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Conspiracies, hookers and bombs – welcome to the Odessa Film Festival

Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea, is one of the most charming port cities you can imagine, the centre of the city mainly 19th-century Italian and French architecture. Like… Continue reading The post Conspiracies, hookers and bombs – welcome to the Odessa Film Festival appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Au Revoir les Enfants

Like a lot of English people of my class and generation, I went through a stage of believing that France was a sort of paradise. They did things differently there, but in general they did them better. I followed French...

Cameron really does need to be more careful about the words he chooses

Nigel Farage was right – using the term “swarm” to describe migrants was a mistake

The Corbyn polling could be the 2015 version of what happened to Hilary Benn in 2007

Don’t attach too much credence to numbers at this stage There have been only two Labour elections in recent times where there has been polling and we are able to look back and compare the survey numbers with the actual votes received. In 2010, as I’ve reported before, the final YouGov members’ survey taken after […]

Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity of the liberal London middle class. It now exists in… Continue reading The post Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nigel Farage: I wouldn’t describe migrant groups as ‘swarms’

Nigel Farage briefly grabbed the moral high ground on the Calais migrant crisis this morning. He told the Today programme, rather loftily, that he wouldn’t use the word ‘swarm’ as David… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage: I wouldn’t describe migrant groups as ‘swarms’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Time for change

From ‘The Problem of Public Assistance’, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: In one respect big reforms are actually easier in times of national emergency than in times of peace, for… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Time for change appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

I came across this article from The Daily Record which reported in 2012 that North Lanarkshire Council's chief executive, Gavin Whitefield, opted to forego his election 'returning officer' fee of around £10,000 because of a mess that was made in issuing postal votes. Show More Summary

Winning Elections

Here's the full text of a speech given recently by Tony Blair on the future of the Labour party. Now if you ask me there's nothing very controversial is what Tony Blair had to say because he was talking about how to win elections which...Show More Summary

Travelling in Style

The BBC reports that the John Bercow's fondness for travelling in style, in his role as Speaker of the House of Commons, is costing the taxpayer a pretty penny. Now I can understand that some politicians have good security reasons for...Show More Summary

Arresting Cover

(Photographs by Amanda Demme for New York magazine) The New York Magazine has an arresting cover photo on its front page of 35 women who tell their own stories of how they were allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted and raped by the iconic American comedian, Bill Cosby. Show More Summary

Why I Can't Stand Cyclists who Overtake other Cyclists on the Inside

Wheezing slowly up a not-particularly steep hill on my far-from-lightweight bike, my backpack stuffed with books about the European Union, I heard the sounding rasping rapid breath at my left shoulder and months later was overtaken, on the inside, by...

The Temperate Desert

Antifrank asks who will appeal best to centrist voters? The centre ground of politics used to be very crowded.  And with good reason.  Roughly half the electorate sit in the middle stratum of electoral geology.  In a YouGov poll taken just after the election, 13% described themselves as slightly left of centre, 19% described themselves […]

While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool

After May’s general election, both Labour and the Lib Dems needed a new leader, but the contrast between their leadership elections could not be starker. Labour is in the midst… Continue reading The post While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

John McTernan: if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership, he should be deposed immediately

John McTernan is a Blairite who is not afraid to speak his mind. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the former Labour special advisor discusses the state of Labour’s… Continue reading The post John McTernan: if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership, he should be deposed immediately appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Unison backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

The momentum just keeps building behind Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader. This afternoon, Unison has announced it is backing the veteran socialist’s candidacy, with General Secretary Dave Prentis saying:… Continue reading The post Unison backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Nigel Farage caught in the ladies’ loos

Although Ukip is said to have a ‘women problem’ thanks to low ratings from females in comparison to other parties, their leader does at least seem keen to reach out to… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Nigel Farage caught in the ladies’ loos appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

In our global village, we have recreated the intolerance of village life

Poor Walter Palmer – I bet he wished he’d stayed home in Minneapolis and left Cecil the Lion alone, because now he’s officially the Worst Person on Earth and there… Continue reading The post In our global village, we have recreated the intolerance of village life appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Join the revolution to save cricket!

While Aggers, Blowers, Tuffers and the Test Match Special team entertain us from Edgbaston this week, a different sort of cricket commentary is being broadcast live from a sports bar in north London. Guerilla Cricket, son of the alternative Test Match Sofa, is everything… Continue reading The post Join the revolution to save cricket! appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour stays oddly quiet on the Calais migrant crisis

The second, less well-attended stop for the outrage bus today after Cecil the lion is the situation in Calais. One young man died last night as he tried to enter the… Continue reading The post Labour stays oddly quiet on the Calais migrant crisis appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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