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A gulf in opinion

11 March 2008 13:22

A profile of Admiral William Fallon, the head of US Central Command, in Esquire is bound to make waves as…

A poll conundrum

11 March 2008 13:08

The latest Times / Populus poll places the Tories on 37 percent (down 3 on last month); Labour on 34 percent…

Backing the big-earners

11 March 2008 12:01

I said yesterday that it’d be a good idea for the Government to use tomorrow’s Budget as a peace offering to the business world.  After…

Controlling the classroom

11 March 2008 10:57

A friend is on the board of an independent school, and has been attending more than the usual amount of…

Swearing allegiance

11 March 2008 8:51

Lord Goldsmith will today release his review into British citizenship and social cohesion. One of his ideas: that all school-leavers…

Budget 2008: Taxing issues

10 March 2008 18:29

The discussion around Alistair Darling’s first Budget is likely to be dominated by immediate worries, such as non-dom taxation, capital…

Hammond puts his foot in it

10 March 2008 17:09

Philip Hammond, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has just finished a pre-Budget lobby briefing, which I suspect will end in…

You’d be mad to miss it

10 March 2008 16:20

If you haven’t seen Mad Men—the drama set in a Madison Avenue advertising agency in 1960—already, I’d thoroughly recommend watching…

Storm Watch UK

10 March 2008 15:56

Trearddur, North Wales

Oil-and-water politics

10 March 2008 14:00

In an article for the FT, Gordon Brown makes his strongest commitment yet to public service reform.  As he puts…

Budget 2008: Arresting the fiscal flood

10 March 2008 13:34

The focus of the UK economic debate of recent weeks has been the credit crunch and the evolution of Northern…

Darling wins one

10 March 2008 11:34

Over at Boulton and Co, Jonathan Levy reports that Alistair Darling has successfully faced down Gordon Brown over who should…

Budget 2008: Sending out a message

10 March 2008 11:05

As Dr Oliver Hartwich outlined on Coffee House yesterday, The Treasury doesn’t have much room for manoeuvre ahead of Wednesday’s Budget.  In short:…

And the lion shall lie down with the lamb

10 March 2008 8:39

The most surprising piece of news in the papers this morning is that Gordon Brown is sounding Peter Mandelson out…

Political progress in Iraq

9 March 2008 18:29

The latest State of Iraq update from the Brookings Institution in The New York Times confirms the security success of…

The height of hypocrisy

9 March 2008 16:44

I was right – Clegg’s speech was better with the volume down. He wasn’t just copying Cameron’s walkabout speech tactics…

Budget 2008: Brown’s wasted years

9 March 2008 15:37

Five years ago, Gordon Brown’s 2003 Budget forecast that the current budget would now be in surplus by £9 billion.  That…

Hamming it up

9 March 2008 13:14

Well, David Cameron has changed politics in this regard: no party leader can give a speech without walking around the…

Talking the talk while walking the walk

9 March 2008 12:58

David Cameron’s piece in The Sunday Telegraph this morning is a neat example of how he tries to position himself…

Budget 2008: No room for manoeuvre?

9 March 2008 12:47

Dr Oliver Hartwich – Chief Economist at Policy Exchange – provides CoffeeHousers with some background on Budget 2008 here.

Who kicked who?

9 March 2008 10:50

The Peev v Carlson clash (watch it here) is fast mutating into a debate between the merits of UK and…

Can Cable turn the Lib Dems into The British Bull Moose Party?

8 March 2008 18:07

Vince Cable’s speech to the Lib Dem spring conference today showed how fortunate it was for the two main parties…

Power and the press

8 March 2008 13:03

There was a fantastic clash on MSNBC last night between Tucker Carlson and Gerri Peev, the Scotsman journalist to whom…

The Brown Machine Roars into Gear

8 March 2008 12:39

I am taken to task by CoffeeHousers for praising Brown’s new team– or, as CS rather wonderfully puts it, “making…

God and Blair at Yale

7 March 2008 19:31

Yale has just announced that Tony Blair will be the Howland distinguished fellow there next academic year: “Mr. Blair will…