gear. At the moment, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton are comfortably leading their respective fields. But a… Continue reading

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In real elections, little sign of the Brown bounce

1 September 2007 11:41

The Populus data James mentions has been a major factor in soothing nerves within the Tory ranks. I had been told about these figures on two separate occasions by Shadow… Continue reading


Tories internal polling has them one point behind Labour

31 August 2007 20:07

Anthony Wells has the details of the Tories private polling, done by Populus, which puts them on 36% to Labour’s 37%. The results are very different from YouGov’s in the… Continue reading


Class and Death

31 August 2007 18:23

Over at the always thought-provoking Open Kingdom blog, Anthony Barnett makes an interesting point about class, you knew that good only English obsession had to get an airing today, and the… Continue reading


What did Diana change?

31 August 2007 16:22

Matt’s cover a few weeks back illustrated how the Royals had absorbed the lessons of Diana’s life and death. There is little doubt that Diana has had a huge impact… Continue reading

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A very public display of affection

31 August 2007 13:28

Come on guys. You are being a little harsh. It may not be "normal" to mark the anniversary of a death – but nothing about Princess Diana’s life or death… Continue reading


Blair’s Diana moment

31 August 2007 12:29

Thinking back to the events of ten years ago, it is quite remarkable how Blair’s statement grabbed the mood of the nation. Watch this clip and note how Martin Lewis,… Continue reading


Today will not bring closure

31 August 2007 11:14

As the excitement about today’s Diana memorial service grows, take a look at Fergus Shanahan’s plain-speaking column in the Sun. He makes the perfectly valid point that the anniversaries of… Continue reading


Diana’s death ten years on

31 August 2007 11:08

The Britannica blog has been running a rather good forum on Diana and the cult of celebrity. Theodore Dalyrmple’s contribution challenges the sentimentality that has come to surround her in… Continue reading

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Miliband and Browne: The Brits have not failed in Iraq

31 August 2007 9:48

David Miliband and Des Browne take to the Washington Post this morning in an attempt to rebut claims from various US military and intelligence figures that the British have lost the… Continue reading

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What a voice to waste

31 August 2007 8:04

I have a piece in today’s Independent on the downfall of Amy Winehouse, an extended version of my post earlier this week. Which just goes to show that where Coffee… Continue reading

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German wit

30 August 2007 20:26

Rosemary Righter’s column in The Times today is trenchant stuff. She calls Diana’s death the “best thing that could have happened to the Royal family”, which seems rather strong even… Continue reading


Guess which presidential candidate said this about Iran?

30 August 2007 16:47

“For diplomacy to work, we need to dial up our political and economic pressure – not just our tough talk. Iran’s troubling behavior depends in large part on access to… Continue reading

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Was the Bush administration too principled for its own good in Iraq?

30 August 2007 12:07

David Ignatius has an intriguing piece in the Washington Post today saying that the Bush administration made a big mistake by not interfering in the Iraqi elections back in 2005.… Continue reading