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Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always going to be ‘no’

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just done something unthinkable. It looks as if he has won the Greek referendum. And make no mistake, it was him that won it. It was… Continue reading The post Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always going to be ‘no’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No is leading 61% to 39%. The result is a massive… Continue reading The post Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared to have any further negotiations with the Syriza government. The… Continue reading The post German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

It looks like the Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin

With more than a third of the votes counted, it looks like the Greeks have voted ‘no’ to the latest EU bailout deal – and, perhaps, to the Euro itself. Alexis… Continue reading The post It looks like the Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greek voters say Oxi, what will the Eurozone do now?

With half the votes counted, the No side in the Greek referendum is leading by 61% to 39%. With this lead for No at this stage in the count, it… Continue reading The post Greek voters say Oxi, what will the Eurozone do now? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greece: It’s looking like NO

Greek referendum final polls show 'No' vote ahead by small margin http://t.co/36wH1Sg34G — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 5, 2015

Globalists v localists: the new reality of 21st century politics

Tonight it looks like the Oxi’s have it, and Greece’s fraught relationship with the Franks has reached a new phase, with possible Grexit coming; that’s assuming the exit polls are… Continue reading The post Globalists v localists: the new reality of 21st century politics appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Polls suggest narrow ‘No’ vote in Greek referendum

If the final result in the Greek referendum is as close as the polls (not exit polls, so treat with caution) below suggest, then as well as the trauma and… Continue reading The post Polls suggest narrow ‘No’ vote in Greek referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

‘No’ side confident as polls close in Greek referendum

The polls have just closed in the Greek referendum, and the ‘No’ side seems, currently, to be rather more confident of a victory. The Guardian reports a briefing from the… Continue reading The post ‘No’ side confident as polls close in Greek referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers?

We learn today that George Osborne will say in his Budget that he’s using the fines he’s collected from bankers to build a memorial to terror victims. I find this… Continue reading The post When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The IMF doesn’t need to be run by a European

How much longer should the IMF be run by a European? The job of the fund is to assist any member country which is in trouble, not to advance the… Continue reading The post The IMF doesn’t need to be run by a European appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: A breath of fresh air

From ‘The Open-Air Hospital at Cambridge’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: We are all familiar with the open-air treatment of various diseases, and particularly of tuberculosis, but no such startling… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: A breath of fresh air appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nick Sparrow, the pollster who did most to change post-1992, on poll averaging, herding and the pressure to conform

< Why Polls End Up Saying The Same Thing Following the General Election, the pollsters have been accused of having herd instincts.  How else do so many polling companies, acting independently, get to the same – wrong – answer? In the final days of the campaign, the polls mainly agreed on the likely outcome, and […]

The LD leadership race where NOT being anti-immigration could be a vote winner

Smart move by Tim Farron as the LD leadership race draws to a close http://t.co/QY5nhfdiSJ pic.twitter.com/y1IgZ5r3a9 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) July 4, 2015 With the Lib Dem leadership race drawing to a close the favourite, ex-party president Tim Farron, according to the Observer, has said that the UK should take 60,000 immigrants to help deal with […]

PETER HITCHENS: The best way to tackle terror? Keep calm and carry on quietly

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column Politicians react to terrorism much as parents might respond when their lisping tiny offspring come home from sex-ed classes and ask them to explain what lesbians do. They panic. They have no...

Which way will Greece vote?

This time tomorrow, we’ll have had the first projections from the Greek referendum. We will have an idea as to whether the country has said Oxi or Nai. At the… Continue reading The post Which way will Greece vote? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Beware Europeans Bearing Gifts

Almost exactly two years ago this letter was printed in Le Monde.'Dear Nicolas, very briefly and respectfully, 1) I am by your side to serve you and serve your plans for France. 2) I tried my best and might have failed occasionally. I implore your forgiveness. Show More Summary

Liz Kendall: The 2015 LAB version of what Ken Clarke was for the Tories 1997-2005?

"Liz Kendall is to Labour as Ken Clarke was to the Tories 1997-2005." Discuss. — Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) July 1, 2015 For EU supporter read “Blairite” or “CON-lite” As I was returning from holiday a couple of days ago the News Statesman’s, Stephen Bush posted the above Tweet which I’ve been pondering over ever since […]

Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past

Aside from reports about terrorism, war and the Vatican cosying up to Naomi Klein, few news stories this year have upset me as much as the ones about TV Land cancelling… Continue reading The post Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Spectator competition: Anyone for tennis? (plus: poems on the underground)

To mark the beginning of Wimbledon, competitors were invited to take as their first line ‘There’s a breathless hush on the centre court’ and continue for up to 15 lines… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: Anyone for tennis? (plus: poems on the underground) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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