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Gordon Brown Fail.

29 September 2009 16:18

Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour party conference this afternoon was, in its way, breathtaking. Breathtakingly shameless, mendacious, confused, contradictory, delusional, dishonest and irresponsible that is. It was also the… Continue reading

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Gordon’s Alive? Live-Blogging Brown in Brighton

29 September 2009 12:56

Of course, in the movies Gordon wasn’t merely alive, but on his way to a memorable victory. Politics may not be so kind to our hero. But, since this may… Continue reading

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Gordon & The Last Chance Speech

29 September 2009 11:53

Fraser says that the Labour conference in Brighton is like an Irish wake: People are happy to see each other, but sad at the circumstances of the gathering. Shouldn’t that… Continue reading

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The Enraging Case of DC Shepherd & DC Jarrett

29 September 2009 10:14

The case of Leanne Shepherd and Lucy Jarrett – the job-sharing police constables whose child-minding arrangements have become a matter of some controversy*  – rightly enrages all sensible folk. To… Continue reading

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Debating the BNP

29 September 2009 8:26

There is a thoughtful blog on these pages from Fraser, about the BNP’s now confirmed appearance on Question Time. I agree with most of it, although not the point that… Continue reading

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Going Rogue: Sarah Palin Finishes Her Memoir

29 September 2009 0:30

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Good news, Palin fans: her memoir has beaten its deadline and will now be available in November! So you won’t have to wait until spring to… Continue reading

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Liberal Measures That Need Rescuing By Tory (or Labour) Men

28 September 2009 14:46

Charlotte Gore is entirely correct: Lib Dems have one killer policy: Set the threshold for Income Tax and National Insurance contributions at £10,000 a year (or roughly minimum wage). It’s… Continue reading

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Why Say it if You Won’t Act?

28 September 2009 11:49

The only conversation I have had so far at Labour Party conference is about why everyone realises that Gordon Brown would do his comrades a great service by standing down… Continue reading

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The BNP, the BBC and a Sense of Perspective

28 September 2009 0:52

Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images. Fraser makes a number of excellent points in his latest post on the BNP and I also agree that Jack Straw is not a great choice… Continue reading

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The McFarthest Spot

27 September 2009 13:59

From the Department of Getting Away From It All. How far away from a branch of McDonald’s is it possible to get? What, in other words, is the McFarthest Spot?… Continue reading

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The BBC shoots itself in the foot

27 September 2009 12:42

There was a very good piece by my colleague Martin Ivens in last week’s Sunday Times which asked how the BBC had come to estrange politicians of every party, along… Continue reading

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Nuclear thinking

26 September 2009 13:19

I would like Britain to keep its independent nuclear deterrent, largely because I don’t trust the French. I would also like the USA to have a very large amount of… Continue reading

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A Bargain Ringside Seat to History

26 September 2009 11:10

Apparently the Labour Party is selling tickets to sit behind Gordon Brown during his leader’s speech for a bargain £130 a pop. At the same time they are struggling to… Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Country: Willie Nelson

26 September 2009 1:49

How is it possible that this series has, until this point, failed to include Willie Nelson? A mystery, folks, a mystery. Now Willie has some odd views and is perilously… Continue reading

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The Persian Problem

25 September 2009 23:06

The news that Iran has a second, secret nuclear installation can hardly be considered a surprise. Nor, alas, is there anything surprising about Charles Krauthammer’s reaction to Barack Obama’s decision… Continue reading

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The Boss Turns 60

25 September 2009 18:53

Somehow or other I missed the 60th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s birth this week. The Boss turned 60 on Wednesday and if that seems oddly perturbing then, I suppose, at… Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Silvio

25 September 2009 16:30

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the G20 dinner on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images. My… Continue reading

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How Much is Georgia Worth?

25 September 2009 15:06

Vaclav Havel, Timothy Garton Ash, Bernard-Henri Levy and Adam Michnik are among those calling for the EU to take a stronger line with Russia on matters Georgia. They write: Looking… Continue reading

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Does Obama Like Tyrants More Than He Hates America?

24 September 2009 18:46

Let us accept that Barack Obama is going to disappoint many of us in many different ways. Let us further accept that this is only to be expected and that,… Continue reading

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Nanny Dave & Lowered Expectations

24 September 2009 15:03

Tom Clougherty makes a sadly good point: We can’t rely on a Conservative government doing much to fight the nanny state. On the contrary, what we’re promised is an army… Continue reading

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What the hell’s happened to Loloahi?

23 September 2009 19:26

So, where the hell is Loloahi Tapui, the Tongan maid hired illegally by our Attorney General? She seems to have gone to ground – perhaps she has found alternative employment… Continue reading

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Obama Rejects Dr Pangloss. Unfortunately.

23 September 2009 17:46

From Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations today: Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.… Continue reading

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PoliticsHome & Westminster Wisdom

23 September 2009 16:41

The kerfuffle over Lord Ashcroft’s purchase* of a majority stake in PoliticsHome is not something, I suspect, that mch interests anyone beyond the Westminster village. That said, I think Hopi… Continue reading

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All Aboard the Interconnected Super Highway Express.

23 September 2009 14:30

Conferences on a Decade of Devolution are ten a penny these days. But the latest at least offered the potential for some entertainment given that not only was Alex Salmond… Continue reading

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Politics Home – A Very Sad Development

22 September 2009 23:35

It is with great sadness that I have tonight resigned as a member of the PoliticsHome panel. I was a founder associate editor of the site and I think Freddie… Continue reading

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