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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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St Paul's Cathedral (Photo: WPA/Getty Images)

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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This year's winner, Diesel and Rob Flello MP

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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A screengrab of a cover story that appeared in the Times of London on October 20 (Image: The Times)

Police snooping – read it in The Spectator first, then in the Times nine days later

20 October 2014 16:33

Perusing the morning papers, the denizens of 22 Old Queen Street were tickled to find a tribute to Spectator journalism on no less than the cover of the Times of… 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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A Dutch slave ship arrives in Virginia, 1619 (Engraving from Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament. So there’s that, for the 29.8 million people worldwide estimated… Continue reading

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Madeleine Gurdon, Rocco Forte and Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Photo: Getty)

Champagne Tories, and a ring of truth from Bell

17 October 2014 12:56

It was Eighties night at Mark’s Club on Thursday evening for the launch of Tory PR guru Lord Bell’s memoirs. Some refreshing honesty from the spin man, who admitted ‘I… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Ukip would benefit from a Labour win in 2015

16 October 2014 16:27

What result at the next election would most suit Ukip? There is little doubt that the party would most benefit from a Labour victory in 2015, which I discussed in… Continue reading

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Watch: James Delingpole finds Michael Gove lurking in his garden

16 October 2014 15:24

Mr Steerpike is not really sure what is going on here, but he felt it deserved a wider audience. So the Government Chief Whip had a ramble through James Delingpole’s… Continue reading

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An Iraqi Yazidi woman in the mountain village of Lalish on 6 October (Photo: Safin Hamed, AFP/Getty)

‘Islamophobia’ strikes again – national students’ union refuses to condemn Isis

16 October 2014 10:01

In a world often devoid of good news, there has been a fine development on the farthest-flung shores of insanity. The British National Union of Students aspires to represent students,… Continue reading

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Former city banker David Freud speaks at

Lord Freud was right and Miliband shameful

15 October 2014 16:27

Markets are amoral. If a severely disabled person cannot produce more than the minimum wage’s worth of work, no employer will be able to profitably employ them. Some generous ones… Continue reading

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Lord Freud (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)

Miliband takes on Cameron over Freud; Ukip gets a dig on recall

15 October 2014 13:48

When Ed Miliband started speaking at PMQs today you could tell straight away that he had a foul sore throat. Combine that with the promising unemployment figures out today and… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

I vow to thee, my Scotland, a small number of earthly things

14 October 2014 19:42

Politics is a funny old game. I could have sworn the Yes campaign lost the Battle for Scotland in pretty decisive fashion last month. Scotland voted to remain a part… Continue reading

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