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May Day for the Prime Minister

12 April 2008 15:14

May 1st is becoming ever more important for Gordon Brown. Holding London and exceeding expectations in the rest of the country is the only thing that can put a stop… Continue reading

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Curbing Iranian influence in Iraq

12 April 2008 14:57

One of the most important things to have emerged from recent events in Basra and the testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker is that Iran has stepped up its… Continue reading

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Yesterday’s man?

12 April 2008 12:56

The succession talk is chasing Gordon Brown into the weekend. Here’s Martin Kettle in today’s Guardian: "A spectre is haunting the Labour party – the spectre of Gordon Brown’s failure.… Continue reading

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We urgently need education reform, just ask the Coils if you doubt me

12 April 2008 9:51

At 11am today, Radio Four looks at the Tory school reform plan – inspired, apparently, by our recent cover story on Cameron’s schools revolution. I’m on the panel of Talking… Continue reading

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The week that was

11 April 2008 19:22

Matthew d’Ancona reports on the schools battle. Fraser Nelson identifies Brown’s five steps to denial. Peter Hoskin suggests that relations between Britain and Iraq may be at a low ebb.… Continue reading

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What if…

11 April 2008 18:46

Another week, another PR Week story about what Stephen Carter’s new Downing Street team has planned. The frequency with which these stories are appearing is becoming really quite comic—it must… Continue reading

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Tread the Trading Floor

11 April 2008 16:57

Head over to Trading Floor for the latest on the credit crunch, including: Fraser Nelson on the UK’s shaky economic framework. And Michael Millar on why it’s not all doom-and-gloom… Continue reading

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What is Des Browne thinking?

11 April 2008 15:44

I’ve always found it shocking that British troops are sent into combat with inadequate equipment – not least because it costs lives. That’s why today’s High Court ruling should be welcomed. Invoking the… Continue reading

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Ideas for government

11 April 2008 13:26

Frank Field’s piece for the latest issue of the magazine is well-worth reading, and fecund ground for a weekend debate.    As he sees it, Brown and Cameron have to… Continue reading

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Give Balls a kicking

11 April 2008 11:46

Some computer-whizz at CCHQ has knocked up a Jack Straw vs Ed Balls online fighting game.  It hardly spells the end to "punch and judy politics", but it might help CoffeeHousers while… Continue reading

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Essential viewing on Iraq

11 April 2008 10:58

This episode of Charlie Rose with John Burns and Dexter Filkins of The New York Times (full video below) is by far the most informative thing I’ve seen on the… Continue reading

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Surveillance society

11 April 2008 9:00

There’s a worrying story in the papers this morning – Poole borough council has used anti-terror powers to spy on a family who were wrongly accused of lying on a… Continue reading

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More bad news for Brown

10 April 2008 23:07

I’m in the Sky News green room, preparing for an 11.30pm paper review. The front pages coming in could be straight from Gordon Brown’s nightmares.  "Consumer crunch" says The Times… Continue reading

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Yet another Balls up

10 April 2008 18:37

Ed Balls has had a rather bad week and it now appears that Jim Knight, the schools minister, has been sent to mend fences with the Board of Deputies over… Continue reading

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Will borrowers be spared?

10 April 2008 17:14

Don’t breathe easily. Apart from the lucky minority with mortgages linked to Bank of England’s base rates, today’s rate cut won’t alleviate the mortgage industry misery. The city expected this… Continue reading

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Video wars

10 April 2008 15:22

How strange.  Ken’s just released a video attacking Boris’s first election broadcast.  For me, the main thrust of it seems to be: "black-and-white film = unattractive to foreign investors; colour film = attractive to… Continue reading

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A clearer position?

10 April 2008 14:13

Recently, the Tories haven’t quite been giving us the full picture on Europe.  Sure, they’ve opposed the Lisbon Treaty, and have been pushing for a referendum on it.  But they’ve also been… Continue reading

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That didn’t take long, did it?

10 April 2008 12:51

Gordon Brown has only been Prime Minister for 289 days but already The Sun  is devoting its main commentary slot to handicapping the race to succeed him. George Pascoe-Watson lists… Continue reading

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Was this the Straw that broke Jack’s back?

10 April 2008 12:23

The knives are out for Ed Balls at the moment. Partly this is because, as Michael White points out in The Guardian, he is a proxy for Gordon Brown. But… Continue reading

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The schools battle

10 April 2008 11:30

As Jonathan Freedland and Coffee House favourite Steve Richards have pointed out, the row over school admissions is turning into a proper Left-Right punch-up. And quite right, too. For much… Continue reading

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You know Berlusconi’s back on the scene…

10 April 2008 10:06

…when you read stories like this in the papers.

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Fractured relations

10 April 2008 9:00

There’s a shocking finding in today’s Times, and one that could permanently undermine relations between Britain and Iraq. The reason British troops weren’t involved in the early stages of the… Continue reading

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Brown’s Olympian confusion

9 April 2008 22:59

Gordon Brown’s position on the Beijing Olympics is becoming more absurd by the day. He’s happy to have the Olympic flame surrounded by guards from a particularly unsavoury branch of… Continue reading

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More trouble for Ken

9 April 2008 18:54

Over the past few months, the Evening Standard has been a particularly sharp thorn in Ken’s side.  And tonight they reveal that the current Mayor has mislead the public over donations.  Here’s… Continue reading

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A tale of two wives

9 April 2008 17:46

The Skimmer is genuinely puzzled and needs the help of Coffee Housers. A story appeared on 5th April about a Scottish Muslim called Mohammed Anwar who was clocked doing 64mph… Continue reading

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