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The first casualty of the Brown era

11 May 2007 12:09

Will be the unfortunate flunky whose placement of the autocue guaranteed that Brown’s face was partially obscured as he launched his leadership bid.

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The lion shall lay down with the lamb

11 May 2007 10:24

The BBC is reporting that in a rather unconvincing effort to foster the impression of party unity Blairite ultras Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers will nominate Brown for the Labour leadership.… Continue reading


Coffee House Debate: Round 3

11 May 2007 8:04

Matthew d’Ancona and Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home debate what the Tories can–and should–learn from Blair.  Read Matt’s opener here, Tim’s response here and the second round. Tim The trouble with… Continue reading


Coffee House Debate: Round Two

10 May 2007 17:43

Matthew d’Ancona and Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home debate what the Tories can–and should–learn from Blair.  Read Matt’s opener here. Tim Anarcho-syndicalism? Well, that’s what some of the wilder Tory… Continue reading


Tim Montgomerie responds

10 May 2007 17:00

Thanks Matt and for suggesting this exchange. But what’s this reference to “anarcho-syndicalism”?  Have you been to the Oliver Letwin school of political communication? I agree with nearly all of… Continue reading

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The Coffee House debate

10 May 2007 16:20

Matthew d’Ancona and Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home debate what the Tories can–and should–learn from Blair.    Dear Tim,Here is my starter for ten.Tony Blair is already transforming Tory politics.… Continue reading


The great clunking text message

10 May 2007 16:13

So what will the new Brown era be like? No more of that nasty spin? Those who attended Anthony Browne’s leaving party on Tuesday evening found out different. As Chief… Continue reading


The shorter, the better

10 May 2007 16:02

A belated response to Mary Wakefield’s rather alarming diatribe of May 3 (unfairly aided and abetted by the genius lyrics of Randy Newman) against short people. There are not only… Continue reading


The first act of Tony’s long goodbye

10 May 2007 15:14

The Spectator’s theatre critic Lloyd Evans has done a very funny review of Blair’s performance for us. Do give it a read.

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Tony and Clio

10 May 2007 14:05

Blair has achieved what all successful British Prime Ministers achieve: he has changed both his own party and the opposition. David Cameron would not exist politically without Tony Blair, in the… Continue reading


The showman leaves the stage

10 May 2007 13:49

Dogs bark, cats miaow, Blair gives superb speeches. His latest farewell remarks were no exception, and there were a few misty eyes here in 22 Old Queen Street. Not mine,… Continue reading


The view from across the pond

10 May 2007 13:32

Richard Perle, neo-con policy intellectual, sends in his thoughts on Blair and British ingratitude: I’m sorry to see him go as I was sorry to see the departures of Thatcher… Continue reading


Was that the long awaited Iraq apology?

10 May 2007 13:10

The stage was set for a high-energy celebration this afternoon. There was clapping, music, and a woman in black and white dancing near the podium. But by the standards of… Continue reading


Coming up on the site today

10 May 2007 12:48

We’ll have lots more coming up on Coffee House today. Highlights include a review of Blair’s performance by The Spectator’s theatre critic Lloyd Evans and a debate on what the… Continue reading


New Labour: New Patriotism

10 May 2007 12:34

The most striking thing about that speech was its unabashed patriotism. What started with the bulldog in the party political broadcast in 1997, finished with those words about Britain being… Continue reading


The PM of the middle classes

10 May 2007 11:57

Tony Blair possessed many of the qualities of a good – perhaps even great – Prime Minister.  He was clever, brave and held deep convictions.  My complaint against him –… Continue reading

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The passion of Tony

10 May 2007 11:45

As a keen subscriber to Channel Four’s Snowmail service, I immediately opened its email promising “breaking news”. And the news? Tony Blair has “just touched down on Teeside prior to a… Continue reading

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10 years on

10 May 2007 11:32

Tony Blair has just got out of his car and is walking down the street, hugging and embracing Labour supporters. It is a recreation of that famous walk down Downing… Continue reading


Bye, Bye Blair

10 May 2007 8:13

It’s going to be a very interesting day, and we will be keeping you up to date with commentary and review of Blair’s performance. Don’t forget our unmissable special supplement… Continue reading

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What if?

9 May 2007 19:33

Andrew Roberts is nothing less than the jewel in the crown of the Daily Mail, and he has written a very funny piece for that paper about what the world… Continue reading


The hidden hand of the web

9 May 2007 18:55

Fabulous piece by P.J. O’Rourke on Adam Smith as inventor of the web. "I wonder if the know-it-alls at Wikipedia realize that the Internet was fully described and completely understood… Continue reading

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RIP Isabella Blow

9 May 2007 18:35

Isabella Blow passed away on Monday morning and took with her much of what made London a fashion capital. She was original and funny and the antithesis of Philip Green… Continue reading

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Watch that man

9 May 2007 18:28

Last Friday, flanked by rows of books and the Blutack-flecked walls of the children’s section of Brixton Library, against a backdrop of wailing sirens, the brilliant Phillip Jeays played to… Continue reading


Cameron’s guru speaks

9 May 2007 14:42

‘Radically pragmatic, rather than dogmatic’, is the way Oliver Letwin, Conservative head of policy, described the new Tory approach this week. Speaking at Policy Exchange, Letwin was hoping to ‘rebut’… Continue reading


What Tony would like to say

9 May 2007 13:54

Nobody knows what Blair will say tomorrow in his constituency. But this is what he will mean: “People of Sedgefield: in 1983 you were fortunate enough to elect me your… Continue reading