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Boris Johnson wrote an amusing and interesting piece for The Telegraph the other day on the political situation in Greece where the equivalent of 'kamikaze pilots' are now in charge of the country's government. But to govern is to choose,...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Lots of readers have been in touch about the settlement period of their equal pay claims and as I've explained on the blog site previously the maximum period involved is 8 years and 3 months - from January 2007 to March 2015. Now just...Show More Summary

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

Reports are coming in that Tony Blair is set to stand down as a peace envoy to the Middle East. AP is reporting that the former Prime Minister has tendered his… Continue reading The post Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The first day of the Parliamentary session posed several challenges for Labour

The first day of the Parliamentary session always has a slightly back to school feel to it. There are two, traditionally, witty speeches that are full of in jokes. The… Continue reading The post The first day of the Parliamentary session posed several challenges for Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Simon Burns or Robert Redford?

Harriet Harman was on fighting form in Parliament today when she responded to the Queen’s Speech. Between telling David Cameron to watch his back for Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson and… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Simon Burns or Robert Redford? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Young people should be wary of the Guardian’s university league table

This week, the Guardian published its annual university league table. The rankings are as bewildering to anyone acquainted with the reality of university reputations as they are misleading to anyone… Continue reading The post Young people should be wary of the Guardian’s university league table appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

From the oldest pub in Britian to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’? This is what the animal rights organisation… Continue reading The post From the oldest pub in Britian to the most stupidly named pub in Britain appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A display of cowardice at Leon Brittan’s funeral

Leon Brittan’s memorial service on Tuesday packed the West London Synagogue, but there were some notable absentees. We in the congregation were informed that the government was represented by Lord… Continue reading The post A display of cowardice at Leon Brittan’s funeral appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years and the government’s legislation plans for the next… Continue reading The post Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals kids smoke and snort for fun these days, on account… Continue reading The post Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Developments this afternoon show that Yvette Cooper is still very much in the LAB leadership race

Yvette Cooper is certainly not out of this. You can get her at 15/2 on Betfair http://t.co/JeIpAzTzkJ pic.twitter.com/xY4M8Hu9Yh — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 27, 2015 At current prices she’s the value bet This afternoon it’s been announced that a further six MPs have come out and said they are backing Yvette Cooper – a move […]

A Kiss is Just a Kiss. Reflections on an unexpected victory and on Bills of Rights

My favourite story of the week is the revelation that the Chancellor of the Exchequer promised (or threatened) to ‘French-kiss’ the Tory PR man, Lynton Crosby, if the Conservative Party won an outright majority. See here http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/24/george-osborne-kissing-lynton-crosby-election-win-tories and here...

Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign

Six more Labour MPs have endorsed Yvette Cooper as leader: Coffee House has the names exclusively. Emily Thornberry Ian Austin Jim Cunningham Karen Buck Lyn Brown Steve McCabe They’re an… Continue reading The post Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Fifa’s fantasy kingdom is finally starting to collapse

Can it be that the great fantasy kingdom of Fifa has finally collapsed? Is this the fall of Oz? Is it possible that this vast sporting organisation – one that… Continue reading The post Fifa’s fantasy kingdom is finally starting to collapse appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo

Anyone would think that those drafting the Queen’s Speech might have had a bet on to see how many Tory soundbites they could shoehorn in. Apparently the Queen’s government will… Continue reading The post Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced

Her Majesty has just delivered the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years — or as David Cameron described it, a ‘One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government’.… Continue reading The post 2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech have been a bit lame of late. The veteran MP always… Continue reading The post Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Pope Francis is right to avoid television. It’s the dumbest medium known to man

Unlike Pope Francis I can’t actually remember when I consciously gave up television and I have in fact watched it occasionally in other people’s houses on various occasions. But it was probably… Continue reading The post Pope Francis is right to avoid television. It’s the dumbest medium known to man appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

Equal Value (EV) claimants in North Lanarkshire have been waiting for several years on a fair resolution of their 1st Wave equal play claims which cover the period prior to January 2007, i.e. before the introduction of NLC's new job evaluation scheme (JES). Show More Summary

Cameron will struggle to get human rights reform past parliament at any stage

David Cameron has decided to stall on human rights reform for now, partly because the Tories couldn’t quite work out how to get the reforms they wanted, and partly because… Continue reading The post Cameron will struggle to get human rights reform past parliament at any stage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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