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Do the professionals want 42-day detention?

9 June 2008 9:01

One of the Government’s loudest defences for 42-day detention is that it will help the intelligence services and the police catch more terrorists. Problem is, the professionals aren’t exactly backing… Continue reading


Report: Brown won’t reshuffle before the next election

8 June 2008 16:39

 In The News of The World today, Ian Kirby reports that: “Last night, however, Mr Brown insisted all his Cabinet would stay in their jobs till the next General Election.… Continue reading


Brown’s a ditherer, says Straw

8 June 2008 12:25

Ok, so Jack Straw may not quite have used the word "ditherer", but here’s what he has to say about the PM in a Channel 4 documentary, aired tomorrow: "[Brown… Continue reading


The public back Labour on 42 days but think the Tories are tougher on terrorism

8 June 2008 11:06

The latest ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph has the Tories on 42, Labour 26 and the Lib Dems 21. Labour’s ranking is the lowest it has ever been in… Continue reading


Should British military casualties be named and honoured in PMQs?

8 June 2008 0:45

Should the Prime Minister (and, increasingly, each party leader) name and honour the recent fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan at PMQs? I had thought this quite respectful, but when I… Continue reading


Brown versus the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

7 June 2008 16:41

Peter Oborne in The Mail today details the tensions between the government and the Bank of England. Oborne writes that, The truth is that relations between the Bank and Treasury… Continue reading


Will Project Cameron be undone by expenses?

7 June 2008 11:02

Looking back over the past week’s news cycle, I reckon it’s the first one for some time that Labour have come out on top over the Conservatives. That’s partly down… Continue reading


The week that was

6 June 2008 19:11

Some highlights of the week on James Forsyth wonders whether Nick Clegg is about to perform a left turn, and claims that Sir Richard Dannat is right to be… Continue reading


Picking sides for Euro 2008

6 June 2008 18:08

In the absence of any Home Nations presence in the upcoming Euro 2008 football championships, there’s been plenty of talk about which teams we Brits should support. I suspect many… Continue reading


Will South Africa act over Zimbabwe?

6 June 2008 17:02

Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is as dependent on South Africa as Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, and The LA Times editorial board has a good example of how South Africa could force Mugabe… Continue reading


Is the worst over for Brown?

6 June 2008 15:01

There is a little glimmer of hope this afternoon for Gordon Brown: the Politics Home 5,000 Panel reports that Brown’s ratings are no longer falling. The bad news is that… Continue reading


How to get hold of the Spectator 180th Anniversary issue

6 June 2008 13:30

We’ve had quite a few people asking how to get hold of the special Spectator 180th Anniversary issue, other than from off newsstands (priced £4.95).  You can do so by either… Continue reading

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Miliband needs to check his facts

6 June 2008 11:24

Strikingly good BBC Question Time last night, the highlight of which was David Miliband being asked if he could save the Labour Party. He avoided that question, but his answers… Continue reading


New poll suggests the Irish might vote No on the EU Reform Treaty

6 June 2008 10:39

Over at Centre Right, Tim Montgomerie flags up a new poll that shows the No campaign leading in Ireland in advance of next week’s vote on the Lisbon Treaty. The… Continue reading


Blair highlights Brown’s weaknesses

6 June 2008 8:56

Tony Blair’s return to the GMTV sofa and Parliament yesterday showed up Gordon Brown’s communications deficiencies. Blair spoke in fluent human, defused tensions with the odd joke and was relaxed in his… Continue reading


Brown squares off against the Bank of England

5 June 2008 20:21

The intriguing power struggle between Gordon Brown and Mervyn King has just heated up a few notches. Since (finally) securing his second term as Bank of England governor, King has… Continue reading


Now the Blairites want to be the heirs to Cameron’s ideas

5 June 2008 18:21

A friend of Coffee House passes on an email from Progress which announces a series of seminars “which will ask whether progressives need to revisit their conception of the role… Continue reading


Which senior cabinet minister thinks he’s been over-promoted?

5 June 2008 15:51

Adam Boulton has a great little scoop over at his blog, one senior member of the cabinet has been telling colleagues that he has been over promoted but that he… Continue reading


Gordon ties himself to the mast on vehicle excise duty

5 June 2008 14:51

Sam Coates points out over at Red Box that Gordon Brown boxed himself in on vehicle excise duty at PMQs yesterday by telling those questioning the move that: “Don’t you… Continue reading


A classic underclass problem?

5 June 2008 12:59

What’s the cause of knife crime? The government has today focused on tightening laws etc. But if Charles Murray were here today, he’d see this as a classic underclass problem.… Continue reading


It might not be right for Dannatt to go public, but he is right

5 June 2008 11:46

One can question the propriety of General Sir Richard Dannatt speaking out about serviceman’s pay in The Sun but it is hard to disagree with him. "You look to see… Continue reading


In the latest issue

5 June 2008 10:56

We’ve just uploaded the content from the latest issue of the magazine. And I’d strongly recommend you read Matt’s interview with Jacqui Smith, on the hot topic of 42-day detention.… Continue reading


Hillary bows to the inevitable

5 June 2008 8:52

"Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington, DC to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity.  This event will be held on… Continue reading


Will Labour’s expectations management spin be right again?

4 June 2008 18:25

Over at Red Box, Sam Coates reports that Labour is already lowering expectations for its performance in Henley, briefing that it will lose its deposit. Now, I’d be tempted to… Continue reading


Brown’s "record employment"

4 June 2008 16:30

Gordon Brown frequently asserts Britain has record employment or that Labour has “the best employment record in history” (Hansard, 16 Jan 08). In fact this honour goes to Nigel Lawson… Continue reading