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What’s next?

13 May 2008 10:47

John Rentoul, who has always been sceptical of Brown’s chances and abilities, thinks that Frank Field’s attack on Brown might have been a tipping point: “But his personal unkindness may… Continue reading

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A bleak outlook

13 May 2008 9:04

Gloomy reading on the cover of the FT this morning – apparently, our economy’s heading ever more swiftly to stagnation and slowdown. New data reveals that confidence in the housing… Continue reading

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Brown loses his Compass

13 May 2008 1:22

Given the speed and nature of current events, there is a real danger that we in the press start to hyperventilate, declaring the Brown government doomed before breakfast every day.… Continue reading

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Balls on everything

12 May 2008 19:14

Good old Ed Balls. He has just given a lobby briefing attacking Tory education plans – at least that was his plan. But he ended up speaking about everything under… Continue reading

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Labour supporters think Brown should go

12 May 2008 18:49

If you want an idea of the pessimism and despair among Labour supporters at the moment,  do check out this running LabourHome poll.  Its headline finding, so far?  That some 49 percent of respondents think Brown… Continue reading

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Offensive defence

12 May 2008 18:31

And so – predictably – Ed Balls defends Brown against the allegations made by Frank Field yesterday.  Or, rather, he sticks the boot into Field, hoping that amounts to the… Continue reading

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Boris bids farewell to Henley

12 May 2008 17:44

The new Mayor’s farewell letter to the constituents of Henley-on-Thames. 

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Livingstone’s revenge

12 May 2008 16:53

Ken’s article in The Guardian last week, emphasising how Labour had done better in London than the rest of the country, strongly suggests that he is not done with public… Continue reading

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Do taxes save lives?

12 May 2008 15:10

I was taken aback the other day to see a Christian Aid poster about poverty, rather than their usual agenda of climate change and anti-capitalism. Then it dawned on me:… Continue reading

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More misery ahead for consumers

12 May 2008 13:38

Head over to Trading Floor for an update on consumer prospects.  As Fraser reports, food inflation’s getting worse, whilst Pete picks up on a similar story for energy prices. And –… Continue reading

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A city transformed

12 May 2008 12:39

Today’s New York Times details just how much progress has been made in Basra since Iraqi government forces launched a push to restore order in the city. It is hard… Continue reading

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Breaking up

12 May 2008 12:03

Politics is moving at an astonishing pace. Frank Field has upped the ante with his extraordinary remarks on the BBC World Service – that Gordon will not lead Labour into… Continue reading

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Just in case you missed them…

12 May 2008 11:17

…here are some of the posts made over the weekend: Fraser Nelson is amazed at how quickly the public are turning against Gordon Brown, and highlights the Blairites’ coordinated effort… Continue reading

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1.2 trillion reasons Brown deserves to lose the next election

12 May 2008 10:48

Trevor Kavanagh’s column in The Sun today brilliantly details the way that £1.229 trillion has been added to the public’s tab over the last ten years—an astonishing £20,500 extra per… Continue reading

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Another bad start to the week for Brown

12 May 2008 8:59

It’s not a great start to the week for Gordon Brown, as he prepares for relaunch no.29. After the pummelling he received from John Prescott, Cherie Blair and Stephen Byers… Continue reading

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Byers remorse

11 May 2008 17:46

Just after Christmas, Stephen Byers declared Tony Blair to be history and that Labour needed to unite behind Gordon Brown if it was to win the next election. Byers was… Continue reading

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Working-class hero?

11 May 2008 13:10

From Prescott’s interview in Sunday Times news review, this description of his home jumps out. "Here is not a working-class hero… but an Englishman in his castle, complete with turrets,… Continue reading

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What they spend your money on

11 May 2008 11:28

The Portcullis column in The Sunday Telegraph has a quite astonishing tale of how the Department for International Development uses its money: “Diligent Tory researchers have established that the ministry spent… Continue reading

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The writing’s on the wall

11 May 2008 11:13

There is a housing development in Brockley, south east London, with an extraordinary piece of graffiti. “Thanks to Gordon Brown, I will never buy a house,” it says, and in… Continue reading

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Prescott adds to Brown’s woes

11 May 2008 10:29

On Saturday it was Cherie talking about what went on behind the scenes during the Blair / Brown era, today it is John Prescott. The result: more bad headlines for… Continue reading

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Blairs on the trail

10 May 2008 18:55

Reading through the Cherie interviews in the papers today I was struck by this part of her reply when she was asked if she took any pleasure in Brown’s difficulties:… Continue reading

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Lost in the shuffle

10 May 2008 18:32

Peter Hyman’s piece in The Times today is well worth reading if only for this anecdote about one of the Blair reshuffles. On another occasion an MP was sacked for… Continue reading

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The Blairites bite back

10 May 2008 0:14

Turns out the mystery story is a Cherie Blair interview being run jointly by The Sun and The Times. The Sun promises to run the "bomshell" interview on its website… Continue reading

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The week that was

9 May 2008 18:45

David Cameron answers your questions Matthew d’Ancona wonders whether Brown has broken the New Labour pact. Fraser Nelson serves up ‘Brownie No.3 – Gordon Brown’s "transitional" 10p tax rate’, and… Continue reading

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Story alert

9 May 2008 18:07

A good political story is about to break. Have no idea what, but Westminster’s nervous system is twitching. My only information is that it is "big, followable and with us… Continue reading

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