This week Tony Blair donated £106,000 to the Labour Party, with £1,000 going to each Labour candidate fighting for a target seat. Ed Miliband has since faced flak for accepting… Continue reading The post Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his Labour donation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
ITV promotion for 1st debate in 2010 I hear ITV contemplating going unilateral and hosting a 7 way debate as per No10 offer, as they have 1st one. Would send BBC/Sky apoplectic. — Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) March 6, 2015 If this report has substance then it will throw the whole issue into the air […]
‘What I’m seeing in this election is the influence of these big American advisers and it’s becoming the most negative, personal and nasty campaign I’ve ever seen.’ So said Nigel… Continue reading The post Ukip should not attack others for attacks appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Was intimacy the goal of Björk at MoMA? Co-curated by the Icelandic musician herself and Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA chief curator at large, the exhibition allows for a closer look at… Continue reading The post MoMA’s new Björk exhibition cramps the singer’s style appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
As Lord Ashcroft turned 69 this week, the international businessman celebrated with a polling event on his birthday to announce the impending Labour bloodbath north of the border: ‘Good evening and… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage’s birthday message for Lord Ashcroft appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan MP ‘admitted Labour could not reinstate £600m of legal aid cuts imposed by the government’. These are cuts which continue to have a very real impact… Continue reading The post Why is the NHS ring-fenced but the justice system isn’t? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A reader from North Lanarkshire has been in touch to ask whether the Council will now have to re-evaluate various Council jobs (both female and male) because the Employment Tribunal hearing has shown that the present job evaluation scheme (JES) does not stand up to scrutiny. Show More Summary
I came across these two opinion pieces in recent days - the first is by Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph and the second by Jenny Hjul in The Sunday Times (Scotland). Now I was struck at first by the fact that two such well known papers...Show More Summary
The Herald's letters page gave short shrift to Jenny Hujul's shallow arguments in support of tactical voting in the May general election and I especially liked the comment about 'standards' from Alastair Kidd in Melrose. Electoral reform...Show More Summary
I caught a bit of First Minister's Questions (FMQs) in the Scottish Parliament yesterday and had a wry smile to myself when I heard Labour's deputy leader, Kezia Dugdale, talking about the 'living wage'. Kezia was in high dudgeon about...Show More Summary
Mel Brooks is probably best known as the creative genius of one of the best movies of all time, Blazing Saddles, and he is advocating a novel approach to tackle the sad individuals behind Islamist groups like the Islamic State - humour and ridicule. Show More Summary
Alan Cochrane and his better half Jenny Hjul seem to be operating as a political 'tag team' again with separate articles in The Telegraph and Herald newspapers which argue the case for tactical voting against the SNP in the May general election. Show More Summary
Despite all the controversy surrounding the satirical movie 'The Interview' which pokes fun at the world's only Communist monarchy, it's important to remember that North Korea really isn't funny. Because North Korea is a terrible dictatorship...Show More Summary
North Korea confirmed its status as the most deranged state in the world state by celebrating a cowardly knife attack on Mark Lippert, the American Ambassador to South Korea. Knives and justice are two words that don't belong in the same sentence. Show More Summary
The Times carried a revealing article by Oliver Kamm the other day which highlighted the effect sanctions are having on the Russian economy. Good news if you ask me, because this is one situation in which President Putin is unable to use Russia's military might to his advantage. Show More Summary
Labour has found Sir John Major rather useful in this Parliament, with his criticisms of government policy and praise of Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze. But his op-ed in today’s… Continue reading The post Miliband under pressure over SNP pact appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From ‘The “Willing” Badge’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: A final ground for giving badges to those who have offered themselves and been rejected must be mentioned. Under any scheme… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The willing badge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
“Labour voters are also generally lukewarm about their leader in a way that Conservatives are not about theirs.” – Opinium The above chart shows how well Dave and badly Ed do among their own supporters, as other pollsters generally find as well. I’m of the view, that Ed’s poor ratings are priced into the voting […]
Kenton on Brent (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Labour 56, Conservatives 6, Liberal Democrats 1 (Labour majority of 49) Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected Conservatives 1,798, 1,796, 1,669 (53%) Labour 1,139, 1,040, 946 (32%) Liberal Democrats 221, 153, 125 (5%) Green 348 (11%) Candidates duly […]
New drug-driving regulations came into force on Monday, establishing legal limits for the levels of sixteen intoxicating substances in the blood. Eight are illegal drugs, and eight are legal, prescription… Continue reading The post You’d have to be high to believe the drug-driving laws were designed to improve road safety appeared first on Spectator Blogs.