Scots law has been a pillar of the nation's identity throughout three centuries of union with England. Yet just as the country heads towards a referendum on that union, its legal establishment is facing unprecedented challenge to give...Show More Summary
Topcliffe on Hambleton (Con Defence) Result of last election (2011): Con 39, Ind 3, Lib Dem 2 (Conservative overall majority of 34) Result of last election in ward (2011): Con 550 (75%), Lib Dem 185 (25%) Candidates duly nominated: Garry Key (Con) Result: Conservative HOLD elected unopposed Hambleton is quite accustomed to the concept of […]
Good news for rail commuters on the West Anglia route because they get to keep their brand new trains. Rail Minister Stephen Hammond gave the assurance during a debate called by Sir Alan Haselhurst, pleading for investment on the line...Show More Summary
Further to yesterday’s post on Britain’s apathy about Christian persecution, the main question people asked in response was: what can Britain do, without military means? Taking aside that our military… Continue reading The post You have to admire the chutzpah of the Saudis in protesting religious intolerance appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
When you look ahead to 2014, it is hard to escape the conclusion that two insurgent parties are making the political weather. The two big votes of the year are the… Continue reading The post 2013 has been the year of the insurgent party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It's one of the weirdest ongoing arguments that rages in the comments underneath Telegraph Blogs – more heated, at times, than whether or not Muslims are behind the global warming scam, or if the moderators are in the secret pay of Brussels. The argument is: is it Ukip, or UKIP? Underneath Ambrose's piece published a [...]
That’s Duggy Dug, the latest champion of the campaign for Scottish independence. For some reason Brian Cox – the actor, not the physics professor – has decided to put his… Continue reading The post The Dumbest Dog in the World appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
There are lots of good arguments for a British equivalent of the First Amendment, not least that it would prevent Parliament passing any law that abridged the freedom of the press, and I hope the next Conservative manifesto includes a commitment to replacing the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. But perhaps the [...]
The huge rift in the Home Affairs Select Committee was laid bare last week when Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger appeared before the committee to defend his decision to publish state… Continue reading The post Keith Vaz says fellow MP ‘needs more sex’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
We already knew that welfare would be a key dividing line for George Osborne at the next election. He set up the dividing lines in the emergency budget and comprehensive… Continue reading The post George Osborne thickens his welfare dividing lines appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Following on from this morning’s post on the importance of 2010 Lib Dems to Labour’s current polling I’ve now been looking at policy areas to see how this crucial group of potential swing voters view the blues and the reds. Quite simply I’ve taken the LD 2010 responses from this week’s YouGov “which political party […]
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has released its final report on MPs’ pay today. It’s pretty much what was expected — a big salary bump, paid for by cutting back… Continue reading The post Five things you need to know about Ipsa’s final report on MPs’ pay appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Much is prattled on about social mobility. Practically the whole emphasis, however, is put on schools. Yet by the time most children reach school, life’s race for many of us… Continue reading The post The first two years of life are more important for social mobility than schooling appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It’s a shame that Adam Afriyie now seems to be a busted flush when it comes to his leadership ambitions. The Tory MP had succeeded not just in designating his… Continue reading The post Adam Afriyie’s fantasy government appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
What follows is a true story. It’s not been culled from an episode of The Thick of It, or one of those sketches by Bird and Fortune. Back in the early 1980s, in the wake of the rampant wage inflation that had cut a scar across the preceding decade, it became clear MPs' pay was [...]
When the Pollard Report into the BBC Jimmy Savile abuse affair was published in December 2012, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten confidently told a press conference: ‘As far as we’re… Continue reading The post The Pollard penny drops for Lord Patten appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
In Dublin, where I am writing this, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London. Despite the polls, they almost expect a Yes vote, but most… Continue reading The post The Irish are fearful of Scottish independence appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A further reply to Mr Platt, who claims that I choose my opinions first and my facts afterwards. What exactly is a fact, in a matter of controversy? Can facts be arranged to mislead? Can authority so arrange them, consciously...
Sadly, the works to Church Street are still continuing this morning. The indication I have had from the gang there is that they may well still be working on site tomorrow.When permission for these works was sought, the council granted road closure rights for the period 5th December to 11th December only. Show More Summary
Boris Johnson came within a whisker of blowing up his career with one speech a few weeks ago. His critics leapt on the unwise remarks about IQ and, to quote the old Spike Milligan (I think) phrase, having got hold of the wrong end of the stick they proceeded to beat about the bush with [...]