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An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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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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Blur and Oasis at the height of their fame.

Britpop 20 years on: the Tory voters who love Oasis

17 April 2014 15:57

It’s twenty years since the height of Britpop, but does anyone still care about it? YouGov has carried out some polling on the subject today. Although 35 per cent stated… 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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Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

16 April 2014 15:52

In his blog earlier today, Fraser Nelson argues: ‘The UK jobs miracle is happening mainly due to radical welfare reform – the type Labour ducked in office..Under Labour, record numbers… Continue reading

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Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Inflation falls again

15 April 2014 10:06

Wages in the private sector are now rising faster than inflation. The latest CPI inflation figures show that it now down to 1.6 per cent, comfortably below the Bank of… Continue reading

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Basil Fawlty: still representative of the typical Englander? Photo: BBC.

Modern Britain: little islanders who love the Queen and Richard Branson

14 April 2014 15:03

Who and what represents Britain today? Our country has changed significantly in the last few decades; but, a batch of YouGov polls published this weekend suggest that traditional notions of… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Cabinet concern over the state of the Unionist campaign in Scotland laid bare

13 April 2014 12:32

There are only five months to go to the Scottish referendum and the Cabinet is becoming increasingly agitated about the state of the Unionist campaign. At Tuesday’s meeting there was… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson And Michael Bloomberg Launch Mayors Challenge In Europe

What if mayors ruled the world?

12 April 2014 16:11

Once, countries competed. Now, cities do. Take the above video of Stockholm, boasting about being the best place in the world to live and work. As the magician says, ‘it’s… 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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Scenes from 'Suffragette' are filmed in New Palace Yard in Westminster.

Parliament unusually full of women

11 April 2014 11:44

It’s quite easy to grow quite used to the way things are, and only realise that they’re a bit odd when there’s a momentary shift. Today Parliament is packed with… Continue reading

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Osborne banks the recovery – and whacks his critics

11 April 2014 8:49

A few months ago, colleagues of George Osborne were worried the Chancellor risked ‘banking the recovery’ too early. If they’re still worried about that, then Osborne certainly isn’t. Today he’s… Continue reading

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Local and Euro elections campaign

David Cameron: Trust me to change EU, not Ukip

10 April 2014 18:35

David Cameron launched his party’s European and local elections campaign in Manchester today. After weeks of polarised debate between Nick and Nigel, the PM had a task in suggesting that… Continue reading

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'Eating The City' Biscuit Sculpture At Selfridges

Hilary Benn squashed by 720,479 packets of Jammie Dodgers

10 April 2014 17:13

For months now the Tories and Labour have each been trying to out-do the other by revealing embarrassing examples of spending. Labour has generated the odd story about pot plants,… 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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Is William Shakespeare the key to saving the union? Photo: Getty Images.

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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Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

Michael Fabricant sacked: what about other HS2 opponents?

9 April 2014 21:42

It’s difficult to know what astonished people more about Michael Fabricant’s sacking: that he has lost his job or that he was still in a role that required some semblance… Continue reading

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Andrea Leadsom joins the Treasury

9 April 2014 14:02

After excited rumours flew around the Conservative party that she was finally getting a promotion, Andrea Leadsom has been confirmed as the new Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She was… Continue reading

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Day 2: 9th World Islamic Economic Forum, Panel Discussions

Sajid Javid: How I became a Conservative

9 April 2014 11:44

Although I joined the Conservative Party during my time at Exeter University, it was my upbringing and early life that shaped my political consciousness. Abdul-Ghani Javid (or, as he was… 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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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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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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New MPs in Westminister

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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Esther McVey, Zac Goldsmith, Nicola Blackwood, Matthew Offord, Mark Field and Grant Shapps.

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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