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Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr, the Tory leader repeatedly described the prospect of a Labour… Continue reading The post Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out a second independence referendum

Most politicians are having a miserable election, but not so Nicola Sturgeon. Her party is terrifying Labour in Scotland, she’s put in two very strong performances in the TV debates,… Continue reading The post Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out a second independence referendum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

700 Migrants Drown Today (so far)

700 migrants are feared drowned 40 miles off the Libyan coast after an overloaded boat capsized early this morning. A Portuguese merchant ship was directed to the scene (as the nearest vessel) but has succeeded in rescuing only 20 people. Show More Summary

Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously

You have to hand it to Justine Thornton. After her interview, where she alerted the world to Red Ed’s status as a bit of a boulevardier having secretly dated the… Continue reading The post Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Drink and the dead hand

From ‘The Objections to State Control’, The Spectator, 17 April 1915: As our readers know, we hate State ownership of industries, because in our opinion it is inefficient, and tends… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Drink and the dead hand appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is 2015 the year the UK becomes Belgium?

The latest @May2015NS forecast/predictions of the great and the good. pic.twitter.com/ZoYx4GTDzP — TSE (@TSEofPB) April 18, 2015 Is a Grand Coalition the only viable government after the election? Whilst fans of Poirot, TinTin, and the D’Hondt electoral voting system might seem some advantages of the UK becoming more like Belgium, I’m coming to the conclusion […]

Another wave of migrants is on its way (but don't you dare mention it)

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column Funny how little we have heard from British liberals about a rather nasty outbreak of anti-immigrant violence this week. Black South Africans burst on to the streets of Durban and Johannesburg, savagely...

Tories double their lead with Opinium to 4%

Opinium/Observer fieldwork began just before the debate with "most" responses after it. So the move might reflect it, but all usual caveats — Matt Singh NCP (@MattSingh_) April 18, 2015 The fieldwork started just before Thursday’s debate with most responses after it, tonight’s YouGov which should be out later, was entirely after the debate. This […]

Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading The post Tories are left playing by Aussie rules appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tories a 64% chance on Betfair to win most seats but Mliband and Cameron level-pegging on post-election PM

Meanwhile I like this new SPIN market which I suggested to the firm after some posted the idea on PB. How many PMs in 2015? Spread betting market from @SportingIndex http://t.co/rSKroIPwt1 Current 1.5-1.7 pic.twitter.com/fZME7H3BMY — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 18, 2015 Quite hard to think through the permutations given that is a total given. Mike Smithson […]

The battle for legitimacy

Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading The post The battle for legitimacy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton?

On Thursday Natalie Bennett spoke during the BBC Challengers’ Debate of the positive change Caroline Lucas has brought to British politics since she was elected as the MP for Brighton Pavilion. However,… Continue reading The post Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jim 'No Jobs' Murphy?

The Times reports on the latest poll carried out by the maverick Conservative peer, Lord Ashcroft, which suggests that the Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, will lose his formerly safe East Renfrewshire seat at the general election. Show More Summary

'Three Jobs' Murphy (03/03/15)

Just the other day Jim 'Two Jobs' Murphy confirmed his intention to stand in May's general election to the Westminster Parliament. But now it seems that Jim might have to be accorded a new moniker of 'Three Jobs' Murphy as the Labour...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I wonder if the chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council is putting in a extra shift this weekend to help process the outstanding equal pay claims for thousands of council workers. Because while the lowest paid NLC workers have been...Show More Summary

'Fat Cats' and Cream (23/12/14)

I was intrigued by the comments from North Lanarkshire Council in response to this article in The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle which criticised council bosses over their big bonus payments. Now I've studied North Lanarkshire's...Show More Summary

Dark Matters

I enjoyed this article on the mysteries of the universe from The Independent although by the end of it I was still in the dark as to what the term 'dark matter' actually means, even with the help of an additional explainer paragraph at the end of the piece. Show More Summary

Galaxy Far, Far Away (18/08/13)

Now here's an amazing photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which shows an image of an exploding star - a Supernova - that blew itself to bits 10 billion years ago. The science buffs among you will realise the significance immediately, i.e. Show More Summary

Group Hug

Ed Miliband cuts a forlorn figure as the three women in the 'challengers' debate go for a group hug as the televised BBC programme came to an end. Nigel Farage, on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen.

'Two Jobs' Murphy (28/02/15)

Jim Murphy took on a new job and an mighty new challenge when became leader of the Scottish Labour Party back in December 2014 which was on top of his day job as a Westminster MP. In the past few months Jim has put enormous effort in...Show More Summary

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