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DD goes berserk

21 June 2007 16:44

Well, they can’t say I didn’t warn them. DD has finally lost it. Why did Dave have to go and put him in charge of this stupid social mobility thingy.… Continue reading


America as the world

21 June 2007 16:22

This is lots of fun, from the strangemaps website: each US state renamed as a country with comparable GDP.


Listening to the Scientologists

21 June 2007 15:07

This week’s magazine has a great piece by Tessa Mayes who went undercover with the celebrity Scientologists. If you want to hear more about her experience, download this podcast.


The public wants a vote

21 June 2007 11:58

Open Europe have a new poll out today that shows that 86 percent of voters want a referendum on the proposed new treaty. Normally, I’m against referendums on the grounds… Continue reading


Dressing down Brown

21 June 2007 11:00

Here’s another thought about the difference between Blair and Brown in their relations with the business world (see ‘The coming Blair nostalgia’ in this week’s online edition). On Wednesday night,… Continue reading


A nice middle class boy

21 June 2007 8:04

I have always had a theory that within the anarchic millennial Byron that is Pete Doherty, there lurks an incredibly well-behaved middle-class boy. Doubtless it was the "mad, bad, and… Continue reading

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Why I went to the Levy party

20 June 2007 20:58

Interesting row brewing over at Guido Fawkes. Should I and other hacks have shown our faces at the Lord Levy party last night (see my earlier post)? Yes, of course.… Continue reading


The billion dollar president?

20 June 2007 20:39

Republicans have had very little to cheer recently. The party’s approval rating in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is at a record low of 28% and the implosion of the… Continue reading


Rebellion is in the genes

20 June 2007 19:26

Like father, like son: my old friend Malcolm McLaren’s son, Joe Corre, has rejected his MBE, accusing Tony Blair of being “morally bankrupt”. As manager of the Sex Pistols, Situationist… Continue reading

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The latest from Brussels

20 June 2007 15:21

Mark Mardell has a useful post on the progress of the European Treaty negotiations. His blog will be essential reading over the next few days.


Blair’s penultimate PMQs

20 June 2007 12:54

Blair was good today, buzzing, contemptuous and articulate. Cameron was better. He was on top of the facts and ready with sound bites ("he’ll release more prisoners this year than… Continue reading

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One for the reading list

20 June 2007 12:47

Sometimes a book is so compelling you have to recommend it before you’ve finished it. I might have known that Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by… Continue reading


The case against the Rushdie knighthood

20 June 2007 12:07

Yesterday, I was happily thundering away against all the hand-wringing over the Rushdie knighthood when a friend brought me up short my making a rather good case against it. The… Continue reading


What we shall do with the deputy PM?

20 June 2007 11:09

The Times today comes up with some new sea shanties for our times. My favourite is The Guardian’s ditty about John Prescott – click here if you haven’t seen it.… Continue reading

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And now the end is near

20 June 2007 10:09

And so the cavalcade of farewell parties proceeds towards the terminus of June 27 and Tony Blair’s last bow. Last night, it was the turn of Lord Levy to say… Continue reading

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Brown to bring Lib Dems into the cabinet?

20 June 2007 8:25

Today’s Guardian reports that Brown is considering bringing a Lib Dem or two into the government. My gut reaction is that the Lib Dems would be fools to accept the… Continue reading


The next Reagan?

19 June 2007 22:20

Fred Thompson, the man many are hailing as the saviour of the Republican party and who you probably know best from his roles in Hunt for Red October, In the… Continue reading


The only reason to knight Rushdie

19 June 2007 14:05

I can’t really comment on Salman Rushdie as a literary figure, since I tried and failed three times to get beyond the opening 50 pages of Midnight’s Children.  I can… Continue reading


Ageism Watch

19 June 2007 13:57

The departure of Nick Ross from “Crimewatch” is a sad victory for the worst kind of criteria now being applied in television. Nobody disputes the importance of appearance on screen… Continue reading

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Blair, Brown and the tussle in Brussels

19 June 2007 9:56

Two days to go and already the European Union summit is promising to be a cliffhanger. Will Blair sign? Will the Poles and the Czechs save him, and veto? No10… Continue reading


The reality behind the slogan

19 June 2007 9:50

Power to the People! Or not? The unmissable Steve Richards has a good piece in today’s Indy about “people power”. Every politician says he is in favour it: how could… Continue reading

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The Downing Street divide

19 June 2007 8:54

This front page story in The Guardian about the Blair Brown relationship is essential reading for anyone who thinks that the whole Blair Brown feud is something got up and… Continue reading

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No laughing matter

18 June 2007 19:13

I must admit that I disagree with Matt about Bernard Manning. The man was a deeply unpleasant bully and while others who ‘say the unsayable’—Borat, for instance—are actually ridiculing racism,… Continue reading


Why we laughed

18 June 2007 17:46

The death of Bernard Manning marks the end of an era in comedy and will force liberals once again to wrestle with the question: why was a man who ought… Continue reading

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Why the Tories picked Tooting

18 June 2007 16:35

I’ve now learnt why today’s event was held in Tooting. First, my former home is now considered a bellwether target seat, and second the candidate in question – Mark Clarke –… Continue reading