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An exchange on drugs

A contributor, a Mr Falconer, has posted a comment on a rather old thread ('Fighting the Fake War on Drugs'). I have responded to it there, but thought the exchange deserved a wider circulation than it will get on that...

Is Matthew Richardson set to ‘unresign’ from Ukip?

After Nigel Farage resigned from Ukip following his defeat in South Thanet, he hastily ‘unresigned’ days later. Not everyone was pleased by the quick turnaround, with Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn and… Continue reading The post Is Matthew Richardson set to ‘unresign’ from Ukip? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Unchain Ukraine

The Independent reports on two more Russian soldiers who have been captured in Ukraine while fighting on behalf of the country's separatists. Meanwhile the President Vladimir Putin maintains the fiction that Russia is not actively aiding...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Lots of readers have been in touch to ask about the re-evaluation of various jobs in North Lanarkshire Council which has been prompted by the council being forced to concede at the Employment Tribunal that a number of female dominated jobs had not been assessed and graded correctly back in 2006/07. Show More Summary

Unchain Ukraine (03/02/14)

Here's an interesting report from the BBC about Russia's interference in the affairs of Ukraine. Now I'm not in the slightest impressed by the childish ramblings of Major General Vladimirov because what it comes down to is simply that Russia used its overwhelming military force in the area to intervene in an independent country and annex the Crimea. Show More Summary

"Fucking nick her"

Lots of people bang on about bankers not being held properly to account for playing fast and loose with the country's financial system, but if you ask me the behaviour of the police in Hampshire is even more shocking. Because not only...Show More Summary

Cowardly Behaviour

The last remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, looks like a coward and prize prat these days after being exposed as the man behind a scurrilous attempt to smear the First Minister during the general election campaign. Show More Summary

Labour/Union Links

Dan Hodges used to work as an official of the GMB union, so he's well versed in the politics of the labour movement or the Labour/union link as it's often called. And Dan has come to the same conclusion as me which is that the rise and...Show More Summary

Self-Determination (08/09/14)

While the Guardian's comment editor, Seumas Milne, continues to peddle his bizarre Soviet era politics in the opinion pages, the newspaper's real journalists are filing their reports from the front line which tell a very different story to the role of the Russian army in Ukraine. Show More Summary

Spectator competition: An update on Belloc’s kiddie delinquents (plus: write a poem celebrating a modern-day blot on the landscape)

The call for an update on one of the children in Cautionary Tales who lived to tell the tale attracted a large and excellent entry. Belloc’s gallery of kiddie delinquents… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: An update on Belloc’s kiddie delinquents (plus: write a poem celebrating a modern-day blot on the landscape) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Has Kitchener gone mad?

From ‘Array the Nation’, The Spectator, 22 May 1915 THERE have been many surprising things in this war, but perhaps the most surprising of all is Lord Kitchener’s speech in… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Has Kitchener gone mad? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Herson: Elect in haste; repent at leisure

Straight after defeat is not the best time to elect a new leader Michael Howard did the Conservatives two great favours as leader: the manner of his arrival and the manner of his departure. After the hapless two years under Duncan Smith, he (and David Davis, by standing aside), created a much-needed sense of unity […]

Cameron confident about renegotiation result: but will it please voters?

David Cameron was in an extremely confident mood when he addressed the press at the end of today’s EU summit in Riga. He continually joked about journalists needing to write… Continue reading The post Cameron confident about renegotiation result: but will it please voters? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

LabourList “poll” shows Burnham well ahead with Kendall in strong 2nd place

Keiran Pedley assesses the importance of a recent poll of LabourList readers that shows Andy Burnham the clear front-runner for the Labour leadership but with Liz Kendall in a stronger position than you might think. As the Labour Party leadership campaign gathers pace, we are gradually building a picture of what the contest will look […]

Ed Balls won’t rule out an appearance on Strictly

Former Labour MP Ed Balls has appeared on BBC news today in his first interview since he was ousted from his seat by the Tories. While he discussed Ed Miliband and the… Continue reading The post Ed Balls won’t rule out an appearance on Strictly appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor

Why is it that whenever anyone proposes a tax on the wealthy all hell breaks lose, but when someone proposes a tax on the poor there is no more than… Continue reading The post A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Do Young People Really Hate Bach?

Some of you will have heard of the ‘Mosquito’, a device which emits a whine so high-pitched that is inaudible to almost everyone over the age of 25. It has been used to try to drive teenagers away from places...

Europe cannot allow an ungoverned space to exist on its doorstep

Last month, 700 migrants attempting to sneak into Europe drowned when their rickety vessel capsized in the Mediterranean. This week, the European Union announced a naval initiative to crack down on… Continue reading The post Europe cannot allow an ungoverned space to exist on its doorstep appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alistair Carmichael responsible for Nicola Sturgeon leak

During the election campaign the Telegraph reported that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, after a memo was leaked to them which included an account of a private conversation between Sturgeon and the… Continue reading The post Alistair Carmichael responsible for Nicola Sturgeon leak appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows

Bad ideas die hard in the world of ‘public health’, especially when the government can make money out of them. The shipwreck of Denmark’s notorious ‘fat tax’ should have served… Continue reading The post A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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