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Son of Fraser

31 December 2007 13:27

My favourite Ronald Reagan quote is how government is like a baby’s alimentary canal: endless appetite at one end and…

Who will get knocked out by the Romney one-two punch?

30 December 2007 11:10

The Democratic presidential contest is getting the lion’s share of the media coverage because the two main competitors in it…

Could Cameron have survived an autumn election?

29 December 2007 13:30

I was on BBC Radio Four’s Talking Politics today with Anne McElvoy of the Standard and Michael White of the…

What will fill the vacuum in Pakistan?

28 December 2007 12:47

Ahmed Rashid’s Washington Post column on what happens next in Pakistan is an absolute must read. As Rashid puts it,…

Bovver for the BBC over the foul Catherine Tate Christmas Special

28 December 2007 11:52

On Boxing Day, The Skimmer noted how the Catherine Tate Christmas Special with its orgy of swearing was hardly suitable…

How politicians reacted to Bhutto’s murder

28 December 2007 0:48

The Bhutto murder lets the world see how politicians of all kinds react to such events. Mike Huckabee rather failed the…

Can the Musharraf regime keep a lid on the violence in Pakistan?

27 December 2007 19:09

The political fall-out in Pakistan is likely to centre around a letter that Benazir Bhutto wrote to Pervez Musharraf on…

Musharraf’s share of the blame

27 December 2007 18:38

I don’t think Musharraf can now avoid be blamed for failing to provide Bhutto with the security she needed. Even…

Why is the BBC’s coverage of the Pakistan crisis so poor?

27 December 2007 18:27

Anyone listening to BBC Radio for the latest on Pakistan would have found only Five Live running with it. When…

What effect will Bhutto’s assassination have on the presidential primaries?

27 December 2007 18:13

Benazir Bhutto’s tragic death is dominating the news in the United States and could change the mood of the presidential…

What’s next in Pakistan?

27 December 2007 16:12

The Pakistani government is currently meeting to decide what to do about the Parliamentary elections scheduled for January. It seems…

The implications of Bhutto’s murder

27 December 2007 14:38

Outside the hospital where Benazir Bhutto died, her supporters chanted “Dog Musharraf, dog” – but no one would seriously believe…

Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

27 December 2007 14:23

Benazir Bhutto’s murder vastly reduces the West’s options in Pakistan. Bhutto, while flawed in many ways, at least offered a…

What London should learn from New York

27 December 2007 14:00

New York’s famed zero-tolerance approach to crime continues to work its magic. This year murders are on track to fall…

Party Non-Etiquette

26 December 2007 17:15

I gave two big Christmas bashes this year, one in London, one in New York. Both included friends who are…

Things worth reading

26 December 2007 17:12

David Brooks, perhaps the most perceptive commentator in America, picked out the year’s best American magazine pieces in The New…

A foul Christmas special

26 December 2007 13:54

The Catherine Tate Show’s Christmas Day Special managed over 20 uses of the F-word in the first five minutes, which…

Happy Christmas

24 December 2007 15:53

Coffee House will be quiet over Christmas itself. We’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas and thank you…

Can the Prime Minister recover from his self-inflicted wounds?

23 December 2007 17:31

Andrew Rawnsley’s column in The Observer on how Gordon Brown undid all the good work of the early months of…

The forgotten victims of winter

23 December 2007 12:35

This winter, at least 15,000 British pensioners over the age of 75 will die from the cold. Their death is…

Tony Blair becomes a Roman Catholic

22 December 2007 16:59

With the news that Tony Blair joined the Roman Catholic church last night in a ceremony led by Cardinal Cormac…

Why does Atonement knock Britain?

22 December 2007 10:17

Watched “Atonement”, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, the film version of Ian McEwan’s novel and the latest British costume…

Slow brewing

21 December 2007 9:42

The Coffee House team are scattering to the four winds for Christmas so posting will be less regular than usual.…

The Lib Dems need their A team on the field

20 December 2007 18:06

Nick Clegg’s reshuffle illustrates the problems that he is going to have as Lib Dem leader. Three of the most…

Christmas Cooking

20 December 2007 17:43

I’m fascinated by the history and mythology of Christmas. Up until the 1890’s, most English families if they were lucky,…