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Harnessing envy and resentment could be the key to GE15

SNP GE15 seats move up nearly 2 on the Sporting Index http://t.co/56fhx8BJCR spread betting market. See latest pic.twitter.com/pduuxgRE9K — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 28, 2014 Never mind “we’re all in it together”: eat the rich (or foreigners)! Blame is of almost limitless supply in politics but that’s not to say it doesn’t retain significant value […]

Cameron changes immigration tactics

Control. Control of who comes here. Control of what benefits they receive. That's what David Cameron said the people were demanding on the morning after that broken immigration promise. What was striking about his speech though, wasShow More Summary

The week’s Local By-Election Results : Gains for SNP, UKIP and CON

East Riding of Yorkshire Bridlington Central and Old Town Result: UKIP 401 (31%), Conservative 352 (27%), Dealtry (Independent) 217 (17%), Dixon (Independent) 214 (16%), Tate (Independent) 116 (9%) UKIP GAIN from Social Democrat with a majority of 49 (4%) Total Independent vote: 547 (42%) Howdenshire Result: Conservative 1,020 (46%), UKIP 891 (40%), Labour 298 (13%) […]

Tory backbenchers talk out ‘revenge evictions’ bill

Fridays in the House of Commons Chamber are rarely edifying experiences, and today a number of MPs and campaigners are very exercised that two backbenchers managed to talk out a… Continue reading The post Tory backbenchers talk out ‘revenge evictions’ bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hugo Chavez – the ballet

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a ballet based on the life of the glorious late president… Continue reading The post Hugo Chavez – the ballet appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why don’t we hear about the beneficial side of climate change?

Two headlines on successive days speak volumes about the scaremongering which is endemic in the way in which learned bodies disseminate information on climate science. Yesterday, the Royal Society published… Continue reading The post Why don’t we hear about the beneficial side of climate change? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ten observations about David Cameron's speech on immigration

1.  The Prime Minister is quite right. Most people in Britain want controlled immigration. Some, it's true, want zero immigration; but a larger number simply want to feel that we are in charge of whom we admit, and in what numbers. At the moment, thanks to EU rules, they have no such sense. 2.  While [...]

Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new

The Shadow Education Secretary is suggesting that private schools provide qualified teachers to help deliver specialist subject knowledge to state schools. It’s depressing that they don’t all already have in-house… Continue reading The post Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Black Friday just shows us what we’re all really like

I’m not sure why everyone is so enraged by the pictures of fighting, shouting and arrests from Black Friday. British people have been exhibiting this sort of behaviour for years,… Continue reading The post Black Friday just shows us what we’re all really like appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Enraged euro-rebels threaten trouble after Cameron’s immigration speech fails to satisfy

One of the aims of David Cameron’s big immigration speech was to settle the issue with his backbenchers before returning to talk about the economy. Based on conversations I’ve had… Continue reading The post Enraged euro-rebels threaten trouble after Cameron’s immigration speech fails to satisfy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast special: David Cameron’s ‘game changing’ immigration speech

Was David Cameron’s appeal to the voters of Britain and EU leaders on immigration successful? James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and myself discuss his ‘game changing’ speech on immigration this morning in… Continue reading The post Podcast special: David Cameron’s ‘game changing’ immigration speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and her death at the age of 94 deprives the country… Continue reading The post Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran?

Earlier this week the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, suggested in the House of Lords that the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey should include readings from the Quran.… Continue reading The post Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

There are signs that Farage could be having second thoughts about standing in Thanet S

pic.twitter.com/7g0LyKdhLo — PolPics (@PolPics) November 28, 2014 What current MP Tweeted yesterday “@FarageNo: @MSmithsonPB @LordAshcroft That's what happens when you don't visit the constituency in 3 months.” #desperatelyseekingNigel...Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's a big week in the Commons with MPs debating the government's latest anti-terrorism bill and the Chancellor delivering his Autumn Statement, jousting with the Lords over judicial review and debating whether to set a target for development...Show More Summary

Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’

Earlier this year Zac Goldsmith complained that he had been given the ‘the worst office of any MP in Parliament’ as punishment for his disparaging remarks about the coalition. Now… Continue reading The post Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron’s immigration speech in five points

David Cameron has just finished delivering his ‘game changing’ immigration speech. A lot of it was a narration of why immigration had made Britain the country it is, but why some… Continue reading The post David Cameron’s immigration speech in five points appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron’s immigration speech: full text

Today I want to talk about immigration. Just as this government has a long term plan for where we are taking our country so within that we have a long-term… Continue reading The post David Cameron’s immigration speech: full text appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Let’s do Gray Friday!

Say this about about Black Friday — the celebration of cheap shopping that we mark today — it isn’t a fraud. It’s not a consumer festival dressed as religious festival,… Continue reading The post Let’s do Gray Friday! appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Boris is right – Britain does need rich people. And plenty of them

Boris Johnson is about the only politician in Britain to stand up for the rich, pointing out that while they may be annoying, they tend to create jobs and prosperity… Continue reading The post Boris is right – Britain does need rich people. And plenty of them appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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