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How to conjure up a £3,800 tax cut

It’s great to read David Cameron’s article in The Times today making the moral case for tax cuts. It’s tough for him to do so, given that his Chancellor has… Continue reading The post How to conjure up a £3,800 tax cut appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Polling analysis: LAB hopes that GRN voters will fall in line behind them in the marginals not supported by Lord A’s polling

When pressed on constituency question just 10% switch to red Today’s YouGov of CON 31, LAB 34, LD 6, UKIP 17, GRN 7 highlights the need to analyse what is happening to the GRN vote and what might happen in the key battlegrounds that will decide GE15. As ever the main source of published data […]

Jim Murphy to stand for Scottish Labour leader

As expected, Jim Murphy has announced he’s standing for Scottish Labour Leader. He’s given an interview to the Daily Record in which he says he wants to stop ‘the Scottish… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy to stand for Scottish Labour leader appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Global slowdown for black and distilled gold

There's both symbolic and a real significance behind Shell's announcement to close down and scrap two of its platforms in the Brent field, east of Shetland. And it tells us quite a bit about the impact of global forces on the Scottish...Show More Summary

Sup with a long spoon at the new Shepherd’s

The news that Westminster lunch ‘institution’ Shepherd’s is to reopen its doors after closing them eighteen months ago has been greeted with enthusiasm, not least by the cheese soufflé devotees of SW1. But… Continue reading The post Sup with a long spoon at the new Shepherd’s appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Are bowls of pasta Blairite?

If Thatcher was Britain’s Bonaparte, then Blair was most certainly our Louis-Philippe. It was during the reign of the latter that the bourgeoisie came to dominate the status quo in… Continue reading The post Are bowls of pasta Blairite? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs sketch: Buck passing and wasted billions

The hypocrisy was breath-taking. The opportunism was scandalous. The lack of principle was extraordinary. All the same, it wasn’t a bad move. Ed Miliband used PMQs to attack the Tories… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: Buck passing and wasted billions appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

European Arrest Warrant rebellion shrinks after Cameron pledges pre-Rochester vote

Why did David Cameron set the vote for the European Arrest Warrant for before the Rochester and Strood by-election? It seems to be a way of picking a right-wing sore… Continue reading The post European Arrest Warrant rebellion shrinks after Cameron pledges pre-Rochester vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Concerns about health and immigration rise as the economy drops to six year low in the Ipsos-MORI issues index

Concern about the NHS jumps by 9% in Oct Ipsos-MORI Issues index. Now 2nd only to immigration. pic.twitter.com/1YNbLZ86iL — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 29, 2014 Concern about the economy drops to lowest level for more than 6...Show More Summary

Rail line to Norwich 'needs £400m'

It must be a busy time for the staff who work in the post room at the treasury. Every day, it seems, another plea for money for an important infrastructure project is sent to the chancellor as he puts the finishing touches to his Autumn Statement. One of them is the business case for improving the main rail line between Norwich and London. Show More Summary

Scotland needs Jim Murphy (even if he doesn’t want to go back there)

There should, by rights, be a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the Scottish… Continue reading The post Scotland needs Jim Murphy (even if he doesn’t want to go back there) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What You Ought To Know About Buying Cheap Taxi Insurance

Get personal referrals: Perhaps you know owners of other taxi firms. If that’s the case, then they have wanted to procure cover for their drivers. So this is a fantastic way to locate businesses that supply affordable cover for cabs. What is so special about private referrals? They are the best type, since people we […]

Alex Salmond fighting a Westminster seat that voted overwhelmingly NO would be a huge gamble

You could see this as an attack line? “You voted NO – now tell him you mean it”? It’s been reported widely that the outgoing SNP leader and Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, is thinking about seeking a Westminster seat to fight at GE15. This would mean a return to the Commons. The one he’s […]

Three bad ideas that are hurting Labour

There are three bad ideas with a quiet traction over Labour party strategy. Since the last election, they have made us complacent over our polling position and their persistent influence has led people in a position of power in the party … Continued

PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question

Ed Miliband chose one of his medleys of things that have gone wrong for today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. There were plenty of those to choose from, and the Labour leader… Continue reading The post PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Paul Dacre: Britain’s newspaper industry is not the devil

The below is a speech given by Paul Dacre to the NewstrAid Benevolent Fund, a charity for those who sell and distribute newspapers and magazines. Newspapers are all only too painfully… Continue reading The post Paul Dacre: Britain’s newspaper industry is not the devil appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to me is between a man and a woman’, and voting… Continue reading The post Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Tory Nicky Morgan

Mixed messaging from Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the Equalities Minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to me is between a man and a woman’, and voting… Continue reading The post Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Tory Nicky Morgan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Exclusive: Michael Gove letter telling Tories how “the LibDems have killed” EU Referendum Bill

Privately the Conservatives are probably not particularly surprised about the demise of Bob Neill’s EU referendum bill, this time at the hands of the  Liberal Democrats. It was always a Downing… Continue reading The post Exclusive: Michael Gove letter telling Tories how “the LibDems have killed” EU Referendum Bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb – or not

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to… Continue reading The post How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb – or not appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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