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After yesterday’s dramatic Scottish polls LAB braces itself for the South Yorks PCC result

UKIP poster S Yorks PCC election pic.twitter.com/KJCY4epfQw — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 31, 2014 Is this another victory for the purples? The big news this morning should come from South Yorkshire where counting takes place in the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election – the first one to be held since these new elected positions were […]

YouGov poll for the Times shows that Labour are in real trouble in Scotland

Times / YouGov Scotland gen elec poll SNP: 43% (47 seats) Labour: 27% (10 seats) C: 15% (1 seat) LD: 4% (1 seat) 1,078 adults Oct 27-30 — Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) October 30, 2014 Times/YouGov Scotland: How much do you trust: Nicola...Show More Summary

Local By-Election Preview : October 30th 2014

Canvey Island East on Castle Point (Canvey Island Independent Defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 20, Canvey Island Independents 16, United Kingdom Independence Party 5 (No Overall Control, Conservatives...Show More Summary

Could Britain be governed by a European-style Grand Coalition? I doubt it

I managed to get a couple of days at Westminster early this week and found a deep mood of pessimism there among friends on both sides of the House. It was not, as many readers might believe, confined to fears about the fate of one party or the other at the next election. It was [...]

Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing?

While watching Scottish Labour leader frontrunner Jim Murphy launch his campaign today, you might be forgiven for thinking the teetotaller has been hitting the bottle. The bottle of hair dye,… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Good Samaritans or sinister surveillance? The app that tries to stop suicide

According to an email I received earlier this afternoon, I should be worried about the mental state of someone I know. An alert popped up in my inbox from an… Continue reading The post Good Samaritans or sinister surveillance? The app that tries to stop suicide appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

I suspect that the Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow tonight won’t feel like much of a gala. The Scottish Labour party is in crisis: its leader has quit attacking… Continue reading The post Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Boom! Bombshell poll annihilates Labour in Scotland

Grotesque. Unbelievable. Bizarre. Unprecedented. Today’s Ipsos-Mori opinion poll is the most astonishing survey of Scottish political opinion in living memory. Perhaps, even, the most remarkable survey of all time. It is, of course,… Continue reading The post Boom! Bombshell poll annihilates Labour in Scotland appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Shock poll leaves Labour with just 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 Shock poll leaves Labour with just 4 MPs and the SNP on 54 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

SNP take 29% lead over LAB in new Scottish poll from Ipsos-MORI

How STV is reporting its sensational Scottish Westminster voting poll. Scots LAB in meltdown pic.twitter.com/vwHaBz1oDV — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 30, 2014 SNP at 52% in Scotland according to new Ipsos-MORI poll SNP 52% LAB 23% CON 10% GRN 6% LD 6% — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 30, 2014 At the Holyrood election in May 2011 @IpsosMORI was the most […]

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out of buildings, anyway. That is a fact worth keeping in… Continue reading The post Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t go on as it is: its budget is being squeezed… Continue reading The post How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq

Revelations keep pouring in about the uneasy relationship between Western aid givers and ISIS operators: from bribes given by humanitarian convoys to secure access in war-torn Syria, to food and… Continue reading The post The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast: Ruby Wax and Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness, plus Jim Murphy and Movember

The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a form of Buddhism lite, that focuses on meditation and ‘being… Continue reading The post Podcast: Ruby Wax and Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness, plus Jim Murphy and Movember appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour's Branch Office

Iain Green's cartoon for The Scotsman the other day seemed to capture the current plight of the Scottish Labour Party - with Jim Murphy appearing as a Phoenix-like creature trying to emerge from the ruins of the branch office. And as...Show More Summary

Almost a Shame

Alex Massie wrote a piece for The Spectator the other day on the shock resignation of the Johann Lamont which was relatively sympathetic towards the former Scottish Labour leader, but much less so towards the Labour Party itself. Now...Show More Summary

Irrational Behaviour

Iain MacWhirter writing in The Herald seems to think that Jim Murphy is the 'One' - an unstoppable candidate in the race, if that's the right word, to become the new leader of the Labour Party in Scotland. Now I'm not so sure because...Show More Summary

The Spectator at war: The Crescent and the Cross

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: THE most important event of the past week is the entrance of Turkey into the war, announced in the newspapers of Friday. For some… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The Crescent and the Cross appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Combating Extremism

Tony Blair is unyielding in his criticism of Islamic extremism and in this article for the BBC he argues that intervention is the key whether through an education programme that promotes tolerance and respect or via military action that can prevent murder and genocide. Show More Summary

Sugar and Spice

Lord Sugar of 'The Apprentice' fame has stopped into the ongoing row over welfare benefits, but in a way that is unlikely to please the leadership Labour Party who have struggled to get into step with voters over need to reform the present system. Show More Summary

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