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Announcing PB’s General Election night event + today’s Populus poll

2200-0600 May 7th 2015 – Finborough Arms Kensington This is from Jeff Bell who used to post as Stonch. “Kensington and Chelsea have now granted me and all night licence for the Finborough on May 7th so I can go ahead with an election all-nighter. The event will be ticket only from 10pm when polls […]

Why do our leaders continue to squander money on overseas aid?

One of the more bizarre mysteries of contemporary British politics is the ironclad, almost fanatical intensity of the government’s commitment to foreign aid spending and the activities of DFID, the… Continue reading The post Why do our leaders continue to squander money on overseas aid? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Last night’s debate was a fascinating experiment in human behaviour

The BBC opposition leaders’ debate wasn’t great political theatre, but it did turn into a fascinating experiment in human behaviour. A third of the way through, Nigel Farage suddenly imploded,… Continue reading The post Last night’s debate was a fascinating experiment in human behaviour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

The third week of the election campaign looks set to end with a day of reflection. Last night’s opposition leaders’ debate provided plenty of things to ponder, not least how… Continue reading The post Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

A kind reader from North Lanarkshire drew my attention to the fact that the Council yesterday rushed out statement on equal pay which is reproduced below. Now as far as news is concerned, this is definitely the 'dog bites man' variety because we know all this already and have done for weeks, if not months. Show More Summary

NLC Update (16/04/15)

A number of readers have been in touch to ask what happened to the 20th April 'deadline' which has been referred to previously. Well as things stand there is no chance of making that deadline because there is a 5 working day turnaround time which A4ES requires to get all the letters printed, checked and in a position to be sent out. Show More Summary

Mark Who? (18 /01/14)

I managed to find the old Unison Press Release which my former chums in the union issued in response to my resignation from the Scottish Labour Party back in 1999 - and h ere's what it had to say. UNISON RESPONDS TO MARK IRVINE'S RESIGNATION...Show More Summary

Neil Kinnock Rest Home

John Rentoul writing in The Times pours scorn on the suggestion that Ed Miliband will survive as Labour leader if he fails to win the general election. In fact, he goes further and suggest that Ed will end up in the Neil Kinnock Rest...Show More Summary

Horse with No Name

I've been watching 'Breaking Bad' on Netflix recently, a really bizarre but compulsively watchable American TV series starring Bryan Cranston - the likeable, goofy and put-upon Dad from 'Malcolm in the Middle', another great comedy export from the USA. Show More Summary

Medicinal Reasons Only

I was glad to see that the judge in this case reported by the BBC was not fooled by the drunken idiot, Leonard Shaw, who fell off the Friarton Road Bridge after crashing his car. I'm only surpassed he didn't try the old WC Fields joke...Show More Summary

Another Arrogant Tosser

I didn't watch all of last night's 'challengers' debate in the general election, but I saw enough to conclude that Ed Miliband is an arrogant tosser. Because instead of holding his hands up and accepting that the Westminster Parliament...Show More Summary

Democracy and Green Cheese

I enjoyed this report from the BBC which reports that the Syriza-led Government in Greece will not be calling further elections anytime soon. Because what would be the point of an election or a referendum if the question being askedShow More Summary

The Tories have fallen for their own spin on Miliband

Believing your own hype is a dangerous thing in politics (and elsewhere). So is falling for your own spin. Spin is a message you craft that bears a tenuous link… Continue reading The post The Tories have fallen for their own spin on Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Arrogant Tosser (16/04/15)

The Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, has reacted badly to being thrown under the bus by his Labour colleagues in London after being put in his place over the need for future spending cuts. In fact, Jim has lost the plot altogether...Show More Summary

Macho Men

The Guardian report that a ridiculous gang of macho bikers who go by the silly name of the 'Night Wolves' wants to travel to Berlin to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany. No mention is made of the years of repression that followed under...Show More Summary

My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation

Missing from my column this week, for reasons of space etc, was this simple point: I am a Socialist. I am not a liberal. Liberalism, or what it has become,… Continue reading The post My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Even with Scotland will LAB still be able to win more seats than CON for the same national vote share?

Profs Chris Hanretty, John Curtice & Phil Cowley at the PSA GE15 briefing pic.twitter.com/qqf3iFqkKx — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 17, 2015 The academic experts are divided over electoral bias One of the massive questions hanging over the May 7th outcome is the impact of what we are all familiar with – electoral bias that has […]

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the opposition leaders’ TV debate

Ed Miliband managed to surpass expectations in tonight’s opposition leaders’ debate. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final televised… Continue reading The post Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the opposition leaders’ TV debate appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it had definitely paid off. Miliband avoided conceding too much to… Continue reading The post Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who’s won and will it make it any difference to the election campaign?

It's over. Now we wait for the poll to tell us who have won. pic.twitter.com/ssnQy2qi2l — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 16, 2015 I wonder if Cameron regrets not taking part. pic.twitter.com/fRcUE1tMPN — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 16, 2015

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