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31 March 2008 10:29

Here are some of the posts made over the weekend: James Forsyth reports on how divisions in Team Brown are working against Douglas Alexander. Fraser Nelson decodes Ivan Lewis’ ideas… Continue reading


Unhappy to pay more tax

31 March 2008 8:57

Do check out Janet Daley’s comment piece in the Telegraph today. On her account, we’ve reached a political landmark: “Something has snapped. I feel it in the air just as… Continue reading


Decoding Lewis

30 March 2008 17:23

It’s always a pleasure when a Labour MP – panicked about impending defeat – ruminates about the future for their party strategy. It’s rarer for a minister to do so… Continue reading


Someone really doesn’t like Douglas Alexander

30 March 2008 15:43

Last Sunday, The Observer suggested that Douglas Alexander’s political career was effectively over after a falling out with the Prime Minister. This Sunday brings another anti-Alexander briefing with The News… Continue reading


An issue for debate

30 March 2008 14:47

A quick post to recommend ConservativeHome’s list of which political debates the left and right are winning in the UK.  Among the right’s triumphs are crime, welfare and schools reform.  And among the left’s are… Continue reading


Is the curtain falling on Mugabe?

30 March 2008 12:30

The results of yesterday’s elections in Zimbabwe aren’t due out for few more days.  But the opposition MDC party is already claiming victory.  According to their own counts at polling… Continue reading


A life of luxury

29 March 2008 20:27

£1.7 million of taxpayer’s money. That’s how much Michael Martin’s spent on his home and garden since 2001. Of that, some £700,000 went on merely prettifying the Speaker’s official residence.… Continue reading


Cycling ahead

29 March 2008 18:15

This post over at Three Line Whip makes a good point. That fun Mirror story about Cameron “flouting the laws” as he cycled to Parliament doesn’t seem to have done… Continue reading


Fear and loathing in Downing Street

29 March 2008 9:49

Toby Helm’s piece in the Telegraph on the mood in Downing Street is this morning’s must read. Helm reports that it was the Brownite old guard who leaked Stephen Carter’s… Continue reading


Harman’s turn in the limelight

28 March 2008 18:56

Some of the most memorable PMQs of recent times were when John Prescott faced William Hague. The two-men both went at it with vigour and the total contrast in styles… Continue reading


The week that was

28 March 2008 18:09

Revealed: the ten questions that CoffeeHousers will pose to Nick Clegg.   James Forsyth says the Tories need to get serious about Iraq.   Peter Hoskin assesses Nick Clegg’s first… Continue reading


Is this a justice system?

28 March 2008 17:34

This story could run and run. It’s being reported that a Muslim cleric convicted of terrorist offences has been released early from prison thanks to a Government scheme to ease overcrowding. He… Continue reading


Trading Post TV

28 March 2008 16:27

There’s a new feature on the Spectator website – Trading Post TV.  It’s a weekly video slot, packed with business news, analysis and interviews.  The first episode can be found here, although you can also watch it… Continue reading


Was Jesus left wing?

28 March 2008 14:52

I summarised Radio Four’s “Thought For The Day” as being “Jesus was left-wing too”. Yet a CoffeeHouser says Jesus was the first socialist and has challenged me to find one… Continue reading


What the world is reading about Britain

28 March 2008 13:11

The cover story of the international edition of Time is about “Britain’s mean streets”. The article presents a litany of depressing statistics about children in Britain and why we now… Continue reading


Getting down to business

28 March 2008 12:20

The problem with speeches on matters fiscal is that they can often be quite dull – full of dreary statistics and technical lingo. The oratory efforts of Brown and Darling are… Continue reading


The Carter clear out continues

28 March 2008 11:22

Sam Coates flags up an article in PR Week which says that Stephen Carter is looking for a new speechwriter for Gordon Brown and is considering the position of Deborah… Continue reading


Radio select

28 March 2008 10:21

Do you ever wish you could listen to the best bits of Radio Four’s Today Programme while skipping the dross? Just as Sky Plus has transformed television by allowing you… Continue reading


More good news for the Tories

28 March 2008 8:55

There’s more poll cheer for the Tories this morning. The latest YouGov poll for the Telegraph puts them on 43 percent (up 3 from last month); Labour on 29 percent… Continue reading


So much for Terminal 5 being the answer to BA’s problems

27 March 2008 23:03

The opening day of Terminal 5 has been a PR disaster for British Airways. 34 flights have been cancelled and passengers can now only board if they do not check… Continue reading


Cameron talks tax

27 March 2008 22:28

David Cameron has an interview with tomorrow’s FT where he comes up with lots of reasons why there will be no tax cuts. Here’s the gist. 1. The tax burden… Continue reading


An awareness test

27 March 2008 18:46

Daniel Finkelstein’s already flagged it up, but I thought I’d share this Transport for London ad with CoffeeHousers.  It’s really quite good:


Richards for the New Statesman?

27 March 2008 17:50

Has Times Online just scooped Media Guardian on a media story? Sam Coates has a one-liner in Red Box saying that Steve Richards (one of CoffeeHouse’s favourite columnists from the… Continue reading

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Prepare for 2010

27 March 2008 17:11

As Iain Dale reports, Wendy Alexander may have let slip with with the date of the next election.  Here’s what she told the Glasgow Herald: "We’re now in a continuous campaigning environment… Continue reading


One hundred days

27 March 2008 15:35

What’s the verdict, then, on Nick Clegg’s first 100 days as Lib Dem leader? Not good, I’d say. Sure, he got off to a solid start – making positive noises on public… Continue reading