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Remembering Chancellor Road-Block 

4 March 2008 11:13

Rachel Sylvester writes a typically excellent article in today’s Telegraph, charting Brown’s apparent transformation into a fervid Blairite. I’m still not convinced that the change is anything more than rhetorical.  But… Continue reading

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A successful policy?

4 March 2008 8:50

Apparently, the Government’s 24-hour drinking laws have been a success.  So much so, in fact, that a review will today mark them a solid 7-out-of-10 for delivering "excellent" results in many areas. Why, then, do the statistics… Continue reading

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The dangers of state dependency

3 March 2008 23:00

A powerful Panorama was shown tonight about the Broken Society (as the BBC didn’t call it). It was about how if communities get together they can reclaim control of the… Continue reading

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Team Brown strengthens

3 March 2008 21:26

The Number Ten operation is getting stronger by the day. Downing Street will announce tomorrow the appointment of WPP’s David Muir as Director of Political Strategy. Regarded as one of… Continue reading

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Can the Lords deliver?

3 March 2008 17:44

For a split second, I felt sorry for Nick Clegg. I mean, aren’t all political leaders entitled to a honeymoon? But no, he deserves this. Every bit. Each one of his… Continue reading

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Clegg keeps digging

3 March 2008 15:56

As James Kirkup reports over at Three Line Whip, Nick Clegg’s still getting himself into a "pickle" over Europe.  Here are the three key points which came out of his… Continue reading

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From Putin with love

3 March 2008 14:16

So, Putin’s protégé Dmitry Medvedev scored an overwhelming – and very much expected – victory in the Russian Presidential elections.  Was it a fair result?  It seems unlikely.  The chairman… Continue reading

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Back at square one?

3 March 2008 12:14

With Israeli troops conducting operations in Gaza over the weekend, it’s well worth reading (or re-reading) Lorna Fitzsimons’ prescient article for the Spectator. Fitzsimons concludes her piece as follows: “What is plain is… Continue reading

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Neck-and-neck

3 March 2008 11:08

If betting matters as a political indicator, Boris is neck-and-neck with the self-destructing Ken. Here are the latest odds from Ladbrokes: Ken Livingstone —- 5/6 Boris Johnson —- 5/6 Brian Paddick… Continue reading

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Just in case you missed them…

3 March 2008 10:49

Be sure to check out some of the posts made over the weekend: Peter Hoskin offers his cultural picks, and reflects on Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour Party Spring… Continue reading

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We want a referendum

3 March 2008 8:55

I Want a Referendum have released the results to the referenda they conducted in ten marginal constituencies. The numbers say it all. 150,000 people registered their votes. 88 percent of… Continue reading

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Blair more popular than Bush at Texas Rodeo

3 March 2008 1:45

I spent this afternoon at the rodeo talking to voters about the race here in Texas. What was most striking, though, was how even those Bush voters from 2004 who… Continue reading

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Can Hillary hold the Alamo?

2 March 2008 17:44

Austin, Texas Tuesday’s contests will decide whether the Democratic primary contest continues or not. If Obama wins both Texas and Ohio then it will be impossible for Hillary Clinton to… Continue reading

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A healthy alternative?

2 March 2008 14:06

Martin Ivens writes a punchy article in today’s Sunday Times, in which he castigates both the Government for wrecking the NHS and the Tories for not yet providing an alternative approach:… Continue reading

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The British Obama?

2 March 2008 9:28

When Barack Obama first came on the scene, his supporters called him the “black Blair” (a phrase used to compliment him in America, and insult him in Britain). But is… Continue reading

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Tired rhetoric

1 March 2008 13:31

Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour Party Spring Conference was hardly inspiring stuff.  In fact, Rosa Prince tells you all you need to know over at Three Line Whip: "Theme: Elitist Tories want… Continue reading

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A mixed bag

1 March 2008 12:12

Today’s YouGov / Telegraph poll places the Tories on 40 percent (down 1 on last month); Labour on 33 percent (unchanged); and the Lib Dems on 16 percent (unchanged). Like… Continue reading

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Hillary plays her final card

1 March 2008 10:00

I’m out in Texas right now ahead of the primary here on Tuesday, a must-win contest for Hillary Clinton is she is to maintain a realistic chance of winning the… Continue reading

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Swedish lessons

29 February 2008 16:01

As one of the many conservatives who cast his vote for Sweden’s centre-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in September 2006, I found it uplifting to read the speech he gave… Continue reading

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Depositing pain

29 February 2008 13:54

The decision by Lloyds TSB to stop offering mortgages to anyone who has a deposit of less the 10% opens up what could be a striking divergence in fortunes.  Those… Continue reading

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Remembering Buckley

29 February 2008 11:57

David Brooks, one of the finest American writers of his generation, has a lovely column paying tribute to Bill Buckley today. The whole thing is well worth reading but the… Continue reading

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Thinking of Afghanistan

29 February 2008 11:30

Prince Harry’s brave service in Afghanistan should make us all think more about that country, the forgotten front in the war on terror. As Roger Cohen points out in The… Continue reading

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A litmus test for Cameron’s leadership?

29 February 2008 11:18

Iain Dale flags up a letter in today’s Telegraph written by 27 of the 2005 intake of Tory MPs.  They’re asking for the sanctions that MPs face to be tightened,… Continue reading

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Going further on welfare reform

29 February 2008 8:58

James Purnell yesterday confirmed that David Freud-style welfare reform will be implemented by the Government. And now Frank Field writes a comment piece for the Telegraph, warning his Labour compatriots… Continue reading

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What Cameron should learn from Blair’s experience

28 February 2008 21:42

When historians look back at the Blair era, one of the things that will puzzle them is the fact that Tony Blair never attempted anything truly radical when his popularity was at… Continue reading

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