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How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb – or not

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to… Continue reading The post How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb – or not appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front

The brilliant Matthew Parris writes in his Times column today about Margaret Thatcher using the word ‘swamped’ in relation to immigration in 1978. We had been averaging 500-700 letters a… Continue reading The post How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: American sympathy

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: We do not ask for help of any material kind from the United States; we recognize that a strict neutrality is not only her… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: American sympathy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

I heard back from one of the claimants who attended the ongoing tribunal hearing involving North Lanarkshire Council the other day. The person is a regular reader of the blog site and understands the issues well, so she was astounded...Show More Summary

Glasgow and Cordia

Cordia is the largest ALEO (Arms Length External Organisation) established by Glasgow City Council, employing over 7,000 staff and providing a range of services from home care to school cleaning and catering. Now shortly after Cordia...Show More Summary

A Mother's Voice

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp must be pleased that the South African authorities have decided to appeal the 5 year culpable homicide prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Because since the trial ended June Steenkamp has let...Show More Summary

Unrepresentative Representatives

George Kerevan writing in The Scotsman 'calls out' the Labour Party over its supine attitude, so far at least, towards home rule and new extensive powers for the Scottish Parliament. In doing so, George points to a number of issues where...Show More Summary

Polly-wolitics and Booky Wooks

Michael Deacon writing in The Telegraph does an excellent hatchet job on Russell Brand's new book with this spoof extract from "A True 'Istory of Polly-wolitics an' That". I think Russell should take the hint and go back to comedy because...Show More Summary

9/11 Nutters

Russell Brand can be an entertaining character at times, but his latest venture into politics leaves him looking completely mad as he puts himself on the side of the 'Truthers' who believe that 9/11 was an inside job. Apparently Russell was promoting a new book of his at the time although on this evidence I'm sure it's not worth buying. Show More Summary

What would a Ukip win in the South Yorkshire PCC by-election tell us?

Before the by-election battle with Ukip in Rochester that Westminster is rather obsessed with, there’s another chance for Nigel Farage’s party to cause a political earthquake. Tomorrow, voters in South… Continue reading The post What would a Ukip win in the South Yorkshire PCC by-election tell us? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

After a series of polls all showing the main parties level-pegging today’s YouGov has LAB creeping back into the lead

Now a 1% margin is something for the red team to cheer For whatever reason things have not been going well for LAB in the polls over the past week. Only the Populus online poll on Monday showed a lead while Opinium, Ashcroft, ComRes and three successive YouGovs had LAB and CON level-pegging. Of course […]

Nick Boles: We can’t control immigration as EU members

Nick Boles has a habit of making explosive interventions and then disappearing from political debate for a little while after an almighty telling off from Number 10. Tonight he may… Continue reading The post Nick Boles: We can’t control immigration as EU members appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

My generation can’t afford to buy a house in London; so what?

The UK Land Registry today released its latest report on house prises, showing the ticket-cost of an average home in England and Wales down 2.2 per cent to £177,299 in… Continue reading The post My generation can’t afford to buy a house in London; so what? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign

Liam Fox has launched a series of ‘One Minute Fox’ videos in which he sets out his position on various hot issues from the threat of fundamentalism to welfare reform. He unveiled… Continue reading The post Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Another election in the offing...

Further to my post about the Asquiths in the Lords, this rather interesting note popped up on the Order Paper today: Viscountcy of Stansgate in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Stephen Michael Wedgwood Benn claimingShow More Summary

Why is immigration the main issue?

Immigration has become the main issue so far in the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign. It may be surprising to look at the statistics though. In Rochester and Strood the number of people living there who were born overseas - including Ireland - is 9.3% That is below the national average of 12.4%. Show More Summary

Tunisians vote for hope and against Islamism in weekend election

Tunis A bloody two-day siege at a house in the outskirts of the capital last week didn’t augur well for Tunisia’s landmark elections. Six suspected jihadists, including five women, and… Continue reading The post Tunisians vote for hope and against Islamism in weekend election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey…not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of the house, ‘Isis’. On this week’s episode she was pointed… Continue reading The post Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey…not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who’s playing dirty politics on Lord Freud and welfare? Everyone

The main business of the day in the House of Commons is Labour’s debate on Lord Freud, a row that blew up nearly a fortnight ago. The party’s motion, entitled… Continue reading The post Who’s playing dirty politics on Lord Freud and welfare? Everyone appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill?

What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a sum anything like’ the £1.7 billion demanded by the European… Continue reading The post Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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