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80 Tories could reject plain packaging

While Cabinet members grumble about the way the government’s plain packaging announcement was snuck our last week, those Tories opposed to the measure have been counting up the number of… Continue reading The post 80 Tories could reject plain packaging appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Response to Cornwall Council's latest claims about me

In the light of the statement issued by Cornwall Council earlier today, I have today written to all my colleagues on Cornwall Council with the following:Dear Colleagues Yesterday morning I met with the LADO - the council officer who oversees the process involved when there is a potential child protection issue. Show More Summary

100 days to go

The grids have been drawn up, the campaign is already underway. With the forthcoming election too close to call, for the next 100 days the parties will be throwing everything at trying to win. This will be a carefully targeted battle. Show More Summary

New betting market: How many cabinet ministers will lose their seats?

Th Ashcroft Hallam poll pic.twitter.com/hupZ9psvka — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 27, 2015 The Ashcroft Kingston poll pic.twitter.com/CyxJ6idt75 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 27, 2015 The Ashcroft Loughborough poll pic.twitter.com/SHTXo7vpIx...Show More Summary

Labour fails to turn up to work for Treasury questions

The Commons is pretty quiet at the moment, draining of energy earlier and earlier in the week as MPs head out to their constituencies. So quiet, in fact, that Labour… Continue reading The post Labour fails to turn up to work for Treasury questions appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron reckons Gove prefers a ‘chillax playlist’ to ‘hip-hoppy’ Beyoncé tunes

After Sarah Vine revealed that her husband Michael Gove’s ringtone that infamously disrupted a cabinet meeting was the latest Beyoncé hit, David Cameron has thrown doubt on this version of events.… Continue reading The post Cameron reckons Gove prefers a ‘chillax playlist’ to ‘hip-hoppy’ Beyoncé tunes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Concerns over future of facilities at Launceston Police station

I'm backing our local Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson in his call to get Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner to step in to protect facilities at Launceston Police Station. It follows suggestions that the custody suite at the station...Show More Summary

100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen

Today marks 100 days till the election — so how is the race looking? Still very close, according to the most recent opinion polls. In three polls released over the… Continue reading The post 100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals?

Another day, another hack. This morning, Facebook and Instagram went dark. Facebook has blamed a technical glitch; ‘Lizard Squad’ celebrated another successful attack: Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad —… Continue reading The post Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Another day, another Tory Ukip defection

Sloppy seconds are on the menu for both Ukip and the Conservative party this week. Many questions remain for the Tories after Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir defected to them following a Ukip party investigation. Now, Nigel… Continue reading The post Another day, another Tory Ukip defection appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A medieval war of words: Salman Rushdie vs Times Literary Supplement

Pencils are being sharpened on both sides of the Atlantic as a tiff between the Times Literary Supplement and Salman Rushdie reaches full swing. The author of The Satanic Verses has threatened… Continue reading The post A medieval war of words: Salman Rushdie vs Times Literary Supplement appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Back to the future for ex-Labour leader

The ties and the trouser legs were narrower but Peter Hain's book launch had the feel of a 1970s Tribune rally. Appropriate enough, you might think, as it was at such a gathering - the 1977 Labour conference in Brighton - that Neil Kinnock...Show More Summary

Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews

Over Christmas I finally got around to reading Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth.  I cannot recommend this book – newly translated from the German – highly enough.  It challenges… Continue reading The post Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Debates - on or off?

Debates - on or off? David Cameron says he wants to take part in TV election debates and that he thinks a deal can be done but... he's also setting new conditions for taking part. The PM told the BBC this morning that the Northern Ireland...Show More Summary

More Sloppy Work

Here are some more examples of the sloppy work that went into writing the 'secret' report to North Lanarkshire Council's Corporate Management Team in 2005. Paragraph 2.6"..., pay model NLC5 was more attractive as a long-term workable...Show More Summary

Westminster Election

Ed Miliband is apparently laying out a new '10-year plan' for the NHS if Labour wins the general election in May which prompted the following thoughts to jump into my head. 1 Implementing 10 year plan would require Labour (presumably...Show More Summary

David Cameron wriggles further away from the TV debates

David Cameron had clearly planned his answers to his Today programme so that a casual listener might think that he really is very keen for the TV debates to take… Continue reading The post David Cameron wriggles further away from the TV debates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron should supporting work through tax cuts, not Apprenticeships

In a Telegraph interview, David Cameron today pledges to cut the welfare cap – to £23,000 from £26,000 – to fund another three million Apprentice places. He says that this… Continue reading The post David Cameron should supporting work through tax cuts, not Apprenticeships appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Seven Dwarves

I caught the tail end of a remarkable TV programme the other night presented by Warwick Davies: the story of the Ovitz family who became known as the 'Seven Dwarves of Auschitz'. According to the programme the 'Ovitzes' were the only...Show More Summary

Terror Attacks

I've been a supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for years and I've also campaigned against the vile practice of building more settlements on occupied land in the West Bank. Lots of Israelis support these...Show More Summary

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