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Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865 Abraham Lincoln was murdered by a coward's bullet and so one of America's finest Presidents never lived to oversee the end of the American Civil War which cost 620,000 lives or the abolition of slavery across the United States. Show More Summary

Another wave of migrants is on its way (but don't you dare mention it)

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column Funny how little we have heard from British liberals about a rather nasty outbreak of anti-immigrant violence this week. Black South Africans burst on to the streets of Durban and Johannesburg, savagely...

Tories double their lead with Opinium to 4%

Opinium/Observer fieldwork began just before the debate with "most" responses after it. So the move might reflect it, but all usual caveats — Matt Singh NCP (@MattSingh_) April 18, 2015 The fieldwork started just before Thursday’s debate with most responses after it, tonight’s YouGov which should be out later, was entirely after the debate. This […]

Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading The post Tories are left playing by Aussie rules appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tories a 64% chance on Betfair to win most seats but Mliband and Cameron level-pegging on post-election PM

Meanwhile I like this new SPIN market which I suggested to the firm after some posted the idea on PB. How many PMs in 2015? Spread betting market from @SportingIndex http://t.co/rSKroIPwt1 Current 1.5-1.7 pic.twitter.com/fZME7H3BMY — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 18, 2015 Quite hard to think through the permutations given that is a total given. Mike Smithson […]

The battle for legitimacy

Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading The post The battle for legitimacy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton?

On Thursday Natalie Bennett spoke during the BBC Challengers’ Debate of the positive change Caroline Lucas has brought to British politics since she was elected as the MP for Brighton Pavilion. However,… Continue reading The post Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jim 'No Jobs' Murphy?

The Times reports on the latest poll carried out by the maverick Conservative peer, Lord Ashcroft, which suggests that the Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, will lose his formerly safe East Renfrewshire seat at the general election. Show More Summary

'Three Jobs' Murphy (03/03/15)

Just the other day Jim 'Two Jobs' Murphy confirmed his intention to stand in May's general election to the Westminster Parliament. But now it seems that Jim might have to be accorded a new moniker of 'Three Jobs' Murphy as the Labour...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I wonder if the chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council is putting in a extra shift this weekend to help process the outstanding equal pay claims for thousands of council workers. Because while the lowest paid NLC workers have been...Show More Summary

'Fat Cats' and Cream (23/12/14)

I was intrigued by the comments from North Lanarkshire Council in response to this article in The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle which criticised council bosses over their big bonus payments. Now I've studied North Lanarkshire's...Show More Summary

Dark Matters

I enjoyed this article on the mysteries of the universe from The Independent although by the end of it I was still in the dark as to what the term 'dark matter' actually means, even with the help of an additional explainer paragraph at the end of the piece. Show More Summary

Galaxy Far, Far Away (18/08/13)

Now here's an amazing photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which shows an image of an exploding star - a Supernova - that blew itself to bits 10 billion years ago. The science buffs among you will realise the significance immediately, i.e. Show More Summary

Group Hug

Ed Miliband cuts a forlorn figure as the three women in the 'challengers' debate go for a group hug as the televised BBC programme came to an end. Nigel Farage, on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen.

'Two Jobs' Murphy (28/02/15)

Jim Murphy took on a new job and an mighty new challenge when became leader of the Scottish Labour Party back in December 2014 which was on top of his day job as a Westminster MP. In the past few months Jim has put enormous effort in...Show More Summary

Religious Hatred

The BBC reports on desperate attempts of migrants from Africa who continue to seek refuge in Europe, but their plight became even more complicated the other day with the news that 15 Muslim migrants have been charged with 'murder' after a religious disagreement which resulted in a group of 12 Christians being thrown overboard. Show More Summary

Spectator competition: Nigel Farage’s Desert Island discs (plus: a politician’s take on Kipling’s ‘If’)

The latest challenge was to suggest suitable Desert Island discs for a historical figure, living or dead. Your choice of castaways was somewhat narrow — Richard III, Henry VIII, Tony… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: Nigel Farage’s Desert Island discs (plus: a politician’s take on Kipling’s ‘If’) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: At home in England

From ‘Some reflections of an alien enemy: the contradiction between being and feeling an Englishman, by a Czech’, The Spectator, 17 April 1915: What I most regret having lost is… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: At home in England appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Herdson on why it suits all that a debate on the economy is effectively closed down

Contradictory nuances make it hard for both CON or LAB You might think that the extremely positive employment figures released yesterday would be cause for a great deal of campaigning from the Conservatives, both positively on their record and negatively against Labour. After all, the repeated criticisms and past predictions of doom from the Eds […]

No. That poll didn’t put Ed ahead in the Prime Minister stakes.

An hour and a half watching Ed Miliband debate four people who are not going to be Prime Minister. That is the ordeal you had to go through in order… Continue reading The post No. That poll didn’t put Ed ahead in the Prime Minister stakes. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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