All Blogs / Politics / UK Politics / Popular


Is Hillary in trouble and can ‘The Donald’ last?

Whilst Clinton and Trump set the pace, a host of other candidates are waiting in the wings.  Polling expert Keiran Pedley runs the rule over the 2016 US Presidential hopefuls. Having spent the past week in the U.S. visiting my wife’s parents I have been able to spend some time looking at the 2016 US […]

Increasing wealth is the cause of the Great Migration – not a cure for it

The migration crisis is about more than Syria. A few weeks ago, Theresa May repeated one of the biggest mistakes in politics: thinking that third-world development will somehow mean fewer migrants.… Continue reading The post Increasing wealth is the cause of the Great Migration – not a cure for it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result

Anti-Corbynite planning for the aftermath of what looks like certain victory for the Islington socialist in the Labour leadership contest is still in disarray. Though Chuka Umunna’s intervention calling for ‘solidarity’… Continue reading The post Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tom Watson plans results party

The results aren’t in, the votes haven’t been counted, but you can still book a place at Tom Watson’s election results party! An intriguing invite popped up in Mr S’s… Continue reading The post Tom Watson plans results party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron confirms Britain will take ‘thousands more Syrian refugees’

One of the notable things about David Cameron in the months after winning the election has been quite how impatient and keen he is to get on with important reforms.… Continue reading The post David Cameron confirms Britain will take ‘thousands more Syrian refugees’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

South Lanarkshire Update

The Unison branch secretary in South Lanarkshire, Stephen Smellie, has had plenty to say about equal pay over the years, much of it spectacularly ill-informed in my view, such as the advice to union members not to pursue claims against the Council. Show More Summary

Union Bombshell (01/09/15)

So here is the document I referred to earlier today which must come as rather a big bombshell to Unison members in South Lanarkshire. Now there are so many dumb things about this report that it's difficult to know where to start, but...Show More Summary

'Neveragaindums' (2)

Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, has an interesting take on 'neveragaindums' in other parts of the European Union (EU). On this occasion the butt of their humour is Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza-led...Show More Summary

'Neveragaindums' (18/08/15)

The bookies favourite to win the Labour leadership contest, Jeremy Corbyn, was in Scotland last week trying to win friends and influence people. I didn't make it along to any of Jeremy's meetings myself (life's too short), but I think he is going the wrong way about trying to persuade independence-minded Scots that he has anything new to offer. Show More Summary

Weirdo and Narcissist

The Guardian reports that the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has advised his NSA whistleblower chum, Edward Snowden, to stay put in Russia because Julian says Ed will be safe there from the long reach of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Show More Summary

Escaping Justice (25/06/13)

The increasingly ridiculous Julian Assagne, founder of Wikileaks, is still holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, having fled there a year ago to escape being extradited to Sweden where he faces two separate charges of sexual assault. Show More Summary

Poetry Corner (03/09/15)

I've met lots of people during the long fight for equal pay in Scotland and I'm pleased to say that they have many hidden talents which often includes the ability to write poetry and verse. In this case a close relation of a GMB member from North Lanarkshire casts a scornful eye over the behaviour of her trade union and the local Labour council. Show More Summary

NLC Update (02/09/15)

I attended another very lively GMB members meeting on equal pay at the Kirkshaws Social Club in Coatbride yesterday. The GMB officials who turned up were given a tough time over three issues in particular: Why is there such a lack of...Show More Summary

Nigel Farage immigration rhetoric may harm ‘Out’ campaign, new poll suggests

Nigel Farage and Ukip are convinced they can win the EU referendum by focusing on immigration as the key issue. But other Eurosceptics have been concerned that the kippers will alienate the… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage immigration rhetoric may harm ‘Out’ campaign, new poll suggests appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Six days until the ballot closes and some people still haven’t received their ballot papers

Hmmmm http://t.co/DKqC19NDFL pic.twitter.com/9NZRzrOAZS — TSE (@TSEofPB) September 3, 2015 Last night the Guardian reported that Labour members and supporters have begun protesting to the party about their lack of ballot papers with less than a week to go before the leadership election closes. The party initially promised that 99.9% of its electorate would have received […]

Labour threatens Commons defeat on purdah as Tory whips threaten their MPs

Labour sources have told Coffee House that they are seriously considering voting against government amendments to the EU referendum, which means ministers still face a defeat in the Commons on… Continue reading The post Labour threatens Commons defeat on purdah as Tory whips threaten their MPs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Just one by-election tonight – a Labour defence in Wales

Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen on Caerphilly (Lab defence) Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 50, Plaid Cymru 20, Independent 3 (Labour majority of 27) Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected Labour 1,854, 1,574, 1,282, 1,181 (61%) Non Party Independents 508, 484, 409, 254 (17%) Independents 438, 389, 378 (12%) […]

Ukip candidate blames Syrian boy’s death on his parents: ‘queue jumping costs’

After a young Syrian child was photographed washed up dead on a Turkish beach, David Cameron has been the subject of much vitriol as the public urges him to do more to… Continue reading The post Ukip candidate blames Syrian boy’s death on his parents: ‘queue jumping costs’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Westminster ‘Out’ campaign snaps up key eurosceptic MPs

A cross-party group of MPs, including Ukip’s only MP, is to formally join the Westminster-based ‘Out’ campaign, Coffee House has learned. An ‘exploratory committee’ of MPs which started discussing how… Continue reading The post Westminster ‘Out’ campaign snaps up key eurosceptic MPs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Far From the Madding Crowd

I can remember 1967 all too well, at least I can remember various intense portions of it. It was confusing because so much novelty was surrounded by so many apparently unchanging and unyielding things. The film accompanying this recording of...

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC