Last week, I spoke alongside Nigel Farage in a debate about immigration organised by the Evening Standard. It was good fun, as you’d expect, with David Lammy, Tessa Jowell and… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage keeps on about EU migration, but non-EU migration is the greater problem appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The independence campaign could be over now. The Yes campaign could be all but destroyed with six months to go before the vote. The unionists have it within their power to… Continue reading The post Ming Campbell knows how to kill off the Scottish nationalists. Shame no-one’s listening to him. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Thanks to Sunil for painstakingly putting together the data that makes up the latest PB interactive chart. This shows the breakdown of aggregate votes secured by the parties in Westminster by-elections starting with the first, Oldham East & Saddleworth, in 2011. Interestingly, in terms of vote losses, the Tories have done worse than the Lib […]
“Imagine the horror”, our early ancestors might have thought. “A handful of those newfangled shepherds will soon be able to grow all the game needed to eat. No more need for hunting! What are we hunters to do with ourselves?!” Technology has been disrupting established human behaviour for a very long time. And every time [...]
What makes a good Secretary of State? Today Jeremy Browne was interviewed on the Daily Politics about what it’s like to be a junior minister, from his experience of working… Continue reading The post Jeremy Browne: Some bosses are a bit ‘control freakish’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I'm speechless. Not that a 20-year-old beautician from Blackpool thinks "Barraco Barner" is "our" President, but that she has 17 GCSEs. Anyone reading this will think that's a misprint – or a factual error – but no. The last Labour government dumbed down GCSEs to such an extent that this is all too plausible. Under [...]
Nick Clegg yesterday sought to quell the colleagues who are jockeying to replace him, declaring he will not step down as Liberal Democrat leader until 2020, come what may. It's a bold claim. Few in the party think we would want, let alone be allowed, to stick around as the leader of a rump party [...]
Will David Cameron send his kids to a state secondary school, as Michael Gove is doing? Today’s papers are following up James Forsyth’s suggestion that Cameron will slum it as… Continue reading The post Gove, Cameron and the myth of ‘state vs private’ schools appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
What fortunate timing it is that Home Office questions falls this afternoon, during the aftermath of one of the worst debut speeches a minister has managed in this Parliament. Doubtless… Continue reading The post Number 10 tries to defend Brokenshire speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Quad meets today, and again later this week, to finalise the Budget. I am assured that there are no big rows or outstanding issues (though at the weekend there was briefing around that they are arguing over the tax threshold). What's clear though is that beyond the Budget, tax policy is up for grabs, [...]
A week or two ago, author Philip Hoare wrote an article for the Independent, describing Derek Jarman as ‘a modern-day John Dee, the Elizabethan alchemist’, ‘an Edwardian Andy Warhol, a… Continue reading The post Derek Jarman: no characterisation, no narrative, no poetry, no good appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Some bad news. You hoped that the referendum on Scottish independence would be an end of the matter. Sorry, no chance. Whatever the result, the Scottish political class is determined to carry on doing what it loves doing most, which is talking about itself, constitutional change and more powers for the Scottish parliament. All of [...]
I'm off to the Employment Tribunals today to the ongoing hearing involving North Lanarkshire Council which has been underway for several months - Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) clients are being represented by one of the leading barristers in the UK, Daphne Romney QC. Show More Summary
David Cameron and Angela Merkel held a working dinner last night in Hanover ahead of their visit to a digital trade fair today. Naturally, they discussed Ukraine, and Number 10?s… Continue reading The post Ukraine: Cameron and Merkel continue to focus on ‘de-escalation’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Why the surprise? Of course the Prime Minister would employ a nanny from somewhere like Nepal. David Cameron is simply taking part in the familiar upper-middle class game of ‘Exploited… Continue reading The post I’m not surprised at David Cameron’s Nepalese nanny appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nick Clegg must have hoped that today's papers would devote themselves to reflecting his love affair with Britain, as set out in his speech to his party's spring conference in York yesterday ("Tea ad the shipping forecast make Britain great, says Clegg" is our take, though Quentin Letts says it's all guff). Instead he's stuck [...]
Newspaper reports last week confirmed that the BBC is still a very dysfunctional organisation Apparently, more than 80 BBC staff are still earning more than £150,000 a year and the number of senior executives on these high pay packages has actually increased under its new director-general, Tony Hall. Show More Summary
Occasionally, I come across old posts from the blog site archive which make me laugh - like this one on my Freedom of Information battle with South Lanarkshire Council. Still it's good I can see the funny side of things - keeps you going when the odds seem insurmountable. Show More Summary
I've been to Las Vegas and have to confess that I went gambling after having a few mojitos at Señor Frogs, but whatever part of me is a Presbyterian Scot came to the rescue that day because my losses amounted to only $100. Perhaps because...Show More Summary
Dominic Lawson hits the nail on the head with this informative opinion piece in The Sunday Times - how nice that after 25 years he has finally found a good use for his specialist subject on the government and politics of the Soviet Union. Show More Summary