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Forget therapy, all I need to de-stress is an outline picture of a farmyard and a packet of Crayolas

A few years ago, you may remember, the distressing news went round that George W. Bush’s library had burned down. Both books had been destroyed, and what was worse he… Continue reading The post Forget therapy, all I need to de-stress is an outline picture of a farmyard and a packet of Crayolas appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the BBC. Both the ISC’s report and the committee’s chairman Malcolm Rifkind have been… Continue reading The post Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless?

Tristram Hunt has managed to get a great deal of attention for his proposals for private schools helping out state schools, with even his own (private but sufficiently stuffed with… Continue reading The post Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM?

‘Apologies everyone and especially to our Leader’ tweets Rachel Johnson after a very rude word appeared on her Twitter feed about the Prime Minister: Apparently the columnist and famous sibling… Continue reading The post Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cynon Valley: the runners and riders

Labour has revealed a four-women shortlist from which it will choose candidate in Cynon Valley at the next general election. Ann Clwyd, the sitting MP, has made it. Her rivals include Sue Pickering (a Unite member, councillor and AM's...Show More Summary

MPs to discuss legacy of Afghanistan this week

Yesterday the final UK personnel left Kandahar airfield, with just a few hundred British defence workers left in Afghanistan to help train the country’s future officers. MPs have been assured… Continue reading The post MPs to discuss legacy of Afghanistan this week appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report

Could the intelligence services have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby last year? Probably not, but there was more they could have known and possibly done, according to a report from the… Continue reading The post Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

And the winner of the PB Rochester and Strood competition is…..

N.Simms with the winning entry “UKIP by 7.26%” This was 0.02% short of the actual margin of 7.28% and the winner got closest. Congratulations. The winner will receive a copy of the new book edited by Philip Cowley and Rob Ford “Sex Lies & The Ballot Box” which was launched earlier this month and has […]

Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests internet companies are ‘a safe haven for terrorists’

The battle between the spooks and the geeks is heating up. A new report into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has suggested that the brutal attack could have been prevented… Continue reading The post Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests internet companies are ‘a safe haven for terrorists’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Equal Pay Candidate

A regular reader from North Lanarkshire has been in touch with an 'off the wall' suggestion - why doesn't an Equal Pay candidate stand against one of the sitting North Lanarkshire Labour MPs in the May 2015 general election? Now this...Show More Summary

Comedy Caper

John Rentoul takes a different slant to many commentators on the Emily Thornberry affair and argues in this article from The Independent that the Labour leadership has turned an embarrassing incident into a PR disaster. Now I have to...Show More Summary

Thick as Champ

I hope that journalists give the Turkish President Recip Erdogan a hard time over his extraordinary comments about the role of women in society, preferably when he is in the presence of someone like Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and one of the most powerful politicians in the world. Show More Summary

Much To Be Modest About

Gordon Brown is letting it be known through 'close friends' and supporters that he is at long last ready to stand down as Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath which he has represented on a part-time basis for the past three or four years. Show More Summary

Flying the Flag

This 'Matt' cartoon from The Telegraph sums up the bizarre situation facing the Labour Party whereby even the Royal Family at Buckingham Place live in fear of being sneered at by their 'snooty' metropolitan Labour neighbours.

Parachutists and Bungee Jumpers

Dan Hodges shines a light on political parachuting and bungee jumping in his regular column for The Telegraph. And he's right you know although this business of parachuting favoured people into key positions has gone on for a very long time and not just under Ed Miliband's stewardship of the Labour Party. Show More Summary

King of Chess

So the young Norwegian 'King of Chess', Magnus Carlsen (23), managed to retain his world chess crown after defeating the former champion, Vishwanath Anand, in a hard fought game 11 of a 12-game match. Here's a report from Business Insider magazine which explains how young Magnus finally got across the finishing line. Show More Summary

Standards of Care

The BBC sets out a detailed report on the public inquiry which considered allegations about poor standards of care at the NHS Vale of Leven Hospital after an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) in 2007-2008. I plan to read the...Show More Summary

Eric Pickles puts John Prescott’s surplus stationery to good use

Since 2010, every government department has tried to highlight the profligate spending of their predecessors in the most imaginative ways possible. In return, Labour have been on the look out… Continue reading The post Eric Pickles puts John Prescott’s surplus stationery to good use appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse

There was an interesting exchange last night at the annual lecture for Theos, the think tank that does God. After a speech by the economist Will Hutton which paid tribute… Continue reading The post Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can Iain Duncan Smith force Labour to continue his welfare reforms?

Iain Duncan Smith is taking the fight to Labour today, accusing them of being the ‘party of welfare’ with their ‘heads in the sand’ as he marks the next ‘roll-out’ of… Continue reading The post Can Iain Duncan Smith force Labour to continue his welfare reforms? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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