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Clegg Watch

8 February 2008 12:06

Nick Clegg’s certainly proving his worth as a newsmaker; something the Lib Dems have lacked in recent times.  After his we-could-possibly-enter-a-coalition-with-the-Tories revelation in the FT, he has a very-readable piece in… Continue reading


In praise of Ashes to Ashes

8 February 2008 10:20

Aside from news programmes, I rarely stay in specifically to watch something on television (as Hugo has written, boxed DVD sets are a very civilised invention). But last night was… Continue reading


All together now

8 February 2008 8:55

Condy, Hamid and David holding hands in Afghanistan on Thursday. Friends kissing and making up after naughty President Karzai was unruly. Time to pow-wow, not about the Afghans dying in… Continue reading


A massive clerical error

8 February 2008 1:44

For once, the devil does not lie in the detail. The real problem with the sharia row triggered by the Archbishop of Canterbury is not legalistic, but that it should… Continue reading


Clegg cosies up to the Tories?

8 February 2008 1:34

Nick Clegg is finally doing the clever thing and openly talking about backing the Tories in coalition. I’m in a BBC studio waiting to do News24 paper review, and just… Continue reading


Digby goes off message

7 February 2008 22:27

For some time I have been waiting for Digby Jones to return to his good old unpredictable self. It’s happening in tomorrow’s FT where Labour’s trade minister says Darling’s copycat… Continue reading


The theatricality of Ed Miliband

7 February 2008 17:11

In his overview of PMQs yesterday, Fraser picked up on Ed Miliband’s startling facial gymnastics (and Coffee House regulars Austin Barry and Nicholas Millman identified the parallels with Japanese Noh theatre). Now here’s… Continue reading


Hague on Europe

7 February 2008 15:21

William Hague delivered a masterful speech on "The Conservative agenda for Europe", at Policy Exchange today.  In short, it’s the definitive statement of why Britain deserves a referendum on the Lisbon… Continue reading


How much for a politician?

7 February 2008 13:14

I never nod in agreement more with any piece than with Charles Moore’s diary, and in today’s edition of the magazine he says Derek Conway: “…exclaims that ‘An MP is… Continue reading


81 million voters "enabled"

7 February 2008 11:16

Pakistani officials keep telling us that all is rosy for the upcoming elections.  The Election Commission of Pakistan, which is overseeing procedure on February 18th, has announced that it will “enable” around 81… Continue reading

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Party queen

7 February 2008 9:20

If a party can be judged by its parties, then the Conservatives are heading for office. Last night’s Black and White party, masterminded by the brilliant Anya Hindmarch, was a… Continue reading


A bad deal

7 February 2008 8:58

On Tuesday it was tax credits.  And now the Public Accounts Committee delivers a boot to another of Gordon Brown’s pet projects – the New Deal.  The findings should (but… Continue reading


McCain snubs Brown

6 February 2008 20:30

Gordon Brown will now be regretting briefing this morning that he was going to meet John McCain. The senator has pulled out (he could take the Vietcong, says Iain Martin,… Continue reading


Just as a change of pace…

6 February 2008 17:52

…here’s one for all you art-lovers out there: A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings… Continue reading


Points don’t necessarily mean prizes

6 February 2008 16:07

Immigration Minister Liam Byrne confirmed the final details of the UK’s point-based immigration system today.  The Australia-style scheme – first outlined in 2006 – will be rolled-out as of 29th… Continue reading


"Dithering" Brown stumbles on Cameron’s attacks

6 February 2008 13:33

When they didn’t mention MPs expenses last week, it was odd. This time it was downright embarrassing – and adds to the impression that they all have something to hide.… Continue reading


Will a mellower Musharraf win over the voters?

6 February 2008 12:15

If this family interview with Pakistan Television is anything to go by, President Musharraf is doing cuddly. The interview’s mainly in Urdu, but I thought Coffee Housers might like to… Continue reading


Different ways to cook the spending omelette

6 February 2008 11:50

The spending debate continues with Philip Hammond over at ConservativeHome defending his decision to sign up to Brown’s current spending plan. The 2% total ain’t that much, he says, slower… Continue reading


Last stand against protectionism?

6 February 2008 9:25

Irwin Stelzer writes a great piece in today’s Telegraph, characterising Gordon Brown and George Bush as united by their strident belief in free trade: "Both have a relaxed attitude towards the… Continue reading


Full Super Tuesday coverage on Americano

5 February 2008 19:50

The first result is already in but the big states are still to come. Americano will have all the latest throughout the night.


Brown outbids Cameron on sleaze

5 February 2008 18:07

Cameron may have moved first, but Brown has now upped the ante, writing to the Speaker calling for a "root and branch overhaul of the current system". He has told… Continue reading


What will be hit next by the sub-prime crisis?

5 February 2008 17:03

We’ve just posted an important piece by Martin Vander Weyer on the sub prime hurricane passing through the financial markets, you can read it here.


Waste continued…

5 February 2008 16:24

Following Fraser’s earlier comments on Tory spending, I thought I’d point out Iain Martin’s excellent post on tax credits over at Three Line Whip.  Martin rightly characterises Brown as a "wasteful spendaholic": "The… Continue reading

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Finding an alternative to Brownism

5 February 2008 14:26

Danny Finkelstein does me the honour of Fisking my post on Tories and spending. I’m being a little bit mischievous, he suggests, by claiming the Tories didn’t offer tax cuts… Continue reading


Wind power: so much hot air?

5 February 2008 12:36

The Lewis islanders up in arms against the 181 wind turbines planned for their little slice of Hebrides have many aesthetic reasons to object. Environmentalists are torn between the green… Continue reading