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The 22 LAB targets/seats that political scientist, Rob Ford, says could be put at risk by the Green surge

The 22 key seats where Man Uni's Rob Ford says the Greens could threaten LAB Observer http://t.co/3bZwdemtoy pic.twitter.com/Y9O2FrXZ4v — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 24, 2015 Now Miliband might have to secure GREEN-RED tactical...Show More Summary

OK, smoking is risky - but starting wars can seriously damage your health...

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column Is there anyone left alive who does not know that the Blair creature and his political commissar, Alastair Campbell, fooled Britain into war in Iraq? Of course it’s ridiculous that the Chilcot...

Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories?

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party this evening, following an internal party investigation. Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Bashir, who was the party’s communities spokesman, says… Continue reading The post Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How the Spectator congratulated a 25-year-old journalist called Winston Churchill

From our archives, 30 December 1899 (link here).  The Morning Post of Wednesday contained a characteristic telegram from their correspondent, Mr. Winston Churchill, describing his escape from Pretoria. Mr. Churchill,… Continue reading The post How the Spectator congratulated a 25-year-old journalist called Winston Churchill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What’s dangerous for Farage about this UKIP defection is that it’ll raise questions about his leadership style

The S Telegraph story on defection of UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir to CON http://t.co/LZEqNbimos pic.twitter.com/zk7B8nq5BC — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 24, 2015 Website tells you how many #UKIP politicians have been suspended (32) and how long since most recent (14 mins) http://t.co/07pLgSluj7 — Pete Kennedy (@PeteKennedyGP) January 24, 2015 The MEP is one of quite […]

Well done to ICM and Ipsos-MORI for now providing England only numbers

Wikipedia has new polling table – ENGLAND ONLY – where CON led by 11.5 at GE10. 3 pollsters now providing this data pic.twitter.com/8U68NH31jx — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 24, 2015 As can be seen the picture is very mixed In December I met some pollsters and some of their clients at the BES launch event […]

“We live as free men, speak as free men, walk as free men because a man called Winston Churchill lived”

This is the Spectator’s leader from 22 January 1965. Two days later, on 24 January, Winston Churchill died: Since the first news was given of his grave illness, the attention… Continue reading The post “We live as free men, speak as free men, walk as free men because a man called Winston Churchill lived” appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put down a few unwritten thoughts. In the immediate aftermath of… Continue reading The post I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Straight Talking

Here's an interesting from The Independent in which four British Muslims speak out about the importance of combating religious extremism and Islamist propaganda. No one has all the answers if you ask me, but it's encouraging to see people...Show More Summary

The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One can understand why they feel the need to do this… Continue reading The post The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Spectator competition: Henry VIII’s bedroom tax (plus: poems about beards)

In Competition No. 2881 you were invited to take your lead from Carol Ann Duffy and provide an amusing poem about a piece of government legislation. The first line of… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: Henry VIII’s bedroom tax (plus: poems about beards) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Sloppy Work

One of the shocking things about the formerly 'secret' North Lanarkshire Council Corporate Management Team report is that some people on really fancy salaries seem unable to punctuate their sentences properly. Here are a few examples...Show More Summary

More NLC Queries

More queries from readers in North Lanarkshire - this time about a previous post dated 21 January 2015. If a settlement is eventually agreed with the North Lanarkshire Council, the terms of any agreement will only apply to NLC employees who have registered equal pay claims with the Employment Tribunals. Show More Summary

More Bombshells (23/01/15)

I've read more council reports in my time than I care to remember, but the Corporate Management Team (CMT) report which North Lanarkshire Council tried so hard to keep under wraps is a real 'doozy', as they say. How about the following...Show More Summary

Breaking the Mould

The Guardian reports on the Ipsos Mori poll which suggests that Scottish Labour could be in for a terrible drubbing at the general election on 7 May 2015. In my view this would be a good thing because it would not only break the mould...Show More Summary

Underground Ferret Fanciers

I loved this article from The New York Times which reports on a campaign to lift the current ban on keeping a 'ferret' as a pet in the city that never sleeps. Now given the fact that ferrets are burrowing animals and, in the wild, spend...Show More Summary

Politics and Hot Air

Diane Abbott is a famously left-wing London Labour MP who is upset at her Scottish Labour colleagues for supporting a controversial 'mansion tax' on the grounds that this will hit elderly people in big homes but small incomes. Now if...Show More Summary

Weasel Words

Now the impartial observer will have to admit that New York Mayor, Rudy Giulani, rather loses his cool in this exchange with the Executive President of the New York Ferrets' Rights Advocacy, David Guthartz. But I'm sure any reasonable...Show More Summary

Family Guy

The Guardian is normally a very Labour friendly newspaper, but Christina Patterson doesn't hold back in her rather unfaltering portrait of the party leader, Ed Miliband. Ed, says Christina, has a property portfolio worth around £4.5Show More Summary

Mansion Tax Mauled

Lord Mandelson has added his voice to those of other senior Labour figures who believe that Ed Miliband's mansion tax is a bad idea. Gordon Brown famously brought Lord Mandelson back into Government when it looked as though Labour was going down to a terrible defeat at the 2010 general election. Show More Summary

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