The BBC reports on desperate attempts of migrants from Africa who continue to seek refuge in Europe, but their plight became even more complicated the other day with the news that 15 Muslim migrants have been charged with 'murder' after a religious disagreement which resulted in a group of 12 Christians being thrown overboard. Show More Summary
The latest challenge was to suggest suitable Desert Island discs for a historical figure, living or dead. Your choice of castaways was somewhat narrow — Richard III, Henry VIII, Tony… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: Nigel Farage’s Desert Island discs (plus: a politician’s take on Kipling’s ‘If’) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From ‘Some reflections of an alien enemy: the contradiction between being and feeling an Englishman, by a Czech’, The Spectator, 17 April 1915: What I most regret having lost is… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: At home in England appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Contradictory nuances make it hard for both CON or LAB You might think that the extremely positive employment figures released yesterday would be cause for a great deal of campaigning from the Conservatives, both positively on their record and negatively against Labour. After all, the repeated criticisms and past predictions of doom from the Eds […]
An hour and a half watching Ed Miliband debate four people who are not going to be Prime Minister. That is the ordeal you had to go through in order… Continue reading The post No. That poll didn’t put Ed ahead in the Prime Minister stakes. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The turning of the tide or just sample variation? Survation trend chart including their latest with CON lead pic.twitter.com/CtBrHBYt9Y — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 17, 2015 CON take the lead in D Mirror Survation poll CON 34% (+4); LAB 33% (-2); UKIP 17% (+1); LD 7% (-1); SNP 4% (NC); GRE 3% (-1) — Mike Smithson […]
Labour’s efforts to stem the nationalist tide in Scotland aren’t working. Lord Ashcroft has polled eight marginals north of the border and the results confirm that the SNP is on course… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy, Douglas Alexander and Charles Kennedy set to lose seats as SNP march continues appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
On the subject of politicians using language effectively, the funniest quote of today has to go to Green leader Natalie Bennett, who told the World at One today that: ‘On… Continue reading The post What ‘large quantities of goods’ can Natalie Bennett be shifting around? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If I had a spare £1 million swashing about in my bank account or down the back of the sofa, I am pretty sure I could come up with, give… Continue reading The post 45 million reasons why donations to political parties are dodgy as hell appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nicola Sturgeon’s style transformation over the past decade has been well-documented. The Mail on Sunday journalist Liz Jones went so far as to suggest that she had gone from being… Continue reading The post ‘Naughty’ Nicola Sturgeon reveals the saucy portrait that hangs in her home appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Into each day, outrage must fall. Today Iain Duncan Smith has performed the service of upsetting everyone by telling Sky News that zero-hours contracts should be rebranded ‘flexible-hours contracts’. The Work… Continue reading The post Iain Duncan Smith is right about zero hours contracts – he’s just far too late appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If the Fast & Furious team made Casablanca 2 (‘Morocco Drift’) it would be a more artistically credible, better acted, and more entertaining movie than Star Wars: Episode I –… Continue reading The post The trailer for the new Star Wars film suggests it could be the best yet appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might be a blinged-up billionaire with more yachts than most people… Continue reading The post There’s no such thing as a Black Vote. There’s also no such thing as a White Vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
What will Ukip do with the £1.3 million donated by Express chief Richard Desmond? The party cannot plough the money directly into its fight in South Thanet because strict spending… Continue reading The post How Ukip plans to boost its national campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Ashcroft. SNP GAIN from CON Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale pic.twitter.com/5mFt9vew1X — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 17, 2015 Ashcroft Scottish polling SNP GAIN Ross, Skye & Charlie Kennedy's seat pic.twitter.com/vojHWw7599...Show More Summary
I agree with much of what Iain Duncan Smith said on Sky TV this morning: that zero-hours contracts should be rebranded ‘flexible-hours contracts’, that they are good for work-life balance… Continue reading The post It’s time to put all our MPs on ‘flexible-hours contracts’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The jobs miracle continues – two million new jobs have now been created since David Cameron took over. The Tories are rightly boasting about all of this today, even if… Continue reading The post UK jobless rate now heading to a 40-year low appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This is the Airone, a fishing boat from Mazara del Vallo, in Sicily. It was boarded by armed militias early this morning in international waters and taken in tow towards a Libyan port (probably Maserata). The crew were resisting being...Show More Summary
Does Douglas Carswell agree with Nigel Farage’s controversial comments on treating foreigners with HIV? When I asked the Ukip leader, Farage responded ‘Yeah of course, he thinks we should have a… Continue reading The post Is Douglas Carswell avoiding the HIV question — or should he be given a break? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I thought Farage was rather good in that debate yesterday. It’s about time someone stuck it to the bovine, self-important, audiences – it takes a bit of guts to do… Continue reading The post It takes guts to stick it to the stuck-up BBC audience appeared first on Spectator Blogs.