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Money for art’s sake

20 January 2008 14:02

On Tuesday, the Spectator’s Clemency Burton-Hill wrote an impassioned post on how the Arts Council of England’s recent funding settlement could spell death for numerous theatrical companies across the country. … Continue reading


We have a front-runner

20 January 2008 11:17

John McCain’s victory in the South Carolina primary makes him the Republican front-runner. It is an amazing turn-around for a man whose campaign was left for dead last summer but… Continue reading


Delhi University up in arms over Brown’s "doctorate"

20 January 2008 10:34

In last week’s Spectator, I disclosed, that Indian’s government was stuck for ideas as to what to give Gordon Brown as a present for his visit and ordered Delhi University… Continue reading


The question Hain must answer

19 January 2008 16:07

Peter Hain has been cleared of breaching the Ministerial Code and many in Westminster think the furore over his failure to declare all the donations to his deputy leadership campaign… Continue reading


Has Labour found a way to avoid nationalising Northern Rock?

19 January 2008 13:09

News has emerged from the PM’s trip to China that Alistair Darling will make a Commons statement about Northern Rock on Monday.  On Boulton and Co, Jonathan Levy reports that… Continue reading


The right kind of bulb?

19 January 2008 9:25

Both The Sun and The Daily Mail are today offering low-energy light bulbs for free. Neither newspaper mentions that they contain mercury, and neither reprints the advice which Defra gives… Continue reading


Will Rudy have the last laugh?

18 January 2008 19:17

Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign has, to date, been a damp squid. Despite dangling his toe in the water in Iowa he still finished an embarrassing sixth behind the fringe candidate… Continue reading


All the news that’s not fit to print

18 January 2008 17:19

As the weekly news cycle comes to an end and darkness descends on a gloomy Friday, there are two great news stories doing the rounds, neither of which the great… Continue reading


Weekend Culture

18 January 2008 16:52

The Spectator’s Stephen Pollard has already blogged about this weekend’s big cultural draw – the Sunday performance of La traviata at the Royal Opera House.  Although, if you haven’t yet… Continue reading


Leaders, deputies–and elections

18 January 2008 15:19

£180,000.00 or so doesn’t seem to buy you much of a political campaign these days. Peter Hain’s attempt at being deputy leader of the Labour party certainly ended in a… Continue reading


Just get out of the way, Prime Minister

18 January 2008 14:35

Brown’s been in China only a few hours and already I can’t take any more. Unable to match Blair’s slick statesman act, he gabbles on like an over-promoted finance minister… Continue reading


The truth about income inequality

18 January 2008 14:24

A new report from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies makes the claim that “the outlook for inequality in Britain may depend more on the stock market than on Government… Continue reading


Backing McCain

18 January 2008 14:10

In an excellent post over at Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein lists the reasons why he thinks John McCain will win the Republican nomination.  Finkelstein’s second point is the most persuasive:… Continue reading

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How hungry for power are the Tories? We’ll soon find out

18 January 2008 11:56

How disciplined Conservative MPs are in responding to two issues coming up in the next few weeks will tell us a lot about how determined they really are to return… Continue reading


The greying labour force 

18 January 2008 10:03

As a follow-up to my post yesterday on the number of new jobs being occupied by the over-50s, I should point out that there’s a good piece on the matter… Continue reading


The children that we fail

18 January 2008 8:56

Camila Batmanghelidj of the estimable Kids Company writes in the Telegraph this morning about how we have got into a situation where children kick a man to death. Batmanghelidj’s argument… Continue reading


Might Ashdown’s Afghan appointment be collateral damage in the row between Britain and Russia?

17 January 2008 18:55

The news that Paddy Ashdown is going to be a reconstruction supremo in Afghanistan, coordinating the military and development work, seems to be announced every few weeks. But it has… Continue reading


Commons Clerks stymie Lib Dem plans

17 January 2008 17:12

The Lib Dems are deeply split on the question of whether there should be a referendum on the European Constitution, as they promised in their manifesto. As Fraser explains in… Continue reading


Vocation calling

17 January 2008 16:34

I was at a lunch this week to talk about the state of further education, in view of the Government’s plans to extend the school leaving age. It was generally… Continue reading


Older generations doing their bit to stave off the credit crunch

17 January 2008 14:54

As Larry Elliot reports in today’s Guardian, a rise in the number of over-50s gaining employment has "helped Britain shrug off the impact of the credit crunch".  Recent figures from… Continue reading

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Leave those schools alone

17 January 2008 12:13

Is there anything more depressing in an age of prosperity, choice and freedom than the spectacle of an old fashioned public sector rationing system doing its bleak work? The criticisms… Continue reading


Walls closing in on Ken?

17 January 2008 11:49

The London mayoral race is entering a bitter period, with most of the invective being directed at Ken Livingstone.  Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised when the Evening Standard,… Continue reading


Brown’s nationalisation nightmare

17 January 2008 8:49

Iain Martin’s column this morning on the political dangers to Gordon Brown of nationalising Northern Rock is essential reading. As Iain argues, the danger for Brown is that Northern Rock… Continue reading


The Director-General needs to find out how the other 90% live

16 January 2008 19:39

Calling for a sense of "perspective" and "proportionality" in coverage of British youth, the BBC’s Director-General, Mark Thompson, complained on Radio 4′s Today on Tuesday that you could get the… Continue reading


What should be asked of the independent sector?

16 January 2008 17:13

With the Charity Commission recommending that private schools should do more for the "public benefit", public school headmasters are at odds over whether or not they do enough already.  As… Continue reading