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The clunking fist connects

25 July 2007 12:39

To date, Cameron has got the better of Brown at PMQs but the clunking fist had some good lines today. I’d bet that this one–"The wheels are coming off the… Continue reading


Essential reading

25 July 2007 11:55

There’s been a lot of hype – justifiably – around P J O’Rourke’s book on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations Indeed, we posted on it weeks ago. But Coffee Housers… Continue reading

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Up from the streets

25 July 2007 11:26

If like me you’re a complete sucker for all things Banksy, do check out the graffiti artist’s new website. Hat tip: Andrew


What a dope

25 July 2007 10:47

Oh, Vino. How could you be so stupid? You fought all the way up from the bottom, making it from Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan to Paris, France on the strength of your… Continue reading


The boy who drank

25 July 2007 10:26

Today’s papers carry a rather exasperated quote from the publicist of Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor who plays Harry Potter. Responding to questions about whether Radcliffe had, shock horror, been… Continue reading


More bad news for Dave

25 July 2007 8:09

Today’s Guardian ICM poll continues the run of bad figures for Dave. Now, all of this can be (and is being) dismissed by Tory optimists as part and parcel of… Continue reading


Bush is not for turning

25 July 2007 0:41

Anyone who doubts George W Bush’s commitment to Iraq should read this speech delivered by the President at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina.  Quoting verbatim from intelligence reports,… Continue reading


Reading between Gordon’s lines

24 July 2007 20:39

Gordon Brown’s new book, Britain’s Everyday Heroes (Mainstream, £10.99), is yet another important clue to the Prime Minister’s political trajectory. In inspiration, it is part Cobbett’s Rural Rides, part Eliot’s… Continue reading


Lost in Translation

24 July 2007 17:46

This morning, I linked to Open Europe’s translation of the EU Constitution. Now the former Europe Minister Denis MacShane is claiming that Open Europe has mistranslated it to “whip up… Continue reading


Answer the snowman

24 July 2007 14:37

The most surreal question from last night’s YouTube debate in South Carolina between the Democratic primary candidates.

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Here’s some beef

24 July 2007 10:49

Amidst all the hullabaloo about David Cameron heading to Rwanda while parts of his constituency remain flooded, it is worth noting that the report he is unveiling over there has… Continue reading


New EU treaty is 96% the same as the constitution

24 July 2007 8:20

The invaluable think-tank Open Europe has translated the text of the European treaty formerly known as the constitution into English; something the government has so far failed to do.  Their… Continue reading


Cameron’s gamble

23 July 2007 20:14

Behold an extraordinary role reversal: the Tories used to define themselves by crunchy competence, and Labour by compassion and an emotional appeal to collective and international solidarity. Tonight, Gordon Brown… Continue reading


The real Iraq question

23 July 2007 19:35

Both sides in the Iraq debate tend to ignore, or downplay, the downside to their preferred course of action. On Meet the Press, New York Times columnist David Brooks put the… Continue reading


Direct questions

23 July 2007 15:06

Tonight the Democratic presidential candidates are doing a debate where the questions will come from YouTube users. The almost 3,000 videos submitted are of surprisingly high-quality. The campaigns must be a little… Continue reading


Kavanagh: Labour set to win big and then win again

23 July 2007 11:46

In The Sun this morning Trevor Kavanagh dismisses the Tories chances of winning the next election, writing: “Gordon Brown is going to win—and win big. In the process he will… Continue reading


No time to leave the country

23 July 2007 9:30

As Middle England sinks further underwater today, David Cameron is off to Rwanda to inspect the gap year-style project overseen by Andrew Mitchell. The timing couldn’t be worse: today, for… Continue reading


Public sour on globalisation

23 July 2007 8:29

There is a fascinating, and worrying, poll in the FT this morning about people’s attitudes to globalisation. Remarkably, about 60 percent of the electorate in the UK favour government imposed… Continue reading

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Can the Tories win from this far behind?

22 July 2007 20:58

Matt is right that the Tories would be daft to dump Dave. First, Labour would have an absolute field day accusing the Tories of panicking and ‘lurching to the right’.… Continue reading


Powell’s wife hits out at police over ‘cash for honours’

22 July 2007 11:09

One of the most striking things about the end of the ‘cash for honours’ inquiry on Friday was the absence of a victory lap from those who had spent so… Continue reading

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Why the Tories would be fools to dump Dave

22 July 2007 10:02

Melissa Kite has a terrific scoop in the The Sunday Telegraph, revealing that Tory MPs have started to send letters to Sir Michael Spicer, the chairman of the 1922 Committee,… Continue reading


Why we’ll remain fully booked

22 July 2007 9:55

Coffee House guru Seth Godin has a great parting thought on the Harry Potter phenomenon, why books are useless for keeping secrets, but why they’ll survive as a still-treasured medium… Continue reading


Brown doesn’t want it to rain on his parade

21 July 2007 20:57

Gordon’s response to the floods shows that his political antennae are twitching ferociously in spite of the overall strength of his political position this weekend. If the car-bomb plot was… Continue reading

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Waiting for Harry

21 July 2007 20:48

The queue party in Hampstead was more queue than party – a few Waterstones employees in witches’ hats and T-shirts saying ‘Muggle’ wandered up and down taking notes of children… Continue reading


Blog justice

21 July 2007 20:43

Over at Guido, they are trying something very Web 2.0: namely, to test possible financial backing for a private prosecution in the loans for honours case. One poster suggests £50… Continue reading