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Reforming the Lords

20 March 2008 12:55

As today’s FT reports, Jack Straw is leading the charge to reform the House of Lords.  Under his plans, most of the existing members would be ejected from their red leather… Continue reading


Backing Boris

20 March 2008 11:38

Mike Smithson makes a good observation over at Political Betting.  The detailed results from that recent YouGov poll show that some 41 percent of Brian Paddick’s supporters would choose Boris as their second… Continue reading


Keeping shtum

20 March 2008 9:01

Iain Martin’s article for the Telegraph today is well worth a read. In it he’s praiseful of Project Cameron, but throws in a substantial caveat – that the Tories aren’t… Continue reading


Meeting McCain

19 March 2008 20:29

John McCain is doing Europe tomorrow: Brown for breakfast, Cameron for afters and Sarkozy in Paris in the afternoon. It’s significant that he’s setting aside as much time for Cameron… Continue reading


A weak document

19 March 2008 19:05

As Pete said earlier, even by this government’s low standards, the National Security Strategy is a pitifully weak document. It looks like it was ordered up in 24 hours’ notice:… Continue reading

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Cabinet’s green split

19 March 2008 17:43

There’s a fun but revealing story in the FT today about a row within the Cabinet about what kind of cars they should all be driven round in. The split… Continue reading


"The sun is rising on our borrowing bacchanalia…"

19 March 2008 17:31

Iain Martin highlights it over at Three Line Whip, and rightly so – Jeff Randall’s hatchet job on Alan Greenspan is essential reading.  Not only does it flag up Greenspan’s role in our… Continue reading


National security letdown?

19 March 2008 15:38

4 months overdue, Gordon Brown today outlined a new national security strategy. Was it worth the wait? Not particularly. It’s little more than a collection of proposals that we knew… Continue reading


Brownies, Balls and the Barnett Formula in PMQs

19 March 2008 14:06

There are two PMQs: the one seen from galleries in the Commons chamber, and the one on television. The more I go to the former, the more convinced I am… Continue reading


Death of a visionary

19 March 2008 12:23

Like Mother Theresa, it was Arthur C Clarke’s historic misfortune to die in the same week as someone with more “celebrity” (Anthony Minghella in his case, rather than Diana). But… Continue reading


Throwing the book at Gordon Brown

19 March 2008 10:48

An intriguing item in the Ephraim Hardcastle diary in The Daily Mail this morning suggests that cash for honours will soon come back to haunt Gordon Brown: “LORD Levy’s book… Continue reading


Exclusive commentary and podcast: The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia

19 March 2008 10:47

A downloadable podcast of last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – "The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia" – is available here. Lloyd Evans’ web exclusive… Continue reading


Charm offensive

19 March 2008 9:06

Gordon Brown’s got an article in today’s Sun.  Its message?  That we shouldn’t worry about the economy, because he’s got his hand on the fiscal tiller.  Again, then, our Prime… Continue reading


Brown 2.0

18 March 2008 22:38

From his deckchair in Vietnam, Guido blogs on the latest openings for the revamped (and, perhaps, jinxed) Team Brown – two web experts. He certainly needs them – Labour’s internet… Continue reading


Rallying point

18 March 2008 20:03

With the FTSE100 soaring 191 points and Dow Jones up 321 points, what are the odds that tomorrow’s front pages will have headlines of “markets rally”, the same way they… Continue reading


Obama’s speech on race

18 March 2008 19:37

The controversy over the racially divisive sermons of Obama’s friend and pastor Jeremiah Wright was the biggest challenge that Obama has faced in the campaign so far as it threatened… Continue reading


An outright victory?

18 March 2008 19:14

A week ago, most people I spoke to in Tory HQ had the happy expectation that Boris Johnson was heading for a glorious defeat. i.e. – that he’d win on… Continue reading


Live Audio: The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia

18 March 2008 18:22

The latest Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia – starts at 18:45. Speaking for the motion are the journalist Anatole… Continue reading


Misrepresenting the welfare ghettos

18 March 2008 16:54

I thought p8 of the Daily Mail looked familiar. It’s that table of benefits which we ran on Coffee House on Sunday (expanded from my News of the World column).… Continue reading


Beckham worth more than Bear Stearns

18 March 2008 16:44

If you want to get a handle on just how cheaply Bear Stearns was sold, consider this,  David Beckham’s contract with the LA Galaxy is worth more than what JP… Continue reading


Anthony Minghella RIP

18 March 2008 15:03

If this is another Black Wednesday, it has just been made blacker yet with the news of the horribly untimely death of Anthony Minghella. He was one of those rare… Continue reading


Intelligence Squared debate: The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia

18 March 2008 14:54

A reminder that the latest Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate – The West is provoking a new Cold War with Russia  – takes place at 18:45 today. Speaking for the… Continue reading


Black Wednesday Mark II?

18 March 2008 13:31

Do check out this excellently-researched blog post from the think-tank Open Europe.  It details their finding that, as of yesterday, the pound has fallen by more over Brown’s premiership than… Continue reading


Remember to Quiz Clegg

18 March 2008 12:36

Just a reminder that Nick Clegg has offered to answer questions from CoffeeHousers. Register your questions in the comments section to this post.  And early next week we’ll pick the… Continue reading


Disgruntled Labour

18 March 2008 10:26

The two articles by the Labour MPs Jon Trickett and Charles Clarke in today’s Guardian are well-worth reading. Both are deeply pessimistic about the party’s prospects (perhaps indicative of the wider… Continue reading