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The question Brown must answer if Labour is to recover

30 May 2008 14:55

Stephen McCabe, the Labour whip who was in the charge of the Crewe and Nantwich campaign, has written an article for Tribune on his experience. The headlines will be grabbed… Continue reading


Pakistan’s failure to police its border is a threat to us all

30 May 2008 12:59

The warning from the departing American commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan General Dan K. McNeill that Pakistan is once more pursuing the failed strategy of trying to strike a… Continue reading


Labour’s targets for fighting crime are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard

30 May 2008 10:55

Tim Montgomerie flags up how the targets culture is distorting policing priorities with arresting a child for stealing a chocolate bar treated by the police as being as important as… Continue reading


Brown leads Labour to a historic low–new poll has Lab 23, Con 47, Lib Dems 18 

30 May 2008 8:57

The headlines figures in today’s YouGov poll are disastrous for Brown, the historical comparisons are humiliating—even under Michael Foot the Labour party never sank this low in the polls, but… Continue reading


Purnell’s speechwriter pushed for trashing Brown

29 May 2008 19:34

Not so long ago, James Purnell released a speech on Microsoft Word format. This excites Tory researchers, who inevitably get hold of it, as they can interrogate the document –… Continue reading


Drags on the ticket

29 May 2008 18:14

The last couple of days have flagged up problems that are going to bedevil McCain and Obama respectively in the general election campaign. McCain is going to have to run… Continue reading


Hello, it’s Gordon here. I just wanted to explain…

29 May 2008 16:21

When I saw this story I had to check the date but it is not an April Fool, Gordon Brown really is cold calling members of the public who write… Continue reading


Will New Labour survive a general election defeat?

29 May 2008 15:38

Let’s assume that, as currently seems likely, the Labour party loses the next election by a fairly substantial margin. The question then is does Labour conclude that the best route… Continue reading


In the magazine this week

29 May 2008 13:44

Fraser Nelson and Charles Moore report from Afghanistan. Rod Liddle explains how Britain can win Eurovision. Irwin Stelzer previews the US election and Bryan Forbes asks when did we start… Continue reading

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The new landscape

29 May 2008 11:52

As John Prescott is fond of saying, the plates are moving. Two left-of-centre commentators today turn their attention to Labour’s predicament in ways that only emphasise its depth. Steve Richards… Continue reading


Not the headline the government wants right now

29 May 2008 10:56

This is the story leading The Guardian web site: House prices: Nationwide reports fastest fall since 1991 Nationwide are reporting that house prices fell 2.5 percent month on month and the… Continue reading


Labour pains

29 May 2008 9:02

Guido flags up David Hencke’s story in The Guardian which reveals that Labour has only five weeks to find £7.45 million to pay off bank loans and money owed to… Continue reading


The spokesman’s revenge

28 May 2008 18:49

Scott McLellan was an awful White House press secretary. As you watched him get beaten up day after day by reporters you couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. He… Continue reading


Remembering Frank

28 May 2008 18:22

Clive has a nice little musical tribute up to mark the tenth anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s death—and no, it is not someone singing My Way. Do check it out.


Bin Laden’s No. 2 believed he could secure political asylum in London for his supporters

28 May 2008 16:29

Lawrence Wright’s essay in The New Yorker on the ideological divisions within the Islamic extremist movement from which al Qaeda emerged is essential reading. It really is long-form magazine journalism at its… Continue reading


Darling indicates that a government u-turn on fuel duty is coming

28 May 2008 14:40

On The World at One this lunchtime, Alistair Darling strongly hinted that the government is preparing yet another u-turn; this time over the planned 2p rise in fuel duty. "I… Continue reading


Brown’s pumped up meeting

28 May 2008 13:01

The TV cameras trooped in to film the beginning of Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling’s meeting with various oil big-wigs this morning. After Brown thought they’d stopped filming, he announced:… Continue reading


Brown can look in The Mirror for advice

28 May 2008 12:21

Kevin Maguire was widely tipped to be Gordon Brown’s Alastair Campbell but in the end the Mirror man stayed at his paper rather than heading to Downing Street. His columns,… Continue reading


Brown’s attempt to pour oil on troubled waters will fail

28 May 2008 10:35

Gordon Brown wants you to blame somebody—anybody—else for the rise in the price of fuel. So, this morning he takes to the pages of The Guardian for some OPEC-bashing hoping… Continue reading


Spec and the City

28 May 2008 8:48

And so I got to thinking….what the Hell am I doing here? As I watched a preview of Sex and the City at the Soho Hotel last night, with Trevor… Continue reading


Ken’s friend Qaradawi is no moderate

27 May 2008 22:27

One of the many good things about Ken Livingstone’s defeat in the London mayoral election is that Islamic extremists will no longer be feted at City Hall. One person who… Continue reading


Obama’s running mate, McCain’s Iraq gambit

27 May 2008 22:20

Over on Americano, thoughts on the VP candidate who might tip the scales in Obama’s favour and an explanation of what McCain is up to with his suggestion that he… Continue reading


Reports: Osama bin Laden has been ‘located’

27 May 2008 18:49

The Dubai-based satellite TV channel Al Arabiya is reporting that Osama Bin Laden has been “located” by US intelligence in the Kararakoram – a mountain range that spans the borders… Continue reading


Brownism defined

27 May 2008 17:29

Tom Bower, who wrote a rigorously researched and extremely critical biography of Gordon Brown, delivers a devastating summing up of Brown’s record to date in today’s Evening Standard: "Thatcherism and… Continue reading


Straw breaks his silence

27 May 2008 15:28

Jack Straw has emerged from his self-imposed purdah to offer his support to Gordon Brown on The World at One. Straw declared "I’m absolutely convinced that Gordon Brown is the… Continue reading