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Commons Clerks stymie Lib Dem plans

17 January 2008 17:12

The Lib Dems are deeply split on the question of whether there should be a referendum on the European Constitution,…

Vocation calling

17 January 2008 16:34

I was at a lunch this week to talk about the state of further education, in view of the Government’s…

Older generations doing their bit to stave off the credit crunch

17 January 2008 14:54

As Larry Elliot reports in today’s Guardian, a rise in the number of over-50s gaining employment has “helped Britain shrug…

Leave those schools alone

17 January 2008 12:13

Is there anything more depressing in an age of prosperity, choice and freedom than the spectacle of an old fashioned…

Walls closing in on Ken?

17 January 2008 11:49

The London mayoral race is entering a bitter period, with most of the invective being directed at Ken Livingstone.  Of…

Brown’s nationalisation nightmare

17 January 2008 8:49

Iain Martin’s column this morning on the political dangers to Gordon Brown of nationalising Northern Rock is essential reading. As…

The Director-General needs to find out how the other 90% live

16 January 2008 19:39

Calling for a sense of “perspective” and “proportionality” in coverage of British youth, the BBC’s Director-General, Mark Thompson, complained on…

What should be asked of the independent sector?

16 January 2008 17:13

With the Charity Commission recommending that private schools should do more for the “public benefit”, public school headmasters are at…

Cameron gets the better of Brown in clash over Northern Rock

16 January 2008 14:07

Great fireworks today over Northern Rock. Cameron started with sombre questions about taxpayers’ money involved – Can Brown guarantee the…

The US elections are about to turn dirty

16 January 2008 13:32

Mitt Romney’s win in the Michigan Republican primary makes this Saturday’s Republican vote in South Carolina all the more important.…

Brown tries to shift the blame for Britain’s economic troubles

16 January 2008 12:35

PMQs opened with perhaps the most worst planted question I have ever heard in the Commons and it’s worth a…

Labour was against presumed consent for organ donation before it was for it

16 January 2008 12:17

Mulling over the organ donations row, and the fascinating posts by Coffee Housers, I went back to the last time…

The Wiki Man

16 January 2008 11:58

Anyone who is interested in the wonderful world of Web 2.0 or simply likes great writing – or both –…

Is a GOAT going to be slaughtered?

16 January 2008 11:28

Sam Coates over at the Red Box has news that suggests Lord Digby Jones has been less than forthcoming about…

Roll up for Welsh questions

16 January 2008 8:59

For once, PMQs is not the main attraction on a Wednesday. The hot ticket today is Welsh Questions where Peter…

Correcting the narrative

15 January 2008 16:54

Ed Balls was on the World at One, taking a bow for the teachers’ pay deal. He again referred to…

Arts Council seems distinctly un-excellent…

15 January 2008 16:25

In Piccadilly Circus this lunchtime, under an apocalyptic grey sky and wearing plain white face masks to evoke the classical…

Ken’s doing a paper round at your expense

15 January 2008 14:35

Anyone wanting proof of the contempt in which Ken Livinsgtone holds the London taxpayer need only read this item on…

A dose of Iraq realism

15 January 2008 12:41

The military success of the surge in Iraq now seems to be paving the way for political reconciliation and the…

Pensioned off

15 January 2008 11:12

Today at Centreright.com, Matthew Elliott flags up a truly shocking fact: “by 2009, each person working in the private sector…

Our bodies do not belong to the state

15 January 2008 10:48

There are interesting pieces on the organ donation row by Libby Purves and Polly Toynbee today. Polly seethes that “rightwing…

Between a Rock and a hard place

15 January 2008 8:54

Rachel Sylvester has a typically eloquent and perceptive piece on the political ramifications of nationalising Northern Rock in the Telegraph…

Can McCain keep the momentum going?

15 January 2008 0:17

Today, John McCain will either take a massive stride towards winning the Republican nomination by winning the Michigan primary or…

The British are coming?  Hopefully not…

14 January 2008 18:42

Pete Hoskin At yesterday’s low-key Golden Globes ceremony, the British film ‘Atonement’ was named the Best Dramatic Motion Picture of…

Facing down Facebook

14 January 2008 17:34

I always knew I was right not to be one of the 59 million (7 million in the UK) people…