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Brown doesn’t want it to rain on his parade

21 July 2007 20:57

Gordon’s response to the floods shows that his political antennae are twitching ferociously in spite of the overall strength of his political position this weekend. If the car-bomb plot was… Continue reading

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Waiting for Harry

21 July 2007 20:48

The queue party in Hampstead was more queue than party – a few Waterstones employees in witches’ hats and T-shirts saying ‘Muggle’ wandered up and down taking notes of children… Continue reading


Blog justice

21 July 2007 20:43

Over at Guido, they are trying something very Web 2.0: namely, to test possible financial backing for a private prosecution in the loans for honours case. One poster suggests £50… Continue reading


You’ve seen the queues, now read the review

21 July 2007 10:36

  Coffee House has a review of the latest, and final, Harry Potter book here. The review doesn’t give too much away, but if you’re a dedicated Potter fan I’d… Continue reading


A resignation at CCHQ

20 July 2007 19:22

Ben Brogan reports that George Bridges, David Cameron’s former campaign manager, has quit, It is a loss, he’s a great guy and had a hell of a tough job. Being… Continue reading


Why Cheney is a law unto himself

20 July 2007 19:09

What makes Dick Cheney so unusual a Vice President is that he knows this is his last gig. He really couldn’t give two hoots who he ticks off because after… Continue reading


Talking about Harry’s generation

20 July 2007 15:30

I am of the “Harry Potter Generation”, but truthfully, the massive hype really puts me off the whole thing. I wish I could escape it. Inevitably there are some of… Continue reading


Harry Potter and The Deathly Hype

20 July 2007 15:02

Writing on the eve of the most over-hyped book release in history (dare I mention the title), I find myself lost. Never in history has such overexcitement surrounded a book… Continue reading

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The fallout from ‘cash for honours’

20 July 2007 13:38

My thoughts on today’s drama 1. Yates will be hopping mad if (as is believed) he recommended charges against Jonathan Powell and others. He may see this as the second time… Continue reading


The ties that bind

20 July 2007 12:05

In a piece keying off the Beckhams arrival in the States, Time magazine tries to explain what unites the English-speaking peoples and comes up with an interesting, distinctly non-Churchillian answer:… Continue reading

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A long summer ahead for David Cameron

20 July 2007 8:33

The Tory result in Ealing Southall is a setback for David Cameron that ensures he will be on the back foot over the summer. To come a poor third after… Continue reading


Reports: No charges in ‘cash for honours’

19 July 2007 23:28

Both the BBC and The Times are reporting that there will be no charges in the ‘cash for honours’ inquiry.


When giving makes you feel good

19 July 2007 21:10

Dr Salvatore LaSpada (what a lovely name) had a plaintive piece in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph about how little we Brits give to charity. America gives away 1.7 per cent of… Continue reading

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You couldn’t make it up

19 July 2007 16:37

 Alistair Darling took drugs in his youth. Words fail me.


Bill Clinton stands by his woman

19 July 2007 16:21

Bill Clinton hits back at Elizabeth Edwards’s suggestion that his wife is denying her own femininity in her bid to be elected president.


The scoop on Harry Potter

19 July 2007 12:29

Amidst all the talk about file-sharing sites having copies of the new Harry Potter book, it is somehow reassuring to find that the newspaper that has the first review (it’s… Continue reading


Drugs and the cabinet

19 July 2007 11:25

So far we know from previous reports that Hazel Blears, Ruth Kelly, Yvette Cooper and Caroline Flint have admitted to taking drugs in the past. Jack Straw, the brothers Miliband, Peter… Continue reading


Cutting through the haze of dope

19 July 2007 11:02

Denis Skinner, the Beast of Bolsover, has taken to making drug jokes at David Cameron in the chamber


An evening with Barbra Streisand

19 July 2007 8:06

"Can you believe it?" Every time Barbra Streisand remembered how long it was since she had first sung a song, visited a town, tried a local delicacy – "1961!" –… Continue reading


An improvement to the City skyline

18 July 2007 17:27

Getting the band back together

18 July 2007 15:05

Today sees the launch of an intriguing new international group, The Elders. It is a collection of aging, diplomatic all-stars who will join forces to push issues up the international agenda.… Continue reading


City Hall under Boris

18 July 2007 12:50

From the always entertaining Beau Bo D’Or


Another PMQs, another moral majority pleasing announcement from Brown

18 July 2007 12:15

Gordon Brown has just announced that they’ll be a review in to whether cannabis should be reclassified as a Class B drug. As we know, Brown only holds a review… Continue reading



18 July 2007 12:00

This is quite incredible: there are more people in US military bands than in the entire US foreign service. Hat tip: My old colleagues at Foreign Policy


Moore endorsements for Boris

18 July 2007 9:26

One of Britain’s best columnists, The Sun’s Jane Moore, backs our candidate today. “Electing him as Mayor would be outrageous,” Jane writes. “He should be PM and nothing less.” Her… Continue reading