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21 May 2008 23:43

Manchester United defeat Chelsea in the Champions League final, Moscow.


Labour Conference abolishes Britishness

21 May 2008 18:09

I’ve just been filing in an application for credentials to the Labour party conference and was gobsmacked to find that you could not declare your nationality to be British. Instead,… Continue reading


Why the abortion time limit will soon come down

21 May 2008 17:59

Sadly, the abortion vote last night pretty much split down party lines with 83 percent of Tories in favour of a lower limit and 80 percent of Labour MPs supported… Continue reading


Police problems for Labour as the Home Secretary gets banged to rights

21 May 2008 17:04

Labour must be hoping that not many people in Crewe and Nantwich decide to watch the evening news tonight. For if they do, what they’ll see is hardly like to… Continue reading


Are Labour going the way of Major’s Tories?

21 May 2008 17:01

Daniel Finkelstein highlights this fascinating graph over at Comment Central.  The red line represents Labour’s opinion poll ratings since 2005; the blue line those of John Major’s government between 1992 and… Continue reading

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Good luck United

21 May 2008 16:01

An all-English final it may be, but – as an avid Man Utd supporter – I can’t help being partisan about this. So, good luck you reds. Bringing the European Cup back… Continue reading


Cameron delivers a PMQs message to Crewe and Nantwich

21 May 2008 13:56

The quick, capsule review of today’s PMQs:  Brown was embarrassing.  Cameron tore him apart. Now for a bit more detail.  Cameron led on the humanitarian situation in Burma – the… Continue reading


PMQs footage

21 May 2008 13:29

Courtesy of Politics Home, here’s the main exchange between Cameron and Brown in PMQs.  Expect the Coffee House take on things shortly.


Westminster braced for a Labour massacre

21 May 2008 11:34

Like Pete, I have picked up on hesitancy in some parts of Crewe – mainly from Tory activists who realise this is a “send Brown a message” by-election rather than… Continue reading


Exclusive commentary and podcast: A conversation with Gore Vidal

21 May 2008 11:11

A downloadable podcast of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared event – "A conversation with Gore Vidal" – is available here. Lloyd Evans’ web exclusive report on the talk can… Continue reading


A prisoner of his own tax con

21 May 2008 9:01

Oh dear. It looks as though Alistair Darling’s 10p tax con is going to come back to haunt him – and in a major way. As the IFS points out… Continue reading


Attempts to reform abortion laws fail

21 May 2008 0:17

Tonight the attempts to reduce the time limit for so-called ‘social abortions’ were defeated. The 22 week amendment lost by 304 to 233, the 20 week one 332 to 190,… Continue reading


Obama nears the finish line

20 May 2008 22:15

Over on Americano, some thoughts on today’s primaries in Kentucky and Oregon and what it means that by the end of night Obama will, almost certainly, have an absolute majority… Continue reading


Teddy Kennedy, liberal lion

20 May 2008 21:59

Today, Teddy Kennedy’s doctors announced that he has a malignant brain tumour. This is sad news. Whatever one thinks of Kennedy’s politics, there’s little doubt that he’s been the most… Continue reading


Live audio: A conversation with Gore Vidal

20 May 2008 19:32

The latest Spectator / Intelligence Squared event – a conversation with the great American novelist, essayist and playwright Gore Vidal – is under way.  To listen to live audio of… Continue reading


Do Labour ministers want to lose the by-election?

20 May 2008 18:19

We all know that there are plenty of knives out for Gordon Brown in the Labour Party.  But a detail in this post by Benedict Brogan is still pretty astonishing.  He… Continue reading


Are the Tories dead certs in Crewe and Nantwich?

20 May 2008 16:25

Adam Boulton & Co. bring us news that Ladbrokes have closed their books on the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, because the Tories are "dead cert winners".  Of course, this chimes with… Continue reading


Will Labour’s expectation management backfire (again)

20 May 2008 14:20

As James says, if Labour rack up a double-digit defeat in Crewe and Nantwich, then things might start to look even nastier for Gordon Brown – to the point that… Continue reading


The spread in Crewe

20 May 2008 12:54

Today’s ComRes poll, the weekend one by ICM and reports from the ground have persuaded most of us that the Tories are going to win Crewe and Nantwich. That alone… Continue reading


The Speaker relents

20 May 2008 12:48

When the High Court turned down the Michael Martin-led attempt to block the disclosure of MPs expenses, the worry was that the Speaker would launch an appeal.  Well – by way of… Continue reading


A YouTube kicking might help Brown

20 May 2008 11:28

I took part in an LBC radio debate this morning about Gordon Brown’s YouTube initiative with Nick Ferrari, radio’s equivalent to a morning Bloody Mary. A LBC reporter has sent… Continue reading


Is Milburn planning a leadership challenge?

20 May 2008 9:35

According to Mike Smithson at Political Betting, Alan Milburn may be planning to challenge Brown for the Labour leadership, in the aftermath of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election. Says Smithson:… Continue reading


Clegg talks tax

20 May 2008 8:57

Nick Clegg’s giving a speech at Policy Exchange this morning, in which he’ll announce his intention to cut taxes for low and middle income earners. In many respects, it’s a… Continue reading


One to watch

19 May 2008 23:50

John Denham is now only 7 to 1 to be the next leader of the Labour party and Mike Smithson is tipping him as the potential Gordon replacement best placed… Continue reading


Even the Prime Minister’s jokes are Brownies

19 May 2008 21:09

Like Matt, I was genuinely impressed by the defrosted Gordon Brown on display at the Google conference. However – and churlish though it may be – I’d like to point… Continue reading