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Murphy in government (left) and now (right) (Photos: UK Government, BBC)

Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing?

30 October 2014 17:27

While watching Scottish Labour leader frontrunner Jim Murphy launch his campaign today, you might be forgiven for thinking the teetotaller has been hitting the bottle. The bottle of hair dye,… Continue reading

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A sign language interpreter signs as the former Scottish labour party leader speaks in September 2014. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

30 October 2014 16:01

I suspect that the Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow tonight won’t feel like much of a gala. The Scottish Labour party is in crisis: its leader has quit attacking… Continue reading

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Boom! Bombshell poll annihilates Labour in Scotland

30 October 2014 15:54

Grotesque. Unbelievable. Bizarre. Unprecedented. Today’s Ipsos-Mori opinion poll is the most astonishing survey of Scottish political opinion in living memory. Perhaps, even, the most remarkable survey of all time. It is, of course,… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan: did you say that out loud? (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

29 October 2014 10:49

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to me is between a man and a woman’, and voting… Continue reading

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How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to… Continue reading

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Members of the British National Front in April 1978 (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty)

How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front

29 October 2014 9:38

The brilliant Matthew Parris writes in his Times column today about Margaret Thatcher using the word ‘swamped’ in relation to immigration in 1978. We had been averaging 500-700 letters a… Continue reading

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Who’s playing dirty politics on Lord Freud and welfare? Everyone

28 October 2014 14:23

The main business of the day in the House of Commons is Labour’s debate on Lord Freud, a row that blew up nearly a fortnight ago. The party’s motion, entitled… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour’s only hope

27 October 2014 18:06

At the risk of intruding into someone else’s calamity, if you can’t enjoy this what can you enjoy? By this I mean, of course, Scottish Labour’s meltdown. (Suggestions the party… Continue reading

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters keep guard near the Mullah Abdullah bridge, which separates  them from Islamic State militants (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Never mind the Baghdad politics, Iraqi Kurds need help to fight Islamic State

27 October 2014 12:35

The threat from Daish, the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has gone from a side issue to a central imperative, judging by discussions with… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Takes First Minister's Questions

Alas, poor Johann Lamont: a symptom, not the cause, of Labour’s decline in Scotland

25 October 2014 11:31

It was the wee things that did it. Things like vision, inspiration, confidence and all the other details that coalesce into that strange something called leadership. There are many types… Continue reading

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Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God

24 October 2014 15:20

A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the clergy identify as evangelical; exactly one-third as Catholic; and just… Continue reading

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Dublin 1912: a crowd gathers on Sackville Street (as was) for Herbert Asquith after the government introduces a bill for Irish Home Rule. Photo: Getty/Hulton.

A federal UK? Home Rule all round? We have been here before.

24 October 2014 11:48

There are fewer truly new things in politics than you think. The present constitutional uncertainty – which, it should be said, could scarcely have been avoided – is no exception.… Continue reading

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The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading

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Westminster’s gone barking

24 October 2014 10:40

It’s that time of year again – sandwiched between conference season and the Autumn statement – when the nation’s political pooches (and their owners) descend on Westminster. Yes, yesterday saw the… Continue reading

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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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An ambulance man in Hampshire on January 6, 2010.  (Photo: AFP/Getty)

NHS ambulance trouble is more complex than miserly Tories and NHS privatisation

23 October 2014 16:52

English NHS ambulance services are spending twice as much on private ambulances than they were in 2012, according to Labour, while response-times have lengthened and ambulance staff appear increasingly disgruntled. So… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage at the Bolton Arms Pub in April 2014 (Photo: Getty)

Breitbart’s loss is Nigel Farage’s gain – or is it?

23 October 2014 14:51

It’s no great surprise that Raheem Kassam, the troublesome managing editor of Breitbart London, has left his job. Kassam is a wildly self-important figure who flits about on the internet… Continue reading

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George Cruikshank's  bank note of 1819 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

‘Hang ‘em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar Pistorius! I’m with them all the way on this one.… Continue reading

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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48

This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ed Miliband in March 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

PMQs sketch: Cameron and Miliband squabble over the NHS, while saying nothing

22 October 2014 16:51

It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. The trouble was he attacked the Labour leader for a… Continue reading

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Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20

If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As the PM told the Guido Fawkes blog’s ten -ear anniversary… Continue reading

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A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10

It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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Tax collectors at the Exchecquer in Westminster, circa 1150 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of revenue from a profitable industry, to fund an invariably unprofitable… Continue reading

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Happy Sunday, Nigel Farage – Barroso snubs Cameron’s migration cap

19 October 2014 13:00

Everyone’s favourite unelected European was doing the broadcasting rounds this morning, popping up on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to tell David Cameron that he can forget any plans to cap… Continue reading

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