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No go with the logo

4 June 2007 13:58

I am a big fan of the London Olympics but I am not a fan of their new logo. It looks like one of the puzzles from the Krypton Factor… Continue reading


How long do we have to stay in Iraq?

4 June 2007 10:44

This New York Times report on the progress of the surge is sobering reading. Despite the current push, two-thirds of Baghdad’s neighbourhoods remain outside of the control of US forces.… Continue reading

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Tory grassroots vent their anger at Cameron and Willetts

3 June 2007 21:48

ConservativeHome’s regular survey of Tory activists, the same one that got the leadership result pretty much spot on, shows that David Cameron’s popularity with the grassroots has been badly dented… Continue reading


Name that job

3 June 2007 20:25

Following the Coffee House debate a few days back on the lunacy of referring to "gangs" as "groups", I was delighted by


Why Cameron needs help

3 June 2007 17:27

It was a wonderfully subtle point by the Sunday Times. They run a profile of Andy Coulson, the Tory’s new communications chief, and beneath it a piece by David Cameron… Continue reading


Gordon and the mandarins

3 June 2007 17:18

This piece by the investigative journalist Tom Bower on Gordon Brown’s relationship with the civil service is well worth a click. According to Bower’s assessment of Brown’s record at the… Continue reading


Can Cameron get tough?

3 June 2007 10:27

A worrying poll for Dave in today’s Sunday Telegraph. It’s not all bad news for the Tories: they still have a five point lead on voting intention (though it should… Continue reading

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A tricky initial

2 June 2007 15:10

We all know a friend with an embarrassing second initial but Barack Obama’s H is particularly problematic. Hussein isn’t the pollster approved middle name for a US presidential candidate but… Continue reading

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The Blair story

2 June 2007 12:05

To John Self, Charles Highway and Keith Talent must now be added another unforgettable Martin Amis character: Tony Blair. Today’s must read is the author’s eyewitness account in the Guardian… Continue reading

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The new Paris

1 June 2007 18:08

Paris Hilton’s coming incarceration and Lindsay Lohan’s trip to rehab creates an opening for a new party girl to keep the paparazzi employed though the summer, the red tops in… Continue reading

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Stating the obvious

1 June 2007 15:15

Bewildered rage has greeted Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s announcement  that abortion is a bad thing and that Catholics should be against it.  He has been accused of using threatening and inflammatory… Continue reading


How to Survive without Government

1 June 2007 11:17

Wales scored a first in the modern political history of Britain this last month. It became the first area of the UK to survive-quite happily-without an elected government. For over… Continue reading


It was forty years ago today…

1 June 2007 9:58

Sergeant Pepper always cheers me up because – aside from its musical brilliance – it is slightly older than I am. Today’s papers are full of readable celebrations of the… Continue reading


‘Im worried about Lesley’

1 June 2007 9:33

Now that Big Brother’s returned for its summer run what does it tell us about the political mind of Britain? Leaders-and deputy leaders-come and go, manifestos get launched,opposition spokesmen are sacked… Continue reading

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Depressing story of the day

1 June 2007 8:53

The Portuguese police are now using, of all things, tip-offs from mystics in the search for Madeleine McCann. It is hard to remember a police operation that has been so… Continue reading


Willetts retreats

1 June 2007 0:19

It’s 11pm on Thursday and the Tory grapevine is buzzing with the kind of mutinous talk I haven’t heard for two years. Conservative MPs are talking about open revolt in… Continue reading


Did the other guy just blink?

31 May 2007 18:00

Well, well. As James posted earlier, the Tory Party has now admitted that it would consider the building of new grammar schools “on a case-by-case basis, if the demographics required… Continue reading

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The row that will not die

31 May 2007 17:17

The Evening Standard has the latest twist in the grammar school row. Dominic Grieve, the shadow A-G, has backed building more grammars in Kent seemingly in contradiction of the party’s… Continue reading

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A cunning apprentice

31 May 2007 16:02

I’m becoming increasingly intrigued by Katie Hopkins, the contestant on The Apprentice who has emerged as a national hate figure. (See Richard Curtis’s aside during his Bafta Fellowship speech.) On… Continue reading


A grim reality

31 May 2007 14:32

  Nothing better sums up everything that is wrong with this country and our culture than Big Brother. Yet, the public is still fascinated by it and the idea of… Continue reading


The Tories get their own Alastair Campbell

31 May 2007 12:33

The Conservatives long hunt for a communications chief is over. Andy Coulson, ex-editor of the News of the World, will be confirmed later today as its new communications chief and… Continue reading


Quitting on the NHS

31 May 2007 12:08

It seems strange that Nice has agreed that the NHS should pay for Champix, the new anti-smoking drug, while at the same time refusing to endorse, for example, Aricept, Exelon… Continue reading


Failure, failure, failure

31 May 2007 11:43

The news that 256 schools are now failing to give their pupils an adequate education, even by our currently low standards, is as damning an indictment as anything of Blair’s… Continue reading

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The truth about dirty dancing

31 May 2007 8:47

Stephen has a good post on really bad films. I have never understood the appeal of the dreadful Dirty Dancing, nor its passage into Rocky Horror-style cult status. So this… Continue reading


Is this man the next Ronald Reagan?

30 May 2007 18:54

The Republican presidential field just got even more crowded with the news that former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson is jumping in. You probably know Thomspon’s face, if not his name,… Continue reading

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