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MPs have just defeated Tim Loughton’s ‘wrecking amendment’ to the Same Sex Marriage Bill by 375 votes to 70, after approving the Government and Labour amendment (more on how that… Continue reading The post MPs defeat ‘wrecking amendment’ as Cameron tries to patch things up with grassroots appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
David Cameron’s approach to the gay marriage debate inside his own party has been to take a low profile. The passion and eloquence he displayed on the subject in his… Continue reading The post David Cameron should be out there making the case for gay marriage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Duke of Cambridge joined forces with Prince Harry this morning to open Tedworth House Recovery Centre, the military hospital run by Help for Heroes. All power to the duke’s… Continue reading The post A point of order, Your Royal Highness appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
William Hague set out the government’s latest thinking on the horror in Syria to MPs in the Commons today. He explained that if the UK were to consider arming the… Continue reading The post William Hague: Case for changing arms embargo on Syria ‘compelling’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Parliament is a “brothel”. The state is an enterprise of “thieves” engaged in a conspiracy against “the good little people” and the “humble housewife”. Time, then, for a party that… Continue reading The post UKIP, Pierre Poujade and a political class that’s seen to be “out-of-touch”. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This morning, Labour was facing a rather awkward choice on the Same Sex Marriage Bill. This afternoon, the opposition party has turned the situation around so that it appears to… Continue reading The post Labour tries to defuse civil partnerships row – by backing government amendment appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
There’s a conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Westminster that the ‘wrecking amendment’ for the gay marriage bill is a nifty way of the government dropping the legislation because it… Continue reading The post Will civil partnerships kill the gay marriage bill? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I thought readers might be interested in this piece in the current print edition of the magazine. It is my review of a very interesting new book on Edmund Burke,… Continue reading The post Edmund Burke – a writer one should always read appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Tan Twan Eng’s first novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, his second was shortlisted and then won the Man Asian Literary Prize. To say that his work over… Continue reading The post Tan Twan Eng interview: ‘I have no alternative but to write in English’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Only in The Guardian could Britain’s humorous disdain for the Eurovision Song Contest be linked to the rise of UKIP and the decline of the British Empire: ‘I think Eurovision-bashing… Continue reading The post Eurovision was as hilarious as ever appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
HMS Ark Royal leaves Portsmouth for Turkey today to be dismantled and sold for scrap; the Harrier jets she once carried are being sold to the Americans for spare parts.… Continue reading The post Britain can now afford to send a man into space. Pity we can’t afford a proper navy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The final stages of the Same Sex marriage bill in the House of Commons were never going to be easy, but it is still an odd situation when the minister… Continue reading The post Maria Miller on defensive against gay marriage ‘wrecking amendment’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If four years ago, a Liberal Democrat politician had attempted to portray the Lib Dems as the natural party of government we all would have laughed. But that is just… Continue reading The post The Liberal Democrats, the natural party of government? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
There is always something quietly devastating about a pronouncement from Lord Mandelson. Today more polls reveal the Labour party is failing to make headway when the Tories are in an… Continue reading The post Lord Mandelson gives Miliband two big tasks appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Last night’s Eurovision was, as always, a collision of music, culture and politics. As always, the official British entry was dire – but, as always, the hand of Britain’s world-class… Continue reading The post Scotland’s 2013 Eurovision triumph appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
What a strange day. Lord Feldman, the Tory co-chairman, appears to have identified himself as the unnamed Cameron ally reported by several newspapers as referring to party activists as “swivel-eyed… Continue reading The post Andrew Feldman denies calling Tory activists “right wing loons” appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Clearly it is not a good idea for the Prime Minister’s chums to call members of the Conservative party “swivel-eyed loons“. No, not even at a “private dinner party”. I… Continue reading The post The swivel-eyed loons in the Conservative party are revolting. And they are right to revolt. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Insulting your own side is a dangerous thing to do in politics and in the current circumstances for any prominent Tory to do it is positively incendiary. But one ‘senior… Continue reading The post Top Tory calls party activists ‘mad swivel-eyed loons’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It feels like the only film anyone’s been talking about recently is The Great Gatsby. Given that even the release of the films’ multiple trailers created international news stories, it… Continue reading The post Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
There’s plenty of speculation in Westminster today that Philip Hammond is busy positioning himself as a future leadership contender. Last night he had some pretty strong words about the Government’s… Continue reading The post Hammond on manoeuvres? The other Tory MPs who fancy a crack at the leadership appeared first on Spectator Blogs.