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Why America went to war

13 July 2007 11:30

Come off it, James. American did not go to war to ‘set about a phenomenally ambitious project to build democracies in parts of the world where they had never succeeded… Continue reading


Coming soon: A Cameroon blog

13 July 2007 10:27

Reading the blogosphere must often be a frustrating business for David Cameron. But I gather a more supportive site is on the way. Fiona Melville, a member of his leadership… Continue reading


What is Douglas Alexander talking about?

13 July 2007 8:38

Douglas Alexander’s speech in Washington last night is being portrayed as distancing Gordon Brown’s administration from George W. Bush’s post 9/11 foreign policy. Particular importance is being attached to this… Continue reading


What do you call a coalition without Ming?

12 July 2007 21:38

Martin Bright has an intriguing interview with Ming Campbell in this week’s New Statesman. In it, Ming confirms that he and Brown discussed the possibility of current Lib Dem frontbench… Continue reading


Nigel Dempster RIP

12 July 2007 18:09

His critics called him vain, snobbish, jumped-up and vicious – all true – but Nigel Dempster was also generous (he felt uncomfortable if anyone else paid for lunch); charming (displaying… Continue reading

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Who should the BBC apologise to next?

12 July 2007 15:18

The BBC has now apologised to The Spectator and the Queen within 24 hours. Who should be next in line for an apology from the Beeb? Suggest away.


We have a winner, Ms. Moneypolly

12 July 2007 13:38

The best suggestion by a Coffee Houser for a new author of James Bond stories was Simon Chapman who proposed The Guardian’s in-house funster, Polly Toynbee. A bottle of champagne… Continue reading


How the Beckhams will crack America

12 July 2007 11:50

If you want to know how Brand Beckham will be marketed in the States take a look at the storyboards for the ad campaign that is being launched to promote… Continue reading


The coming Cold War

12 July 2007 8:21

With Britain and Russia on the verge of Cold War style diplomatic expulsions over Russia’s refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi over the death of Alexander Litvinenko, do read Fraser’s cover… Continue reading


The Bureaucratic Bungling Corporation

11 July 2007 17:59

Life is full of little ironies. I am just off to the BBC’s Millbank studios to do some recording for The Week in Westminster. Meanwhile, I have spent much of… Continue reading


City Academies and Super Casinos, RIP

11 July 2007 14:33

Putting City Academies under the care of local authorities is like putting chickens in the care of wolves – as Mr Brown knows very well. So it’s goodbye to Mr… Continue reading


Spot the Scot

11 July 2007 12:59

Brown has a PMQs headline for us: let Cameron do the PR, he’ll be the PM. Well, his performance was better than last week. But what struck me was the… Continue reading


Ricky Gervais hasn’t lost it

11 July 2007 12:37

I rarely allow myself to be “Outraged of Westminster”, but this scandalous post by Jim Shelley, the Mirror’s TV critic, has forced me to make an exception. Ricky Gervais has… Continue reading


Where Bill and Hillary disagree

11 July 2007 12:05

New York magazine has a piece that is well worth reading on the one issue where Hillary is busy distancing herself from the record of the Clinton presidency: trade. Free… Continue reading


The author’s Faulks, Sebastian Faulks

11 July 2007 10:05

The news that Sebastian Faulks has written a Bond novel says a lot about the status 007 has achieved in the culture. On the big screen and through a ruthless… Continue reading


Brown’s family problem

11 July 2007 8:49

Gordon Brown’s Today Programme interview this morning was fascinating, you’ll be able to listen to it here in a little bit. It was clear how much the family agenda rattles… Continue reading


Why Cameron is right on families

10 July 2007 20:11

For all my misgivings about the Cameron project, he is in exactly the right place on the family. His speech today was authentic, strong, thought-provoking and laid out clear blue… Continue reading


Can John McCain recover?

10 July 2007 17:22

The former Republican frontrunner has just let his three most senior campaign aides go. These three departures signify the deep trouble that McCain’s campaign is in; he is now third… Continue reading

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I haven’t thrown in the towel

10 July 2007 15:59

I would like to reach across cyberspace to reassure the great Anne Applebaum. She says in Slate that "the Spectator magazine—the Conservatives’ once-faithful house organ—was ready to throw in the… Continue reading


Why social breakdown is so difficult for government to deal with

10 July 2007 15:37

"All of the work that we have done has reinforced the importance of the first three years on a child’s cognitive and emotional development. The emotional brain is largely created… Continue reading


Bush will change Britain’s politics more than America’s

10 July 2007 11:56

While the Republicans in America are quietly burying George W. Bush’s legacy in domestic policy, the Tories are embracing it. Iain Duncan Smith’s report on social policy, a labour of love if… Continue reading

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We spend far too much on science

10 July 2007 9:51

A brilliant topic on the Today programme – the scandal of the government science budget. A staggering £3.4bn of our money is spent on science – thus socialising what should… Continue reading


How Brown views the world

10 July 2007 8:36

The always astute Irwin Stelzer has an interesting op-ed in today’s Telegraph on Gordon Brown’s foreign policy. Stelzer reveals that Brown has been angered by reports that he has banned… Continue reading

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If you’re looking for…

9 July 2007 20:50

The Spectator’s thoughts on Boris running for Mayor see Mary Wakefield’s ten point plan and the magazine’s official endorsement. We also have comprehensive coverage of the Alastair Campbell diaries. Anthony… Continue reading

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How close is the Bush administration to giving up on Iraq?

9 July 2007 20:32

This New York Times story about the Bush administration considering abandoning the surge far more quickly than anyone is expecting is well worth reading. Also, take a look at this… Continue reading