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Spectator competition: laments for lost newspapers (plus: historical characters’ desert island discs)

In his 2004 book The Vanishing Newspaper Philip Meyer predicted that the final hard-copy newspaper will plop through someone’s letterbox in 2043. So who’ll be the first to go? In… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: laments for lost newspapers (plus: historical characters’ desert island discs) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

By accident or design, the election’s got a debate series that could work

Multiple structures will probe the parties & leaders In a little over nine months’ time, the US presidential hopefuls will be campaigning hard in the then snow-bound small rural state of Iowa, the first in a long process of state-wide elections that will ultimately determine the two parties’ nominations. That process has evolved over the […]

Luxury Home Builders And Contractors

What is a real estate grant? It's cash that individuals can obtain to purchase a new home, repair or update their existing home, or to help them pay down a mortgage. This is funding that is available regardless of income or credit. If your home has a very small room or an area like a...continue reading ?

How Much Money Do You Have To Start A Business – Can you afford to leave the premises empty?

As an analyst of the economy and the property market, one must be patient to see if one's predictions are right or wrong and to see what unfolds. One never knows if they'll be wrong or right, but they must have a sense of humility about it that they're not oblivious to the reality of...continue reading ?

Even the academics don’t have a clue who will win this election

Academics gathered in London today to discuss how they predict the outcome of the most unpredictable election in living memory (© everyone), and they gave their current forecasts. They vary quite… Continue reading The post Even the academics don’t have a clue who will win this election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Darker Later - the Tyranny of 'Daylight Saving' Examined

Once again we are on the eve of the mad annual ritual of the clocks. Tomorrow morning, all official time sources from Big Ben to the BBC will be lying about the time, and if you have any sense, all...

Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter

A politician’s life on Twitter is rarely uneventful. I have written in defence of all the goodwill and positive communication this election has seen on social media. But slip-ups are… Continue reading The post Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jeremy Clarkson and the Political Correctness of the Right

        One of the many delusions of the Right is the myth of conservative robustness. Conservatives don’t play the victim card, they say. They tell it like… Continue reading The post Jeremy Clarkson and the Political Correctness of the Right appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rupert Murdoch calls Ed Miliband out on his debate boast

Ed Miliband used last night’s election interview with Jeremy Paxman as an opportunity to blast the Murdoch press. The Labour leader told viewers that he had stood up to Rupert Murdoch, and would… Continue reading The post Rupert Murdoch calls Ed Miliband out on his debate boast appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

If British democracy worked, we would have had a referendum on the death penalty

Nice to know, isn’t it, that public attitudes are finally catching up with MPs’? It seems, from the Social Attitudes survey, that finally, half a century after parliament suspended the… Continue reading The post If British democracy worked, we would have had a referendum on the death penalty appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Predicting the election: What the leading academic teams are saying

Five years ago PBers described the 2010 event as wank fest We got a name check from YouGov polling head Jo Twyman, at the opening of today’s conference at the LSE when different academic groups made their predictions. He recalled that on the thread in 2010 this gathering was described as a wankfest which got […]

Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new book makes much of what you might deem the referendum’s dirk-in-the-back theory.… Continue reading The post Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Calamity Cosla

COSLA, the self-styled voice of Scottish local government, is in dire starts these days as a group of Labour-led councils breakaway to form a rival organisation. Now this is daft if you ask me and reflects badly on both sides because...Show More Summary

Mad Dogs

The Mail on Sunday pulled off something of a coup the other day with this essay by VS Naipaul in which the writer argues that the Islamic State (IS) is essentially a fascist movement that justifies savagery and barbarism because of a fanatical belief in its own religious/racial superiority. Show More Summary

Sense of Entitlement (11/02/13)

I learned something new the other day - I discovered that people in the UK can claim child benefit even though the child is living in another EU country. Now the source of this information was not some swivel-eyed Tory - but no lessShow More Summary

The Druze

Here's a strange piece by Robert Fisk which appeared in The Independent the other day and purports to be about a Swedish intelligence officer, Stig Berling, who spied for money for the Soviet Union. The only interesting thing about the...Show More Summary

Morons at Work

Boris Johnson, the London Mayor wrote a timely article in The Telegraph the other day in which he lambasted the 'moronic demolition of the past' by the Islamic State (IS) while also taking aim at those who argue their is some moral equivalence between those fighting 'for' and 'against' this barbaric form of religious fascism. Show More Summary

Dumb Allowances

The Times reports on the police equivalent of paying winter fuel allowances to UK citizens who have retired to sunny Spain. No matter how you slice or dice the arrangement it's a ridiculous waste of public money - like paying someone an inclement weather allowance for working outdoors after they've been transferred to an indoor office-based job. Show More Summary

Lanarkshire Labour

The Sunday Herald reports on a strange dispute which has blown up in the former Labour heartland of South Lanarkshire where council officials have accused a Labour Party donor of trying to throw his weight around. Council chief executive...Show More Summary

Making Crime Pay

Here's a story from The Times that makes the law and the fisheries policy of the European Union look like a complete ass. Because how does it make any kind of sense for the owners of a fishing vessel to keep their ill-gotten gains worth a minimum of £437,000 while imposing a fine of only £97,000 plus costs of £5,000. Show More Summary

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