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Another Home Secretary on the rocks

13 November 2007 8:49

The storm that has broken around Jacqui Smith about illegal immigrants working in Whitehall is particularly dangerous for the government…

How very Blairite, Brown’s foreign policy is

12 November 2007 22:59

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech lacked the rhetorical flourishes of any Tony Blair address on world affairs but it was…

Is Gordon doing better than people think?

12 November 2007 16:46

Political Betting has a must-read post up on why it would be a mistake to write off Gordon Brown. As…

Balls’s real priorities in education

12 November 2007 14:18

The more that comes out about the Brown-Blair tensions, the more you realise quite how damaging they were to good…

Don’t give your opponents ammunition

12 November 2007 12:19

There is yet another story about Lord Ashcroft’s role with the Tories in the Guardian today. This time the news…

Parliamentarian of the Year Awards live on Spectator.co.uk

12 November 2007 10:46

This Thursday watch the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards on Spectator.co.uk. The awards ceremony from Claridge’s Hotel in London…

Brown’s world

12 November 2007 8:24

Gordon Brown’s Mansion House speech tonight will be pored over for hints about the direction of British foreign policy.  As…

The question Aitken still needs to answer

11 November 2007 14:39

Jonathan Aitken’s return to Tory politics to lead a review on prison reform for Iain Duncan-Smith’s Centre for Social Justice makes me uneasy.…

Tories on 43% in new poll

11 November 2007 11:00

The Tories will be encouraged by the latest ICM poll which puts them at 43%, up 3 on the last…

The failings of the MCB

10 November 2007 16:29

The interview that the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has given to The Daily Telegraph today is phenomenally…

Brown’s fundraiser goes wobbly

10 November 2007 11:18

I had always expected a major Brown backer to start selling shares in our PM. But I would never have…

Has Gordon got the solution?

9 November 2007 17:57

Gordon Brown has come out of hiding to give Adam Boulton a quick interview, and his (belated) take on the…

Tortured thinking

9 November 2007 15:23

The debate over torture in the US has descended into tragic farce. Some on the right are so determined to…

More to Lord Drayson’s resignation than just fast cars

9 November 2007 13:38

The real reasons behind the timing of Lord Drayson’s resignation are beginning to seep out. Writing for Comment is Free,…

Will Lord Carlile have the Lib Dem whip withdrawn?

9 November 2007 11:17

Nick Clegg went on Political Betting this morning to answer questions from the site’s users. Most of his answers were…

Labour and the Lib Dems raise concerns over Ashcroft

9 November 2007 8:59

The row over the influence of Lord Ashcroft takes another turn with a story in The Guardian this morning about…

Man of the Year

8 November 2007 18:56

Time magazine are inviting people to vote for their person of the year. The shortlist is Al Gore Hillary Clinton…

Lib Dem fight turns dirty

8 November 2007 16:54

For all their woolly policies, the LibDem are dirty fighters, as anyone who has seen them campaign will attest. So…

The case for Obama

8 November 2007 16:40

Andrew Sullivan’s Atlantic essay making the case for Obama is well worth reading. His key point is this,  Unlike any…

Can’t get no Respect

8 November 2007 14:41

The internecine warfare at Respect just took another turn with George Galloway denying that he has left the party. There…

Why so green?

8 November 2007 12:28

I regularly enjoy Camilla Cavendish’s pieces, but to keep doing so I have to skip over anything she writes about…

This time with feeling

8 November 2007 11:05

Tara Hamilton-Miller has a great little blind item in this week’s New Statesman:  A shadow secretary of state, who shall…

Politics regained?

8 November 2007 9:39

Joe Klein, the legendary American journalist and author of Primary Colors was in town last night to talk about the…

Respectable behaviour

8 November 2007 8:42

Respect is finally collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. Daniel Finkelstein reports that George Galloway has kicked out…

Brown backs away from a fight over 56 days

8 November 2007 2:19

It was supposed to be the big day when Gordon Brown put the case for detaining terror suspects for up…