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Darling speaking at Mansion House

19 June 2008 15:19

Here, thanks to HM Treasury, is footage of Alistair Darling’s speech at Mansion House last night:


Spectator Live

19 June 2008 14:37

Just a reminder about latest feature on the site – Spectator Live.  You can access it via the ‘Live’ tab at the top of the page, or by going to  It’s… Continue reading


The Tories should take the poor out of tax

19 June 2008 13:11

The Telegraph’s excellent Tories in Power series continues today with a splendid piece by Tim Montgomerie. Tim argues that: “The Tories’ next moral target should be the taxation of low-income… Continue reading


The Davis story

19 June 2008 13:03

A few months ago, I was told that David Davis had confessed at a dinner party that he didn’t believe the next Cameron government would be very Tory, and didn’t… Continue reading


Can Cameron be in two places at once?

19 June 2008 11:48

The Daily Mirror has returned to pinning cycling misdemeanors on David Cameron.  But, as Adam Boulton & Co. point out, the Tory leader has a very good alibi for their… Continue reading

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Does Brown need some holiday reading?

19 June 2008 10:59

Alistair Horne has a delightful piece in today’s Independent reflecting on the dinner he went to with George W. Bush and what politicians learn from history. I was particularly struck… Continue reading


Hard Times

19 June 2008 9:02

In the wake of Alistair Darling and Mervyn King’s speeches at Mansion House last night, most of the papers are majoring on the sorry state of our economy. Both Darling… Continue reading


Kelvin MacKenzie: I won’t contest Haltemprice & Howden

19 June 2008 8:00

Kelvin MacKenzie confirms in his Sun column today that he won’t stand in the Haltemprice & Howden by-election: "…the clincher for me was the money. Clearly The Sun couldn’t put up… Continue reading


Parliament ratifies the Lisbon Treaty

18 June 2008 21:04

So that’s it then.  The Lisbon Treaty has passed sucessfully through Parliament, despite an 11th-hour Tory effort to delay proceedings.  The UK now joins a merry band of 19 EU countries which have… Continue reading


A referendum, of sorts

18 June 2008 18:34

Guido helpfully points out that there’s now a counter-petition to the anti-ratification one set up by Richard North and Neil O’Brien on the Downing Street website.  This new petition states:… Continue reading


Muslim women moved out of camera shot at Obama rally

18 June 2008 18:03

The absurd accusation that Barack Obama is some kind of Muslim Manchurian candidate has caused his campaign some political discomfort. But it is still disappointing in the extreme to read… Continue reading


Clegg should go to David Davis’s constituency immediately

18 June 2008 16:27

Nick Clegg should be on his way to Haltemprice & Howden right now with the aim of canvassing for David Davis on the first day of his campaign. Clegg’s aim… Continue reading


PMQs footage

18 June 2008 16:24

For those who missed PMQs earlier, here – courtesy of Politics Home – is footage of the Brown and Cameron exchanges.  You can read Fraser’s write-up here.


Labour confirm they won’t stand in Haltemprice & Howden

18 June 2008 15:12

Labour have confirmed that they won’t put forward a candidate for the Haltemprice & Howden by-election.  For Team Davis, this will surely ingrain those worries that I mentioned earlier.  But, depsite that,… Continue reading


Spectator Live

18 June 2008 14:37

Just a reminder about latest feature on the site – Spectator Live.  You can access it via the ‘Live’ tab at the top of the page, or by going to  It’s… Continue reading


Brown pummelled in PMQs

18 June 2008 13:32

With four more troops dead in Afghanistan, the campaign in Helmand led PMQs. Gordon Brown wished to pay tribute, and I’m afraid it did not go well. “The freedoms that… Continue reading


Is Finkelstein fighting the last war?

18 June 2008 12:53

Few columnists in Britain provoke as often or as brilliantly as Daniel Finkelstein does. But I think Danny reveals himself to be fighting the last war in his piece today.… Continue reading


A show of strength

18 June 2008 12:11

Neil O’Brien and Richard North’s Downing Street petition, demanding that Brown abandon ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, is now the third most popular live petition on the Downing Street site.… Continue reading


Freedland gives Brown a kicking

18 June 2008 11:03

Brown’s been Prime Minister for a year next week, so you can expect the papers to be stuffed with articles on his premiership so far. Coffee House will be making… Continue reading


Progress in Iraq

18 June 2008 10:43

Perhaps the most under reported story of recent years is the turn around in Iraq. In this country, there is no constituency for charting the progress there—both main political parties… Continue reading


Davis’ big day

18 June 2008 9:04

So, today’s the day that David Davis will formally step down as an MP, to begin his campaign against stolen liberties. On balance, I think he and his team will be… Continue reading


So good that someone had to ban them

17 June 2008 18:59

Andy Burnham is quite right to dismiss Scotland’s planned ban on alcohol advertising as “a bit silly”. Simply because the lager adverts have for years been the most amusing and… Continue reading


Spectator Q&As

17 June 2008 17:38

Over on Trading Floor, we’re running a Q&A with the economic forecaster Graham Turner.  Graham has recently written a book on the credit crunch, so please do put your questions… Continue reading


David Davis launches his website

17 June 2008 16:02

You can access David Davis’ campaign website here. Hat-tip: Iain Dale


Blears blunders?

17 June 2008 15:50

The news that Hazel Blears has had a computer with sensitive material on it stolen from her constituency office is acutely embarrassing for the government, coming as it does on… Continue reading