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Did the BBC play fair with the Redwood report?

15 August 2007 11:17

The BBC’s coverage of the Redwood report has come in for much criticism, notably from The Sun and Iain Dale. Helen Boaden, the director of BBC  News, has now responded,… Continue reading


The next step in the US-Iran showdown

15 August 2007 9:11

Tensions between Tehran and Washington will reach new levels with the news that the US intends to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation. This allows the US… Continue reading


Heathrow’s 3rd runway won’t tip the earth into the balance

14 August 2007 22:58

Alice Miles argues in her Times column on the climate change protests at Heathrow  that, "Pretty much anyone without shares in BAA would not wish another runway on that particular… Continue reading


Vlad on holiday

14 August 2007 16:12

Why do photos of world leaders on holiday hold such fascination for us? The shots of Vladimir Putin fishing seem to be everywhere today, I’ve spared you the one of… Continue reading


Part of the problem, not part of the solution

14 August 2007 13:50

The BBC website is currently running a piece fretting that we all get too many emails. The story opens with the line: "Today’s e-mail glut is a constant worry for… Continue reading

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The shortest of breaks

14 August 2007 10:54

The Sun reports this morning that Gordon Brown’s holidays are over. He’ll be working for the rest of the summer from his constituency in Scotland. So, Brown took a total… Continue reading


What Petraeus will tell Washington

14 August 2007 8:57

No one is more crucial to the future of the Coalition effort in Iraq than David Petraeus, the US commander there. Petraeus is seen by hawks as this war’s Ulysses… Continue reading


And now the end is near

13 August 2007 23:49

Watching the Bush-Rove conference, it was impossible not to feel that this was the end of an era. The president admitted he soon be gone too; telling Rove “I’ll be… Continue reading

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Have we turned away from the emotionalism of the Diana moment?

13 August 2007 22:57

As the 10th anniversary of Diana’s death approaches we’re going to spend a lot of time debating whether or not the public reaction to her death ushered in a new,… Continue reading


Prezza’s tale

13 August 2007 16:20

I am almost certainly in a minority of one on this, but I suspect that John Prescott’s memoirs will be a lot more interesting than people are expecting. On all… Continue reading


Heathrow needs more runways

13 August 2007 14:21

The case for Heathrow getting a third runway is overwhelming. It is mad that the world’s third busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers only has two runways while Amsterdam’s… Continue reading


‘Bush’s brain’ leaves the White House

13 August 2007 12:07

If you want to get an idea of how important Karl Rove was to George W. Bush imagine if Peter Mandelson, Philip Gould and Alastair Campbell had all been rolled… Continue reading


Karl Rove resigns

13 August 2007 10:07

Karl Rove, the architect of President Bush’s two election victories, is resigning from the White House at the end of the month. Rove was convinced that he could re-align US… Continue reading


The cause of the sub-prime crisis

13 August 2007 8:46

If you want to know what to make of the current panic in the financial markets and the role of sub-prime mortgages in creating it, do read Sebastian Mallaby in… Continue reading

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What happens when you are down

12 August 2007 22:46

When you are ten points down in the polls everything you do is seen through that prism. So whenever the Tories announce a policy or talk about a topic, the… Continue reading


Why we must end forced marriage

12 August 2007 11:48

Damian Green, the Tory Immigration spokesman, sets out how the Tories plan to end forced marriages in an op-ed in The Observer today. There are some good suggestions in it,… Continue reading


The Brown bounce becomes the Brown boom

12 August 2007 0:14

Gordon Brown has restored Labour’s fortunes to pre-Iraq levels, according to a YouGov poll in tomorrow’s Sunday Times. The poll puts Labour on 42, the Conservatives 32 and the Lib… Continue reading


Extreme in any context

11 August 2007 12:30

Charles Moore has a must-read in the Telegraph today about the Dispatches programme “Undercover Mosque” that the CPS and the West Midlands police have criticised. They claim that the programme… Continue reading

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Blue Saturday

11 August 2007 10:17

I do not know whether, as was so often claimed, Tony Wilson, who has died aged 57, was a genius. But, as music mogul, club entrepreneur, loudmouth and zealous Mancunian,… Continue reading

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Football’s back

10 August 2007 18:05

The football season kicks off tomorrow and with England so far on the back foot in the cricket that they’re in danger of stepping on their stumps, it will be… Continue reading


Ignoring our debt to the Iraqi interpreters

10 August 2007 15:00

I would have thought that the idea of granting asylum to those Iraqis who have served as interpreters for British troops would be fairly uncontroversial. But Neil Clark has issued… Continue reading


Ashley’s Ashes

10 August 2007 12:15

Simon Barnes has a lovely tribute to the retiring England spinner Ashley Giles in this morning’s Times. Giles had a bit of a rough press as he was nearly always… Continue reading

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A healthy crunch

10 August 2007 10:23

It seems the silly season is extending to financial markets. I have yet to hear a convincing explanation about how the credit crunch is supposed to be such a disaster… Continue reading


How long can Brown have it both ways on relations with the US?

10 August 2007 8:54

Gerard Baker has a great column in The Times this morning about how Gordon Brown is trying to play it both ways on relations with America. Baker dubs it the… Continue reading

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The security charade

9 August 2007 23:51

Going to Calais from Dover this morning on the Eurotunnel was a master class in the ineptitude and pointlessness of security. As my car approached Passport Control I handed over… Continue reading