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A waste of time

12 June 2008 8:58

Plenty of reaction to the 42-day vote in this morning’s papers.  A summary of the consensus: enjoy this success while…

Men of goodwill disagreed today

11 June 2008 23:37

42 days is, an understandably, emotive issue. People who are normally ideological comrades found themselves disagreeing over this issue. It scrambled…

The Government wins the 42-day detention vote

11 June 2008 18:25

For: 315 Against: 306 So that’s a majority of nine for the Government.  Incidentally, that’s the exact number of DUP MPs,…

MPs’ pettiness over expenses doesn’t help

11 June 2008 17:52

Thanks to the High Court, we’ll be seeing full details of MPs’ expenses in October. That’s a good thing.  But, as…

The rebels aren’t going quietly

11 June 2008 17:20

There was talk earlier this morning that Diane Abbott was one of those MPs who had been coaxed back to…

Is the 42-day vote still too close to call?

11 June 2008 17:16

As a partial counterpoint to Fraser’s post, Ben Brogan writes on his blog: “Mr Brown’s spokesman a short while ago said…

As the vote looms, Government success looks likely

11 June 2008 16:54

Depending on who you listen to, the government is currently between 4 and 18 votes down on 42 days, excluding…

If 42 days is bad, 90 must have been worse

11 June 2008 15:37

There will be no profiles in courage written about those people who were happy to be part of a government…

PMQs footage

11 June 2008 14:19

Courtesy of Politics Home, here’s footage of Cameron’s exchanges with Brown in PMQs:  

42-days dominates PMQs

11 June 2008 13:27

It was a 42 days special, with Brown referring five times to the advice of the “security services.” On Monday…

The love affair of some on the left with Cuba illustrates their moral depravity

11 June 2008 13:21

That Gordon Brown can buy off potential Labour rebels by proposing a softer line on Cuba illustrates just how much…

Is Ed Balls trying to kill off grammar schools?

11 June 2008 12:48

Janet Daley writes on Ed Balls’ latest initiative: So what Mr Balls is proposing is effectively merging local secondary moderns…

The ‘No’s are sneaking it in Ireland

11 June 2008 11:40

[Many thanks to Ruth Dudley Edwards, who’ll be covering the Irish referendum for Coffee House over the next few days.  Here’s her…

Brogan: The vote looks won

11 June 2008 10:45

Over at his invaluable blog, Ben Brogan reports that: The DUP are on board, Diane Abbott has been spoken to…

Political insiders think 42-day detention will scrape through

11 June 2008 10:03

According to their latest poll, some 66 percent of Politics Home’s group of insiders think that the Government’s 42-day detention…

MPs to vote on 42-day detention

11 June 2008 8:58

After all the talk, exhortations and hand-wringing, today’s the day that MPs finally vote on the Government’s 42-day detention plan.…

Who will Obama’s VP be?

10 June 2008 22:54

Over on Americano, a guide to the pros and cons of the people that Obama’s VP search team are floating as possible running…

What’s the reason behind Miliband’s Israel snub?

10 June 2008 18:45

So why has David Miliband cut his trip to the Middle East short? The plan was for him to be in…

The Government fails the poor

10 June 2008 17:07

The Government’s latest poverty statistics were meant to be released back in April. But they’ve been delayed and delayed, such that…

Should Britain join the Euro?

10 June 2008 16:09

Should Britain join the Euro after all? Patrick Hennessy, political editor of the Sunday Telegraph, bravely asks the question over…

Oil to reach $250 a barrel?

10 June 2008 13:55

Over at Trading Floor, Michael Millar reports on the chief executive of Gazprom’s prediction that oil prices will keep rising…

Police lose their High Court challenge over pay

10 June 2008 13:23

So, the High Court has turned down the Police Federation’s effort to get a 2.5 percent pay deal.  A good result for…

Red Ken to run again

10 June 2008 13:11

Martin Bright, whose Dispatches programme on Ken Livingstone moved a lot of the allegations against him to the forefront of…

Let parents be the tsars

10 June 2008 13:09

Slip some truth serum into Lord Adonis and, yes, I suspect he will admit the flaw in proposing new combined…

If you don’t understand it, why vote for it?

10 June 2008 12:15

In his Irish Independent column today, Kevin Myers brilliantly nails one of the most infuriating pro-European arguments: The final argument…