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Fixing the Prozac Nation

26 February 2008 8:51

“Anti-depressants don’t work” is the message splashed across the front pages this morning, after a research team from the University of Hull discovered that: “The difference in improvement between patients… Continue reading


School daze

25 February 2008 18:43

Why would anyone want to be the “heir to Blair”?   It’s a question that’s popping up numerous times in the comments on Michael Gove’s latest piece for the Spectator. And I’m… Continue reading


Nick Clegg should speak out

25 February 2008 17:50

The Lib Dems should be leading the charge against Michael Martin. It is the kind of issue where the Lib Dems can emphasise their outsider status and come across as… Continue reading


A mobile police force?

25 February 2008 14:14

Reading the news release, I initially thought that Gordon Brown’s "new kind of policing" – by which every household in England and Wales will be given e-mail/mobile phone details to contact "neighbourhood… Continue reading


Clegg and his European red herring

25 February 2008 12:24

Now, as Fraser’s noted before, the official Lib Dem position on the Lisbon Treaty is a tad bizarre.  Nonetheless, Nick Clegg stubbornly sets about defending it in today’s Guardian: “It’s… Continue reading


Just in case you missed them…

25 February 2008 11:21

Be sure to check out some of the posts made over the weekend: Fraser Nelson sets out the Coffee House ethos, and also charts Britain’s spiraling drugs problem. Peter Hoskin… Continue reading


Harriet Harman needs a moral compass

25 February 2008 10:24

Harriet Harman comes out with one of the most disgraceful statements by a government minister in a while, in today’s Independent. Here’s the exchange: Now, Castro is not some cuddly… Continue reading


The protective cloak

25 February 2008 8:52

After the events of the weekend, all eyes will be on Michael Martin.  Will he buckle under the media’s relentless pressure?  Or will he dig in his heels, and continue… Continue reading


News from the front

24 February 2008 23:10

Anthony Cordesman, the respected US military expert, has an important piece in the Washington Post today on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As he reports, both conflicts are at… Continue reading


The cost of drugs

24 February 2008 17:09

To clarify my earlier blog, I certainly did not mean the murdered prostitutes in Suffolk were “victims” of the government’s failed war on drugs. They were born free and chose… Continue reading


The right long-term decisions?

24 February 2008 12:49

Just in case anyone still believed Gordon Brown’s "right long-term decisions" claim, then the Observer’s interview with Anne Owers – the chief inspector of prisons – should set them straight.  … Continue reading


How the Tories can break on through

24 February 2008 11:32

Northern Rock has not fatally wounded this government and Gordon Brown is slowly getting back on the front foot. The government, it appears, will not lose the next election all… Continue reading


Victims of a failing war on drugs

24 February 2008 3:22

As the Suffolk Stranger was being sentenced, the Home Office slipped out this written answer on the street price of heroin. It’s almost halved from £74 a gram to £40… Continue reading


Speaking of controversy

23 February 2008 19:07

Michael Martin’s spokesman has resigned for unwittingly misleading a journalist over the recent story about the Speaker’s wife’s £4,000 taxi expenses. The spokesman had said that she had been accompanied… Continue reading


Wil Obama seal the deal on March 4th?

23 February 2008 18:58

Over on Americano, all the latest from the US elections including reports that Hillary aides are thinking about a dignified exit for her if Ohio and Texas don’t go her… Continue reading


Don’t clobber drinkers

23 February 2008 10:59

The idea of vastly increasing the tax on alcohol to deal with Britain’s ‘binge-drinking’ problem is gaining ground. The Tory Social Justice policy group was keen on the idea and… Continue reading


Is Yvette Cooper beyond help?

23 February 2008 10:15

Iain Martin has a great post over at Three Line Whip about the rather disastrous effect that media training has had on Yvette Cooper’s manner—proof that things can get worse.  … Continue reading


The original Coffee House

23 February 2008 9:33

Some people ask why we call this blog Coffee House. The principal reason is that this magazine’s founders, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, went around such places picking up gossip… Continue reading


Labour still in danger of drifting onto the rocks

22 February 2008 18:30

Today’s Economist poll on Northern Rock is a belated birthday present for Gordon Brown. Only 5 percent believe the government is most responsible for the crisis and people are more… Continue reading


What on earth were the Tories thinking?

22 February 2008 16:54

Putting the words Auschwitz and gimmick together is ill-advised and for a politician to do this is particularly foolish. Whatever the substance of David Cameron’s criticisms he has opened himself… Continue reading


Gimmicky Gordon

22 February 2008 14:26

In the wake of Coffee House’s Brownies campaign, numerous commenters have been imploring the opposition parties to undermine Gordon Brown’s little porkies.  Take, for instance, CoffeeHouser Mike O’Callaghan’s recent suggestion: "Each week Brown is allowed to provide… Continue reading

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An act of genius, or of self-indulgence?

22 February 2008 12:34

Does Daniel Day Lewis deserve an Oscar for There Will Be Blood? I’d say so, over Clooney anyway – who rarely differs the characters he plays. In a Hollywood era… Continue reading


Killer Cable strikes again

22 February 2008 10:40

I’m on the train back from Question Time (most of the panel stayed in Newcastle last night) and I am again sitting three seats down from a man who has… Continue reading


Where the burden of Brown falls most heavily

22 February 2008 8:58

 In the Telegraph, John Kampfner makes the case that Gordon Brown is as ‘uncritically’ adoring of the super rich as Tony Blair ever was. He argues that this attitude stems… Continue reading


Groundhog Day

22 February 2008 8:50

With the prison population reaching an all-time high of 82,006 (only 21 places short of full capacity), Jack Straw once again begs judges to consider more non-custodial sentences.  Of course,… Continue reading