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Why the Jubilee Coverage was so bad

6 June 2012 10:45

One of my objections to monarchy is that it is a vulgar institution that encourages verbosity, prurience, sycophancy and banality. I was not therefore surprised that the BBC’s jubilee coverage… Continue reading

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Was the BBC’s Jubilee coverage terrible?

4 June 2012 15:15

Was the BBC’s coverage of the Jubilee celebrations really as awful as all the papers seem to say it was? I’ve always rather liked Sophie Raworth, yet she and her… Continue reading

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Let’s show Eurovision some respect

28 May 2012 16:25

There are calls for Britain to pull out of the Eurovision Song Contest, after Engelbert Humperdinck finished second-last on Saturday, with Norway bottom. The Mayor of Leicester has today denounced… Continue reading

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Spinner unspun

28 May 2012 13:22

UPDATE: The below video has now been taken down from YouTube, but Guido has another copy here. Guido was first to this video of Downing St’s Director of Communications, Craig… Continue reading

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Why reason doesn’t apply to the Eurozone

19 May 2012 14:34

The Eurozone is a kind of lunacy if you look at it as an economic project. But this isn’t about economics, or rationality — it’s about emotion, as the leader… Continue reading

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Osborne brings it back to the economy

6 May 2012 10:56

It wasn’t, as expected, Nick Clegg on Marr this morning but George Osborne as the coalition attempted to move the argument back onto the economy. Osborne kept stressing that the… Continue reading

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Just in case you need another reason not to vote Benita, she’s now being backed by Jonathan Ross

2 May 2012 17:05

I doubt that many CoffeeHousers are planning on voting for the independent candidate for Mayor of London, Siobhan Benita. As Leo McKinstry said in this magazine recently, she’s really the… Continue reading

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Boris drops the f-bomb (again)

30 April 2012 16:05

More ‘colourful language’ from Boris Johnson today. Interviewed by the BBC about his reported attempts to secure sponsorship from News International while they were being investigated for phone hacking, he… Continue reading

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Did Balls cause the recession?

26 April 2012 13:56

We take a close interest in Ed Balls and his use of figures here at Coffee House, and it seems that this interest is reciprocated. The Shadow Chancellor has just… Continue reading

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Cameron tries to return to the big picture

23 April 2012 9:05

David Cameron is out doing the media rounds today. He wants to, in his words, get back to the ‘big picture’, the argument over deficit reduction. Indeed, Danny Alexander’s speech… Continue reading

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Previewing my Week in Westminster

24 March 2012 9:05

I’m presenting Week in Westminster at 11am on Radio Four today, and get to choose four topics for discussion. My political nodes were, of course, amputated for the purposes of… Continue reading

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Letts for DG

21 February 2012 14:05

How does Quentin Letts for Director General of the BBC sound to CoffeeHousers? He’s certainly putting himself forward, and in the latest issue of The Spectator he lays out what… Continue reading

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My week in Westminster

28 January 2012 10:03

I’m presenting Radio Four’s Week in Westminster this morning, on deficit wars, London wars, welfare wars, and another set of wars which no one has really discussed yet: the directly-elected police commissioners.… Continue reading

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Dave talks film, finances and Europe

6 January 2012 13:28

It was the second of the Today Programme’s New Year’s interviews with the three party leaders today; this one with David Cameron. And there was plenty to digest from it.… Continue reading

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The policies behind your energy bills

15 November 2011 17:30

It may be a week old, but last Monday’s episode of Panorama really is worth putting half-an-hour aside for, if you haven’t seen it already. Its subject was energy prices,… Continue reading

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Exclusive: The BBC to apologise for wronging Tyrie

1 November 2011 16:03

Here’s one for newswatchers: a lesser spotted on-air apology from the BBC. During the Conservative Party conference, you may remember, they purported to show footage of Steve Hilton taking Andrew… Continue reading

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The welfare trap

28 October 2011 15:30

John Humphrys last night presented a documentary on welfare, the single most important topic in Britain. It was excellent, and I’d recommend CoffeeHousers watch the whole thing (on iPlayer here).… Continue reading

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Daylight scrapping time

28 October 2011 13:20

Aha, the Spectator’s cover story is gathering pace. If you were tuned into The BBC’s Daily Politics just now, then you will have enjoyed a preview of the terrific scrap… Continue reading

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Right to reply: How we beat the Beeb

22 October 2011 10:25

A slight change to the normal rules of engagement for this latest post in our ‘Right to reply’ series. Whereas these posts normally take issue with what your Coffee House… Continue reading

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Right to reply: Why the BBC still matters across the world

21 October 2011 14:31

Reading Fraser’s post last night, you’d be forgiven for thinking the BBC is running up the white flag in terms of its global reporting. Yesterday — as Gaddafi was breathing… Continue reading

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Al Jazeera scores another victory in the information war

20 October 2011 17:53

Now that Gaddafi has been killed, which television station will the world turn to? I suspect that, right now, Al Jazeera will be on in No.10 and the White House,… Continue reading

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Chris Huhne: an apology

9 October 2011 17:00

I have apology to make. I wrote on Friday that I suspected Chris Huhne’s mistweet “fine, but I don’t want my fingerprints on the story” was the Climate Change Secretary… Continue reading

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Fox under pressure

7 October 2011 12:40

The Westminster Fox-hounds think they have picked up the scent this morning. Enemies of the Defence Secretary, of whom there are many, are convinced that they’ll be able to bring… Continue reading

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The full story on NHS spending

4 October 2011 15:32

I make no apologies for returning to government spending on health. The Tory promise in the election to ring-fence health spending and increase it in real terms every year even… Continue reading

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Chris Patten: a big disappointment all round

27 September 2011 12:08

Chris Patten has held almost every great and good job the great and the good can offer: Governor of Hong Kong, Companion of Honour, European Commissioner, Chancellor of the University… Continue reading

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