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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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What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06

Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal Democrats. Their message will be that they’ll make the Tories… Continue reading

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Alas poor Jeremy Browne, the man who loved this government not wisely but all too well

8 April 2014 11:20

Poor Jeremy Browne. Sacked for believing in the government in which he served*. Then again, no-one claims politics, or life, is fair. So it is good to see Mr Browne… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister And Deputy Prime Minister Announce Their Mid-Term Review

Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is no longer an obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition

6 April 2014 16:11

David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union has long been regarded as a major obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition. But, as I report in… Continue reading

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Clegg lost against Farage, but that’s not the point

4 April 2014 11:37

Why did Nick Clegg bother debating Nigel Farage? The Ukip leader bagged two decisive victories in the battles. But that doesn’t mean the Lib Dem leader has failed to set… Continue reading

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The major parties don’t get UKIP, and neither does the BBC

3 April 2014 9:35

So, in the second debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg the UKIP leader won by 69% to 31%, according to the post-debate polls. That, you would think, should be… Continue reading

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Polls show Farage as the victor of the EU debate

2 April 2014 20:41

Tonight’s Clegg Farage debate on Britain’s membership of the EU was far more combative than last week’s. Nick Clegg came out swinging from the start. In a sign of how… Continue reading

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David Dimbleby, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg this evening. Photo: BBC.

Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debate – round two

2 April 2014 18:08

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel: Clegg gets a little help from Farage’s mate Vlad

2 April 2014 8:37

Nick Clegg ‘lost’ last week’s LBC debate with Nigel Farage, not for want of trying to sound reasonable or appear at ease and polished, but because there are simply fewer… Continue reading

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The Tories are repeatedly reminding voters of their achievements – finally

31 March 2014 8:56

It’s no surprise that the Conservatives want to take the credit for the tax cuts in the Budget, or that the Lib Dems are rather peeved about this. The Chancellor… 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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Clegg, Farage and the poverty of Britain’s EU debate

28 March 2014 11:09

Two of the writers I most admire have fallen out over the Clegg vs Farage debate. James Kirkup calls it for the Lib Dem leader (his reasons here) and Peter… Continue reading

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Will Nick and Nigel be sidelined from the 2015 TV debates?

27 March 2014 19:38

Has last night’s debate affected Nigel Farage’s chances of being involved in the general election TV debates? Although the broadcasters and political parties have yet to agree any dates or… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg And Nigel Farage Debate Britain's EU Membership

Clegg and Farage’s real mission: getting their voters to turn up

27 March 2014 17:22

‘You guys always love the zero sum game, you know, politics as Premier League football,’ Paddy Ashdown said this morning when asked whether he accepted whether his leader had lost… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel sketch: Farage edged ahead of a pompous Clegg – but there was no knock-out blow

27 March 2014 11:29

Never mind the arguments, the body language said it all at the EU debate last night. Nigel Farage was relaxed, smiley and upbeat. Nick Clegg had a solemn and rather… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel debate: The room spun

26 March 2014 21:54

Nick Clegg had been given the night off babysitting; but, after the poll verdict on tonight’s EU debate with Nigel Farage, he may wish he’d stayed at home with the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will be debating each other on the EU. Photos; Getty Images.

Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage — round one

26 March 2014 18:46

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg stands to beat Nigel Farage in tonight’s Europe debate. Here’s why.

26 March 2014 15:51

Tonight is the first round of the Clegg/Farage debate on Britain’s EU membership. It is perfectly possible that both of the leaders could benefit from it. They could emerge as… Continue reading

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Nick v Nigel: what Cameron should worry about as he watches today’s fight

26 March 2014 9:02

Even though it’s not unreasonable to predict that both Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage can emerge from tonight’s LBC debate feeling they’ve won (they’re preaching to quite different choirs), it’s… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s new running sore

25 March 2014 13:34

Nick Clegg spent the first 20 minutes of Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions looking a little miserable. A wan smile did flicker across his lips at about 18 minutes in, but… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will be debating each other on the EU. Photos; Getty Images.

Polling shows none of the party leaders are trusted on Europe

24 March 2014 14:24

Do we trust our politicians to deal with Britain’s ties with Europe? The polar opposites on the matter, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, will be making their case for reconfiguring… Continue reading

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Chancellor George Osborne Hosts Annual Christmas Party For Charity

The anatomy of a political lie: ‘tax-free childcare’

18 March 2014 11:52

Today’s announcement of childcare subsidy, up to the value of £2,000 per kid under the age of 12, is welcome news. As The Spectator argued last week, this is perhaps… Continue reading

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David Cameron And Nick Clegg Visit Nottingham Following Yesterday's Spending Review

I’m exposing Clegg’s gimmicks to stop him interfering with schools

15 March 2014 10:51

Simon Jenkins has written a bizarre piece in the Evening Standard. As well as answering that, I’ll explain a few others things about it. Unfortunately, he has completely misunderstood the basics… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

PMQs sketch: what Tony Blair knew about being a toff, and what Nick Clegg doesn’t

12 March 2014 17:37

Hattie Harman tried to crack Clegg today. The deputy prime minister, standing in for David Cameron, explained carefully that his boss was visiting, ‘Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.’ Not… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

PMQs: Labour still loathe – and feel contempt for – Nick Clegg

12 March 2014 13:29

With David Cameron in Israel today, it was the deputies’ turn at PMQs. These Clegg/Harman sessions are, by now, thoroughly predictable. Harman attacks the Lib Dems as the Tories’ accomplices… Continue reading

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