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The Brown question

3 June 2008 8:46

Gordon Brown timed the Crewe and Nantwich by-election so that MPs would be heading out for the recess as the…

Andrew Grice: 42 days rebellion fading

2 June 2008 20:11

The Independent’s Andrew Grice reports that Jacqui Smith’s performance at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting was well received. It appears…

Hillary’s hold on Obama

2 June 2008 20:03

Over on Americano, an explanation of why Hillary Clinton holds the key to what Barack Obama will say on Tuesday…

Blunkett: Things can only get better

2 June 2008 17:13

David Blunkett’s attempt to be helpful on 42 days is a classic: We’ve hit a rock bottom in my view…

The aftermath of the Tube riot

2 June 2008 15:41

Clive has footage of the Tube riot on the Circle Line which is well worth watching to get a feel…

The Union wish list

2 June 2008 13:50

Over at Red Box, Sam Coates runs down what the brothers appear to want for bailing Labour out of its…

Is Clegg about to do a left turn?

2 June 2008 12:12

Nick Clegg is the subject of The Independent’ s ‘You ask the question..’ feature today. His answer to this question…

Balls’s drinking rules 

2 June 2008 11:33

Ed Balls worries quite a lot about the shortcomings of British parents. Today, he says the state should give clearer…

In case you missed them

2 June 2008 11:18

A selection of some of the posts made over the weekend: James Forsyth argues that the blame for the violence…

The economy points to a two term Tory government

2 June 2008 10:03

I’m now back from the recess and checking up on all the news I missed – the most striking of…

Brown makes the case for 42 days

2 June 2008 8:40

Tonight, Jacqui Smith will address the Parliamentary Labour Party. Brown will not attend the meeting but he has outlined the…

It should be clear where the blame for last night’s violence lies

1 June 2008 15:55

The behaviour of those protesting the booze ban on the Tube last night was disgraceful. Those who assaulted Tube staff…

A month of real progress in Iraq

1 June 2008 11:17

This May saw fewer US military casualties in Iraq, 18, than any previous month in the war. It also saw…

Score one to Obama

31 May 2008 18:08

On Tuesday night after the last vote in the Democratic primaries has been cast, Obama will speak in the very…

Brown has been phoning round since 1997

31 May 2008 16:49

The story that Gordon Brown personally calls members of the public who write him critical letters gets more bizarre with…

Labour’s money woes

31 May 2008 11:56

Peter Oborne’s column in The Daily Mail reveals just how bad Labour’s financial position is. As Peter notes, there are…

"Madrassa Guardian"

31 May 2008 9:26

Time was when the Guardian was the favourite British newspaper of the Indian elite because of its historic support for…

The week that was

30 May 2008 19:01

Some highlights of the week on Spectator.co.uk: Matthew d’Ancona surveys the new political landscape. James Forsyth asks if New Labour…

Was the Chinese army responsible for the 2003 New York blackout?

30 May 2008 17:32

  National Journal has an eye-opening cover story this week on the extent of China’s e-espionage. The piece reveals that…

The question Brown must answer if Labour is to recover

30 May 2008 14:55

Stephen McCabe, the Labour whip who was in the charge of the Crewe and Nantwich campaign, has written an article…

Pakistan’s failure to police its border is a threat to us all

30 May 2008 12:59

The warning from the departing American commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan General Dan K. McNeill that Pakistan is once…

Labour’s targets for fighting crime are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard

30 May 2008 10:55

Tim Montgomerie flags up how the targets culture is distorting policing priorities with arresting a child for stealing a chocolate…

Brown leads Labour to a historic low–new poll has Lab 23, Con 47, Lib Dems 18 

30 May 2008 8:57

The headlines figures in today’s YouGov poll are disastrous for Brown, the historical comparisons are humiliating—even under Michael Foot the…

Purnell’s speechwriter pushed for trashing Brown

29 May 2008 19:34

Not so long ago, James Purnell released a speech on Microsoft Word format. This excites Tory researchers, who inevitably get…

Drags on the ticket

29 May 2008 18:14

The last couple of days have flagged up problems that are going to bedevil McCain and Obama respectively in the…