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Marf on the debates

Latest @LadPolitics odds on whether a debate involving at least Dave & Ed will take place http://t.co/hyfbkvi3BO pic.twitter.com/2iLMfALAAz — TSE (@TSEofPB) March 5, 2015 Ed Miliband is prepared to take part in a head to head debate on his own says @LucyMPowell #wato — norman smith (@BBCNormanS) March 5, 2015 TSE

Has a Tory MP been editing his Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament?

Thanks to the internet, it has become increasingly difficult for politicians to hide any past indiscretions. However, this hasn’t put some MPs off from trying. Mr S has noticed some edits… Continue reading The post Has a Tory MP been editing his Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Revealed: Emily Maitlis’s hairdressing dream

Mr S was a guest at last night’s Grazia ‘News at 10? panel discussion, where Christina Lamb, Jayne Secker, Sue Turton, Emily Maitlis and Mishal Husain discussed their experiences as female… Continue reading The post Revealed: Emily Maitlis’s hairdressing dream appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Even if there are ‘no votes’ in defence, Cameron must beware of mutiny in his party

Tory MPs are becoming increasingly agitated about defence spending and whether or not Britain will maintain its defence spending at 2 per cent of GDP. They do understand the pressures… Continue reading The post Even if there are ‘no votes’ in defence, Cameron must beware of mutiny in his party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading The post Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron may have chickened out, but the broadcasters cocked up the TV debates

So David Cameron won’t debate anyone unless the broadcasters agree to his exact specifications, Ed Miliband won’t debate Clegg in Cameron’s place and has instead offered Harriet Harman, and the… Continue reading The post Cameron may have chickened out, but the broadcasters cocked up the TV debates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The news was bad only in a sense, as high immigration… Continue reading The post Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Peter Hitchens and Ben Judah debate the Putin issue

Here is a Spectator podcast in which I discuss the Putin issue with Ben Judah, who takes the opposite view from me. http://bit.ly/1G0EvCf

An Article in the Spectator on the Russia-Ukraine crisis

The London Spectator has today published this article by me appealing for more reason, and fewer adjectives, in coverage of the Ukraine crisis (or as Mr Jaremko prefers: 'London Spectator has today published this article by me appealing for more...

North Lanarkshire Update

The good news is that North Lanarkshire Council will meet next week to ratify the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on equal pay. Now until this is signed and sealed there is no 'final' agreement, but I do not expect things to unravel...Show More Summary

Poetic Justice

The latest opinion poll by Lord Ashcroft suggests that Gordon Brown, who is finally standing down at the May general election, may lose his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat to the SNP. Now that would be poetic justice if you ask me, because...Show More Summary

Three Jobs Murphy (03/03/15)

Just the other day Jim 'Two Jobs' Murphy confirmed his intention to stand in May's general election to the Westminster Parliament. But now it seems that Jim might have to be accorded a new moniker of 'Three Jobs' Murphy as the Labour...Show More Summary

Election Giveaway

The 2015 general election has still to get going in earnest, but John Rentoul points to the forthcoming budget as an opportunity for the campaign to become turbo-charged as the Chancellor, George Osborne, exploits recent good news on the economy: zero inflation, virtually, record levels of employment, low and falling levels of unemployment. Show More Summary

Idiotic Parents

Here's a humorous attack by American talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, on idiotic parents in California who are causing a measles epidemic in that part of the world because of their opposition to a vaccine programme which for decades virtually eliminated this terrible disease.

Sad Losers

James Bloodworth writing in The Independent argues that there is nothing unique about the sadistic murderer Mohammed Emwazi and that he is just one of a long list of sad losers whose lack of self-esteem explodes into violence. The Mail...Show More Summary

Muslim Delusions

David Aaronovitch made a good point about the very reactionary views held by large numbers of British Muslims - what we need is a robust debate not a witch hunt. Not just because these large numbers still represent a minority of British...Show More Summary

Two Jobs Murphy (28/02/15)

Jim Murphy took on a new job and an mighty new challenge when became leader of the Scottish Labour Party back in December 2014 which was on top of his day job as a Westminster MP. In the past few months Jim has put enormous effort in...Show More Summary

Rule Broontania (31/03/14)

I loved the following spoof article from Private Eye on the 'big offer' from Scottish Labour in a desperate effort to persuade people to vote No in the independence referendum on 18 September 2014. THAT GORDON BROWN POWER-SHARING PLAN...Show More Summary

Grooming Gang

Another day, another sex abuse scandal involving vulnerable young girls deliberately targeted by men from a Pakistani and/or Muslim background. Now attitudes to women and children plays a big part here, along with race and religion,Show More Summary

Podcast: Putin’s empire building, Osborne’s election plans and what Ukip want

Are we heading into a new Cold War? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, we revisit Vladimir Putin’s empire building plans and the Mail on Sunday’s Peter Hitchens debates… Continue reading The post Podcast: Putin’s empire building, Osborne’s election plans and what Ukip want appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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