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Was this actually Labour’s worst result since World War One?

4 May 2008 9:20

I would like to call on the collective wisdom of CoffeeHousers. I have read everywhere that Thursday was Labour’s worst result for 40 years, whereas it looks to me as… Continue reading


Some questions for the Tories to ponder

3 May 2008 18:33

Charles Moore’s column in the Telegraph today rightly praises the Tories for their impressive election performance. But he also raises some issues which the party are going to have to… Continue reading


Boris speaks

3 May 2008 18:25

For those who missed it, here’s Boris’ victory speech from City Hall last night.  His tribute to Ken is a highlight:


The great what-if

3 May 2008 15:54

The Tories’ recent success has got people looking back to Gordon Brown’s failure to call a general election in October last year.  In today’s Sun, George Pascoe-Watson calls that decision "one of… Continue reading


What’s next?

3 May 2008 14:21

The calls for Labour to get rid of Gordon Brown come from both the left (Martin Kettle) and the right (Matthew Parris) in this morning’s newspapers. It still seems almost… Continue reading


Boris: the vanguard of a Tory revolution?

3 May 2008 12:24

I’ve just been enjoying a cup of tea in my local cafe (Jose’s, Morden), and listening to the general chatter about Boris’ stunning election victory.  Here, at least, there’s a bit… Continue reading


Mayor Johnson

3 May 2008 1:44

Scroll down for full Coffee House coverage. Here are some selected highlights: Matthew d’Ancona congratulates Boris. Mary Wakefield reflects on how Boris and Ken came to like each other during… Continue reading


Can Brown change?

3 May 2008 1:23

When Gordon Brown was enjoying his honeymoon nine short months ago, you would have got long odds on the Tories winning London and being twenty points ahead of Labour in… Continue reading


It is official: Boris has won

3 May 2008 0:17

It is confirmed, Boris Johnson is the next Mayor of London. Boris won by close to 140,000 votes once second preferences had been counted, a 53 to 47 margin. Boris’s… Continue reading


Congratulations Boris

2 May 2008 22:39

Greetings to all CoffeeHousers from the 29th Floor of Millbank Tower, where the faithful have gathered to toast our new Mayor – who, poor fellow, is stuck at the count… Continue reading


Boris’s secret weapon: driving the left crazy

2 May 2008 22:28

The conventional wisdom is to regard Mayor Boris as a loose cannon and, ergo, a liability to Cameron. But he may help oust Brown by another skill that has only… Continue reading


The wait goes on

2 May 2008 21:07

"Boris is the Mayor" proclaims the Evening Standard. News to the rest of us, anxiously waiting. The poor souls must have held back the edition for a 5pm result, and… Continue reading


The Evening Standard calls it for Boris

2 May 2008 20:06

Still no official word, but The Evening Standard has declared Boris the winner.


The week that was

2 May 2008 19:15

Peter Hoskin reports from Israel on life in the town of Sderot, and on efforts to forge peace with Syria. James Forsyth says Gordon Brown has spectacularly failed his first… Continue reading

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Blair trumps Brown (again)

2 May 2008 18:41

If Brown feels like taking his mind off things, he shouldn’t flick through the latest Time 100 – the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Thing… Continue reading


When will we get a result?

2 May 2008 18:00

Dire rumours flying about the Mayoral count, hopefully all untrue. The worst is that we may not have a winner by midnight. Adam Boulton at Sky News confident of getting… Continue reading


Next Labour leader odds

2 May 2008 17:47

The latest William Hills odds for the next leader of the Labour party make interesting reading in the light of last night’s results and the list of cabinet ministers at… Continue reading


"Boris has got it"

2 May 2008 16:25

Over at Comment Central, a senior Conservative tells Daniel Finkelstein that "Boris has got" the role of mayor.  It isn’t quite the fat lady singing, but enough for the Times to run an article… Continue reading


These minsters will be very, very worried

2 May 2008 15:56

A nice summary from ConservativeHome: "All these ministers would lose their seats if last night’s elections were repeated at the General: Ed Balls, Jacqui Smith, James Purnell, John Hutton, Caroline… Continue reading


Introducing Apollo Muse

2 May 2008 15:27

We’ve just launched Apollo magazine’s Muse blog.  It’s a new and exciting destination for news and topical comment on the latest debates, controversies and happenings in the art world.  It… Continue reading


Hoon in denial – now with added video

2 May 2008 14:40

James reported on Geoff Hoon’s remarkable denial over his party’s local election results.  Now, some computer whizz has put together an irreverent video clip – here it is, for your viewing… Continue reading

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The Labour implosion

2 May 2008 14:22

Ben Brogan reports that just to make things even worse for Labour, the incoming General Secretary has resigned. Meanwhile, even Jackie Ashley is saying that Brown only has until the party… Continue reading


Election update

2 May 2008 13:52

Just an update on some of the election figures: 139 of 159 councils have now declared their results, and it just gets better and better for the Tories.  They’ve picked… Continue reading


It just keeps getting worse for Gordon Brown

2 May 2008 12:48

“So fair and foul a day I have not seen” – Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3   Can this beautiful May afternoon get any worse for McBrown? Em, yes. Stuart Wheeler… Continue reading


The column that should worry Gordon Brown

2 May 2008 12:35

Steve Richards is one of the most perceptive commentators on the left, he’s also generally inclined to give Gordon Brown a pretty fair shake. So, his piece for Open House… Continue reading