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Clarke lashes out

9 February 2008 11:19

Charles Clarke throws the book at Brown today in an interview with the Daily Mail. A few choice quotes.  …

Al Qaeda in Iraq admits that it is on the run

8 February 2008 19:54

There is a hugely encouraging story about the difficulties that al Qaeda in Iraq is facing in The Washington Post…

Premier of a bad idea

8 February 2008 18:26

You couldn’t have a better example of how badly run English football is than the idea for a round of…

Damaged reputations

8 February 2008 17:02

Unkind souls joke that proof of Tony Blair’s Catholicism came not on his conversion, but when he recommended Rowan Williams…

The wrong man for the job?

8 February 2008 14:27

Malcolm Rifkind writes an acerbic article over at Comment is Free, on why Tony Blair shouldn’t fill the role of EU…

Clegg Watch

8 February 2008 12:06

Nick Clegg’s certainly proving his worth as a newsmaker; something the Lib Dems have lacked in recent times.  After his we-could-possibly-enter-a-coalition-with-the-Tories…

In praise of Ashes to Ashes

8 February 2008 10:20

Aside from news programmes, I rarely stay in specifically to watch something on television (as Hugo has written, boxed DVD…

All together now

8 February 2008 8:55

Condy, Hamid and David holding hands in Afghanistan on Thursday. Friends kissing and making up after naughty President Karzai was…

A massive clerical error

8 February 2008 1:44

For once, the devil does not lie in the detail. The real problem with the sharia row triggered by the…

Clegg cosies up to the Tories?

8 February 2008 1:34

Nick Clegg is finally doing the clever thing and openly talking about backing the Tories in coalition. I’m in a…

Digby goes off message

7 February 2008 22:27

For some time I have been waiting for Digby Jones to return to his good old unpredictable self. It’s happening…

The theatricality of Ed Miliband

7 February 2008 17:11

In his overview of PMQs yesterday, Fraser picked up on Ed Miliband’s startling facial gymnastics (and Coffee House regulars Austin Barry…

Hague on Europe

7 February 2008 15:21

William Hague delivered a masterful speech on “The Conservative agenda for Europe”, at Policy Exchange today.  In short, it’s the…

How much for a politician?

7 February 2008 13:14

I never nod in agreement more with any piece than with Charles Moore’s diary, and in today’s edition of the…

81 million voters "enabled"

7 February 2008 11:16

Pakistani officials keep telling us that all is rosy for the upcoming elections.  The Election Commission of Pakistan, which is overseeing procedure on…

Party queen

7 February 2008 9:20

If a party can be judged by its parties, then the Conservatives are heading for office. Last night’s Black and…

A bad deal

7 February 2008 8:58

On Tuesday it was tax credits.  And now the Public Accounts Committee delivers a boot to another of Gordon Brown’s…

McCain snubs Brown

6 February 2008 20:30

Gordon Brown will now be regretting briefing this morning that he was going to meet John McCain. The senator has…

Just as a change of pace…

6 February 2008 17:52

…here’s one for all you art-lovers out there: A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.…

Points don’t necessarily mean prizes

6 February 2008 16:07

Immigration Minister Liam Byrne confirmed the final details of the UK’s point-based immigration system today.  The Australia-style scheme – first…

"Dithering" Brown stumbles on Cameron’s attacks

6 February 2008 13:33

When they didn’t mention MPs expenses last week, it was odd. This time it was downright embarrassing – and adds…

Will a mellower Musharraf win over the voters?

6 February 2008 12:15

If this family interview with Pakistan Television is anything to go by, President Musharraf is doing cuddly. The interview’s mainly…

Different ways to cook the spending omelette

6 February 2008 11:50

The spending debate continues with Philip Hammond over at ConservativeHome defending his decision to sign up to Brown’s current spending…

Last stand against protectionism?

6 February 2008 9:25

Irwin Stelzer writes a great piece in today’s Telegraph, characterising Gordon Brown and George Bush as united by their strident belief…

Full Super Tuesday coverage on Americano

5 February 2008 19:50

The first result is already in but the big states are still to come. Americano will have all the latest throughout the night.