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Cycle theft

11 May 2007 18:13

Help, please! Yes you – don’t pass me by, I have a problem and I need your advice. How can cyclists survive – not just physically, though that’s also tricky… Continue reading


Brown’s constitutional

11 May 2007 17:51

Stand by for a huge constitutional debate: that was one of many messages to be drawn from Gordon Brown’s launch this morning. Asked whether his plans included a written constitution,… Continue reading


‘I have nothing offer you except sweat, tax credits and child poverty targets’

11 May 2007 16:38

   I’ve never seen Gordon Brown smile for so long as he did throughout his speech today. Well-groomed, hair under control, red tip swapped for a blue one (shame about… Continue reading


The devil has all the best tunes

11 May 2007 16:12

There’s an article in The Guardian today on Sir Simon Rattle, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, that’s well worth reading. The thesis of the piece is: “What Rattle is attempting… Continue reading


Remembering Frank Johnson

11 May 2007 14:13

I spent the first half of today at Gordon Brown’s leadership launch and then Frank Johnson’s memorial service. One was a magnificent, vibrant showcasing of a man’s national reach, achievement,… Continue reading


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