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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Labour’s Blair problem

20 June 2015 10:41

Ed Miliband believed that after the financial crisis, Britain had moved to the left. He argued that there was no need to adopt all the Blairite positions to win. The… Continue reading

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Richard Desmond of the Northern & Shell company at the headquarters of Express Newspapers in central London

Richard Desmond: I made £5,000 profit from Labour donation

16 June 2015 16:31

Although Richard Desmond recently pledged his allegiance to Ukip’s Nigel Farage, the media mogul previously backed Tony Blair, with the owner of the Express papers donating £100,000 to Labour in 2001.… Continue reading

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Salisbury Cathedral's Magna Carta Granted World Heritage Status

In praise of charming but pointless laws – like the Magna Carta

15 June 2015 13:36

If you peer deep into the statute book, you will see that it is still an offence to enter parliament wearing armour. Even more amazing, it has been a crime… Continue reading

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Tony Blair speaking at a meeting of The Strand Group at King's College London this morning. Photo: @JohnRentoul.

Tony Blair takes a dig at chillaxing Cameron

11 June 2015 12:17

Tony Blair popped into King’s College London this morning to discuss ‘how to run a government’ with his former adviser Michael Barber. Amongst other things, the former Prime Minister discussed David… Continue reading

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Tony Blair poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 21, 2015.

Tony Blair’s new job shows how self-important and detached he has become

4 June 2015 17:49

A spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of Tony Blair’s ego. Mr Blair has wasted eight years pretending to solve the problems of the Middle East. He has also… Continue reading

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A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East after eight years in the post. It is tempting to… Continue reading

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Former British Prime Minister and former Labour MP for Sedgefield, Tony Blair gives a speech to waiting party members on April 7, 2015 in Sedgefield, England

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

27 May 2015 16:29

Reports are coming in that Tony Blair is set to stand down as a peace envoy to the Middle East. AP is reporting that the former Prime Minister has tendered his… Continue reading

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The public health lobby were expecting Gin Lane to reappear

Ten years on, the public health puritans who predicted 24-hour drinking look like idiots

20 May 2015 12:29

One of the many old temperance beliefs that linger on in the field of ‘public health’ is known as availability theory. Put simply, this theory says that if you make… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

The simple test Labour’s next leader must pass

15 May 2015 15:41

With Chuka Umunna out, the choice for Labour party members is simple. If they want to win the next election they will choose Liz Kendall as their next leader. There… Continue reading

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Prince Charles’s letters reveal the extent of his lobbying for dangerous ‘alternative medicine’

14 May 2015 18:00

The age of enlightenment was a beautiful thing. People cast aside dogma and authority. They started to think for themselves. Natural science flourished. Understanding of the natural world increased. The… Continue reading

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A series of election posters produced by the British Labour Party during the 1950s (Photo:  Getty)

Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the party has for too long ignored its traditional base: working-class… Continue reading

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Tony Blair and Noel Gallagher are old friends (Photo: PA)

Noel Gallagher: Ed Miliband is a f–king communist

1 May 2015 16:29

Tony Blair once counted Noel Gallagher as one of New Labour’s key celebrity backers. However, under Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour can rely on no such support from the musician. In… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Labour admit journalists ‘are people too’

10 April 2015 14:11

Is Labour’s war on the media finally over? After Mr S reported this week that journalists were jeered for asking questions at a Tony Blair event, relations between the party and… Continue reading

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Tony Blair rallies the troops at Labour HQ

9 April 2015 16:25

Tony Blair gave a speech at Labour HQ this afternoon, I understand, which rather puts paid to the claim that he was doing the very minimum required of the former Prime… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband couldn’t care less about education reform

8 April 2015 18:17

The editor of The Spectator isn’t the only person thinking about the prospect of Ed Miliband becoming the next Prime Minister. Eighty educationalists have signed a letter in the Daily Mail… Continue reading

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Rand Paul’s libertarian crusade will shake up the presidential race

7 April 2015 17:16

Finally, the presidential race got interesting. The thought of Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush was too much of a rerun of the same old thing: big government liberal vs big government… Continue reading

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Journalists jeered for asking Tony Blair questions at Labour press conference

7 April 2015 12:49

Labour have continued their bizarre war on the media with aplomb. As Mr S has reported in the past, pesky journalists that have the audacity to ask awkward questions are… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Receives The Addresses From Both Houses Of Parliament

Campaign kick-off: 30 days to go

7 April 2015 9:06

With the Easter break now over, the general election campaign will notch up a gear today as the political parties try to make the most of the last month of… Continue reading

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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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Elizabeth I could have taught David Cameron a thing or two about naming successors (Photo: Getty)

Learn from Elizabeth I, Cameron: a named successor is a shroud

24 March 2015 14:54

As Fraser Nelson says on this morning’s Spectator podcast, David Cameron will likely be regretting yesterday’s announcement for the rest of his premiership. He’s not a ripe watermelon; highlighting that he… Continue reading

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Mr S's pick of the political lookalikes (Pictures: Susan Scott Agency)

Wanted: Nigel Farage lookalike

18 March 2015 10:00

As the election approaches, politicians will find their diaries packed with various events. It’s an equally busy time for those born with the gift of looking like a politician. ‘I’m… Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

11 March 2015 11:42

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light up in a way that suggest a chemical reaction has… Continue reading

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Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his ‘blood money’ Labour donation

6 March 2015 15:22

This week Tony Blair donated £106,000 to the Labour Party, with £1,000 going to each Labour candidate fighting for a target seat. Ed Miliband has since faced flak for accepting… Continue reading

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Tony Blair with Justin Forsyth to his right (Photo: Getty)

Justin Forsyth has far more to apologise for than Tony Blair’s Save the Children award

3 March 2015 13:47

You almost have to admire Justin Forsyth’s brass neck. He is a former Gordon Brown spin chief earning a Prime Ministerial £138,000 for running Save the Children. Or, rather, transforming it… Continue reading

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Alastair Campbell threatens a political comeback

27 February 2015 8:00

It’s probably not the news everyone wanted to hear, but Mr S feels a duty to let readers know that Alastair Campbell is considering a return to politics. Furthermore, this… Continue reading

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