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SLC and Equal Pay (17/06/14)

Readers in South Lanarkshire are still in touch in a regular basis and tell me that the local trade unions, Unison in particular, are mounting a desperate 'damage limitation' exercise on the question of equal pay. Apparently, the unions...Show More Summary

Union Advice (05/04/14)

A reader from South Lanarkshire contacted me to say that the local Unison branch has sent round an email telling people that they have to contact the union's Glasgow office, if they wish to pursue an equal pay claim. Now this doesn't surprise me, I have to say. Show More Summary

Miliband under pressure over SNP pact

Labour has found Sir John Major rather useful in this Parliament, with his criticisms of government policy and praise of Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze. But his op-ed in today’s… Continue reading The post Miliband under pressure over SNP pact appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The willing badge

From ‘The “Willing” Badge’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: A final ground for giving badges to those who have offered themselves and been rejected must be mentioned. Under any scheme… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The willing badge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Does this explain the Tory optimism about May

“Labour voters are also generally lukewarm about their leader in a way that Conservatives are not about theirs.” – Opinium The above chart shows how well Dave and badly Ed do among their own supporters, as other pollsters generally find as well. I’m of the view, that Ed’s poor ratings are priced into the voting […]

Local By-Election Preview : March 5th 2015

Kenton on Brent (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Labour 56, Conservatives 6, Liberal Democrats 1 (Labour majority of 49) Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected Conservatives 1,798, 1,796, 1,669 (53%) Labour 1,139, 1,040, 946 (32%) Liberal Democrats 221, 153, 125 (5%) Green 348 (11%) Candidates duly […]

You’d have to be high to believe the drug-driving laws were designed to improve road safety

New drug-driving regulations came into force on Monday, establishing legal limits for the levels of sixteen intoxicating substances in the blood. Eight are illegal drugs, and eight are legal, prescription… Continue reading The post You’d have to be high to believe the drug-driving laws were designed to improve road safety appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A Review of 'Frontline Ukraine' by Richard Sakwa

You might have thought that a serious book on the Ukraine crisis, written by a distinguished academic in good clear English, and published by a reputable house, might have gained quite a bit of attention at a time when that...

Five things I learnt after going behind the scenes with Ukip

Ukip is fighting its most important and difficult election campaign to date. If the party is victorious in May, there is a chance it will become an established Westminster force —… Continue reading The post Five things I learnt after going behind the scenes with Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse, Fourth Plinth, review: cringe-worthy – but at least it’s not David Shrigley

There is good art, there is mediocre art and there is bad art. In the same ratio – about 3:65:32 – there is good political art, mediocre political art and… Continue reading The post Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse, Fourth Plinth, review: cringe-worthy – but at least it’s not David Shrigley appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Nick Clegg takes a cooking lesson

Miriam Clegg said in a recent interview that she had banned her husband Nick Clegg from the kitchen on ‘health and safety grounds’. But happily, the leader of the Liberal Democrats can… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Nick Clegg takes a cooking lesson appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Guardian editorship: Male candidate comes last in staff ballot

The votes are in for the Guardian staff ballot. After Mr S reported a lacklustre display from all four internal candidates at the hustings, it is Katharine Viner who has come… Continue reading The post Guardian editorship: Male candidate comes last in staff ballot appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Marf on the debates

Latest @LadPolitics odds on whether a debate involving at least Dave & Ed will take place http://t.co/hyfbkvi3BO pic.twitter.com/2iLMfALAAz — TSE (@TSEofPB) March 5, 2015 Ed Miliband is prepared to take part in a head to head debate on his own says @LucyMPowell #wato — norman smith (@BBCNormanS) March 5, 2015 TSE

Has a Tory MP been editing his Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament?

Thanks to the internet, it has become increasingly difficult for politicians to hide any past indiscretions. However, this hasn’t put some MPs off from trying. Mr S has noticed some edits… Continue reading The post Has a Tory MP been editing his Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Revealed: Emily Maitlis’s hairdressing dream

Mr S was a guest at last night’s Grazia ‘News at 10? panel discussion, where Christina Lamb, Jayne Secker, Sue Turton, Emily Maitlis and Mishal Husain discussed their experiences as female… Continue reading The post Revealed: Emily Maitlis’s hairdressing dream appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Even if there are ‘no votes’ in defence, Cameron must beware of mutiny in his party

Tory MPs are becoming increasingly agitated about defence spending and whether or not Britain will maintain its defence spending at 2 per cent of GDP. They do understand the pressures… Continue reading The post Even if there are ‘no votes’ in defence, Cameron must beware of mutiny in his party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading The post Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron may have chickened out, but the broadcasters cocked up the TV debates

So David Cameron won’t debate anyone unless the broadcasters agree to his exact specifications, Ed Miliband won’t debate Clegg in Cameron’s place and has instead offered Harriet Harman, and the… Continue reading The post Cameron may have chickened out, but the broadcasters cocked up the TV debates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The news was bad only in a sense, as high immigration… Continue reading The post Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Peter Hitchens and Ben Judah debate the Putin issue

Here is a Spectator podcast in which I discuss the Putin issue with Ben Judah, who takes the opposite view from me. http://bit.ly/1G0EvCf

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