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The ‘No’s are sneaking it in Ireland

11 June 2008 11:40

[Many thanks to Ruth Dudley Edwards, who'll be covering the Irish referendum for Coffee House over the next few days.  Here's her first post - Pete Hoskin]  I haven’t seen so many confusing posters… Continue reading


Brogan: The vote looks won

11 June 2008 10:45

Over at his invaluable blog, Ben Brogan reports that: The DUP are on board, Diane Abbott has been spoken to by Gordon Brown for the first time in 20 years,… Continue reading


Political insiders think 42-day detention will scrape through

11 June 2008 10:03

According to their latest poll, some 66 percent of Politics Home’s group of insiders think that the Government’s 42-day detention proposal will get through Parliament today.  All things considered, a two-thirds chance… Continue reading


MPs to vote on 42-day detention

11 June 2008 8:58

After all the talk, exhortations and hand-wringing, today’s the day that MPs finally vote on the Government’s 42-day detention plan. That will happen at 7pm, and we can expect a… Continue reading


Who will Obama’s VP be?

10 June 2008 22:54

Over on Americano, a guide to the pros and cons of the people that Obama’s VP search team are floating as possible running mates for him. 


What’s the reason behind Miliband’s Israel snub?

10 June 2008 18:45

So why has David Miliband cut his trip to the Middle East short? The plan was for him to be in Israel today, meeting with luminaries including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud… Continue reading


The Government fails the poor

10 June 2008 17:07

The Government’s latest poverty statistics were meant to be released back in April. But they’ve been delayed and delayed, such that they’ve only come out today. Now we know why. They record yet… Continue reading


Should Britain join the Euro?

10 June 2008 16:09

Should Britain join the Euro after all? Patrick Hennessy, political editor of the Sunday Telegraph, bravely asks the question over at Three Line Whip, arguing that one can no longer… Continue reading


Oil to reach $250 a barrel?

10 June 2008 13:55

Over at Trading Floor, Michael Millar reports on the chief executive of Gazprom’s prediction that oil prices will keep rising until they hit $250 per barrel.


Police lose their High Court challenge over pay

10 June 2008 13:23

So, the High Court has turned down the Police Federation’s effort to get a 2.5 percent pay deal.  A good result for the Government, surely?  Well, yes.  But there’s a caveat.  I suspect… Continue reading


Red Ken to run again

10 June 2008 13:11

Martin Bright, whose Dispatches programme on Ken Livingstone moved a lot of the allegations against him to the forefront of the mayoral debate, reports that Ken is not done yet… Continue reading


Let parents be the tsars

10 June 2008 13:09

Slip some truth serum into Lord Adonis and, yes, I suspect he will admit the flaw in proposing new combined primary and secondary schools. Not that they won’t work, but… Continue reading


If you don’t understand it, why vote for it?

10 June 2008 12:15

In his Irish Independent column today, Kevin Myers brilliantly nails one of the most infuriating pro-European arguments: The final argument from the ‘Yes’ camp is that the ‘No’ side really… Continue reading


Why Britain needs a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty

10 June 2008 11:13

[After the news that the British public want a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, here’s a exclusive blog from Stuart Wheeler. Stuart is one of the leading figures in the… Continue reading


The public want a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty

10 June 2008 10:23

Conservative Home have an exclusive sneak peek of a Daily Politics / ComRes poll on the Lisbon Treaty.  Here are some of the numbers, which – to my mind –… Continue reading


61 percent of voters think the Tories are tainted by financial sleaze

10 June 2008 10:21

Jon Craig highlights this finding from today’s Populus poll which should worry the Tories. However, to be fair we should note that even more voters think that Labour is compromised… Continue reading


Balls to get tough on failing schools

10 June 2008 8:54

In an interview with the Guardian this morning, Ed Balls pledges to crack down on failing schools: "We don’t want to see excuses about poor performance, what we want to… Continue reading


Tory poll leads widens dramatically

10 June 2008 1:02

A new Populus poll for The Times shows the Tories surging yet further ahead of Labour. The Tories are now on 45, Labour on 25 and the Lib Dems on… Continue reading


An Afghanistan progress report

9 June 2008 21:01

Channel Four says it feels "dutybound" to examine on what ground Gordon Brown says of the 100 servicemen who died in Afghanistan that "they have paid the ultimate price but… Continue reading


Having a flutter on Euro 2008

9 June 2008 18:25

Ok, so Euro 2008 has kicked off (if my calculations are correct, we should be most of the way through France vs Romania right now). And the BBC still bellows… Continue reading


London MPs aren’t even all talk when it comes to dealing with knife crime

9 June 2008 18:00

Clive flags up a story in today’s Evening Standard about how when Parliament debated knife crime last week, only 10 of the 74 London MPs bothered to turn up. Showing… Continue reading


What do CoffeeHousers think about a Manchester congestion charge?

9 June 2008 16:39

What do CoffeeHousers – and particularly those based in Manchester – make of Ruth Kelly’s plans to impose congestion charges in cities other than London?  You see, there are two… Continue reading


Cameron is just doing what Thatcher did

9 June 2008 16:22

Watching Michael Cockrell’s documentary on Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power last night, I was struck by how many times she was interviewed with her family. Just after her maiden speech… Continue reading


The cost of living under Gordon Brown

9 June 2008 15:22

Over at Trading Floor, Fraser wonders why the Government won’t tighten its belt when the rest of the country is being forced to.


Dealing with knife crime

9 June 2008 14:08

Knife crime is a serious problem—those who claim that the current concern over it is all a result of media fear-mongering are being far too flippant. But I do wish… Continue reading

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