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Labour’s melting firewall: almost a third of LD switchers have since left since 2012

Introducing the new swing voters: Purple Labourites and Rainbow Liberals For a long time it looked as if two factors were going to deliver the keys to Downing Street to Ed Miliband. The first was that in the first six months of the parliament, around two-fifths of the Lib Dems’ 2010 vote switched to Labour […]

This Halloween, say no to American pumpkins and yes to British turnips

Possibly you’ve missed this. However, for the last three years or thereabouts, I have been conducting a low-key campaign for the revival of the turnip lantern. And this year, for… Continue reading The post This Halloween, say no to American pumpkins and yes to British turnips appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of child abuse inquiry

4.50pm – It is difficult to see how Fiona Woolf can stay on as chair of the child abuse inquiry. Labour has decided to call for her resignation, with Yvette… Continue reading The post Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of child abuse inquiry appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available, sign up here. Society is changing fast… Continue reading The post Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What passing-bells for politicians who die as cattle?

Over the top: British soldiers in the trenches (Image: Getty) The allies did not sweep into Germany in 1918, winning the First World War with the glory and élan of… Continue reading The post What passing-bells for politicians who die as cattle? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Meltdown! Shock poll puts Scottish Labour on 4 MPs and the SNP on 54

Just to make Scottish Labour’s misery complete – and underline the case for a bold leader who likes winning things – STV have published a poll by Ipsos Mori putting… Continue reading The post Meltdown! Shock poll puts Scottish Labour on 4 MPs and the SNP on 54 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

EXCLUSIVE: Survation has Mark Reckless moving to a 15% lead in Rochester

The local NHS rather than immigration the top issue for Rochester voters ahead of by-election. See Survation chart pic.twitter.com/lwBuP0ntNe — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 31, 2014 Some good news for UKIP after its PCC by-election flop There’s a new voting intention poll by Survation for the Unite union of Rochester & Strood. The latest shares […]

Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Knives out for Fiona Woolf as chair of child abuse inquiry

It is difficult to see how Fiona Woolf can stay on as chair of the child abuse inquiry. Labour has decided to call for her resignation, with Yvette Cooper this… Continue reading The post Knives out for Fiona Woolf as chair of child abuse inquiry appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Arts Council’s culture of secrecy puts government departments to shame

Arts Council England receives £349 million a year direct from the taxpayer. Added to its income from the national Lottery it will have received nearly £3 billion over the five… Continue reading The post The Arts Council’s culture of secrecy puts government departments to shame appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’

Good on David Cameron for refusing to wear that hideous T-shirt. Feminists these days spend an awful lot of time telling people what to think and what to wear. It’s… Continue reading The post Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore

Society is changing fast because we live longer. But the NHS was designed for a different age where the gap between retirement and death was much smaller. The result is… Continue reading The post Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Week ahead

This is a week for detailed law-making, with issues ranging from slavery abroad, to prostitution, to forestry privatisation, to recall of MPs, to FGM and under consideration in different bills in different houses, But beyond the usual...Show More Summary

New Survation Rochester poll will be published here after 6pm

This will be the third public poll since the by election was called and the first two have had UKIP in the lead by reasonable margins. Watch this space

Maybe politicians do take voters for granted. But can you blame them?

We’re all familiar with the rap against MPs. They don’t get it, they won’t listen, they take voters for granted, they look down on ordinary people, blah blah. To some extent, this is fair criticism. I may have rattled off a similar litany myself from time to time, albeit in less demotic terms. (Few things [...]

Labour wins South Yorkshire PCC by-election

Labour has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with 50 per cent of the vote, which is a tremendous relief for the party given the circumstances in… Continue reading The post Labour wins South Yorkshire PCC by-election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

‘Community leader’, ‘call out’, ‘dreamer: The worst words and phrases in the English language

In this week’s magazine Rod Liddle has a piece on the worst ‘clichés, lies, evasions, obfuscations, PC euphemisms and disingenuous balls words and phrases which, in recent years, have annoyed… Continue reading The post ‘Community leader’, ‘call out’, ‘dreamer: The worst words and phrases in the English language appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Isis are dogs; pet the dogs, kill the terrorists

Malaysian pharmacist Syed Azmi has emerged from hiding to apologise for organising ‘I Want to Touch a Dog’ earlier in October, a canine-petting event that drew a few hundred mostly… Continue reading The post Isis are dogs; pet the dogs, kill the terrorists appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

If David Cameron doesn’t take immigration seriously, he’ll lose the election

Coffee House readers may remember a classic John Cleese comedy film almost thirty years ago called Clockwise. It’s the story of middle class angst, frustration, desperation and ultimate triumph at… Continue reading The post If David Cameron doesn’t take immigration seriously, he’ll lose the election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What bell tolls for politicians who die as cattle?

The allies did not sweep into Germany in 1918, winning the First World War with the glory and élan of a victorious army. The victors triumphed because they held their… Continue reading The post What bell tolls for politicians who die as cattle? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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