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Which senior cabinet minister thinks he’s been over-promoted?

5 June 2008 15:51

Adam Boulton has a great little scoop over at his blog, one senior member of the cabinet has been telling colleagues that he has been over promoted but that he… Continue reading


Gordon ties himself to the mast on vehicle excise duty

5 June 2008 14:51

Sam Coates points out over at Red Box that Gordon Brown boxed himself in on vehicle excise duty at PMQs yesterday by telling those questioning the move that: “Don’t you… Continue reading


A classic underclass problem?

5 June 2008 12:59

What’s the cause of knife crime? The government has today focused on tightening laws etc. But if Charles Murray were here today, he’d see this as a classic underclass problem.… Continue reading


It might not be right for Dannatt to go public, but he is right

5 June 2008 11:46

One can question the propriety of General Sir Richard Dannatt speaking out about serviceman’s pay in The Sun but it is hard to disagree with him. "You look to see… Continue reading


In the latest issue

5 June 2008 10:56

We’ve just uploaded the content from the latest issue of the magazine. And I’d strongly recommend you read Matt’s interview with Jacqui Smith, on the hot topic of 42-day detention.… Continue reading


Hillary bows to the inevitable

5 June 2008 8:52

"Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington, DC to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity.  This event will be held on… Continue reading


Will Labour’s expectations management spin be right again?

4 June 2008 18:25

Over at Red Box, Sam Coates reports that Labour is already lowering expectations for its performance in Henley, briefing that it will lose its deposit. Now, I’d be tempted to… Continue reading


Brown’s "record employment"

4 June 2008 16:30

Gordon Brown frequently asserts Britain has record employment or that Labour has “the best employment record in history” (Hansard, 16 Jan 08). In fact this honour goes to Nigel Lawson… Continue reading


PMQs footage

4 June 2008 15:02

Thanks to the great Politics Home, here’s footage of the Cameron and Brown exchanges in PMQs:


A ticket to defeat

4 June 2008 14:59

Picking Hillary Clinton as his VP would be fatal to Obama’s chances. It is hard to imagine a move that could cause him more damage. First, it would make him… Continue reading


The rebirth of inflation

4 June 2008 14:10

Many years ago, Roger Bootle wrote a book called ‘The Death of Inflation’ which was a brilliant guide to understanding the economics which were to dominate all major countries in… Continue reading


Brown and Cameron do battle over statistics

4 June 2008 12:58

Many CoffeeHousers have asked why Cameron doesn’t lampoon Brown for using his trademark dodgy figures as per our Brownie series. Well today he did – not on economics but on… Continue reading


What now for Obama and McCain?

4 June 2008 12:33

If John McCain or his supporters had any doubts about the challenges ahead, they should have been removed last night. Obama once more demonstrated that he can hit the rhetorical… Continue reading


What are the odds?

4 June 2008 11:59

Apologies for the confusion folks, but William Hill has sent over the actual odds for ministers to lose their seat. (What we had before was rather mangled thanks to a… Continue reading


Boris stands down as MP for Henley

4 June 2008 10:53

So, Boris has formally announced he’s standing down as MP for Henley. No surprise. But it’s a welcome announcement nonetheless. As Stephen’s already said, Boris should avoid cultivating the “part-time… Continue reading


Obama: I will be the nominee

4 June 2008 7:23

Hillary Clinton might not have conceded last night but Barack Obama now has the delegates he needs to be the nominee. He declared himself the nominee last night despite Hillary… Continue reading


Obama will have enough delegates to formally claim the nomination once the Montana and South Dakota results come in

4 June 2008 0:38

NBC’s delegate count shows that following the flurry of super delegate declarations for him today, Obama is only 11 away from having an absolute majority of delegates. Considering that there are 31… Continue reading


The wacky world of Lib Dem policy

3 June 2008 18:23

I know one shouldn’t take Liberal Democrat policy seriously, but I went along to their first lobby briefing today just to see. Anyone who believes Gordon Brown is detached from… Continue reading


A recommendation

3 June 2008 16:45

British cinema is renowned largely for its spirit of documentary realism. Think Ken Loach, think Mike Leigh, or – more recently – think Shane Meadows. The four-disc, forty-film box set… Continue reading


The odds on ministers losing their seats

3 June 2008 16:37

If you fancy a punt on various cabinet ministers losing their seats here are the odds from William Hill and, where relevant, the swing required for the Tories to take… Continue reading


And now the end is near

3 June 2008 13:26

As the final votes are cast in the Democratic primaries, Americano reflects on when the race tipped in Barack Obama’s favour and looks at the proposed five-step plan for how… Continue reading


No unadulterated good news for Gordon anymore

3 June 2008 11:22

Gordon Brown should be breathing a large sigh of relief over the fact that Jacqui Smith has apparently won over enough Labour backbenchers to stave off defeat. But it seems… Continue reading


The best case for 42 days

3 June 2008 10:39

The piece by Peter Clarke, the former head of the Met’s anti-terror command, arguing for 42 days detention in the Telegraph today is essential reading. As I said the other… Continue reading


The Brown question

3 June 2008 8:46

Gordon Brown timed the Crewe and Nantwich by-election so that MPs would be heading out for the recess as the result came in. With Labour MPs scattered to the four… Continue reading


Andrew Grice: 42 days rebellion fading

2 June 2008 20:11

The Independent’s Andrew Grice reports that Jacqui Smith’s performance at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting was well received. It appears that the rebellion is diminishing rather than meta-sizing. Smith was… Continue reading