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Dinero Negro (12/10/13)

Spain has been governed by both Conservative and Socialist in the past 15 years, but at long last the problem of 'dinero negro' or black money appears to be getting taken seriously - if this story from the business pages of the Times is an indication of things to come. Show More Summary

What happens next with Heathrow?

Now that the Davies Commission has made its recommendation, the ball is back in the government’s court. The biggest immediate challenge the government has to face is David Cameron’s 2009… Continue reading The post What happens next with Heathrow? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics

Ed Miliband was praised for his integrity by George Osborne after he returned to the Commons and gave a speech so soon after his election defeat. Although the Conservatives have been happy… Continue reading The post Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Did we ever take Goldfinger seriously?

I have never seen ‘The Sound of Music’ (I refused to go and see I on principle, during the months when it incessantly occupied the biggest Cinema in Oxford, week after week after week) or ‘Mary Poppins’, and wouldn’t take...

Rachel Wolf to Number 10

Good news for those who value the Michael Gove education agenda, Rachel Wolf — the founder of the New Schools Network — is joining the Number 10 policy unit. Wolf,… Continue reading The post Rachel Wolf to Number 10 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs Sketch: Airports and angry Nats

Chooom! Davies has arrived. Sir Howard’s report made a text-book landing on the PM’s desk yesterday afternoon and began taxiing towards Cameron’s in-tray. But the PM hasn’t read it yet.… Continue reading The post PMQs Sketch: Airports and angry Nats appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

It’s time to measure child poverty properly

David Cameron’s decision to bin the disastrous measure of child poverty  is an important step towards improving young people’s life chances. Its very existence has led policymakers to use tax credits… Continue reading The post It’s time to measure child poverty properly appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greek referendum going ahead

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More Arguing Lessons for Slow Learners

I can’t predict the future, as I know to my cost. But it’s generally pretty easy to see how the pro-drug lobby, its shills and dupes, will react to anything I write on the subject. So I can usually build...

How a third runway at Heathrow could make for a real Old Etonian mess for Cameron

David Cameron in 2013 reaffirming his 2009 pledge that “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts.” It might be a novel experience for the Tory Party to be split on issue other than than EU, but the third runway at Heathrow has the potential to be just as problematic. […]

There is Nothing for Greece and its People in the Ostensible Objectives of the European Union

Socialism failed. It failed in every variety of realised socialism enacted. It failed in the central, rugged, soviet format; it failed in worker-controlled (various forms) of Balkan socialism; it failed after the arrival of the market-mimicking wonders of computer modelling so beloved of the Poles. Show More Summary

Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants?

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the words of Ms Merkel. The plebiscite will be a vote… Continue reading The post Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Norman Lamb on Peppa Peg: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’

Is it time for a lesbian couple on Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb thinks so. In an interview with PinkNews, the Lib Dem leadership candidate said it should ‘absolutely not be out of… Continue reading The post Norman Lamb on Peppa Peg: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the feet of our long lamented People’s Princess, but I struggled… Continue reading The post Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… Continue reading The post Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre as this issue was discussed and there was much agreement… Continue reading The post PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade students. The new science and universities minister suggested that they rethink… Continue reading The post Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park

The Houses of Parliament are falling down. According to the Independent Options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme - a group of engineers and project managers commissioned to… Continue reading The post There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better

Ten years ago, the Greek minister Yainnos Papantoniou came to London to give a talk at the London School of Economic on the country’s first four years as a member… Continue reading The post The sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A Recent Debate about Russia and Ukraine

Here is the recording, in two parts of the Russia-Ukraine debate in London in which I recently took part, together with Professor Richard Sakwa, Edward Lucas and Orysia Lutsevych My first contribution is at about 28 minutes into the first...

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