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A local government classic

12 December 2007 16:53

Residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea received this message from their local council this morning, which begins:  “Dear Resident(s),  Recycling and Refuse Collections Days are changing in… Continue reading


Labour’s next rebellion

12 December 2007 15:42

Mark Mardell has a fascinating post up about a forthcoming EU directive that would allow people to travel to another member state for medical treatment. Left-wing Labour MPs like Frank… Continue reading


Brown’s artful dodger act

12 December 2007 13:04

This time, Brown came ready for Cameron. If asked about one of the many embarrassing issues dogging him, he’d say “he has missed the opportunity to talk about substance” then… Continue reading


Is Fabio the man to bring an end to forty years of hurt?

12 December 2007 12:46

The most encouraging thing about the news that Fabio Capello is set to become England manager is his refusal to accept egos in his team. One of the problems that… Continue reading


Listen to last night’s Iraq debate

12 December 2007 12:14

We now have the full audio of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared Iraq debate available. Whatever your opinion on Iraq, it really is worth listening to, the speakers were… Continue reading

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An illegitimate argument

12 December 2007 11:25

Today’s headlines about how one in five kids is born to a foreign mother overlooks a rather interesting fact. In London, it’s one in two. And these newcomers conform better… Continue reading


Tony Benn’s lack of General knowledge

12 December 2007 10:56

Did anyone else notice a slightly alarming episode during last night’s Spectator/Intelligence Squared Iraq debate? After an air-borne (from the gallery) intervention by General Sir Mike Jackson, Tony Benn responded… Continue reading


Labour’s thin blue line on pay

12 December 2007 9:00

At first glance, Labour’s decision to pick a politically damaging fight over police pay when avoiding it would cost £40 million at most is bizarre. But as Michael White explains… Continue reading


Going negative

11 December 2007 19:25

The Republican primary race has entered a decisive phase with Mitt Romney’s decision to go negative on the surging Mike Huckabee. Romney’s unleashed the first attack ad of the campaign… Continue reading


Listen Live: The Great Iraq Debate

11 December 2007 18:50

You can now listen to the Spectator / Intelligence Squared Iraq debate from Methodist Central Hall by clicking here. The cast of speakers is stellar and includes William Shawcross, Sir… Continue reading


Is there anything less festive…

11 December 2007 16:36

Than miserable looking employees in Santa hats. Getting my coffee this morning, I was struck by just how dejected all the baristas in Santa hats looked. If some Union wants… Continue reading

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Putin will still be calling the shots in Russia

11 December 2007 14:44

Dmitri Medvedev, who Vladimir Putin anointed as his successor yesterday, today pledged to make Putin Prime Minister of Russia when he takes office. Medvedev even admitted that Putin would be… Continue reading


Why there’s so much talk about the Labour succession

11 December 2007 12:44

Both Rachel Sylvester and Steve Richards cast their expert eyes over the Labour succession in their columns today. The current emphasis on who will succeed him must be absolutely infuriating… Continue reading


Everything left to play for

11 December 2007 11:54

Today’s poll in The Times shows how much in flux British politics still is. A Tory optimist looking at it might rejoice that the party has breached 40 percent for… Continue reading


The Murdochs and the Middle East

11 December 2007 10:24

Rupert Murdoch is such a hard-right supporter of Israel — Ariel Sharon was his great hero (he even visited him on his farm) — that many regard him as a… Continue reading


Led Zeppelin are back

11 December 2007 7:52

Twenty seven years after it was grounded by sudden death, the Zeppelin flies once more – and none of us can quite believe it. The three surviving members of the… Continue reading


The Great Iraq Debate

10 December 2007 22:55

From 6:45pm, listen live on to a Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on the future of Iraq. William Shawcross and Lt Peter Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom,… Continue reading


What is Putin up to?

10 December 2007 20:37

At first blush, Vladimir Putin’s decision to anoint the relatively liberal Dmitry Medvedev as his successor rather than the hawkish, former KGB agent Sergey Ivanov appears to be a signal… Continue reading


Patten Nonsense

10 December 2007 16:06

Chris Patten is trying to assure us all that there is nothing to worry about in terms of foreign policy in the EU Treaty previously known as the Constitution. Playing… Continue reading


Can conservative blogs survive a Cameron government?

10 December 2007 14:02

One of the puzzles of the blogosphere in Britain is why there is so much more energy on the right than the left. In Media Guardian today, Matt suggests that… Continue reading


Brown’s betrayal of Basra

10 December 2007 12:19

When it comes to Iraq, we know all about the US surge and its effect – there are facts, figures and reporters in the US-controlled zone. But what’s happening in… Continue reading


US primary contests now too close to call

10 December 2007 10:56

If you want a feel for how dramatically both the Republican and Democratic primary races have tightened in the US, consider this: “The only candidate in either party with a… Continue reading


Searching for a solution in Kosovo

10 December 2007 8:56

With the UN deadline for a final status agreement on Kosovo passing without success, we are now into a dangerous and unpredictable phase. The Kosovans will declare independence at some… Continue reading


Labour plotters talking Balls

9 December 2007 11:09

John Rentoul’s column in the Independent on Sunday illustrates how the Blair – Brown feud is still poisoning Labour politics. Rentoul points out that most of the September plotters against… Continue reading


Republican presidential contender wanted to quarantine AIDS victims

8 December 2007 18:45

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has come from nowhere to lead the Republican field in the lead-off state of Iowa. A large part of Huckabee’s appeal has been… Continue reading