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‘The noes have it’: Government loses bid to topple John Bercow

MPs have voted against William Hague’s proposal that the re-election of the Speaker at the start of the next Parliament should be done via a secret ballot. The Noes have it,… Continue reading The post ‘The noes have it’: Government loses bid to topple John Bercow appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Charles Walker: I have been played for a fool

The Commons has gone beyond uproar on the vote on the secret ballot to re-elect the speaker. There has been clapping, a standing ovation, and tears. Charles Walker, chair of… Continue reading The post Charles Walker: I have been played for a fool appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

That Cambridge Debate - A new version

Here is a new and better-synchronised version of the debate which I had with Edward Lucas about central Europe, Russia and the EU, in Cambridge on 13th March. The sound is weaker, but clearer. The organisers hope eventually to have....

A UKIP gain in Dudley N, where the Tories have had candidate troubles, might at 10-3 be a value bet

Lord Ashcroft polls This is one of UKIP’s best chances to take a LAB seat We’ve talked a lot about the CON-UKIP battleground but not about the LAB-UKIP one. Certainly the focus of the purples has been on the former but that doesn’t mean there are not opportunities with the latter. One place I’m hearing […]

Parliament finishes in uproar over Speaker vote

Well, after months of Parliament appearing boring, tired and without things to discuss, the zombie seems to have woken up. MPs are currently in uproar in the Chamber over William… Continue reading The post Parliament finishes in uproar over Speaker vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How did the Liberal Democrat cross the road?

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their funky new campaign poster this morning, only to unceremoniously dump it on a yellow line on an empty street in Westminster: Mr S is… Continue reading The post How did the Liberal Democrat cross the road? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

5 key ways the next government can deliver on its campaign promises

Every government comes to power eager to deliver on its manifesto pledges and policy ideas. Yet our polling shows that just 1 in 6 of us believe politicians focus on fulfilling… Continue reading The post 5 key ways the next government can deliver on its campaign promises appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our… Continue reading The post Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach?

Tonight Ed Miliband and David Cameron will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in two separate interviews, after Cameron declined to do a head-to-head interview with the Labour leader. Now, Mr S hears… Continue reading The post Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Processed food is dangerous. It’s time for radical action that libertarians will hate

Two very different but valuable crops are grown in Central and South America. After hours of toil, each is carefully harvested. But it’s not the plant itself that is prized:… Continue reading The post Processed food is dangerous. It’s time for radical action that libertarians will hate appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How Ukip became the incredible disappearing party

The establishment drive to marginalise Ukip has been under way for three months now, and it has having its effect. You will not read anything about Ukip in your newspapers… Continue reading The post How Ukip became the incredible disappearing party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jeffrey Bernard and Jeremy Clarkson would have understood each other

A lot of people seem to have confused the fact that Jeremy Clarkson is right wing and amusing (which they believe is at odds with the culture of the BBC)… Continue reading The post Jeffrey Bernard and Jeremy Clarkson would have understood each other appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast: Cameron’s second coalition dream and the problems of the sharing economy

David Cameron is secretly planning for a second coalition, according to the new Spectator. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Miranda Green discuss the possibility of another Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition...Show More Summary

An Interesting Article on Ukraine : Was it a Coup?

I have only just come across this interesting article on the Ukraine and on the Western media's near-unanimous rejection of the view that President Yanukovych was overthrown by a putsch. https://consortiumnews.com/2015/01/06/nyt-still-pretends-no-coup-in-ukraine/ Amongst many other good points, there are reflections on...

Revealed: Julian Lewis’ email on the ‘unworthy manoeuvre’ against John Bercow

William Hague has given today’s vote that will set up a secret ballot on the re-election of the Speaker as a ‘leaving present’ to Tory MPs. But not all of… Continue reading The post Revealed: Julian Lewis’ email on the ‘unworthy manoeuvre’ against John Bercow appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: President Wilson’s mistake

From ‘President Wilson’s Mistake’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: President Wilson’s attitude can only be described as a tragedy. We do not believe that there was a man more determined… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: President Wilson’s mistake appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Terms of Endearment - and What Happened to Those Vegetables? Did they Die in Vain?

I never realised that Prime Ministers were elected, or that they served for terms. I thought they were MPs, elected as such in their constituencies, who were asked by Her Majesty to form governments, if they seemed likely to be...

Salmond's Poodle

I managed to catch the last PMQ's of this Westminster Parliament and John Rentoul's portrait of events is spot on because Ed Miliband had a bad day at the office and was left looking completely flat-footed. At one point David Cameron...Show More Summary

Time To Go

I wrote my post about David Cameron's 'no third term' statement before I read Daniel Finkelstein's recent column in The Times, but our views are very similar and it seems very sensible to me that political leaders ought to have a fixed shelf-life at all levels of local and national government. Show More Summary

On and On (25/03/15)

David Cameron's announcement that he won't stand for a third term as Prime Minister if the Conservative Party wins the general election, sounds eminently sensible to me. Because no elected political leader should be going 'on and on' in the manner of President Putin of Russia or President Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Show More Summary

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