What is happening to our justice system? Every one of us, I’m sure, would agree that a court appearance for young children who are making allegations of sexual abuse is already extremely traumatic. It doesn’t need to be made any more so by the judicial process – yet that is exactly what is going on. [...]
Exactly 14 months to go & LAB leads jumps to 9..BUT.. LAB lead in YouGov Sun poll jumps 6 to 9% CON 31% LAB 40% LD 9% UKIP 13% — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 7, 2014 We’ve got to remember that polls can be subject to a lot of sample variation with, quite often, particular demograpihic segments having to […]
With a mere whimper, the government has released its controversial report (pdf) on the effects of immigration on ‘native UK employment’. Following Newsnight’s revelations that the report was being ‘held back’,… Continue reading The post Five things you need to know about the ‘suppressed’ immigration report appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Wye on Ashford (Conservative Defence) Last election to council (2011): Conservatives 30, Independents 6, Labour 5, Liberal Democrats 2 (Conservative majority of 17) Last election in ward (2011): Conservative 392 (39%), Ashford Independent 318 (32%), Labour 112 (11%), United Kingdom Independence Party 97 (10%), Liberal Democrats 89 (9%). Show More Summary
It’s turned out to be a bit of a doggy week. Yesterday, an email plopped into my inbox from the animal rights charity Peta. ‘We have fired off a letter… Continue reading The post Crufts should be celebrated, not censured appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It's a marathon, not a sprint but the St David's Day finish line has finally been crossed. It began a week ago with a gift of daffodils to the Commons Speaker and ended with this afternoon's Welsh affairs debate in the House of Commons. In...Show More Summary
This is from the Telegraph Politics Evening Briefing Email. Sign up here. James Brokenshire, the Conservative immigration minister, gave a speech that appeared to criticise companies and well-off households for employing foreign labour: " For too long, the benefits of immigration went to employers who wanted an easy supply of cheap labour, or to the [...]
Nick Clegg spent this morning singing the Lib Dem equivalent of Take That’s Back for Good, telling his target voters from the teaching profession that whatever one of his colleagues… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg: Vince Cable never intended to offend teachers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
In an interview with The Spectator this week, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admits that HS2 will not have been approved by parliament before the next election. This invites the… Continue reading The post Will HS2 become an election issue? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A few short additions to earlier debates. First, the Grey Coat School now confirms that it was a grammar school until September 1977. The school declines to share its language aptitude test with me, or you. It says : ‘The...
As has been said often in recent days, Russia has a legitimate interest in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. After all, lots of people in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are native Russian speakers, or ethnically Russian, and as all ethnic minorities … Continued
It’s a bit of a shock to realise that this blog has now been going for seven years. In the dog-year world of blogging, that makes it almost geriatric. A few are more venerable yet, standing like oaks among the crocuses: Guido, Cranmer, ConHome. But this is a frantic and ephemeral business, and it’s an [...]
A bit of a narrative seems developing about the rise of UKIP which is said to hurting Labour more than the Tories. This is based on studies showing that white, working class men who finished their education at secondary school are being disproportionately attracted to Farage’s party. That might indeed be true but were these […]
The House of Commons is on a one-line whip today. It was on a one-liner from early afternoon yesterday, and it will be again tomorrow. Last week things were hardly heaving. Nor the week before, or indeed before that. To put it bluntly, not a great deal is happening in Parliament right now. Little primary legislation. [...]
I don’t really know Mark Lawson; I’ve bumped into him a couple of times and he once was the moderator or question master, I forget which, on some show I… Continue reading The post Was Mark Lawson bullied? Or was it just a matter of trying to improve Front Row? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
We’re half way through our first ever eight-week Spectator Wine School. And since I had no part in the planning of it, I don’t feel in the slightest bit embarrassed… Continue reading The post Spectator Wine School: a roaring success appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Information Commissioner's office has confirmed that they are investigating the refusal by Devon and Cornwall's Tory Police Commissioner to reveal the pay off given to ex Chief Executive Sue Howl.Ms Howl was the former Chief Exec of the Police Authority but left less than a year after the new Police Commissioner Tony Hogg took up his post. Show More Summary
Just when you though it couldn’t get worse for the police after the Hillsborough cover-up allegations and the Plebgate row, it just has. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just told MPs about the shocking findings of an inquiry into how they dealt with the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence murder 20 years ago. We [...]
There is much to like about Twitter. By following a good range of people I get a constant stream of news, humorous observations, thought-provoking pictures and links to great pieces of writing I might otherwise miss. Last night – between talking to my family and reading a book – on Twitter I marvelled at an [...]
Another day, another big business intervention. This time it's the head of Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, who has decided to speak out against Scottish independence. “We’d like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom," said Ben van Beurden, Shell's chief executive, last night in comments that are running high on today's news [...]