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The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all! S’obvious, innit? I can’t believe politicians haven’t thought of it… Continue reading The post The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Getting EVEL through will be a tough fight for the Tories

The next move is with John Bercow A significant moment on this historic day in the commons was a point of order by Alex Salmond about the Tory plans to introduce EVEL (English Votes for English Laws) by changing the House’s standing orders. Salmond argues that this is a major constitutional issue and that the […]

Boris Johnson makes his first intervention in the House of Commons

Boris has finally spoken. Intervening on his Tory colleague Cheryl Gillan, who was complaining about a lack of funding for rural public services and transport, the new MP for Uxbridge… Continue reading The post Boris Johnson makes his first intervention in the House of Commons appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

SNP MPs rebuked for clapping in the Chamber. Will Tory and Labour hecklers be next?

The SNP have done a rather good job this afternoon of uniting the rest of the Commons against them by indulging in the shameful practice of – brace yourself –… Continue reading The post SNP MPs rebuked for clapping in the Chamber. Will Tory and Labour hecklers be next? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the Roman Catholic Church’s chastened response, we shall have to rewrite… Continue reading The post As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

Reports are coming in that Tony Blair is set to stand down as a peace envoy to the Middle East. AP is reporting that the former Prime Minister has tendered his… Continue reading The post Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The first day of the Parliamentary session posed several challenges for Labour

The first day of the Parliamentary session always has a slightly back to school feel to it. There are two, traditionally, witty speeches that are full of in jokes. The… Continue reading The post The first day of the Parliamentary session posed several challenges for Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coffee Shots: Simon Burns or Robert Redford?

Harriet Harman was on fighting form in Parliament today when she responded to the Queen’s Speech. Between telling David Cameron to watch his back for Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson and… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Simon Burns or Robert Redford? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Young people should be wary of the Guardian’s university league table

This week, the Guardian published its annual university league table. The rankings are as bewildering to anyone acquainted with the reality of university reputations as they are misleading to anyone… Continue reading The post Young people should be wary of the Guardian’s university league table appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

From the oldest pub in Britian to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’? This is what the animal rights organisation… Continue reading The post From the oldest pub in Britian to the most stupidly named pub in Britain appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A display of cowardice at Leon Brittan’s funeral

Leon Brittan’s memorial service on Tuesday packed the West London Synagogue, but there were some notable absentees. We in the congregation were informed that the government was represented by Lord… Continue reading The post A display of cowardice at Leon Brittan’s funeral appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years and the government’s legislation plans for the next… Continue reading The post Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals kids smoke and snort for fun these days, on account… Continue reading The post Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Developments this afternoon show that Yvette Cooper is still very much in the LAB leadership race

Yvette Cooper is certainly not out of this. You can get her at 15/2 on Betfair http://t.co/JeIpAzTzkJ pic.twitter.com/xY4M8Hu9Yh — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 27, 2015 At current prices she’s the value bet This afternoon it’s been announced that a further six MPs have come out and said they are backing Yvette Cooper – a move […]

A Kiss is Just a Kiss. Reflections on an unexpected victory and on Bills of Rights

My favourite story of the week is the revelation that the Chancellor of the Exchequer promised (or threatened) to ‘French-kiss’ the Tory PR man, Lynton Crosby, if the Conservative Party won an outright majority. See here http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/24/george-osborne-kissing-lynton-crosby-election-win-tories and here...

Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign

Six more Labour MPs have endorsed Yvette Cooper as leader: Coffee House has the names exclusively. Emily Thornberry Ian Austin Jim Cunningham Karen Buck Lyn Brown Steve McCabe They’re an… Continue reading The post Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Fifa’s fantasy kingdom is finally starting to collapse

Can it be that the great fantasy kingdom of Fifa has finally collapsed? Is this the fall of Oz? Is it possible that this vast sporting organisation – one that… Continue reading The post Fifa’s fantasy kingdom is finally starting to collapse appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo

Anyone would think that those drafting the Queen’s Speech might have had a bet on to see how many Tory soundbites they could shoehorn in. Apparently the Queen’s government will… Continue reading The post Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced

Her Majesty has just delivered the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years — or as David Cameron described it, a ‘One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government’.… Continue reading The post 2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech have been a bit lame of late. The veteran MP always… Continue reading The post Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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