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Nine things we learnt from David Cameron's conference speech

There's an upbeat mood here in Birmingham as Tory loyalists head back to their constituencies in the wake of the Prime Minister's conference speech. Here are a few immediate thoughts that occurred in the hall… David Cameron's biggest asset? He feels like a Prime Minister Love him or hate him, you have to admit that [...]

Cameron’s speech show us why he is still the Tories’ greatest single asset

David Cameron has yet again delivered a belter of a party conference speech, peppered with announcements. His performance is a reminder of why, even now, he remains the Tory Party’s… Continue reading The post Cameron’s speech show us why he is still the Tories’ greatest single asset appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Conservative conference: David Cameron’s bid for the moral high ground

When he saw colleagues in the tearoom on Friday as the Commons debated air strikes against Isis in Iraq, David Cameron told them that he’d actually been rather nervous about… Continue reading The post Conservative conference: David Cameron’s bid for the moral high ground appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron’s speech: the reaction

It would appear tax cuts, the NHS, don’t let Labour ruin it and vote Nigel and get Ed is the Tory strategy for 2015.   COMMENT Like it or not, DC hit the spot this year in a way that EM didn't. UKIP is a vote for Labour line loud and clear. — Adam Boulton […]

David Cameron: he said everything we might have hoped for

Uncharacteristically, I'm almost lost for words – or at least for critical words. David Cameron said pretty much everything I wanted him to say in his belter of a conference speech. He chose to identify his overall theme as a "Britain people can be proud to call home". What this amounted to in effect was [...]

David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference – full text

I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom. I was always clear about why we called that referendum. Duck the… Continue reading The post David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference – full text appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron did have a rabbit: tax cuts for the middle classes

The Prime Minister has just finished talking, and there is one major story – tax cuts for the middle classes. Some quick thoughts on what moving the threshold for 40p tax from £41,000 to £50,000 will do: cut taxes for hundreds of thousands of people. cost the Treasury around £5.5 billion a year. delight Tories [...]

As Dave’s big speech begins – Rumour has it the third defection is expected at 5pm

As Cameron's big speech, rumours emerge of a 3rd MP defecting at 5pm … — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) October 1, 2014 Rumour growing that UKIP have a 3rd Tory MP defecting today at 5pm. Not just the donor. — Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) October 1, 2014 TSE

Backbone of a Jellyfish

I listened to a bit of First Minister's Questions (FMQs) in the Scottish Parliament last week and heard a Labour MSP areas ask about the loss of 16 firefighters jobs in the Lothian area, which seemed to concern him greatly even though the job losses were all being managed by a voluntary redundancy process. Show More Summary

Trouble with the Curve

'Trouble with the Curve' is the name of a Clint Eastwood movie about baseball; not one of his best in my view, a bit too sentimental and lacking originality if you ask me. But trouble with the curve is a good description of the Scottish Labour Party these days, as it struggles to remain relevant in Scotland after the recent independence referendum. Show More Summary

A Dog's Life

I missed this Jeremy Clarkson piece which appeared in The Sunday Times the other week and he's absolutely right you know. People do get terribly worked up about their animals, other people's animals and animals in general, especially dogs. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I'm told that there is a full meeting of North Lanarkshire Council tomorrow (Thursday 2nd October) which should be interesting because I think this is the first meeting the Council has held since the summer due to the Scottish independence referendum. Show More Summary

Phantom Menace

I loved this article by Nick Cohen in The Observer in which he give both barrels, metaphorically speaking of course, to intellectual western commentators who argue that there is some moral equivalence between 'militant' religion and 'militant' atheists. Show More Summary

Fighting Fascism

A range of commentators in the UK have, in the past, tried to provide intellectual cover to young men setting off to fight 'jihad' in the Middle East by comparing them to the International Brigades who fought to defend Spain from fascism during the Spanish civil war. Show More Summary

Oafish MEP

I've never met Scotland's one and only UKIP MEP, David Coburn, but he seems like a terrible boor and bait of an oaf, if this comment by Rod Liddle in The Sunday Times is anything to go by. Apparently this oafish man thinks it's quite...Show More Summary

Oil's corroding pipeline

Oil and gas burned furiously through the independence referendum campaign. Quite a lot was said by people on both sides who should have known better. It's now the subject of a conspiracy theory suggesting vast reservoirs were being hidden...Show More Summary

Tories will keep NHS ring fence, Cameron to announce

The Tories will protect the NHS budget, David Cameron will announce in his speech to his party conference today. Extracts of the Prime Minister’s speech, which he will deliver in… Continue reading The post Tories will keep NHS ring fence, Cameron to announce appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nine things David Cameron could bring back from Brussels to satisfy Eurosceptics

Eurosceptics, say half-clever columnists, are “unappeasable”. Bien pensant opinion holds that any concession made to critics of the Euro-racket serves only to excite further unreasonable demands. It doesn’t matter what HMG brings back from the talks, we’re told: Eurosceptics will whinge anyway, because whingeing is in their character. Right? Au contraire, as we say in [...]

Why party conference speeches don't matter very much

David Cameron speaks to the Conservative Party conference today, the last such speech before the general election in May. It's a truism of political reporting that any leader addressing his party conference must give the speech of his life, that this time it really matters, that it's make or break, an hour or so of [...]

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