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Things got worse

18 May 2007 16:10

A fact I dropped into my political column has been picked up by Iain Dale and (rightly) questioned. Could unemployment…

Where left meets right

18 May 2007 12:55

Throughout the French presidential campaign Nicolas Sarkozy was lambasted by his critics as an American neo-con with a French passport.…

Bad timing

18 May 2007 10:24

Good to see Paul Wolfowitz taking my advice. In a way the whole story’s about bad timing. For him, in…

Gordon’s court

18 May 2007 8:02

There is plenty of baffled commentary in this morning’s newspapers about the strange US-style transition arrangements between the Blair and…

The end of an era

18 May 2007 0:19

The last Bush-Blair press conference marks the end of an era. However, close the relationship between Bush and Brown turns…

A convenient quote

17 May 2007 16:43

It is the worst kept secret in Washington—and that is saying something—that Al Gore and Hillary Clinton don’t get on.…

Have I gone soft on Brown?

17 May 2007 14:37

My political column has only just been published, and already I’m getting stick for being soft on Gordon Brown. Here’s…

Museum piece

17 May 2007 14:07

What are museums for? I wish I’d never asked the question but I did once unfortunately in a Douglas-Home-Memorial-Prize-winning essay…

Cricket lovely cricket

17 May 2007 12:23

It is hard to utter the phrase “glorious summer of sport” with a straight face today thanks to the grim…

Scotland’s new leader

17 May 2007 8:04

So Alex Salmond has become Scotland’s first minister, with no  majority. If he can’t legislate, his administration may be the…

The man who crowned Gordon

16 May 2007 21:15

In politics, as in life, destiny is a capricious business. Andrew Mackinlay, the Labour MP for Thurrock, must have assumed…

Why Willetts is right

16 May 2007 18:00

Is it just me, or is David Willetts largely right in the great Tory grammar school row? Ah yes, it…

Fancy a ciggie?

16 May 2007 16:48

If a man can’t smoke what can he do?

Disraeli’s ghost

16 May 2007 16:38

Grammars were the nearest we got to breaking the hold of the old school tie on our society.

An American in Notting Hill

16 May 2007 16:36

Favourite story about Hockney si that when his mother came to see him in LA she wondered why no one…

Lord of the ratings

16 May 2007 16:26

Now, I am as much a fan of reality television as the next man, but there are limits. It’s one…

The Grammar School row

16 May 2007 14:58

We’ve just posted our editorial which is a strong attack on the Tories for their anti-grammar school stance. Scroll down…

No smoke without ire

16 May 2007 14:34

In yesterday’s Guardian, there was a literally smokin’ hot piece lpiece by David Hockney (because our greatest living artist was…

A flaw in project Cameron

16 May 2007 13:06

Broadly speaking, I’m impressed by the Cameroon project: Dave is right to face down his critics and stick with his…

Have you earned pudding?

16 May 2007 11:53

For those counting calories, there’s a website just for you: www.walkit.com not only gives you written directions plus map on…

Should Wolfowitz walk?

16 May 2007 10:59

An interesting item by Tom Regan on the US National Public Radio blog points out that while our own Daily…

A brainless policy

16 May 2007 9:13

There is something phenomenally depressing about the relish with which the Tories are burying grammar schools. Here are the most…

Background to the reshuffle row

15 May 2007 18:28

If you wondering what the above row is all about here’s Melissa’s orginial Sunday Telegraph piece,  Iain’s comment on it and…

Melissa Kite bites back

15 May 2007 14:38

Tory blogging is close to death, I can announce. It’s been in intensive care for some time thanks to the…

The PM we’ll never have

15 May 2007 13:08

Well, so long, after not so long to Michael Meacher, a man who was never leader, nor was meant to…