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Even More Snakes and Ladders

Even More Snakes and Ladders (10/03/2009) Schools have a hierarchy when it comes to pay – just like any other workplace. The Head Teacher is at the top – and the bottom rung of the pay ladder is always occupied by the school cleanerShow More Summary

The way’s clear for Carly Fiorina to take on Trump directly in the next GOP debate on September 16th

Carly Fiorina gets promoted to the top table for the Sep 16 CNN Republican nominee debate pic.twitter.com/vl1RXievEm — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 2, 2015 CNN changes its rules so she can be at the top table One of the huge problems for US broadcasters is that so many people have declared themselves as contenders for […]

Local By-Election Result : September 3rd 2015

Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen on Caerphilly (Lab defence) Result: Labour 1,002 (47% -14%), Plaid Cymru 509 (24% +14%), Douglas (Independent, nominated as UKIP) 223 (11%, no candidate in 2012), Dew (Independent) 184 (9%), Conservatives 109 (5%, no candidate in 2012), Davies (Independent) 106 (5%) Labour HOLD with a majority of 493 (23%) on a swing […]

Understanding the Cooper surge

As with other bookies Yvette Cooper's chances on Betfair have improved in the last 36 hours, she's now 2nd favourite pic.twitter.com/C8kIQwkOGD — TSE (@TSEofPB) September 4, 2015 As with other bookies Burnham's chances on Betfair have declined in the last 36 hours, he was 2nd fave now 3rd fave pic.twitter.com/OWNzzoj5Nb — TSE (@TSEofPB) September 4, […]

The migrant crisis has presented us with a moral duty that is impossible to fulfil

The migrant crisis raises the largest questions about our basic public creed, our ideology, and secular humanism. Normally we pay little attention to this creed. Yes, yes, we affirm the ideal… Continue reading The post The migrant crisis has presented us with a moral duty that is impossible to fulfil appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Stay briefed with The Spectator’s free politics emails

Parliament returns from recess on Monday – and so do the Spectator’s free politics emails. The Lunchtime Espresso and the Evening Blend round up all the day’s political developments so… Continue reading The post Stay briefed with The Spectator’s free politics emails appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nigel Farage: I’d love to share a platform with Jeremy Corbyn

Nigel Farage held another event in Westminster this morning to announce the dates of his ‘Say No – Believe in Britain’ tour, which he hopes will drum up support for… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage: I’d love to share a platform with Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Corbyn and the austerity argument

Until recently, the Tory leadership has been reluctant to plan how they would respond to a Corbyn-led Labour party. They just couldn’t believe that Labour were actually going to elect… Continue reading The post Corbyn and the austerity argument appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Welcome to the era of emoji politics, where debate and rationality are suffocated

I break off the family holiday to campaign for my colleague Liz Kendall in the Labour leadership election. In Ipswich and Colchester, I found party members not so smitten by… Continue reading The post Welcome to the era of emoji politics, where debate and rationality are suffocated appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is Hillary in trouble and can ‘The Donald’ last?

Whilst Clinton and Trump set the pace, a host of other candidates are waiting in the wings.  Polling expert Keiran Pedley runs the rule over the 2016 US Presidential hopefuls. Having spent the past week in the U.S. visiting my wife’s parents I have been able to spend some time looking at the 2016 US […]

Increasing wealth is the cause of the Great Migration – not a cure for it

The migration crisis is about more than Syria. A few weeks ago, Theresa May repeated one of the biggest mistakes in politics: thinking that third-world development will somehow mean fewer migrants.… Continue reading The post Increasing wealth is the cause of the Great Migration – not a cure for it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result

Anti-Corbynite planning for the aftermath of what looks like certain victory for the Islington socialist in the Labour leadership contest is still in disarray. Though Chuka Umunna’s intervention calling for ‘solidarity’… Continue reading The post Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tom Watson plans results party

The results aren’t in, the votes haven’t been counted, but you can still book a place at Tom Watson’s election results party! An intriguing invite popped up in Mr S’s… Continue reading The post Tom Watson plans results party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron confirms Britain will take ‘thousands more Syrian refugees’

One of the notable things about David Cameron in the months after winning the election has been quite how impatient and keen he is to get on with important reforms.… Continue reading The post David Cameron confirms Britain will take ‘thousands more Syrian refugees’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

South Lanarkshire Update

The Unison branch secretary in South Lanarkshire, Stephen Smellie, has had plenty to say about equal pay over the years, much of it spectacularly ill-informed in my view, such as the advice to union members not to pursue claims against the Council. Show More Summary

Union Bombshell (01/09/15)

So here is the document I referred to earlier today which must come as rather a big bombshell to Unison members in South Lanarkshire. Now there are so many dumb things about this report that it's difficult to know where to start, but...Show More Summary

'Neveragaindums' (2)

Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, has an interesting take on 'neveragaindums' in other parts of the European Union (EU). On this occasion the butt of their humour is Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza-led...Show More Summary

'Neveragaindums' (18/08/15)

The bookies favourite to win the Labour leadership contest, Jeremy Corbyn, was in Scotland last week trying to win friends and influence people. I didn't make it along to any of Jeremy's meetings myself (life's too short), but I think he is going the wrong way about trying to persuade independence-minded Scots that he has anything new to offer. Show More Summary

Weirdo and Narcissist

The Guardian reports that the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has advised his NSA whistleblower chum, Edward Snowden, to stay put in Russia because Julian says Ed will be safe there from the long reach of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Show More Summary

Escaping Justice (25/06/13)

The increasingly ridiculous Julian Assagne, founder of Wikileaks, is still holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, having fled there a year ago to escape being extradited to Sweden where he faces two separate charges of sexual assault. Show More Summary

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