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Dress Sense

Good for Michelle Obama in deciding not to cover her head with a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia - not so much a sign of disrespect, rather a signal to friendly Islamic countries that their practices and customs should be applied in a tolerant manner, especially in respect of others who do not share their religious beliefs. Show More Summary

Labour Mayors

No sooner has one Labour Mayor published a book spilling the beans on Ed Miliband than another defects to UKIP. First Doncaster, now Durham - where will it all end? Labour mayor of Bishop Auckland defects to Ukip claiming 'the partyShow More Summary

More Balls

With 100 days to go until the general election a Sky News projection suggests that the most likely outcome is another hung parliament at Westminster with Labour as the largest party, but the SNP with 53 seats. The Labour leadership,Show More Summary

The horrors of concentration camps

Seventy years on from the liberation of Auschwitz, Roman Kent, who was 12 when he was sent there, wept as he implored the world not to allow anything like that… Continue reading The post The horrors of concentration camps appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Desperate Times

The Telegraph's Scottish editor Alan Cochrane takes the Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to task over his rather silly efforts to portray himself as a different kind of 'Unionist' - not just any old 'Unionist' but a trade unionist born out of a tradition of socialist solidarity. Show More Summary

Coming soon: David Cameron’s obituary

Isabel Oakeshott has gone to such lengths to get close to David Cameron for the biography she is helping Lord Ashcroft write that she has even been pictured following him… Continue reading The post Coming soon: David Cameron’s obituary appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Bonus v Job Evaluation (28/01/15)

I've read some ludicrous things in the formerly 'secret' report to North Lanarkshire's Corporate Management Team (CMT) from August 2005 which was only released to me after a successful appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC). Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire (28/01/15)

North Lanarkshire Council is in newspaper headlines again, but as usual for all the wrong reasons as questions continue to be asked by The Herald newspaper about the nature of 'friendly relations' between Labour politicians and a major contractor. Show More Summary

Chris Bryant breaks two ribs getting out of bed

It’s been a tough few weeks for Chris Bryant since he claimed that ‘we can’t just have a culture dominated by Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt and their ilk’ in… Continue reading The post Chris Bryant breaks two ribs getting out of bed appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: What is wrong with Germany?

From ‘What is Wrong With Germany?‘, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: If the inquiry is to be pushed to the ultimate point, what is wrong with the Germans is their… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: What is wrong with Germany? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rory Bremner takes John Bercow to task over million pound gym revamp

John Bercow got more than he bargained for last night when he presented an award at Paddy Power’s Political Book Awards. Appearing on stage alongside Rory Bremner to giveaway the gong for… Continue reading The post Rory Bremner takes John Bercow to task over million pound gym revamp appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Remember 2005 when LAB and CON were level pegging on votes in England but LAB won 92 more seats

From the Commons Research paper on GE2005 pic.twitter.com/8loUiNhvCe — PolPics (@PolPics) January 25, 2015 There’s little to suggest that such a distortion won’t happen again The blue team has understandably found great cheer and encouragement in the latest polling from a range of firms. The race is undoubtedly getting closer in terms of votes but […]

Uneven gains from lower pump prices

We all know that oil-users win from the price of Brent crude falling below $50, and that oil-producers lose. Those with an eye to climate change would like to remind you that we all lose, longer term. But did you know that it is better-off...Show More Summary

Free markets need defending. Meet CapX

With The Spectator and Coffee House you are already used to getting the very best gossip and news. Can I interest you in the perfect accompaniment?It is a new service… Continue reading The post Free markets need defending. Meet CapX appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour's unlikely Welsh twins

One is Labour MP for Ynys Mon; the other is Labour MP for Caerphilly. But for one unfortunate Hansard reporter, they are both called Albert Owen. Readers of the official report on Monday's House of Commons debates will have noticed an...Show More Summary

The build up starts to what will be the biggest polling event so far in 2015

@LordAshcroft teasing us ahead of his Scottish polling. pic.twitter.com/jHvjVMVJSM — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 28, 2015 Ever since the first post-IndyRef Scottish polls came out showing a huge move to the SNP the standard assumptions that were being made about the GE15 outome were put on one side. For although in GB terms the the […]

PMQs sketch: Cameron demonstrates true gamesmanship

Last week it was seven. This morning it stood at nine. By the end of PMQs it had climbed to 12. The statistic everyone is yawning about is the number… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: Cameron demonstrates true gamesmanship appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do

The government’s Work Programme, launched in 2011 to help long-term unemployed people into work, has been widely condemned in the media. It has been portrayed alternately as greedy, cruel or… Continue reading The post Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who are you trying to persuade?

Winning elections is about two pretty simple things. You’re either trying to change a voter’s mind about you or, if they like you just fine already,  giving them a poke to get them off their arse and to the polling station. The two … Continued

When is a meatball not a meatball?

Q: When is a meatball not a meatball? A: When it’s vegan. Nothing is sacred to the killjoys over at Peta, not even the honest Ikea meatball. Just about the… Continue reading The post When is a meatball not a meatball? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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