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John Bercow’s problem with PMQs

17 April 2014 17:27

John Bercow doesn’t like Prime Minister’s Questions. He’s told the BBC in an interview that it is ‘so bad’—in other words, rowdy—that a bunch of female MPs no longer attend.… Continue reading

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There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight and said: ‘I want to see a Labour Party that… Continue reading

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David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he… Continue reading

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Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Minister for Women is likely to be one of Harriet Harman's spiritual daughters; but that's not the only - or even the best - reason to be suspicious of the post. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Why must we have a Minister for Women?

15 April 2014 17:41

Does it make you feel better about yourself, girls, ladies, to know that if Labour’s elected, Ed Miliband will have a Secretary of State for Women, and Equalities, with Cabinet… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband missed the opportunity of the week at PMQs, allowing David Cameron off the hook. (Image: Getty)

Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew up his ammunition dump. Mr Bercow rose at the start… Continue reading

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Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03

Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far, he has limited himself to saying that Cameron has questions… Continue reading

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Has anyone noticed Tory tanks rolling onto Labour’s lawn?

7 April 2014 8:40

It’s unfashionable to talk about the battle for the centre ground these days. The fight to win political credibility is conducted through a new prism. Populists versus the establishment, centralisers… Continue reading

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Balls and Miliband in their muppet guise?

PMQs: Meet ‘the dunce of Downing Street’ and the ‘muppets’

2 April 2014 13:34

The increasingly personal bickering between Cameron and Miliband went on today for most of the session. After a bad tempered set of formal exchanges—with Miliband branding Cameron ‘the dunce of Downing… Continue reading

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PMQs: What the Labour manifesto really said about Royal Mail

2 April 2014 13:11

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of ignoring his own party’s manifesto on the Royal Mail. He said: ‘He said just then, Mr Speaker, it’s a… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: Unite could start donating to other parties

1 April 2014 15:28

Len McCluskey spoke to the press gallery lunch on April Fools’ Day. It would have been more fitting had the Unite leader not been such an impressive, witty, and thorough… Continue reading

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Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

1 April 2014 12:03

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate in 2016. If Labour wins the next election, I’ll be… Continue reading

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Peter McGraith and David Cabreza married shortly after midnight at Islington Town Hall. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Gay marriage is a triumph for our arrogant political class

29 March 2014 14:55

Well, Peter and David, John and Bernado, Sean and Sinclair are now married and the happy husbands have the further benefit of the unanimous blessing of our political class. David… Continue reading

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Podcast: Reforming Islam, Ed Miliband on the rocks and teaching French

27 March 2014 9:12

Can Islam ever be reformed and reclaimed from the fanatics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Quilliam Foundation’s founder Maajid Nawaz argues it most certainly can. Discussing this… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Ed Balls ruins Miliband’s piece of theatre

26 March 2014 17:20

Last week, if you can remember that far back, World War Three was about to start in Ukraine. The fixture was postponed, thankfully, and politics at Westminster has returned to… Continue reading

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PMQs: Lib Dems have thwarted changes to fox hunting law

26 March 2014 13:49

Ed Miliband started strongly at PMQs today. He seized on Scottish and Southern’s announcement that they’ll freeze energy prices as a justification of his most popular policy, the energy price… Continue reading

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There's still a long way to go for Ed Miliband

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is no longer helping Miliband

25 March 2014 18:14

Up until now, the fact that we know the date of the next general election has worked in Ed Miliband’s favour. He has known the timetable to which he has… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s sympathy for ‘needy’ Gove

25 March 2014 13:30

Congratulations to Sarah Vine. Last night the Mail columnist achieved the almost impossible feat of getting the leader of the Labour Party to defend his party’s favourite pantomime villain: Michael… Continue reading

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Today’s inflation fall means the Tories can have their interest rate cake and eat it too

25 March 2014 12:18

Today’s inflation figures bring more good news for the government. CPI inflation is now down at 1.7 per cent, the lowest rate in four years and below the Bank of… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman: Labour is making steady progress

25 March 2014 8:28

‘I don’t think things are going wrong,’ Harriet Harman insisted on the Today programme. ‘I think we’re making steady progress. And if you look at when people actually vote, for… Continue reading

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Labour thinkers see danger in playing safe

24 March 2014 8:52

David Cameron’s attack on Labour for “flailing and dithering” over whether to support the government’s pension reforms would seem unfair had the party not struggled to present a clear message… Continue reading

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The government has tied itself in knots about what it does and doesn't want energy suppliers to do. Picture: Getty

How to disempower the Big Six energy companies

22 March 2014 14:25

I believe in free markets, but there are some markets that don’t work properly.  Where competition has not prevailed in favour of the consumer. Where customers are too weak, companies… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband pushed left-wing Scots’ buttons today – but he needed to do more

21 March 2014 16:29

English Labour leaders tend to find Scottish party conferences difficult. The Scots tend to be more old-fashioned, unreconstructed and left-wing than their English colleagues which can make it difficult for English… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s speech in Scotland: Mr Pooter meets Alan Partridge

21 March 2014 16:01

Ed Miliband has just given a quite extraordinary speech. I don’t know if it was deliberately banal or merely unfortunately dull. It was certainly stupefyingly boring. The Labour leader gave… Continue reading

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Tony Benn Joins Remebrance Ceremony For 204 Dead Soldiers

The ghost of Tony Benn stalked PMQs

19 March 2014 15:45

Tony Benn, the most divisive left-wing figure since the war, united the house today. David Cameron paid tribute to him as an orator, diarist and campaigner. Ed Miliband praised his… Continue reading

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