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Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals?

Another day, another hack. This morning, Facebook and Instagram went dark. Facebook has blamed a technical glitch; ‘Lizard Squad’ celebrated another successful attack: Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad —… Continue reading The post Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour's unlikely Welsh twins

One is Labour MP for Ynys Mon; the other is Labour MP for Caerphilly. But for one unfortunate Hansard reporter, they are both called Albert Owen. Readers of the official report on Monday's House of Commons debates will have noticed an...Show More Summary

The build up starts to what will be the biggest polling event so far in 2015

@LordAshcroft teasing us ahead of his Scottish polling. pic.twitter.com/jHvjVMVJSM — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 28, 2015 Ever since the first post-IndyRef Scottish polls came out showing a huge move to the SNP the standard assumptions that were being made about the GE15 outome were put on one side. For although in GB terms the the […]

PMQs sketch: Cameron demonstrates true gamesmanship

Last week it was seven. This morning it stood at nine. By the end of PMQs it had climbed to 12. The statistic everyone is yawning about is the number… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: Cameron demonstrates true gamesmanship appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do

The government’s Work Programme, launched in 2011 to help long-term unemployed people into work, has been widely condemned in the media. It has been portrayed alternately as greedy, cruel or… Continue reading The post Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who are you trying to persuade?

Winning elections is about two pretty simple things. You’re either trying to change a voter’s mind about you or, if they like you just fine already,  giving them a poke to get them off their arse and to the polling station. The two … Continued

When is a meatball not a meatball?

Q: When is a meatball not a meatball? A: When it’s vegan. Nothing is sacred to the killjoys over at Peta, not even the honest Ikea meatball. Just about the… Continue reading The post When is a meatball not a meatball? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

More of the same from Cameron and Miliband at today’s PMQ’s

David Cameron ran down the clock very effectively at PMQs. With only a few sessions left between now and the general election, Cameron blocked Miliband’s questions on the health service… Continue reading The post More of the same from Cameron and Miliband at today’s PMQ’s appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself

A cretin writing in this morning’s Telegraph doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘cretin’. Just about every writer writing about Benedict Cumberbatch in every paper yesterday failed to understand that Cumberbatch was… Continue reading The post Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Lord Wigley: in his own words

Here's a transcript of Lord Wigley's interview with my colleague Ross Hawkins. Lord Wigley: Plaid Cymru has always been opposed to nuclear weapons, we are opposed to Trident, we had a motion in the House on that and we forced a voteShow More Summary

Peace, War, Literature and What Lasts - some responses to readers

Time for a few retorts and responses to comments here. Let me first deal with Mr Courtnadge, who wrote of my complaint that it felt a bit lonely to be against the Iraq war: ‘A bit of an exaggeration, author....

Vote of no confidence for ‘offensive’ Ian Liddell-Grainger

Ian Liddell-Grainger has been branded unfit for purpose by local Tories. The Conservative MP is facing calls to be deselected as a Tory candidate for the general election, with Conservative councillors… Continue reading The post Vote of no confidence for ‘offensive’ Ian Liddell-Grainger appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Could Trident be moved to Wales?

There’s a belter of a scoop in today’s Daily Mail. James Chapman, the paper’s political editor, reports that the Ministry of Defence is examining plans to move Trident from Scotland to Wales.… Continue reading The post Could Trident be moved to Wales? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A worrying trend for Ed Miliband’s team: Labour’s 2010 Lib Dem crutch is getting shorter

Many ex-yellows are now going green Over the last two years we’ve been keeping a lose eye on the group of swing voters who could have a big impact on the May 7th outcome – those who voted Lib Dem in 2010 but have now switched to Labour. In my latest calculation, for January, the […]

A brief comment on the 'Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill'

I was asked by the campaign against this pernicious legislation to record a brief summary of my objections to it. Some of you might like to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vN-bp4DFl0&feature=youtu.be

Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading The post Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Robert Harris: BBC’s books coverage is a ‘disgrace’

Lord Hall will be glad that he didn’t attend last night’s Costa Book Awards. Robert Harris, who chaired this year’s judges, took the opportunity to criticise the corporation’s book coverage when announcing… Continue reading The post Robert Harris: BBC’s books coverage is a ‘disgrace’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Putin's Russia

Here's a well researched and informative report from The Guardian which paints a dreadful picture of the way Russia is governed under the regime of Vladimir Putin which is also coming under close scrutiny during the public inquiry into the cruel murder, in London, of the Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko. Show More Summary

Not all the worriers in Labour are from a previous ‘era’

The papers are full of Blairite warnings to Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham about the way Labour is campaigning on the NHS at present. Alan Milburn’s World at One interview… Continue reading The post Not all the worriers in Labour are from a previous ‘era’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

More Sloppy Work (27/01/15)

Here are some more examples of the sloppy work that went into writing the 'secret' report to North Lanarkshire Council's Corporate Management Team in 2005. Paragraph 2.6"..., pay model NLC5 was more attractive as a long-term workable...Show More Summary

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