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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


Labour support is now the lowest it has ever been in The Guardian / ICM poll

19 May 2008 20:32

A new ICM poll for The Guardian has the Tories up two on 41, Labour down seven to 27 and the Lib Dems on 22, a three point rise on… Continue reading


Gordon Brown 2.0

19 May 2008 18:26

Here’s footage of Gordon Brown’s "confident, relaxed and witty" speech at Google Zeitgeist earlier today.  What do CoffeeHousers make of it?


The odds shorten for Purnell

19 May 2008 17:27

I know many CoffeeHousers will take some time to forgive me for suggesting James Purnell as the best chance for Labour. But I am not alone. A rush of money… Continue reading


Labour’s campaign in Crewe is now beyond parody

19 May 2008 15:51

Here’s the latest quote from Tamsin Dunwoody: “I am just a single, unemployed mother of five fighting hard for a job” Now, come on Tamsin—you’re also the daughter of two… Continue reading


Fake Question Time

19 May 2008 15:25

The first thought that occurs on looking at Gordon Brown’s YouTube PMQs is that Rory Bremner’s impersonation is now near-perfect. It’s a parody of himself. He says he’ll be glad… Continue reading


Cameron vs waste

19 May 2008 14:01

Do take the time to read Cameron’s speech today – it may be his most convincing yet. In it, he lays into government waste more forcefully than ever before, and… Continue reading


Labour spikes its own guns

19 May 2008 13:18

Stephan Shakespeare had a smart post up on Centre Right over the weekend, arguing that Labour were weapons-testing the class issue in Crewe. But it seems that Labour’s clumsy-premature use… Continue reading


Is Brown embracing wiki-politics?

19 May 2008 12:19

Well, well. I have just watched Gordon Brown deliver a speech on the global economy and the web at the Google Zeitgeist forum at The Grove hotel. Someone has definitely… Continue reading


It’s not old-fashioned to support fatherhood

19 May 2008 10:42

Text for the day is Jackie Ashley’s Guardian column. Jackie argues that those who object to aspects of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill are acting from intrinsically "reactionary" motives:… Continue reading