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The Pakistani elections: getting dirty

2 February 2008 11:33

The harsh words exchanged during the recent American primaries have exemplified high decorum compared to the no-holds barred Pakistani election brawl. Accusations and counter-accusations, demonstrations and violence feature in this… Continue reading

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The nature of the enemy in Iraq

2 February 2008 3:31

If you want to know the nature of the enemy in Iraq just consider yesterday’s bombing where two mentally disabled women were used to carry bombs into two pet markets… Continue reading

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A Labour poll lead?

1 February 2008 18:15

ConservativeHome are reporting on a previously unseen Ipsos-Mori poll which gives Labour a 1 per cent lead.  The full figures are: Labour on 38 percent (up 6 percent from the previous… Continue reading

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Teflon Dave?

1 February 2008 15:26

In the latest post on his excellent blog, Benedict Brogan characterises Cameron as "Teflon Dave" – the man to whom no slurs will stick.  Brogan’s claim relates to the media’s apparent reluctance to report an inconsistency… Continue reading

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The wacky race for transparency

1 February 2008 13:06

The three main parties are tripping over each other in the race for transparency over MPs’ expenses.  As Fraser reported earlier, David Cameron lead the way by confirming that he’ll tell his MPs to formally declare… Continue reading

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The broom, not the dust?

1 February 2008 11:31

Francis Urquhart will be spinning in his fictional grave. Once Tory whips were the MI5 of the Commons. They put a bit of stick about, knew every skeleton in every… Continue reading

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Alastair Campbell vs. the media

1 February 2008 10:29

During his time at 10 Downing St, there were few better than Alastair Campbell at sparring with the press.  But now the sparring’s become a full-blooded assault.  He writes a… Continue reading

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Cameron on Thatcher

1 February 2008 8:32

 Last night, David Cameron presented Margaret Thatcher with a lifetime achievement award, and he follows it up with an article on the Iron Lady in today’s Telegraph. The article begins… Continue reading

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What remains to be done in Iraq

31 January 2008 18:20

The war in Iraq has dropped down the news agenda in recent weeks with all but the most determined opponents of the war recognising that the surge has worked militarily.… Continue reading

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How soon is too soon?

31 January 2008 16:24

"Too soon!" went the outcry when the films United 93 and World Trade Center were released, some 5 years after the events they depicted.  Now – as Peter Bradshaw points… Continue reading

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Whither should we turn – America or Europe?

31 January 2008 14:49

In a speech today, Liam Fox spelt-out what the Lisbon Treaty means for defence alliances.  As he sees it, the treaty would cause greater integration of European security forces, to… Continue reading

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A failure of oversight

31 January 2008 12:07

Robert Winnett – the Telegraph journalist who first broke the Derek Conway scandal – is thankfully not retracting his claws just yet.  His latest, essential post over at Three Line… Continue reading

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The revolution will be televised

31 January 2008 10:30

With Fraser heralding the BoJo revolution, here’s the footage of Boris attacking Brown for "inadvertently" misleading the House (you’ll have to sit through an advert first):

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Taxed-and-spent into a corner

31 January 2008 8:23

In today’s Times, Peter Riddell looks ahead to the Budget in March.  He hits the fiscal nail on its rusty head: "The economic outlook for the next few years is… Continue reading

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The Republicans debate

31 January 2008 1:16

We’re live-blogging the Republican debate over at Americano. If Mitt Romney doesn’t land a serious blow on John McCain tonight, then McCain will be the nominee.

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Follow the BoJo revolution

30 January 2008 18:11

There’s an old joke that the word "lies" is banned in the House of Commons because it would be used so often that you’d get no business done. The actual reason… Continue reading

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Why isn’t Brown acting?

30 January 2008 16:12

As Andrew stressed earlier, the European response to the credit crunch has been anaemic (How anaemic? Check out the footage below of Gordon Brown and his EU compatriots agreeing the "way forward for [the] global economy").  By… Continue reading

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And the winner of PMQs is …  Boris Johnson

30 January 2008 16:00

The best part of PMQs came just after it ended, in the form of an irate Boris Johnson. "I am sure the Prime Minister inadvertently misled the House when he… Continue reading

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Tories getting tougher on crime

30 January 2008 12:35

David Cameron’s interviewed in today’s Sun, and he outlines new Tory plans to increase the stop-and-search capabilities of policemen: "We are never going to deal with [violent crime] unless we… Continue reading

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Clinton and McCain set the pace

30 January 2008 11:52

Ladbrokes has cut Hillary’s odds, but she’s still in the lead. McCain now cut from 4/5 to 1/5 to win GOP nomination.  For all the odds – and expert analysis… Continue reading

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So Conway’s punished, but not by the BBC…

30 January 2008 10:32

So farewell, then, Derek Conway. You will not be missed. But his departure is no thanks to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme. Tory MP Roger Gale was put in to… Continue reading

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European inaction

30 January 2008 8:35

Consider the response of America and Europe to the current financial turmoil. In Washington, the US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates by 75 basis points and the Bush administration proposes… Continue reading

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John McCain wins Florida

30 January 2008 2:18

John McCain has won Florida and is now the overwhelming favourite to win the Republican nomination. McCain has been further boosted by the news that Rudy Giuliani will likely endorse… Continue reading

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First Florida Exits

29 January 2008 22:43

National Review has some early exit poll numbers from tonight’s potentially decisive Republican contest and they show just how close the race is. McCain apparently has 34.3 percent of the… Continue reading

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Bomb plots & snail mail

29 January 2008 18:35

I’ve been tipped off to the following Press Association story, and figured it would make for a perfect end-of-the-working-day respite from MPs and their expenses.  Do make sure to read to the last… Continue reading

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