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The case for 56 days

19 November 2007 11:36

Following my Sunday Telegraph column yesterday, I debated the Government’s plans to extend the pre-charge detention period from 28 days with Henry Porter at the end of the Today programme… Continue reading


There is nothing like a pair of Dames

19 November 2007 10:15

A pair of dames made last night’s new television adaptation of Mrs Gaskell’s Cranford. Dame Judi and Dame Eileen played the two sisters Matty and Deborah Jenkyns in this terrific… Continue reading


Might Clegg not make it?

19 November 2007 8:40

If I was a betting man, I’d fancy a sly tenner on Chris Huhne right now. Nick Clegg has failed to impress during the leadership contest and Huhne, who doesn’t… Continue reading


Cameron needs to read on

18 November 2007 13:22

Much as I applaud the Tory education plan in general, my heart sinks when I see stories such as one on the front of The Observer that Cameron wants all… Continue reading


The danger of another Balkans war

18 November 2007 11:45

 Andrew Rawnsley has an important piece in the Observer this morning about how conflict could again break out in the Balkans. The issue this time is the final status of… Continue reading


Blair’s warning

17 November 2007 11:50

David Aaronovitch’s piece in The Times today based on his interviews with the former Prime Minister and his associates for his The Blair Years series on the BBC is fascinating.… Continue reading


Spin ahoy

16 November 2007 19:32

John Pienaar’s BBC column has a great little anecdote in it this week about Alan West’s reaction to the way his comments on not being convinced of the case for… Continue reading

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Can the Tories win black votes?

16 November 2007 15:47

Clive points to a fascinating New Statesman story by David Matthews on whether the Tories can pick up significant black support at the next election—last time out they only got… Continue reading


Who does Blair think his natural heir is?

16 November 2007 14:02

The Independent have launched a string of new blogs which are well worth checking out. Open House, their comment blog, looks particularly promising—anything that offers us more of John Rentoul… Continue reading


Men in tights

16 November 2007 12:10

Jack Straw has taken to the ceremonial trappings of his new role with a vengeance. The former firebrand NUS president never seems happier than when dressed in his finery. Now… Continue reading

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Howard’s end nears

16 November 2007 10:58

There’s just over a week to go until the Australian election and it’s very hard to see John Howard winning it from here. Though there has been a slight narrowing… Continue reading


Why is a degree a passport out of here for so many people?

16 November 2007 9:05

Why did Gordon Brown say “British jobs” for British workers rather than just “jobs?” John Denham wriggled out of this question this morning. I suspect the real answer is that… Continue reading


Who is Clegg closer to?

16 November 2007 8:40

Nick Clegg’s interview with the New Statesman is well worth reading for an insight into how he sees relations with the two main parties. Clegg describes himself as “an anti-Labour… Continue reading


George Osborne wins politician of the year

15 November 2007 17:21

The Spectator Threadneedle politician of the year is George Osborne and the parliamentarian of the year is Alex Salmond. A full list of winners is available here. Full video of… Continue reading


Parliamentarian of the Year

15 November 2007 16:58

We have just posted the text of the remarks that Matthew d’Ancona delivered at the Spectator Threadneedle Parliamentarian of the Year awards earlier today,  We’ll also have video of the… Continue reading

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The Winners

15 November 2007 16:23

Newcomer of the year: Nick Clegg Inquisitor of the year: Michael Conarty Peer of the year: Baroness Thatcher Speech of the year: William Hague Resignation of the year: Tony Blair… Continue reading


And the winner is…

15 November 2007 16:08

George Osborne, The Spectator politician of the year


Watch the Parliamentarian of the Year Awards live

15 November 2007 12:17

If you want to watch today’s event live click here. The awards ceremony from Claridge’s Hotel in London will be broadcast live with welcome speech from 1-1:10pm and 1:50-2:30 pm.… Continue reading


George Osborne Wins Politician of the Year

15 November 2007 11:51

The Spectator Threadneedle politician of the year is George Osborne and the parliamentarian of the year is Alex Salmond. A full list of winners is available here. Full video of… Continue reading


Brown and terror

15 November 2007 9:24

Peter Riddell has a very wise column in The Times today. As he points out, what Admiral West said yesterday about 56 day detention was actually quite sensible even if… Continue reading


Who should Gordon invite to Chequers?

14 November 2007 14:24

Seeing as Gordon Brown is stonewalling efforts from both MPs and journalists to find out who he has invited to Chequers for dinner, I thought we could help him out… Continue reading


Brown avoids a thumping

14 November 2007 12:56

Brown lost over immigration at PMQs, but wasn’t thumped which is a result for him. He is desperate to tease out a Tory split on the EU referendum, and may… Continue reading


St Pancras Day

14 November 2007 12:35

   We’ve just posted a column by Martin Vander Weyer on the significance of the St Pancras Eurostar terminal and why it means that one day we might get a… Continue reading


The announcement strategy is back

14 November 2007 11:40

Gordon Brown has never looked comfortable at PMQs but after a poor first few performances he developed a clever strategy of announcing policy during it, for instance on super casinos.… Continue reading


Salmond fishing

14 November 2007 9:18

I love it when Alex Salmond sets a deadline for Scottish independence. First was his “free by ’93” slogan, followed by a lame joke about “nationalist heaven in 97”. Then… Continue reading