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A political hybrid?

4 February 2008 18:12

Thanks to Rachel Sylvester over at Three Line Whip, Tim Montgomerie’s tortoise-and-the-hare analogy has now been mapped onto the Labour Party. Sylvester characterises the Blairite reformers as “hares”, whilst those who… Continue reading


The oldest truth in political history

4 February 2008 16:26

Poor Derek Conway. The allegations about how he used his allowances have been an opportunity for an avalanche of homophobic gossip about his son and a tidal wave of sneering… Continue reading


Singing from Hillary’s hymn-sheet?

4 February 2008 14:43

Forget John McCain – on the evidence of this morning’s Press Conference it is Hillary Clinton who is getting inside David Cameron’s head. Talking about Britain’s UNICEF rankings, Cameron concluded,… Continue reading


Power broking in Park Lane

4 February 2008 12:34

Some of Musharraf’s domestic problems arise from his attitude to the judiciary. There’s widespread anger over his suspension of Pakistan’s top judge, the first time such an event has happened in… Continue reading


Thirty hours in America

4 February 2008 10:24

Super Tuesday is now only a day away and Americano has the very latest from the campaign. Can John McCain sew up the Republican nomination? Can Obama’s momentum overcome the… Continue reading


Break free from the spending shackles

4 February 2008 8:50

William Rees-Mogg yesterday added his voice to the many suggesting that, now the economic outlook has changed, so should the Tories’ daft proposal to match Gordon Brown’s spending pledges. Iain Martin,… Continue reading


Will the broken referendum promise break the Lib Dems?

3 February 2008 20:34

At last, some life in the Lisbon Treaty debate – and from the least likely party. All LibDem MPs stood on a manifesto pledge to hold a referendum on the… Continue reading


Defend yourself

3 February 2008 16:25

John Rentoul writes a typically-perceptive piece in the Independent on Sunday, doubting that Gordon Brown will ever seize back the political initiative.  For Rentoul, Brown’s major problem is that he’s not engaging in "the… Continue reading


Permanent damage to the political classes

3 February 2008 12:13

What I love about the Derek Conway’s je ne regrette rien in the Mail on Sunday is the way he gives clues as to where the other bodies are buried.… Continue reading


Tories on the offensive?

3 February 2008 11:11

Another poll, another decreased lead for the Tories.  The latest ICM/Sunday Telegraph poll – the first conducted after both Peter Hain’s resignation and the Derek Conway furore – puts Labour on 32… Continue reading

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This is reality, folks

3 February 2008 9:08

Party chiefs launched their manifestos at Imperial College in London this week. No slick Anglo-American electioneering with carefully choreographed speeches and prepared questions here, this was raw Pakistani politics where… Continue reading


Election Watch

2 February 2008 19:57

Be sure to check out Rani Singh’s Coffee House coverage of the forthcoming Pakistani elections.  Rani’s first post is an unmissable primer in the issues, parties and individuals that will dominate the contest.  She… Continue reading


Marriage à-la-Francaise

2 February 2008 19:16

Lieutenant George: Look what I got for you sir.  Captain Blackadder: What?  Lieutenant George: It’s the latest issue of "King & Country". Oh, damn inspiring stuff; the magazine that tells… Continue reading

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Brown is all that stands between Blair and the EU presidency

2 February 2008 18:38

What started off as a joke is growing more serious by the hour. Bets are being laid on the next EU president and the favourite is one Anthony Charles Lynton… Continue reading


Stopping the rot

2 February 2008 13:54

There’s an essential interview with David Freud in today’s Telegraph.  Freud wrote a review of welfare for the DWP, and many of its reforming proposals are being adopted by the two main parties.  Now,… Continue reading


The Pakistani elections: getting dirty

2 February 2008 11:33

The harsh words exchanged during the recent American primaries have exemplified high decorum compared to the no-holds barred Pakistani election brawl. Accusations and counter-accusations, demonstrations and violence feature in this… Continue reading

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The nature of the enemy in Iraq

2 February 2008 3:31

If you want to know the nature of the enemy in Iraq just consider yesterday’s bombing where two mentally disabled women were used to carry bombs into two pet markets… Continue reading


A Labour poll lead?

1 February 2008 18:15

ConservativeHome are reporting on a previously unseen Ipsos-Mori poll which gives Labour a 1 per cent lead.  The full figures are: Labour on 38 percent (up 6 percent from the previous… Continue reading


Teflon Dave?

1 February 2008 15:26

In the latest post on his excellent blog, Benedict Brogan characterises Cameron as "Teflon Dave" – the man to whom no slurs will stick.  Brogan’s claim relates to the media’s apparent reluctance to report an inconsistency… Continue reading


The wacky race for transparency

1 February 2008 13:06

The three main parties are tripping over each other in the race for transparency over MPs’ expenses.  As Fraser reported earlier, David Cameron lead the way by confirming that he’ll tell his MPs to formally declare… Continue reading

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The broom, not the dust?

1 February 2008 11:31

Francis Urquhart will be spinning in his fictional grave. Once Tory whips were the MI5 of the Commons. They put a bit of stick about, knew every skeleton in every… Continue reading


Alastair Campbell vs. the media

1 February 2008 10:29

During his time at 10 Downing St, there were few better than Alastair Campbell at sparring with the press.  But now the sparring’s become a full-blooded assault.  He writes a… Continue reading


Cameron on Thatcher

1 February 2008 8:32

 Last night, David Cameron presented Margaret Thatcher with a lifetime achievement award, and he follows it up with an article on the Iron Lady in today’s Telegraph. The article begins… Continue reading


What remains to be done in Iraq

31 January 2008 18:20

The war in Iraq has dropped down the news agenda in recent weeks with all but the most determined opponents of the war recognising that the surge has worked militarily.… Continue reading


How soon is too soon?

31 January 2008 16:24

"Too soon!" went the outcry when the films United 93 and World Trade Center were released, some 5 years after the events they depicted.  Now – as Peter Bradshaw points… Continue reading