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Revealed: the cross-party motion to stop Bercow in his tracks over clerk appointment

With just a few days before the House of Commons returns for the autumn term, the revolt against John Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House… Continue reading The post Revealed: the cross-party motion to stop Bercow in his tracks over clerk appointment appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish independence: don't believe Alex Salmond's Nationalist campaign is dead until you see the corpse

The best bit in any action or horror film is the moment when the monstrous villain, supposedly slain, suddenly lurches back into life and takes one last desperate, murderous lunge at the heroes, possibly even taking a few of them down with him into the abyss before finally dying for good. Of course, you know [...]

Have you heard the one about Isis and the ‘Ebola bomb’?

Isis has the Ebola bomb. So be very, very afraid. If you’re a nutjob, that is. The conspiracy website Before It’s News reports that ‘whistleblower and former police officer’ Greg… Continue reading The post Have you heard the one about Isis and the ‘Ebola bomb’? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Salmond and Darling’s Jeremy Kyle debate reinvigorates campaign

Both camps in the Scottish independence debate have now has their shock: Alex Salmond was shaken to be beaten by Alistair Darling in the first debate, while a confident Darling… Continue reading The post Salmond and Darling’s Jeremy Kyle debate reinvigorates campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The inalienable right to enlist

The Spectator, 29 August 1914: “WE need all the recruits we can get,” said the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, and he said no more than every thinking… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The inalienable right to enlist appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Played a Blinder

The first Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling independence debate was a mixed bag, but my immediate reaction after last night's 'Round Two' is that Scotland's First Minister won all the key arguments hands down. Despite a better than expected...Show More Summary

Juvenile and Partisan

Anyone who watched last night's independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling would find this Morten Morland cartoon from The Times completely ridiculous. Not just because it's juvenile and partisan, but because it deliberately misrepresents what was an important event in Scottish public life.

Bicycle Built For Two

Francois Hollande is the driving force behind an international conference to consider the terrible bloodletting in different parts of the Middle East which is a good initiative even if such events have a poor track record of chaining anything on the ground. Show More Summary

Drugs Don't Work

Here's a story from The Independent which shows the terrible effect that the drug 'crystal meth' has on its users which is quite topical as I've only recently finished watching all the episodes of Breaking Bad. Drug abuse and the criminal...Show More Summary

Culpable Homicide

I find it hard to believe than a man would have received a prison sentence of only 11 years after being held responsible for the death of little Mikaeel Kular. Now Mikaeel's mother pled guilty too manslaughter or culpable homicide which...Show More Summary

Clockwork Orange Meets Salafism

Dominic Lawson conjures up an apt description of the sadistic murderers operating under the banner the Islamic State (IS), not so much a band of brave warriors as an out-of-control gang of bullying, religious thugs - Salafism meets Clockwork Orange. Show More Summary

Salmond’s ICM victory in the 2nd IndyRef debate triggers a 2.5% move to YES on Betfair

But did punters misinterpret the ICM voting data? Three weeks ago during the first Salmond-Darling TV encounter the first indications that NO was having the best of it came on the Betfair betting exchange where full data on trading is made available instantly and where you are able to track it. In the two hours […]

View from 22 podcast special: Scottish independence debate round two

In this View from 22 podcast special, Alex Massie, Isabel Hardman and Fraser Nelson analyse this evening’s going on in Glasgow, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling took part in the second round of… Continue reading The post View from 22 podcast special: Scottish independence debate round two appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

ICM has it as a decisive win for Salmond – but will his performance swing votes?

The debate ends with the Betfair betting market unmoved. YES 13.5% chance. Now we wait for the ICM debate poll pic.twitter.com/xJiVsE52Cs — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 25, 2014 Guardian ICM poll – Salmond – 71% Darling – 29% Sample of 500+ — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 25, 2014 On the Betfair exchange the YES price edged […]

Salmond won the debate, but it will make little difference

Judged purely as a debate, you’ve got to call it for Salmond. This time, he was the one looking assured, whereas Darling was the one who looked hapless and evasive. It was foolish of the former Chancellor to think that he could pull the trick that won him the first debate, namely to accuse Salmond [...]

Fighting will continue after debate

Two heavyweight bruisers locked together - both desperate to land a knock-out blow. That, I fear, may be what sticks in the memory after Monday night's debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. The two men's aggression was aShow More Summary

Salmond vs Darling: round two – live

Grab your popcorn – or your vodka bottles. Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. This page will… Continue reading The post Salmond vs Darling: round two – live appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Darling versus Salmond – the 2nd leg: Live discussion with regular betting updates

Just over 2 hours till the #debate starts and Betfair punters makes a YES victory a 13.5% chance. Will tonight's event turn the tide? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 25, 2014

The Stop the World Coalition

The most dominant movement in British foreign policy is not either of the main parties, or any major campaigning group. It is the Stop the World coalition. This is a broad alliance, encompassing Andrew Murray, Lindsey German of the far left to to Matthew … Continued

Mackay and Moody controversy: to punish people for their private conversations is a species of tyranny

Last week, two men in the world of football lost their jobs and suffered widespread public ridicule for things they said in private conversations. I can’t be the only person who finds this outrageous. I don’t particularly care what was in Malky Mackay and Iain Moody’s text messages; I care about the Enlightenment-era principle that, [...]

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