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Grangemouth a year on: energy prices and business attitudes

A year since the Grangemouth dispute, and the energy markets are in an even more topsy-turvy place. We're told by the Scottish Trades Union Congress that the dispute didn't change industrial relations in Scotland - though that's notShow More Summary

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on Wednesday evening at a Spectator debate, in association with Brewin… Continue reading The post Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer?

We Canadians like to think that we are a boring and peaceful nation, that nothing much ever happens here, and everybody likes us. It therefore comes as a shock when… Continue reading The post Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Best tip on PB in the past year: UKIP at 40-1 to win Cambourne and Redruth

To whoever suggested this my thanks I’ve just been reviewing my current open political bets and one, which I’d completely forgotten about, was UKIP to win Cambourne & Redruth at an amazing 40/1. It was placed with PaddyPower a week before Christmas. My recall is that this came out of a discussion one evening and […]

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

I don’t want this to become the ‘Tom Tells You To Get High’ blog, so this will be the last time I write about cannabis for awhile, I promise. Unless… Continue reading The post Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Immigration Nation

I am on the wrong side of public opinion on one of the major issues of the time. I support the free movement of Labour across Europe, and am, in general, of the belief that immigration is not a great … Continued

Week ahead

The Parliamentary week will open with what promises to be a major helping of euro-angst in the Commons, as the prime minister reports back from the latest EU summit. The EU Commission's demand for extra money from Britain is bound to...Show More Summary

Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God

A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the clergy identify as evangelical; exactly one-third as Catholic; and just… Continue reading The post Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

8 ways the EU might spend that 1.7 billion surcharge

So the EU wants Britain to pay a 1.7 billion surcharge for the heinous crime of having an economic recovering. How dare we object? Just think of all the good… Continue reading The post 8 ways the EU might spend that 1.7 billion surcharge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading The post Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A sackable offence?

Will it rebuild trust or force MPs to keep their heads down? Next week the Commons debates the detail of a proposed system of "Recall" for members of parliament, allowing voters to sack their elected representatives between elections. Not surprisingly, honourable members are taking a lively interest - this could be the way their careers end. Show More Summary

Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever

I was born in Ottawa. I grew up in Ottawa. I studied in Ottawa. I work in Ottawa. Ottawa is in my DNA, as it is for more than a… Continue reading The post Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Gains for LAB, CON and SNP in this week’s council by-elections

Oban North and Lorn on Argyll and Bute (Ind Defence) Result: Scottish National Party 1,090 (41% +16%), Independent 629 (24% +1%), Labour 530 (20% -2%), Conservative 415 (16% -2%) SNP lead of 461 (17%) on the first count on a swing of 8% from Independent to SNP, SNP GAIN from Independent on the fourth count […]

When ComRes tested impact of prompting for UKIP the views of women barely changed. Male support however jumped by 8%

Two pollsters, three polls, and UKIP shares between 16% and 24% With all eyes on UKIP polling shares following their by election successes the online survey by ComRes for the Indy on Sunday and Sunday Mirror carried out a test to see whether, as many purple enthusiasts argue, their shares are understated by firms that […]

A Con-UKIP electoral pact? Forget it. It isn’t going to happen

Too much pushes the blues and purples apart Split parties do not win elections, so the saying goes.  Nor, by extension, do parties whose natural support base is divided between parties, particularly under FPTP – which is why from time to time we hear calls from some on the right-of-centre for an electoral pact between […]

Local By-Election Results : October 16th 2014

Harper Green on Bolton (Lab Defence) Result: Labour 1,176 (51% -1%), UKIP 777 (33% +15%), Conservative 282 (12% -11%), Greens 38 (2% -2%), Liberal Democrats 28 (1% -3%), Independent 19 (1%) Labour HOLD with a majority of 399 (18%) on a swing of 8% from Labour to UKIP Towyn on Conwy (Con Defence) Result: Conservative […]

Polling analysis: UKIP’s hurting CON even more in the marginals than it was 2 months ago

Latest churn figures from main parties to Farage’s One of the great things about the Lord Ashcroft marginals polling is the sheer scale of it and the size of the overall samples. He tends to operate with samples of 1,000 meaning that the latest batch involved talking on the phone to a total of 11,002 […]

The polling’s not all good for UKIP: See this worrying data for Farage’s party from YouGov and Ipsos-MORI

YouGov polling for the @TheEconomist on perceptions of UKIP. http://t.co/htbjsweQWI pic.twitter.com/stPsFNlqjj — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 17, 2014 Last month Ipsos-MORI had them the most disliked & least liked party Could...Show More Summary

Keep abortion legal – as a last resort

Last week, the Tab, an online student tabloid, published an article by an anonymous Cambridge student entitled ‘I shouldn’t have been aggressively reminded of my abortion at Freshers Fair’. The… Continue reading The post Keep abortion legal – as a last resort appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tonight’s Local By-Election Preview by Harry Hayfield

Harper Green on Bolton (Lab Defence) Result of last election to council (2014): Labour 40, Conservatives 15, Liberal Democrats 3, United Kingdom Independence Party 2 (Labour majority of 20) Result of ward at last election (2013): Labour 744 (52%), Conservative 325 (23%), UKIP 252 (18%), Greens 60 (4%), Liberal Democrats 53 (4%) Candidates duly nominated: […]

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