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A Joe Biden run for the presidency is actually the best thing Hillary Clinton could hope for

Let’s not be too cynical. It is a touching thought that Beau Biden’s dying wish was that his father Joe, the Vice President, should have another tilt at the White House.… Continue reading The post A Joe Biden run for the presidency is actually the best thing Hillary Clinton could hope for appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

Here are some interesting extracts from North Lanarkshire Council's annual accounts for 2014/15 which deal with the pension entitlements of senior officials including the Council's outgoing chief executive, Gavin Whitefield. Now I have...Show More Summary

Willie for Leader!

Where's Gordon Brown when you need him? The former prime minister is regarded, in some quarters, as an intellectual heavyweight within the Labour party, one of the key architects of the New Labour project who understood the need for his party to make itself electable again. Show More Summary

Where's Gordon? (16/10/14)

The part-time Labour MP and former party leader Gordon Brown is getting his knickers in a right old twist over 'Devo Max' and more powers for the Scottish Parliament. The latest wheeze is the launch of a petition demanding that the Prime...Show More Summary

Tube Strike

London's latest Tube strike is going ahead today and although the dispute is ostensibly about introducing a round-the-clock 24 hour service, the real 'sticking points' are increasingly unclear. Up until now I assumed that all three trade...Show More Summary

German Success (11/06/13)

I've been thinking of late about the similarities and differences between trade unions in the UK - and other parts of Europe. So in a mad rush of enthusiasm I dashed off an email to IG Metall - one of the biggest trade unions in Germany which has 3.7 million members - and a very user friendly web site. Show More Summary

Strikes and Ballots (15/07/15)

The Times reports that Unite is changing its rules so that members are not required to behave 'lawfully' during the course of a strike. Now union rule books were all re-written during the 1980s after the Tory government of that era brought...Show More Summary

The LAB betting is now strongly back with Burnham but does it mean anything?

Punters are flying blind There have basically been three sources of data for the Labour leadership contest none of which really mean that much at all. The first has been the polling with all but one of the reported surveys being private ones where we don’t even know the name of the pollster if indeed […]

Robert Conquest: ‘There is something particularly unpleasant about those who, living in a political democracy, comfortably condone terror elsewhere’

Robert Conquest, the historian of Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was also The Spectator’s literary editor between 1962 and 1963. The following essay was published in the magazine… Continue reading The post Robert Conquest: ‘There...Show More Summary

Tory grandees poke fun at Andy Burnham over retiring remarks

One of Andy Burnham’s problems is his occasional pandering towards populism. In an interview with GQ magazine, the Labour leadership contender tries to talk up his credentials as an ordinary bloke and says he… Continue reading The post Tory grandees poke fun at Andy Burnham over retiring remarks appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jeremy Corbyn causes problems for Newsnight

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid has so far managed to inspire a legion of new supporters to join the Labour party. Alas, his unexpected popularity is also causing a problem for… Continue reading The post Jeremy Corbyn causes problems for Newsnight appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Revealed: How Kids Company is dealing with the allegations against it

The charity Kids Company is under so much pressure that some people are starting to worry about its outgoing chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh. Recent reports of financial mismanagement published in… Continue reading The post Revealed: How Kids Company is dealing with the allegations against it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Libor trader’s long stretch is a big message to the banking world

Fourteen years is a long stretch. The punishment imposed on former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes for his role as ‘the hub of the conspiracy’ to rig yen Libor… Continue reading The post The Libor trader’s long stretch is a big message to the banking world appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Milifandom founder: I back Andy Burnham (aka my headmaster’s brother)

Over the weekend Andy Burnham’s leadership campaign received a much needed boost from the founder of the Milifandom Abby Tomlinson. The 17-year-old declared that after meeting with each of the leadership… Continue reading The post Milifandom founder: I back Andy Burnham (aka my headmaster’s brother) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Here’s more evidence that the left might be screwed

Friends of mine who still call themselves ‘liberals’ or ‘leftists’ occasionally confide in me that they think the left might be screwed.  Depending on how I feel on that particular… Continue reading The post Here’s more evidence that the left might be screwed appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals

George Osborne is having a good summer. He got in first with wooing the new intake of Tory MPs, to the extent that many of them seem slightly besotted with… Continue reading The post The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why Yemen is quickly becoming the new Syria

Though it hasn’t been hitting the headlines recently, the situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating and looks set to grow worse in the coming months. The country now seems to… Continue reading The post Why Yemen is quickly becoming the new Syria appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Boris slips to third for next leader in latest ConHome survey

Osborne moves to his higher level ever It’s perhaps hard to credit now but only a few weeks ago on the morning of the budget Boris was still strong betting favourite for next CON leader and Osborne could be had for 5/1 or longer. How things have changed. Boris has slipped and the money has […]

Come work for us: The Spectator is looking for an assistant production editor

The Spectator is looking for an assistant production editor, to help us produce our magazine and supplements. The job will be three days a week, ideally Tuesday to Thursday, and… Continue reading The post Come work for us: The Spectator is looking for an assistant production editor appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Je suis Cecil

Last week there was worldwide outrage as news broke that an American dentist had killed a famous lion in Zimbabwe. Rather than a routine procedure gone wrong, the medical worker had actually… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Je suis Cecil appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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