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LAB has 16% lead amongst 17-22 year olds – but they may not be on the register and are the least reliable supporters

LAB has 15% lead amongst 17-22 year olds in Opinium/Observer poll LAB 41 CON 26 GRN 19 LD 6 UKIP 3 http://t.co/4MfnKNPQp4 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 27, 2014 After a battering in frecent Scottish polls Labour can take some comfort this morning from an Opinium poll of new voters across England, Scotland and Wales for the Observer that shows […]

The street lamps are going out all over Britain? Rejoice

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column I do hope that more councils will be switching off their horrible street lamps. George Osborne’s economic crisis (known bizarrely as a ‘recovery’) is as good an excuse as any for this......

The CON, LD and GRN seats that LAB would hope to win to offset projected 38 losses to the SNP in Scotland

If LAB does lose 38 Scots seats to SNP then these are top 38 English targets that they'd try to use to offset them pic.twitter.com/ccNddVWWlK — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 27, 2014

Left-Wing Person Nearly says Something Interesting

Some of you may enjoy this reasonably intelligent assessment of me by a left-wing person. http://livinginphilistia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/why-i-respect-peter-hitchens.html?spref=fb The fault in it is the universal fallacy among my critics that I examine the past out of a sense of nostalgia, rather than...

Why the Tories are stirring up a row on hunting

Why on earth are the Tories using the quiet news period between Christmas and New Year to talk about fox hunting? It’s a question many Conservative MPs are asking, worrying… Continue reading The post Why the Tories are stirring up a row on hunting appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Questions Expecting the Answer 'No'

Following yesterday's posting, I felt readers might like to know the answer to the question I posed. Did I ever, as accused, assert that cannabis was more injurious than alcohol? I think we can now safely say that the answer...

Alex Salmond now 6/1 to serve as a minister under Ed Miliband

The Times has today named Nigel Farage its Briton of the Year, arguing that  he has been the most consequential person in the country in 2014. We discussed this at… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond now 6/1 to serve as a minister under Ed Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: An inquest upon German outrages

From ‘An Inquest Upon German Outrages’, The Spectator, 26 December 1914: It has already been announced in the Press that English. barristers have for some time past, under instructions from… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: An inquest upon German outrages appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Curtice analysis of latest Scottish polling suggests that LAB could be down to 3 seats – the same as the LDs

There’s a great analysis by John Curtice this morning on the latest Scottish polls particularly the one out today from ICM for the Guardian. The whole article is well worth reading but the following is a key part when it comes to making Scottish Westminster seat projections:- “..What, however, this poll brings anew to the […]

Another online Scottish poll (this time from ICM) has SNP with big lead on GE15 voting intentions

ICM Scotland poll for Guardian follows other firms & has big GE15 lead for SNP CON 13% LAB 26% LD 6% SNP 43% UKIP 7% GRN 4%. — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 26, 2014 The pattern is very much the same with all the pollsters and this must be regarded as further good news for the SNP and very bad news […]

No Misrepresentation without Retaliation

Did I ever assert that cannabis was more injurious than alcohol? What follows is for those who enjoy anatomising quarrels, which I know is a minority pleasure. Even so, on this dark St Stephen’s Day afternoon, it has given me...

Why 2015 will probably be the best year in human history

Journalism usually focuses on what’s going wrong, not what’s going right. As a result, newspapers can give an unduly negative view of the world. I try to remedy this in… Continue reading The post Why 2015 will probably be the best year in human history appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Consent and violation

From The Spectator, 26 December 1914: We notice in criticisms of Sir James Barrie’s new play Der Tag, that the author represents the German Emperor as hesitating till the last… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Consent and violation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

For the Tories defending what they won in England in 2010 is the overwhelming objective

Commons research paper http://t.co/4lfyEygikj on GE10 result In England CON was 11.4% ahead pic.twitter.com/MKjtBOp2sE — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 25, 2014 Why England only poll data will be so important The above is the result for England at the last election and shows how well the Tories did there and the scale of the challenge defending […]

The Queen is right to focus on the pain caused by the Scottish referendum

Division and reconciliation were the themes of the Queen’s Christmas Message  this year. It started recalling the First World War and segued into Scotland – and the division still felt there after the independence… Continue reading The post The Queen is right to focus on the pain caused by the Scottish referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Pope slams “contemporary Herods” – full text of Pope Francis’s Christmas Message 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, is born for us, born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, fulfilling the ancient prophecies.… Continue reading The post Pope slams “contemporary Herods” – full text of Pope Francis’s Christmas Message 2014 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Kate Chisholm’s radio top five from 2014

1. My top gong would be shared by June Spencer and Patricia Greene for their brilliant character acting on Radio 4’s The Archers, creating in Peggy and Jill two resilient… Continue reading The post Kate Chisholm’s radio top five from 2014 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

WATCH: Christmas 1941 – Britain under fire

Channel 4 has The Snowman, the BBC has the Queen’s Message (as, of course, so we all). And we at Coffee House have another tradition: publishing the above video from… Continue reading The post WATCH: Christmas 1941 – Britain under fire appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The vantage point of peace

From The Spectator, 26 December 1914: WE are not going to write a Christmas article on palm boughs and olive branches and the Angel of Peace. Not only is there… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The vantage point of peace appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

For you Christmas Day entertainment – Guess the Constituency

The PB Xmas Quiz. Guess the constituency. To see detailed pics go https://t.co/dseD1gqEjI pic.twitter.com/B6KEIe0OgA — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 25, 2014 Right then folks, as there are no local by-elections today and by the end of today you are all liable to be dozing off not in the middle of Her Majesty’s speech I hope (after […]

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