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Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading

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Jose Manuel Barroso, David Cameron and Francois Hollande attend a meeting on Ukraine's crisis (Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Getty)

Cameron could win in 2015 if he took EU withdrawal seriously … but he won’t

21 October 2014 16:37

Imagine if David Cameron actually meant it. Imagine if he really did follow through with his implied threat to campaign for Brexit in the absence of better terms from Brussels.… Continue reading

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The UK doesn’t need Barroso’s ‘positive’ messages about the EU

20 October 2014 22:47

What a godsend to Ukip José Manuel Barroso must be.  On his recent short visit to the UK he not only managed to tell the British public that limits to… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10

It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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Happy Sunday, Nigel Farage – Barroso snubs Cameron’s migration cap

19 October 2014 13:00

Everyone’s favourite unelected European was doing the broadcasting rounds this morning, popping up on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to tell David Cameron that he can forget any plans to cap… Continue reading

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Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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Champagne Tories, and a ring of truth from Bell

17 October 2014 12:56

It was Eighties night at Mark’s Club on Thursday evening for the launch of Tory PR guru Lord Bell’s memoirs. Some refreshing honesty from the spin man, who admitted ‘I… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Ukip would benefit from a Labour win in 2015

16 October 2014 16:27

What result at the next election would most suit Ukip? There is little doubt that the party would most benefit from a Labour victory in 2015, which I discussed in… Continue reading

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Podcast: Tory-Ukip relations, terrorist negotiations and Brighton’s Green problems

16 October 2014 8:56

In this week’s issue, Lord Pearson, the former leader of Ukip, describes how he tried to offer the Tories a pact before the last general election, but Cameron refused to  meet with him to discuss it.  Now… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though there are no direct flights from the countries most affected).… Continue reading

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Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border in 2015. Mr Coburn is a curious character – and… Continue reading

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Mrs Neil Hamilton for Ukip MP?

14 October 2014 10:32

Like a bad smell, Neil Hamilton continues to linger around Westminster. The disgraced MP, who came to embody Tory sleaze by the time he lost his seat in 1997, has… Continue reading

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A man wearing a mask of Nigel Farage dangles a puppet representing David Cameron (Photo: Leon Neal, AFP)

Nigel Farage admits Ukip’s leftward drift would hobble Tory pact

13 October 2014 18:06

The Tories may have watched Douglas Carswell’s re-entry into the House of Commons in silence, but he seems to be getting a reasonably warm reception from his old colleagues behind… Continue reading

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Watch: Douglas Carswell re-enters the House of Commons as a Ukip MP

13 October 2014 15:53

Douglas Carswell has just re-entered the House of Commons as a Ukip MP. Nigel Farage was in the peers’ gallery to watch his first elected MP take his seat. So… Continue reading

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Cameron annoyed by TV debate proposals that include Ukip but not the Greens

13 October 2014 13:52

The broadcasters’ proposals for the TV debates have not gone down particularly well in many quarters of Westminster. David Cameron, who has been trying to avoid the issue for as… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson asks voters to decide if he’s a fool or just a cynic. What a choice!

13 October 2014 11:44

Boris is at it again this morning. Revealing, that is, why he cannot be trusted with office. To be charitable, I wouldn’t trust many newspaper columnists with the keys to… Continue reading

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Broadcasters throw down TV debates gauntlet

13 October 2014 11:00

It has been clear for several years now that the Tories would not agree to a repeat of 2010 when there were three debates in three weeks featuring the Tory,… Continue reading

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To Nigel Farage in the wake of Heywood and Middleton: an apology

13 October 2014 8:58

Nigel Farage – an apology. My suspicion had been that Ukip would not frighten the horses terribly in Heywood and Middleton. It is not great territory for them, after all.… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage does ‘do God’ – and has the Bible to prove it

12 October 2014 14:55

Ever the insurgent, Nigel Farage decided to give his post-Clacton interview to BBC Sunday Politics today rather than Andrew Marr show. He would have regretted fairly soon: the line of… Continue reading

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A Lab-Con coalition? It’s not as crazy as you think

12 October 2014 13:11

In the few days since Conservative defector Douglas Carswell gave Ukip its first Westminster MP and John Bickley scared the pants off Ed Miliband by almost snatching Heywood and Middleton… Continue reading

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Why the Tories must win Rochester – and how they plan to do it

11 October 2014 16:40

Why are the Conservatives so serene after losing the Clacton by-election and seeing their vote collapse in Heywood and Middleton? It is not that the party has finally decided endless… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage takes inspiration from Al Gore

10 October 2014 15:38

Al Gore is an unlikely source of inspiration for Ukip – in fact the party once pledged to ban the former Vice President’s controversial climate change documentary from schools, calling… Continue reading

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Ukip means mainstream parties should stop seeing voters as ‘theirs’

10 October 2014 13:51

How are the two parties reacting to their bruising night in the two by-elections? David Cameron – after telling us, helpfully, that ‘there were two by-elections last night’ – went on to… Continue reading

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Podcast special: The Ukip earthquake

10 October 2014 8:57

Ukip has arrived at Westminster. Douglas Carswell held his Clacton seat after defecting from the Conservatives, and in Heywood and Middleton Ukip came just 617 votes short of victory. Which… Continue reading

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What Labour and the Tories can learn from their Ukip spanking

10 October 2014 7:36

listen to ‘Podcast: Ukip’s Clacton victory’ on audioBoom Both Labour and Tories have much to be embarrassed about this morning. David Cameron’s Conservatives won Clacton decisively four years ago – now… Continue reading

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