Speeches

Ed Miliband’s speech to the TUC: full text

10 September 2013 11:54

Listen to Ed Miliband give his speech at the TUC here:- listen to ‘Ed Miliband’s TUC speech: Labour has a…

George Osborne’s 2013 spending review speech

26 June 2013 14:15

listen to ‘Spending review 2013: the Coffee House analysis’ on Audioboo Here’s the full text of the speech that George…

Paul Ryan and the Audacity of Seriousness - Spectator Blogs

30 August 2012 12:40

If Paul Ryan looked and sounded like the tyro lawyer in a John Grisham movie delivering his first big courtroom…

Mervyn’s mini mea culpa

3 May 2012 17:34

The newspapers and internet today are full of headlines about Mervyn King admitting the Bank of England was ‘late to…

The Limits of Political Speech: Talking About Everything Just Makes It Worse

20 March 2012 17:37

The Sunday Telegraph was sensible enough to publish a pleasing article by Brother Hoskin last weekend in which our man…

The Queen’s speech to Parliament (minus John Bercow)

20 March 2012 12:37

The Queen has just delivered her Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament, which you can watch below. CoffeeHousers will be terribly…

Bankers need to realise that things have changed

2 February 2012 18:08

In a speech tomorrow, Ed Miliband will call for ‘one nation banking’. The Labour leader will argue that banks have…

Obama delivers his pitch for a second term

25 January 2012 7:54

A Romney-seeking missile. That was what much of Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address amounted to last night. He…

Gove versus the ‘enemies of promise’

4 January 2012 11:20

Michael Gove has never been timid in confronting the education bureaucracy, but his attack on them today is particularly —…

‘People, your government has returned to you!’

18 December 2011 15:14

The playwright who became a protestor who became a president, Vaclav Havel, has died today. There is already much on…

Preparing for the strike

28 November 2011 13:41

Wednesday’s strike is going to be big — unlike the one in June, which I suspect most people didn’t really…

Miliband VS Predator

27 September 2011 17:14

You can see what Ed Miliband was trying to do. As his party isn’t trusted on the economy (his number…

The conference season blues

7 September 2011 10:39

Few things irritate the Prime Minister’s circle more than the insinuation that David Cameron is lazy. So Ben Brogan’s column…

Gove gets mathematical

29 June 2011 11:22

Go go Gove, still trying to pack in the initiatives before summer recess. The focus today is on maths and…

Balls’ bloodlust gets the better of him

16 June 2011 18:09

Ed Balls’ problem is his killer instinct. If he were a Twilight vampire, he’d be a Tracker: someone whose uncontrollable…

Osborne to sell off the Rock

15 June 2011 18:43

George Osborne will use his Mansion House speech tonight to, in the words of one source, “fire the starting gun”…

Cameron and Obama’s mutual appreciation has its limits

25 May 2011 14:08

And the Word of the Day is “we”. Both David Cameron and Barack Obama deployed it liberally in their joint…

Miliband’s "national mission" lacks a mission plan

21 May 2011 14:22

I didn’t expect to be overwhelmed by Ed Miliband’s speech to the Progress Annual Conference today, but neither did I…

Cable talks similarities, not differences

14 May 2011 18:04

Vince Cable, it seems, has notched his Tory-baiting down from 11 to about 8. Last weekend, in the bitter wake…

The Tory right are the true liberals of this parliament 

12 May 2011 15:32

In yesterday’s speech to commemorate 12 months of the coalition, Nick Clegg promised a stronger liberal identity in the future.…