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Downing Street has forgotten that its business is politics

13 April 2014 11:03

The Sunday papers resound with the sound of Tory MPs thinking aloud about how to deal with ill-discipline: principally expenses and harassment. On harassment, the Sunday Times reports the 1922… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid’s first task is to recognise that the price of a cultural asset lies in its value as art

12 April 2014 10:30

The suggestion, made by the poet Michael Rosen and others, that Sajid Javid is not sufficiently cultured to be Culture Secretary is as ludicrous as it is pompous. The secretary… Continue reading

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Why Maria Miller should not have resigned

10 April 2014 12:39

Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive was innocent: she was trying to work out childcare with… Continue reading

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Podcast: Can William Shakespeare save the union, plus Maria Miller’s resignation

10 April 2014 9:39

Did William Shakespeare invent Britain and can he save it? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson debates this week’s Spectator cover feature with the SNP’s Westminster leader… 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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Ed Vaizey for the BM?

9 April 2014 15:28

There was only one topic of discussion at the launch of Nadine Dorries’s novel Four Streets last night – will Maria Miller survive? The conversation was particularly pointed because Ed… Continue reading

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The Tories have brought back the expenses scandal and buried their own good news

9 April 2014 14:33

PMQs today was bad for David Cameron, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been. No permanent damage was done to him. Ed Miliband did not, to my… Continue reading

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PMQs was messy, but it won’t help Labour

9 April 2014 13:54

PMQs was very messy for David Cameron. It was never going to be fun coming after Maria Miller’s resignation (although it would have been a lot less fun if Miller… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014 11:06

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt the political ropes fast despite only becoming an MP in… Continue reading

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Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy Hunt who wielded the axe to the arts budget, it… Continue reading

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Maria Miller, the former Culture Secretary, who has resigned this morning. Photo: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast special: Maria Miller’s resignation

9 April 2014 8:40

Why has Maria Miller finally decided to resign this morning? The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss in this mini-View from 22 podcast on what the resignation… Continue reading

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Maria Miller: Who could replace her?

9 April 2014 8:25

Who are the ministers who could replace Maria Miller? Some of the muttering over the past few days has been about the Prime Minister’s desire to keep women in the… Continue reading

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Maria Miller had no choice but to resign

9 April 2014 8:07

Listen: Fraser Nelson, James Forysth and Isabel Hardman discuss Miller’s resignation listen to ‘Podcast special: Maria Miller resigns’ on Audioboo Maria Miller has bowed to the inevitable and resigned. For… Continue reading

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Maria Miller’s resignation has exposed another Tory shambles

9 April 2014 7:31

Yet again, the Conservative Party has reminded us that it is quite capable of losing the next election. The Maria Miller episode is entirely consistent with a party that is… 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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How do you fix MPs’ expenses conduct? Give them more control over it.

8 April 2014 18:46

It’s not often I would, in the fashion of the late Tony Benn, pass lightly over the personalities in a row in favour of discussing what he liked to call… Continue reading

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Miller and Macleod ‘flag up’ row that could have flagged

8 April 2014 18:05

Maria Miller’s PPS Mary Macleod seems to have been trying to emulate what Jeremy Hunt’s former aide Rob Wilson (now PPS to the Chancellor) did for his boss as Culture… Continue reading

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Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35

Day five into the Maria Miller debacle and the calls for her resignation keep on coming. As Isabel reported earlier, more MPs are starting to break cover. Many of the… Continue reading

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Zac Goldsmith was one of a number of Tory MPs to criticise Maria Miller this morning. He said he was surprised she hadn't resigned.

More Tory MPs break cover on Miller

8 April 2014 14:38

Tory MPs now feel it’s acceptable to pile in on the Maria Miller row and offer their views. Mark Field has just told the World at One that her apology… Continue reading

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Curious lack of support for Miller in Cabinet

8 April 2014 13:53

Senior 1922 Committee members are quite surprised by the suggestion that tomorrow’s end-of-term meeting with the Prime Minister represents the deadline for the Maria Miller problem to be resolved. But… Continue reading

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Esther McVey breaks cover on Miller: ‘It wouldn’t be how I would have made an apology’

7 April 2014 20:55

Esther McVey is known as a plain-speaking Tory. That ability to avoid mincing her words might propel her into the Cabinet one day – possibly as a replacement for Maria… Continue reading

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David Cameron asked Patrick McLoughlin to apply a 'smell test' to see if expenses claims were justifiable in the court of public opinion in 2009.

Court of public opinion hands down awkward judgement on Miller case

7 April 2014 17:32

There are always all sorts of bizarre petitions calling on politicians to do this, that and the other. By and large, politicians tend to ignore them. But the petition calling… Continue reading

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A Duck House Is Floated Past Parliament In Protest Over The Expenses Row

Will reforms to self-regulation of MPs be enough to distract from Miller row?

7 April 2014 16:50

The Prime Minister’s position on Maria Miller has shifted a little in the past few days – but only on the wider issue of self-regulation. At this afternoon’s lobby briefing,… Continue reading

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Will David Cameron insult the Welsh by sending them Maria Miller?

7 April 2014 16:28

The Maria Miller problem is not going away for the government. Tory MPs who went back to their constituencies over the weekend have come back to Westminster depressed about how… Continue reading

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Maria Miller's support is vanishing as press moves in for the kill. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their support for the embattled Culture Secretary - and question the judgment… Continue reading

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