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The pollster that was first to pick up the scale of the SNP surge now has and IndyRef YES with 9% lead

Ipsos MORI Scotland for STV IndyRef finding YES 53% NO 44% DK 3% pic.twitter.com/LgGoYE5ZQG — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 2, 2015

The Free Schools revolution marches on — if Cameron holds his nerve

David Cameron has vowed he will ‘not waver’ in his commitment to free schools and has announced another 500 will open over the next five years — creating 270,000 new school places… Continue reading The post The Free Schools revolution marches on — if Cameron holds his nerve appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are finally starting to show political nous

Chuka Umunna’s call for Labourites to unite around their new leader and show ‘solidarity’ does show a growing acceptance that Jeremy Corbyn is on the brink of being installed as… Continue reading The post Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are finally starting to show political nous appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Accuracy concerns grow over Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron

Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon’s biography of David Cameron has not even been released yet but already it has managed to send ripples through Westminster. Revelations in the Mail on Sunday’s excerpt… Continue reading The post Accuracy concerns grow over Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

I attended another very lively GMB members meeting on equal pay at the Kirkshaws Social Club in Coatbride yesterday. The GMB officials who turned up were given a tough time over three issues in particular: Why is there such a lack of...Show More Summary

Here’s the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and… Continue reading The post Here’s the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Careless Councils

One of the interesting things to emerge from the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the Glasgow bin lorry crash, which claimed the lives of 6 people, is that Glasgow City Council's human resources department failed to do its job properly. Show More Summary

Angry Mobs (28/08/15)

The decision of Scotland's police chief, Sir Stephen House, to stand down from his join nine months early suggests that the 'angry mob' has had its way although the reality is that at his age and length of service the chief constable could have gone at anytime. Show More Summary

Destroying Evidence (19/07/14)

Here's an example of a local newspaper, The Nottingham Post, and a local MP giving a County Council a hard time for destroying files relating to allegations of child sex abuse. Now the issues and time frames are very different, but I...Show More Summary

Vanishing Evidence (06/08/14)

So it's not just North Lanarkshire Council where hugely significant information goes missing at a critical time. Here's a report from the BBC which highlights the fact that a crucial police message at the time of the Hillsborough Disaster...Show More Summary

Destroying Evidence (22/06/15)

I'm told by a highly reliable source that one of the many revelations to emerge from the ongoing Employment Tribunal against North Lanarkshire Council is that senior managers ordered the destruction of important paperwork about the Council's job evaluation scheme (JES). Show More Summary

When will the EU referendum be held? Here are three possible dates

David Cameron has promised to hold an EU referendum before 2017 is over, but there have been no more details on when exactly it will take place. Some Eurosceptics believe… Continue reading The post When will the EU referendum be held? Here are three possible dates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Getting ready for the expected Corbyn victory – leading party figures change their approach

Why have Umunna and others changed their tone on Corbyn? Because they don't want to be blamed if he fails. #r4today — George Eaton (@georgeeaton) September 2, 2015 Asked where he agrees with Corbyn, Umunna cites industrial strategy and changing the structure of the economy. #r4today — George Eaton (@georgeeaton) September 2, 2015 Umunna doesn't […]

Government tries to head off EU purdah defeat

Ministers will publish amendments to the EU referendum bill later today that they hope will stave off a defeat in the House of Commons on the legislation. Tory backbenchers had… Continue reading The post Government tries to head off EU purdah defeat appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Reports say the EU referendum could be held as early as next April

.@BBCAllegra hs learned govt considering holding EU ref as early as April 2016 to exploit weakness of Corbyn-led Labour Party #newsnight — Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) September 1, 2015 On the day Cameron accepted the electoral commission suggestion to change the wording of the EU referendum question, and UKIP turned the OUT movement into a modern […]

WATCH: Why Steve Backshall is one of the best presenters on British television

At a time when so much of television is read from autocue, it’s a joy to come across complete professionals whose love for their subject is second only to their knowledge of… Continue reading The post WATCH: Why Steve Backshall is one of the best presenters on British television appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why don’t we launch a Kindertransport scheme for Syrians?

I never knew my paternal grandfather, who was apparently a bitter, angry right-wing journalist who thought the world was going to hell; although as this was the 1930s, he was… Continue reading The post Why don’t we launch a Kindertransport scheme for Syrians? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Andy and Yvette — a tale of two ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ strategies

Who has the best chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn: Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper? The Burnham and Cooper camps are vying to be the clear ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ candidate, and… Continue reading The post Andy and Yvette — a tale of two ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ strategies appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ukip wars: Party’s London MEP blasts ‘undemocratic’ Mayoral and GLA selections

Ukip’s selection procedure for its London Assembly and Mayoral candidates is ‘undemocratic’, the party’s own MEP for London has told Coffee House. Gerard Batten has refused to take part in the selection… Continue reading The post Ukip wars: Party’s London MEP blasts ‘undemocratic’ Mayoral and GLA selections appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Union Bombshell

So here is the document I referred to earlier today which must come as rather a big bombshell to Unison members in South Lanarkshire. Now there are so many dumb things about this report that it's difficult to know where to start, but...Show More Summary

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