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Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs could go into the general election pledging to leave the… Continue reading The post Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Spotlight on Sentencing

Here's another case where if you ask me, Scotland's criminal justice system is failing to protect the public. The record appears to show that this violent serial offender, Alexander Gallagher, was given a five year prison sentence for...Show More Summary

Personal is Political

I was shocked when I first read Rory MacKinnon's story in Private Eye and I was also puzzled as to why the behaviour of the Morning Star and the RMT union had never featured anywhere else in the mainstream press. So I have reproduceShow More Summary

Nasty Nonsense

I don't know Daniel Jackson personally, but if this recent article in The Spectator is anything to go by he's an arrogant little prick with his silly argument that Yes voters in Scotland are all 'plebs' and/or the political equivalent of proselytising 'Moonies'. Show More Summary

Having a Laugh

Photo - James Glossop/The Times I noticed that Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown were at a joint Better Together event the other day and had some unkind things to say about the SNP including this quote from the former Labour leader: “They dine out on Scottish ideas of equality. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Council

The settlement talks with North Lanarkshire Council have not produced an outcome by the end of August which was the timescale originally agreed by all the parties to get the job done. The Council has failed to provide concrete offers of settlement which is the only way to bring these talks to a satisfactory conclusion. Show More Summary

Tory hopes of benefitting from a first time incumbency bonus depend on first time incumbents standing again

Dudley South becomes the 8th CON seat where the party won't benefit from the 1st time incumbency bonus pic.twitter.com/IsGnBTU9w4 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 1, 2014 The more that follow Kelly route the bigger the task at GE2015 Dudley South was won by the Tories at GE2010 with a majority of 10.1% and is LAB […]

Scotland decides: 17 days left – Team Salmond believe the polls are wrong

Far more people are planning to vote Yes than the polls show. That, in a nutshell, is what Alex Salmond's camp believe. And the thinking behind that belief is one of the most important hypotheticals underpinning this campaign. Will enough new voters turn out for Yes to swing it their way? Over the last 10 [...]

Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures

The Coalition parties are gearing up for a week of minding the gaps. Tomorrow, David Cameron plans to tell MPs about measures that he feels are necessary for plugging the… Continue reading The post Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

New jobs for the boys, but the same old EU

The EU, these days, is mainly about jobs for the boys. The weekend summit cantered through some other business – the heads of government agreed that Putin was behaving jolly badly in Ukraine and that, if he carried on, the EU might do something – but its real purpose was to carve up the big [...]

Scotland decides: 19 days left – It's not about the egging

It was somewhere in-between Crimewatch, CSI Miami and You've Been Framed, only with politicians and less laughs. At the front sat Jim Murphy, Labour's shadow frontbencher, stony-faced. Beside him was a Better Together bod on a computer, playing the clips when cued. And then there was the TV, relaying shaky footage of the Nationalist heckles and [...]

Scotland decides: 18 days left – Motorcade for Yes

Yes Scotland prides itself on its sub-groups. There is Crofters for Yes, Poles for Yes, "EcoScots" for Yes and Florists for Yes (launched on Valentine's day). There is Cabbies for Yes – "We believe Scotland should be in the driving seat of its own future." There is Christians for Yes – "The values of equality, [...]

If Carswell was serious about Europe, he would never have defected

Where is this burning point of principle that drove Douglas Carswell into the arms of Ukip? I’ve read lots about his defection, and I’m still none the wiser. We’re told… Continue reading The post If Carswell was serious about Europe, he would never have defected appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UKIP Clacton price the big mover in today’s political betting market report

LAB most seats/EdM next PM/ IndyRef NO all up as well Inevitably given the Survation Clacton poll the big mover has been the UKIP by-election price – now rated as an 88% chance. It is hard to see what could happen to change this and as we get closer the the date you would expect […]

The self-loathing of the British Left is now a problem for us all

It’s often been observed that a certain type of British Lefty hates Britain – and that they reserve particularly hatred for Englishness. Back in 1941 George Orwell made this acute remark: England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is [...]

Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading The post Ukip set for crushing Clacton win appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

The settlement talks with North Lanarkshire Council have not produced an outcome by the end of August which was the timescale originally agreed by all the parties to get the job done. The Council has failed to provide concrete offers of settlement which is the only way to bring these talks to a satisfactory conclusion. Show More Summary

Vote Early, Vote Often

I cast my 'Yes' vote in the independence referendum yesterday, by post which is why the deed has been done so early. As I wandered around the west end and centre of Glasgow, the Yes campaign had a visible presence in lots of different locations with the equivalent of a big smile on its face. Show More Summary

Attacked by a Bear

The Better Together campaign's latest advert is fast becoming the stuff of legend as the 'patronising lady' is mercilessly mocked on the internet by women, men and just about anyone with a good sense of humour. Someone with the userShow More Summary

Wrong Tactics

I've used the Co-op's pick up service operated by Amazon and very good it is too - far better and easier than having to traipse along to Royal Mail sorting office which is miles away and operates to much more restricted opening times. Show More Summary

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