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Heavy stupidity

25 June 2007 17:02

If you think Glastonbury is silly, click on the BBC News website and watch the clip of 2,000 heavy metal fans playing Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” in Stuttgart.… Continue reading


Anyone for venison sushi?

25 June 2007 14:26

The price of tuna is now so high that Japanese sushi chefs are considering making their dish with raw horse meat and cuts of smoked deer instead of the traditional tuna.… Continue reading

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What Cameron should have said

25 June 2007 12:02

Here’s what I wish David Cameron had said when discussing social mobility with John Humphrys this morning. The reason I’m in politics, John, is to address the problem you’ve just… Continue reading


Don’t put your shirt on Tiger Tim

25 June 2007 11:09

Wimbledon fortnight starts today with appropriately awful weather and with Ten Henman left to fly the flag for Britain after Andrew Murray dropped out with injury. But before all the… Continue reading



25 June 2007 8:37

This Today Programme special on social mobility is well worth listening to. Also, do read this piece on how to break down the social barriers in education by the head… Continue reading

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The momentum is with Brown

24 June 2007 22:32

Brown has, what the Americans call, the big mo right now. He looks like the man in command and that is dictating how events are seen. Take the job offer… Continue reading


How Gordon will fight Dave

24 June 2007 16:35

"As good as it gets," said Tony Blair of Gordon Brown. What he meant was: "As good as it got", which is not quite the same thing. It is no… Continue reading


The Brown Era Begins

24 June 2007 15:55

 I love how Gordon Brown walked on stage, as if he’d just won a vote of some kind. “I will endeavour to justify every day the trust you have placed… Continue reading

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How Harman won

24 June 2007 15:41

When puzzling over how on earth Harriet Harman won Labour’s deputy leadership, my mind went back to an episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet. The boys had voted to choose a colour to… Continue reading


It is Harman

24 June 2007 15:23

So a minister who was dumped from the cabinet for not being up to the job in 1998 is now the deputy leader of the Labour party. Listening to her… Continue reading


A fitting tribute to John Prescott

24 June 2007 14:53

The Labour deputy leadership results are a total shambles. The BBC is reporting that Harman’s won but they don’t seem really sure. If she has won, then it is a… Continue reading


No contest

24 June 2007 12:01

To put today’s coronation of Gordon Brown as Labour leader into historical perspective -  with the exception of leaders who have stepped into the breach temporarily after deaths (George Brown… Continue reading


Blair wanted to sack Brown

24 June 2007 9:18

Busted: that is the word that springs to mind reading this morning’s Independent on Sunday splash, which provides, for the first time, documentary evidence that Blair was hoping to move… Continue reading

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Referendum politics

23 June 2007 18:20

As Matt points out below, whether we have a referendum or not is a political not a legal question. In ruling one out, Gordon Brown is banking on David Cameron… Continue reading


Is Brown’s word good enough for the public?

23 June 2007 14:34

“A flagrant breach of a solemn promise”: that’s how William Hague just described Gordon Brown’s declaration (on the BBC’s Politics Show) that no referendum is necessary on the new EU… Continue reading


Margaret Beckett’s spin

23 June 2007 13:18

Margaret Beckett has been dismissing calls for a referendum by arguing that Britain is not a country that "governs by referendum" which begs the question as to why she was… Continue reading


Must-see TV

23 June 2007 12:23

Don’t miss Andrew Rawnsley’s outstanding documentary on the Blair years, The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair, the first part of which is on Channel 4 at 7pm tonight, with… Continue reading


How is the treaty different from the constitution?

23 June 2007 7:57

With these European documents, the devil is always in the detail. Yes, Blair has passed the four tests on his ‘red lines’ that he set himself, but that doesn’t actually… Continue reading

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Over to you, Gordon

23 June 2007 7:11

The great choreographer and negotiator got what he wanted: four red lines on a shirt. Tony Blair is claiming complete victory in his final summit, and the negotiators are particularly… Continue reading


Brown speaks

22 June 2007 20:09

This BBC interview with Gordon Brown is essential viewing; it’s the best example yet of ‘new and improved Gordon.’ Also worth a click right now, is Ben Brogan’s blog which is… Continue reading


Don’t mention the war!

22 June 2007 17:23

Berlin Mentioning Poland’s suffering in World War II is usually a sure way to win sympathy and shut down argument. But this week Polish politicians may have pushed the "Christ… Continue reading


A pretty straight sort of Catholic?

22 June 2007 16:39

I hope that Tony Blair becomes a Catholic, but I don’t think that his being received into the Church will make him one. Nothing about Blair says ‘Catholic’. He has… Continue reading


The truth is out there

22 June 2007 15:23

Just back from taking part in a fascinating BBC seminar on climate change, led off by Al Gore. The event was held under Chatham House rules, but (since he has… Continue reading

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How the public get stitched up by the professionals

22 June 2007 13:30

The Tory health policy – such as it is – is based on the Kinnockite principle of “trust the professionals.” A story in GP magazine shows what naïve nonsense this… Continue reading


What Gordon was up to

22 June 2007 10:34

This morning’s must-read is Mary Anne Sieghart’s column in The Times about Brown’s maneuvering over the past few days. Here’s her key point: "That this was not properly thought through… Continue reading

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