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David Herdson asks: Where are UKIP’s 34 peers?

An unreformed Lords shouldn’t be a closed shop for the old parties Sex, money and people in high places all make for a good scandal, as Lord Sewel found out to his cost this last week. And as usually happens when a member of the Lords gets into trouble, the opponents of the institution cite […]

Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘British Obama’

Ahead of the election, Ed Miliband’s senior advisor David Axelrod was asked if the Labour politician had as much potential to succeed as his former client Barack Obama. His reply? ‘I think… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘British Obama’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Guardian journalist enjoys wild night on David Cameron’s private jet

With the newspapers frequently filled with tales of former public schoolboys misbehaving abroad, Mr S was unsurprised to hear reports that a Westminster School alumnus had enjoyed a rather lively flight from Asia to… Continue reading The post Guardian journalist enjoys wild night on David Cameron’s private jet appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tim Farron’s LDs the main gainers, leaderless LAB the main losers in the July Local By-Election + overnight results

The overnight results Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill (SNP defence) and Kincorth, Nigg and Cove (SNP defence) on City of Aberdeen Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill Result: Scottish National Party 1,690 (55% +19%), Labour 771 (25% -20%), Conservative 350 (11%, no candidate in 2012), Green Party 130 (4% +1%), Liberal Democrats 125 (4% unchanged) Scottish National Party […]

Only 3 LAB leaders have ever won overall majorities and the creed of the most successful is now being dismissed as a “virus”

Electability has to be paramount or else what is the point? One of the things that is often said, particularly by Tories, is that excluding Tony Blair the last time Labour secured an overall working majority was in 1966. That was a very long time ago. For in Labour’s entire history just three leaders, the […]

Andy Burnham (finally) wins an endorsement

Although Andy Burnham started out as the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race, according to the latest polls he is now struggling to even remain in second place behind Jeremy… Continue reading The post Andy Burnham (finally) wins an endorsement appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters are kool-aid drinkers, just that, on balance, they’re more likely… Continue reading The post The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Trade unionists are putting themselves on the path to obscurity

Jeremy Corbyn is the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader. From the more militant folks at Unite to the moderates at Unison, the comrades are buying into ‘Jez we… Continue reading The post Trade unionists are putting themselves on the path to obscurity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Debating compulsory service

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: The debate on compulsory service in the Commons on Wednesday night was remarkable for the speeches in its support made… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Debating compulsory service appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

What would you say is the 'core business' of a pub? Selling beer to its customers would be at the top end of my list because that's what pubs are all about and a pub without beer doesn't make any sense. So what about the core business...Show More Summary

Dumb Britain

The following entries to the Private Eye's 'Dumb Britain' column gave me a great laugh, especially the one about Arthur Scargill (the former miners' leader) being in a James Bond movie. DUMB BRITAIN The Chase, ITV Bradley Walsh: Which London mayor supposedly became rich to due his cat's ratting abilities? Contestant: Boris Johnson. Show More Summary

Lost in Space

NASA released this beautiful photo of the sunlit Earth which was taken by a satellite one million miles into space. Now that's a long way away, but a million miles is mere grain of sand across the almost unimaginable vastness of the Universe

Travelling in Style (2)

My recent post about the expenses racked up by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, reminded me of this great track from the English rock group Free - 'Travelling in Style'

A busy night of local by-elections previewed by Harry Hayfield

Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill (SNP defence) and Kincorth, Nigg and Cove (SNP defence) on City of Aberdeen Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 17, Scottish National Party 15, Liberal Democrats 5, Conservatives 3, Independents 3 (No Overall Control, Labour short by 5) Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill Result of ward at last election (2012): […]

Don Brind says he’s voting for party unity by putting Liz Kendall first

It was, if you like, my Liz Kendall moment Just as Kendall has been told she’s a Tory I was told “You should go and join the SDP”. It was wounding – the more so because it came from a friend. It was the 80s and we were on opposite sides of one of the […]

Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter

George Osborne reigns supreme over Westminster — how did he end up with all this power? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Isabel Hardman discusses our cover piece on the Chancellor’s… Continue reading The post Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Poor boys are losing the university battle of the sexes

Something worrying is happening to university access. It’s not what opponents of higher tuition fees predicted, which is that the higher rates would put off poorer students, so it might… Continue reading The post Poor boys are losing the university battle of the sexes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Watch: Nigel Farage on why Ukip is still relevant

Nigel Farage emerged from his summer break today to kickstart his party’s No campaign. The Ukip leader hit out at Eurosceptic Conservatives who he believes are lazy and ‘there is… Continue reading The post Watch: Nigel Farage on why Ukip is still relevant appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Andy Burnham: I don’t like biscuits

The Labour leadership candidates have been canvassing the yummy mummies on Mumsnet and today it was Andy Burnham’s turn. Steerpike was shocked to learn from the Q&A that he has never bought… Continue reading The post Andy Burnham: I don’t like biscuits appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Karen Danczuk comes to Lord Sewel’s aid: ‘Why are we to judge?’

Yesterday Lembit Opik spoke out in defence of Lord Sewel after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the Labour peer snorting cocaine in the company of prostitutes over the weekend.… Continue reading The post Karen Danczuk comes to Lord Sewel’s aid: ‘Why are we to judge?’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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