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Some good news from Iraq

14 October 2007 23:32

The military progress of the surge in Iraq continues to be encouraging. As The Washington Post notes today, In September,…

The Blairites can’t fight the last war all over again without destroying Labour

14 October 2007 17:06

Tony Blair, as I report in today’s Sunday Telegraph, is trying to rein in his supporters, keen that they not…

Betting on the Lib Dems

14 October 2007 14:55

Ladbrokes today updates its odds for the inevitable Lib Dem leadership race, and – irritatingly for the Tories – Nick…

What Cameron must do now

14 October 2007 12:21

Today’s newspapers are another treat for Conservatives with a taste for schadenfreude. Blair has, overnight, denied that he’s authorising briefings…

Another panic-induced u-turn

14 October 2007 12:05

Andy Burnham is a talented minister but his interview in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph represents yet another ignominious U-turn by this…

No lead, no loyalty

14 October 2007 12:00

Loyalty only lasts as long as your opinion poll lead. Mutinous Labour voices liven up the Sunday press and an…

Are Labour wedded to stealing every Tory idea?

13 October 2007 12:15

Andy Burnham saying that “marriage is best for kids” and that it is “not wrong that the tax system should…

Weekend Listening

13 October 2007 12:08

This week’s Spectator Intelligence Squared debate about whether we shouldn’t be reluctant to assert the superiorty of Western values is…

Allez les Blancs

13 October 2007 12:01

If you’re kicking your heels until the rugby gets under way, do read this preview of the weekend’s semi-finals.

If Al Gore really wants to stop Hillary this is what he’ll do

12 October 2007 19:18

The dream scenario for the Gore supporters who’ve kept the faith was that Al would pick up the Nobel, return…

Dave is back–he hasn’t been Terminated

12 October 2007 15:41

A few weeks ago I was reliably informed by an adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger that the Governator, as a consummate…

Pulling back the curtain

12 October 2007 12:12

The drama of the last week in politics defies analogy – but one celluloid parallel has stuck in my mind. As…

Going for a song

12 October 2007 11:57

Twenty years ago when I worked at Our Price Records the thing we shop assistants dreaded most were customers who…

A worthy winner

12 October 2007 11:41

Most of the media seemed determined to turn Doris Lessing into a sweet old lady who had won the Nobel…

How Barroso and Brown could stitch up the press

12 October 2007 11:21

If I were Barroso, I would pick a huge, fake fight with Gordon Brown before the EU constitution, sorry, treaty…

From Oscar to Nobel

12 October 2007 10:18

I think I am right that Al Gore and George Bernard Shaw are the only two people ever to have…

How long can Ming hang on?

12 October 2007 8:44

When it looked like there was going to be an autumn election, Ming Campbell’s position was safe for the simple…

Blood Sports

11 October 2007 18:31

Toby set tongues wagging with his post about whether David Cameron was Muhammed Ali to Gordon Brown’s George Foreman. (Do…

Things worth seeing

11 October 2007 16:55

Anyone who missed Sky News’ Adam Boulton giving Jacqui Smith a kicking over the election last Sunday can now see…

Brown’s Euro-vision

11 October 2007 15:33

Do read Mark Mardell’s piece on Gordon Brown’s meeting with Jose Manuel Barroso. Particularly interesting, is his account of Brown’s…

Is this the new ‘John Major tucks his shirts into his underpants’?

11 October 2007 12:35

One of the many things that undermined John Major’s authority was the idea, first put about by Alastair Campbell, that…

What Darling really did with Inheritance Tax

11 October 2007 11:18

I was too harsh on the Treasury. I derided their inheritance tax con, saying it may fool TV news but…

The Muhammad Ali of British Politics

11 October 2007 8:07

Has David Cameron rope-a-doped Gordon Brown? “Rope-a-dope” was the phrase coined by Muhammad Ali to describe the strategy he used…

Get ready for a row over Europe

10 October 2007 16:06

After being pummelled at PMQs today, the last thing Gordon Brown wants is an escalation of the row over the…

First blood to Cameron

10 October 2007 12:15

Cameron is at his derisive, aggressive best. Everything Brown says is being greeted with hoots of derision.  Brown’s “I will…