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Robert Mugabe's victims would understand the silence and fear in Rotherham

When I was living in Zimbabwe, I often interviewed people who had suffered unspeakable torture at the hands of Robert Mugabe's supporters. Sometimes I would ask “did you go to the police”? This would generally elicit a hollow laugh and words to the effect that the police would never do anything. Thank heavens this could [...]

Lord Ashcroft’s Clacton poll shows UKIP 32% ahead

Clacton poll by @LordAshcroft has UKIP 56% (+56%) Con 24% (-29%) Lab 16% (-9.1%) LD 2% (-10.9%) Others 2% (-75) Changes since the 2010 GE — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) September 2, 2014 Lord Ashcroft has published his poll on the Clacton by-election, which is to be held on the 9th of October, which is David Cameron’s […]

Boris: No-one seriously approached me to stand in Clacton

If the Tories did want to really fight Douglas Carswell in the Clacton by-election, then Boris Johnson would have been a jolly good way of driving a steamroller over Ukip’s… Continue reading The post Boris: No-one seriously approached me to stand in Clacton appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ukraine: the risks of transition

Ukraine misrepresentations and lies, coupled with ignorance are fuelling widespread displays of media propaganda. There exists a factual skeleton that cannot be propagandized away though.It is not in Ukraine or Russia's interest to partition the country.The Kiev government has lost control of eastern and southern Ukraine. Show More Summary

The real reason behind the BBC’s kicking of Nick Prettejohn

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator. Subscribe here: Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC… Continue reading The post The real reason behind the BBC’s kicking of Nick Prettejohn appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alex Salmond is within sight of his promised land: Scottish independence is more than just a dream.

I don’t want to appear too immodest but, you know, I told you so. Back in February I wrote an article for this paper warning that Scotland’s independence referendum would be… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond is within sight of his promised land: Scottish independence is more than just a dream. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Parris vs Monty rumbles on

As Mr S predicted yesterday, the row between Times colleges Matthew Parris and Tim Montgomerie has simmered on. And turning up the temperature in the Times’ Red Box email this… Continue reading The post Parris vs Monty rumbles on appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Estuary airport rejection no surprise

Few people will have been surprised by the announcement that a hub airport in the Thames estuary will not now be one of the options considered by the government when it looks to increase aviation capacity. The plan, championed by the...Show More Summary

As the Right commits suicide, the future may belong to the Left after all

Who owns the future? Until recently I believed the answer was relatively obvious. The 2008 crash marked the formal end of big-cheque statism. The insecurity generated by the recession that followed had also given rise to a new small-c conservatism. On a range of issues, from welfare, through immigration to Britain’s role in the world, [...]

NATO, fist bumps - and the economy

Now where were we? MPs are back at Westminster after the summer recess - and it's back to the day job for me too. You can watch my report on the prime minister's statement on anti-terror measures here. After two hours answering MPs'Show More Summary

21 Up is intelligent and sensitive – and makes me crave for sex, vomit and immaturity

At 9 o’clock last night, I sat down with my take-away curry, flippedback the lid of my MacBook and went to the iPlayer website to catchthe first episode of 21 Up: New… Continue reading The post 21 Up is intelligent and sensitive – and makes me crave for sex, vomit and immaturity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why boys love Jane Austen

When I first read Jane Austen I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to impress a girl who read her. I didn’t get the girl, but I got the novelist:… Continue reading The post Why boys love Jane Austen appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Ashya King case has brought out the worst in British officialdom

No time for a long blog today. I’m working getting my constituents, Brett and Naghemeh King, released from jail and reunited with their sick child. I’m talking to the British and Spanish authorities, and am hopeful that the decision will soon be reviewed. The Kings are very obviously victims of an injustice – and, I [...]

My ‘fare-dodging’ hell

At least every other time a ticket inspector boards a train or bus I’m on, I pretend I can’t find my ticket or Oyster card. I then miraculously find it… Continue reading The post My ‘fare-dodging’ hell appeared first on Spectator Bl...

Scottish independence: Better Together needs to ditch the bullied-kid act and discover some principles

Has there ever been a less convincing plea of victimhood than that currently being made by the defenders of the Union against Scottish nationalism? Listening to the self-pitying complaints of the Better Together campaign and its media backers, you could be forgiven for thinking that Alex Salmond and Co are the political equivalent of the [...]

Carboth Lane road closure

South West Water are going to be carrying out sewer works in Carboth Lane which will require the closure of the road from October 13th to 17th.I have asked that the suggested diversion does not encourage drivers to make the very sharp...Show More Summary

Should Police and Crime Commissioners be abolished?

My colleague Sue James has set up a petition to start a debate on the potential abolition of the post of Police and Crime Commissioner.Sue says: "I have no personal gripes with any particular Police and Crime Commissioners. I feel they...Show More Summary

Tory morale has collapsed – again

Anyone who tells you that they can predict the outcome of the next general election is either lying or swivel-eyed. But one thing is certain: Conservative morale has collapsed. Again. Chris Kelly is a man of such ambition that at university he and his friend Justin Tomlinson bet £100 that one of them would be [...]

Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument

Nick Clegg had a stab at being René Magritte on the Today programme this morning, telling us that a disagreement between the two coalition parties over anti-terror measures that were… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Morning Briefing: Failing to plan, planning to fail?

From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here "Splitting distance" bellows the Scottish Sun. ("McSqueaky Bum Time" is the some what more irreverent take on page 2 of the English edition) A new YouGov poll for the Sun has the lead for the Union cut to six points – down from 22 points just a month ago. [...]

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