If you’d judged the success of universal credit purely on Iain Duncan Smith’s tone at the Work and Pensions select committee this afternoon, you might conclude that things weren’t going… Continue reading The post Pathfindering and lobster pots: IDS defends Universal credit appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I came across the following quote in one of the newspapers the other day while catching up on the war of words about the future of shipbuilding on the Clyde: Phillips O’Brien, director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies at the University...Show More Summary
Good luck to Trenton Oldfield, his wife Deepa Naik and their newborn baby today: it’s Oldfield’s day of judgement. He will find out if he is to be kicked out… Continue reading The post The spite and vindictiveness of the British state appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The latest edition of Private Eye also picks up a previous report in the Guardian newspaper about the activities of one Reverend Paul Flowers - who is back in the limelight again, but for all the wrong reasons. 100 Years Ago "The Rev...Show More Summary
This week’s Mail on Sunday carried two stories on the same page about immigration. Perhaps unwittingly the two stories — and one man in particular — demonstrate the craziness of this… Continue reading The post Britain’s immigration debate is utterly mad appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
In a curious footballing twist the other day, David Beckham showed himself to be a bigger man than his one time mentor and old boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. The famously grumpy Glaswegian criticised David Beckham for his celebrity lifestyle...Show More Summary
Generally when someone says they ‘couldn’t give a toss’ about something, you can safely bet more than 50p and a cake that it’s the most important thing ever to them.… Continue reading The post Ed Balls: ‘I couldn’t give a toss’ about job speculation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Private Eye, the UK's best and only satirical fortnightly magazine had an unusual take on the Baby P case - which asked some pointed questions of the Metropolitan Police unlike the mainstream newspapers and other media organisations. Show More Summary
Vince Cable is surely right in his comments yesterday that the most likely scenario for Britain leaving the EU is if Ed Miliband is Prime Minister after the next election.… Continue reading The post Vince Cable is right, Britain is most likely to leave the EU under a Labour government appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, has a good take on events in Toronto and the fortunes of the city's Mayor, Rob Ford. Letter from Toronto from Our Own Correspondent Toronto has long relished its relative international anonymity. Show More Summary
Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the media ignored its central thesis. The speech is against equality,… Continue reading The post Boris’s stand on equality prepares him for leadership appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Ken Loach's 'Spirit of '45': nostalgic fiction for the media Left "Do you want to join the revolution love? Good! Mine’s two sugars." That was a joke I heard a lot as a little girl in the Eighties, summing up the toxic Left-wing culture that receded as we adjusted to the political economy that would [...]
pic.twitter.com/lFI1YuYqwM — PolPics (@PolPics) December 9, 2013 Dealing with the “Wasted vote” syndrome In the Independent this morning Nigel Farage seeks to deal with what will be a big negative for his party at GE2015 – the notion that a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote and could let Ed Miliband in. There’s little […]
Osborne has a YouGov lead of 10% as best chancellor. Just 55% of LAB voters backed Ed Balls — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 8, 2013 On Friday YouGov was showing a 12% lead from a poll where the fieldwork mostly took place before Osborne’s autumn statement. It was way out of line with previous polls […]
pic.twitter.com/Wv1pnN50y8 — PolPics (@PolPics) December 7, 2013 Voters turn against when told that a plan has his backing Yesterday’s Ipsos-MORI poll on the Autumn Statement raises an issue that could be troublesome for the Tories as they head into the general election – a branding problem when George Osborne is involved. Back in March the […]
It’s a bit pointless asking whether the Prime Minister has confidence in Iain Duncan Smith, so this morning his spokesman was asked a slightly different question: why does the Prime… Continue reading The post Number 10 defends IDS and universal credit appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Riverside (Lab Defence) and Splott (Lab Defence) on Cardiff Riverside: Result: Lab 1,120 (50% +2%), Plaid 773 (35% +4%), Con 107 (5% -3%), UKIP 97 (4%), TUSC 70 (3% +2%), Lib Dem 58 (3% -1%) Labour HOLD on a swing of 1% from Labour to Plaid Splott: Result: Lab 706 (40% -14%), Lib Dem 604 […]
Seeing the great and the good, from Edward Fox to Edward Balls, play Schumann on the piano in front of a packed house at King’s Place was rather like watching… Continue reading The post Ed Balls thrives in bourgeois version of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
At the beginning of the autumn, strategists from all three parties assumed that the theme of the season would be Labour’s poll lead narrowing as the economic recovery picked up… Continue reading The post The Tories have to fight on their ground, not Labour’s appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
pic.twitter.com/6Ua7E8MkUS — PolPics (@PolPics) December 6, 2013 In ancient Rome, the passing of great leaders would be marked by their elevation to the status of gods. While religion has moved on, the death of Nelson Mandela will no doubt see an equivalent secular process – and rightly so. In captivity, his name motivated a movement; […]