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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland on March 10, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gordon Brown laments the ‘constitutional revolution’ of his own making

26 March 2015 19:17

Given that Gordon Brown has hardly been seen in the Commons since losing power five years ago, it was a bit rich of him to say goodbye now. But the… Continue reading

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Toff? Or not Toff? Image: Getty

Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55

The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading

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Sarah Brown and Bec Astley Clarke at the launch of their charity bracelet

Gordon Brown’s jewellery gaffe at No.10

11 March 2015 12:14

Sarah Brown has teamed up with Astley Clarke to bring out a bracelet to raise funds for her Theirworld children’s charity. At the jewellery launch at Mondrian London, the company’s founder Bec… Continue reading

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Labour finally starts to articulate its vision for British business

10 February 2015 13:59

Why isn’t Ed Miliband at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference? Ed Balls tried to defend his boss this morning as he arrived at the event, saying it was… Continue reading

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The latest polls suggest the SNP will take 55 of Scotland's 59 seats

The implosion of Scottish Labour means the battle for Britain has only just begun

4 February 2015 14:02

Gordon Brown is holding an adjournment debate on the union this evening, which comes after an Ashcroft poll which shows precisely what danger the union is in. If today’s polls… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown at Edinburgh University.

One of Gordon Brown’s undeniable achievements: breaking the Oxford mould

2 December 2014 16:43

Say what you will about Gordon Brown — and plenty have over the last 24 hours — but there is one achievement even his harshest detractors can not critique: he broke… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Speech At Scottish Labour Headquarters

The best and the worst of Gordon Brown

1 December 2014 21:56

Tonight Gordon Brown announced he will stand down as an MP at the next election. Current political leaders have been paying tribute, with Ed Miliband calling his old boss a ‘towering… Continue reading

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Has the resurgent SNP scared Gordon Brown away from Westminster?

23 November 2014 8:31

It’s being reported that Gordon Brown has decided not to fight the next general election. Odd timing, you might think, he’s had almost five years to make up his mind… Continue reading

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An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them. It has improved some things in Afghanistan – better roads,… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Speech At Scottish Labour Headquarters

Anas Sarwar is favourite to lead Scottish Labour

25 October 2014 11:46

Now that Johann Lamont has quit as leader of Scottish Labour, bookies are now taking odds on her successor. Four of the eight most likely candidates are Westminster MPs and third-favourite is Gordon Brown… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Miliband aide: Labour has never addressed the way the economy works

22 September 2014 12:02

What’s Ed Miliband’s vision for the economy? We’ll get the public version of that vision in a short while when Ed Balls gives his speech to the Labour conference, but… Continue reading

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Watch: Gordon Brown’s passionate speech in defence of the Union

17 September 2014 18:10

It’s been called rousing, barnstorming, the speech of his life. Gordon Brown’s passionate message for Scotland, which he delivered to an enthused crowd at the Maryhill Community Central Hall in Glasgow,… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

The case for Britain is being made in Scotland, now it must be made in England too

14 September 2014 11:40

At times in the last few months, it has seemed that if no one was making the case for Britain in Scotland. Too often it seemed that Better Together knew… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Canvasses For Support On The Final Full Day Of The Campaign

Who will revive Scottish Labour?

13 September 2014 12:00

George Galloway announced his support for Gordon Brown as First Minister of Scotland last night. Galloway’s endorsement came as Brown turned up at an event at Usher Hall in Edinburgh… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Will this desperate last-minute tactic save the ‘No’ campaign?

9 September 2014 8:52

The Nationalists are of course right: this is a desperate last-minute tactic that the anti-independence camp never thought they’d have to dig out before 18 September. But with polls continually… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

Surprise? Gordon Brown sets out devolution timetable

8 September 2014 17:11

Is Gordon Brown going on a freelancing operation with his timetable for new powers for a Scotland that votes ‘No’? The former Prime Minister has this afternoon released the timetable… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

Scaremongering and smearing: just another day in the Scottish referendum campaign.

17 June 2014 19:50

I was surprised to discover this morning that Gordon Brown last night suggested the Scottish education system should be abolished and replaced by a new pan-UK curriculum and examination system.… Continue reading

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Meet Gordon Brown, comedian

9 June 2014 17:31

You would normally have to pay thousands of pounds for the pleasure, but Mr S and the Westminster hack pack were treated to a Gordon Brown speech for free on… Continue reading

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Labour’s radical schools hypocrisy

7 June 2014 20:29

I see that the Labour party, and Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt in particular, are trying to make political capital out of the ‘Trojan Horse’ Islamic schools scandal. I’ll… Continue reading

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Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income stops paying for their tax bill and they start keeping… Continue reading

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An NHS tax is just another name for a tax rise

17 May 2014 10:51

Finding a way to raise taxes that is popular is, for some on the centre-left, the Holy Grail. As the well connected Andrew Grice reports in The Independent today, a… Continue reading

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Better Together Leader Alistair Darling Visits Walker Precision Engineering

Alistair Darling is not being replaced as the leader of the Better Together campaign

13 May 2014 16:18

‘Utter fucking bollocks’. In case that’s not clear enough for you, the suggestion that Alistair Darling is being replaced as the head of the Better Together campaign is, as one… Continue reading

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These two men blew a golden opportunity to tackle welfare dependency.  (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal claims to have exposed my misreading of data. That’s not… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

The British constitution has never made sense or been fair. Why expect it to do so now?

11 March 2014 9:49

Well, yes, Hamish Macdonell is correct. A coherent devo-max option could win the referendum for Unionists. Some of us, ahem, have been arguing that for years. There were, of course,… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown – risking the union? Image: Getty

A ‘no’ to Scottish independence won’t save the Union

10 March 2014 14:40

The longer the Scottish referendum campaign goes on, the more I fear for the long-term future of the Union. I suspect that the pro-Union campaign will win this September, but… Continue reading

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