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CON GE15 prices moves up because Rochester wasn’t as bad as many in the blue team feared

Tories helped by UKIP/Farage’s poor expectation management Mood on spread markets is that Rochester good for CON now just 3 seats behind. Sporting Index http://t.co/56fhx8BJCR pic.twitter.com/9v0QsDcpF1 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 21, 2014 This morning’s movement means that the CON price has advanced by 7 seats since SPIN opened its market 11 days ago. The […]

Week ahead

Further attempts to beef up the voters' rights to sack their MP between elections (Monday) and the possibility of detailed allegations about historic child abuse (Thursday) supply the main possibilities for parliamentary drama next week. One...Show More Summary

Seven good reasons why you should avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics

Thanks to Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics put an end to a world where people died from the most innocuous infection. But they’re no longer the panacea they… Continue reading The post Seven good reasons why you should avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Reckless win 'never in real doubt'

After what seemed like a long by-election campaign, there was another very long wait last night for the result. It was after 04:00 GMT when Rochester and Strood's former MP Mark Reckless was confirmed as the constituency's next MP. I...Show More Summary

Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour

Walk round the Commons today and it is striking that Tory MPs are in relatively good spirits while Labour ones looks distinctly more downcast. At first this seems odd, after… Continue reading The post Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Reckless gets a cross party welcome

On zero sleep and only seven hours after being re-elected, Mark Reckless was back in the Commons and sitting on the opposition benches. Rushing back to take part in a… Continue reading The post Reckless gets a cross party welcome appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Blame Game at NLC

A regular reader from North Lanarkshire has been in touch about my recent post on the 'blame game' within the Council's senior ranks and to ask, given the way things are going, if an emergency supply of 'incontinence' pads might soon be required over at Motherwell Civic Centre where all the big wigs hang out. Show More Summary

Same as the Old Boss?

The Scotsman newspaper portrays Nicola Sturgeon in the same light as her old boss, Alex Salmond, which is perhaps not surprising given they have worked as a team, so successfully, for the past ten years. But I do think Nicola Sturgeon...Show More Summary

Labour Relaunch

The Independent seems unimpressed at the steps attempt to restore the political fortunes of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband. Now I agree with the newspaper's assessment although not out of any personal malice, I just think that it's a...Show More Summary

Political Demagogue

The Turkish prime minister, Recip Erdogan, seems like a dangerous fool if you ask me, because his latest claim that Muslim sailors landed in America in 1178 sounds like propaganda with no purpose other than to aggrandise the Islamic religion. Show More Summary

Football Crazy

I fail to understand how this idiotic young woman managed to escape a football banning order after being found guilty of throwing a flare onto the pitch in a match involving Rangers Football Club. Not only did Emma Leslie deny the charges,...Show More Summary

Loch Ness Monster

I laughed at this parliamentary sketch in The Herald the other day which reports that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has developed a potentially lethal put down of the Labour leader with the observation that more voters in Scotland believe in the Loch Ness Monster than in the leadership qualities of Ed Miliband. Show More Summary

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is still a common occurrence in Scotland, perhaps because of the ordeal involved in going to court which is plain to see in this case where the violent, drunken partner of radio DJ Suzie McGuire was convicted of a string of assaults with her two young children being required to give evidence. Show More Summary

Mercy and Justice

Alison Pearson has written quite the best comment I've read about the events which led to Tania Clarence killing her three profoundly disabled children. I suspect there is much more to come out about the behaviour of the 'professionals'...Show More Summary

Bookies point to Philip Hollobone as next Tory-Ukip defector

Forget opinion polling, bookmakers are usually the most astute predictors of election outcomes. Ladbrokes are out in force in Rochester town centre this morning, giving odds on what might happen… Continue reading The post Bookies point to Philip Hollobone as next Tory-Ukip defector appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UKIP - dealing with the devil

After UKIP's latest by-election victory, Nigel Farage says he's aiming to hold the balance of power after the next election. He told me that he would do a deal with the devil - in other words supporting either David Cameron or Ed Miliband...Show More Summary

The Spectator at war: Dispatches from the front

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: The papers of Tuesday and Wednesday contained two exceptionally interesting despatches from an eyewitness at Sir John French’s headquarters. These descriptive narratives have improved… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Dispatches from the front appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rochester points to a British general election where no one wins

Rochester is not a freak. It has given us a glimpse of what bookies now believe to be the lost likely outcome of the next election: that no one wins.… Continue reading The post Rochester points to a British general election where no one wins appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will there be more defections to Ukip?

Now that Ukip has bagged a seat that the Tories thought they could win, other would-be defectors may well be having a good long think about their chances. The fact… Continue reading The post Will there be more defections to Ukip? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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