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Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais

The right to free movement of people and goods across the EU is, as we keep being told when the government proposes to trim benefits for Romanians, a fundamental and… Continue reading The post Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is Cameron ready for his European opportunity?

Could Greek voters back austerity measures to keep their country in the eurozone this weekend? Today’s papers cover a poll by GPO which put ‘Yes’ on 47.1 per cent and… Continue reading The post Is Cameron ready for his European opportunity? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: A struggle in Bohemia

From ‘John Hus’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: Here and there we have indications that this titanic struggle has not led the Czechs to renounce their hatred of all that… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: A struggle in Bohemia appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why my LD leadership vote could be against my betting self interest

The highly regarded ex-minister or the successful campaigner? Just got from a wonderfully restful holiday near the ancient sherry town of Jerez in south West Spain to find my LD leadership voting papers there waiting for my attention. The choice is very difficult. Back in April 2011 I suggested on PB that Norman Lamb, then […]

Local By-Election Preview: July 2nd 2015

Grantham, Barrowby on Lincolnshire (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2013): Conservatives 36, United Kingdom Independence Party 16, Labour 12, Lincolnshire Independents 8, Liberal Democrats 3, Independents 2 (No Overall...Show More Summary

Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke

When George Osborne covered for David Cameron at PMQs last month, it was seen as his chance to prove to his critics that he was prime ministerial material. Alas, his attempt at a joke… Continue reading The post Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast: Greece’s tragedy, David Cameron’s EU opportunity and expanding Heathrow

The crisis in Greece is rapidly turning into a tragedy. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry Mount and Vincenzo Scarpetta discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the situation in Greece. What are the… Continue reading The post Podcast: Greece’s tragedy, David Cameron’s EU opportunity and expanding Heathrow appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why are politicians trying to boss the BBC around?

One of the most striking things about the debate in the Commons this afternoon on Britain and International Security was that rather than debate the complexities of intervening in Syria,… Continue reading The post Why are politicians trying to boss the BBC around? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at our school he remarked that in Islam one was allowed… Continue reading The post Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Get Off Your Knees! (04/09/15)

Once a year, newspapers like The Guardian and Observer give the TUC a chance to say how it would put the world to rights and someone, normally from the research department, is then called upon to write an article for the general secretary setting out its stall on the eve of the TUC's annual congress, which this year is being held in Liverpool. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I received a number of angry emails from GMB members in North Lanarkshire who say they are intent on resigning from the union over its handling of their equal pay claims. Now I can well understand people's anger and frustration, but if you ask me resigning from the union would simply let the GMB off the hook. Show More Summary

Cure For Cancer (02/01/15)

Here's an interesting article from The Independent in which an eminent doctor argues that it's a waste of time and resources trying to find a cure for cancer. Now I take his general point about a 'planned' death having significant advantages over a sudden death or a long, slow decline into dementia or Alzheimer's. Show More Summary

Putin's Russia

President Putin has allegedly given his supporters in Chechnya to run the country as they like, so long as they prevent this part of the Russian Federation from breaking away and claiming its independence. And they appear to be taking him at his word if this report in The Guardian is anything to go by. Show More Summary

Look Back In Anger (09/04/11)

The Telegraph newspaper ran a great article yesterday - setting out the timeline and all the key milestones in getting to the truth over the MPs' expenses scandal. The details are reproduced below which make very interesting readingShow More Summary

Tieless But Clueless (28/04/15)

The Guardian reports that things in Greece are going from bad to worse and that political support for the Syriza-led government is collapsing which comes as no surprise as their strategy involves little more than blaming everyone else for the mess of the Greek economy. Show More Summary

HIGNFY

Ian Hislop surprised me on Have I Got News For You (HIGNFY) recently because more often than not I agree with the editor of Private Eye who, by and large, speaks a lot of common sense. But he went off the rails with some rather ill-judged...Show More Summary

Suicide Note

David Miliband has maintained a dignified silence since losing the Labour leadership to his younger brother Ed, but chose to speak out recently as the scale of the party's defeat begins to sink home. In this piece for The Times Rachel...Show More Summary

The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

You can take the head teacher out of school, but you can’t take school out of the head teacher. Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January… Continue reading The post The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour sets out conditions for supporting intervention against Isis in Syria

Michael Fallon was very careful indeed to push the issue of military action against Isis in Syria in as gentle a fashion as possible when he came to the Chamber… Continue reading The post Labour sets out conditions for supporting intervention against Isis in Syria appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Greek finance minister says he’d rather ‘cut his arm off’ than sign a deal that doesn’t include debt relief

Greek Fin Min @yanisvaroufakis won't sign deal without debt restructuring. #GreeceCrisis http://t.co/C6Qf4aQdLz pic.twitter.com/gbgHrr1ksD — Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) July 2, 2015 Latest betting odds on the Greek referendum. pic.twitter.com/nAOfZvhB2u...Show More Summary

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