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Farage in trouble in Thanet S while Clegg could be struggling in Sheffield Hallam

Main opposition party leader seat polling from @Lord Ashcroft pic.twitter.com/NtRm0hCnih — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 27, 2014 But elsewhere latest Ashcroft polls good for LDs LDs 9% lead over CON in latest batch @LordAshcroft...Show More Summary

Scottish Parliament

I don't know about anyone else, but if you ask me what Devo Max or home rule for Scotland means - I say it means that the Scottish Parliament should be responsible for raising and spending the bulk of the 'tax take' north of the border. Show More Summary

Devo Max (2 November 2011)

Last week I wrote about Max Power - the alter ego of Homer Simpson who decided to reinvent himself as a new, dynamic and more exciting character.The talk of the steamie this week is Devo Max - which sounds a lot like Max Power, but is really about striking the right balance between different levels of political power and decision making. Show More Summary

Net migration target fails as Cameron prepares to make more immigration pledges

We are still waiting for David Cameron’s immigration speech, expected ‘this week’. The Conservatives tried to get their apology in early for failing to meet their target to get net… Continue reading The post Net migration target fails as Cameron prepares to make more immigration pledges appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Want to stay warm this winter? Then get naked, wear mittens and tuck into a curry

Brrr, getting chilly out there, isn’t it? Here are some proven – and perhaps surprising – ways to keep warm and cosy in cold weather: Sip a hot drink There’s… Continue reading The post Want to stay warm this winter? Then get naked, wear mittens and tuck into a curry appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why change in Scotland will change the whole UK

If you think today's constitutional changes are only about Scotland, think again. If you think they mark the end of a process of change, think again. If you think they will end the debate about Scottish independence, think again. The...Show More Summary

The British jobs miracle is making a mockery of David Cameron’s migration target

Now we know why the Home Secretary did not commit the ‘tens of thousands’ immigration pledge rashly made by David Cameron in opposition. Britain is midway through a job creation… Continue reading The post The British jobs miracle is making a mockery of David Cameron’s migration target appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will the Smith Commission proposals help or destroy the UK?

The phrase ‘Britain will never be the same again’ is overused. But today its use is justified. The Smith Commission proposals on further devolution for Scotland are a huge step… Continue reading The post Will the Smith Commission proposals help or destroy the UK? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tristram Hunt is right: private schools do need to do more for the state sector

Please can we give Tristram Hunt a break? I’m right behind him when it comes to getting private schools to share their largesse with the state sector, and I mean,… Continue reading The post Tristram Hunt is right: private schools do need to do more for the state sector appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The National shows just how much danger the Union – and Scotland – is still in

This is a piece from this week’s Spectator magazine: Nearly 20 years ago, during one of the many impasses on the road to ‘peace’ in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams reminded… Continue reading The post The National shows just how much danger the Union – and Scotland – is still in appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nerds, spies and terrorists: the online battle for freedom of the press

Imagine there was one newspaper that landed all the scoops. Literally all of them. Big news, silly news, the lot. When those girlfriendless, finger-wagging freaks in Syria and Iraq opted… Continue reading The post Nerds, spies and terrorists: the online battle for freedom of the press appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Preachers of sedition

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: If the press is to be muzzled, why do not the muzzling laws hold good in Ireland? It is against all common-sense to place… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Preachers of sedition appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

FoI and Equal Pay

I submitted an FoI request to North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) on 5 November 2014 which means that the Council has 28 days (i.e. until 3 December) to respond and say whether or not it will release details of NLC's controversial 'performance management scheme' for chief officials. Show More Summary

Rabble Rousing

As I read this article by Bonnie Green, an American born commentator, my attention was drawn to a TV interview with the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giu lani, who was pointing out on screen that 'only' 1% of black Americans are killed by white cops and that 93% of deaths are the result of black on black killings. Show More Summary

Murderous Cool

David Aaronovitch gets to the heart of what makes modern day Jihadis tick: a kind of detached 'murderous cool' that is similar in somevways to the absurd Helter Skelter philosophy of Charles Manson. Now the Manson Family operated inShow More Summary

Stop the STWC (2)

The Independent published this non-story about Tony Blair and Save the Children the other day in which campaigners inside and outside the charity give vent to their 'Stop the War' (STW) politics. Now how this is news beats me and while...Show More Summary

Stop the STWC (1)

I published a post about the ridiculous antics of the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) the other day and then I came across this opinion piece by Rob Marchant in The Independent. Now I don't follow developments in STWC that closely because...Show More Summary

King of Kings

For the past 25 years Gordon Brown's writ has run ruthlessly throughout the Scottish Labour Party; few big decisions were ever made without Gordon's blessing including, for example, the election of the l ast three Labour leaders in Scotland: Wendy Alexander, Iain Gray and Johann Lamont. Show More Summary

Respect!

Rod Liddle does the most effective and funniest put-down of Ed Miliband's claim to think of the word 'respect' whenever the Labour leader is confronted by an image of a White Van Man complete with England flags flying in the background. Show More Summary

Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James Forsyth debate their articles on the battle between the geeks and… Continue reading The post Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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