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The Europe 'bomb' goes off

This is a body blow for David Cameron. When he became Tory leader, he told his party that they needed to stop obsessing about Europe. This defection - and the by-election which will follow - will revive that obsession. Conservative MPs...Show More Summary

All defecting MPs should, like Douglas Carswell, put their decision to a by-election

More on the wider meaning of Douglas Carswell later, but a quick thought on his decision to seek a by-election after defecting. This is new, and welcome. Previously, MPs who crossed the floor simply took up their seat in their new party and sat out the rest of the Parliament, their constituents denied any chance [...]

Douglas Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and now Ukip

This is no ordinary defection. It would be easy for the Tories to brush off a member of the old guard as a swivel-eyed headbanger, but Douglas Carswell is not… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and now Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection

Douglas Carswell’s defection today to Ukip is terrible for David Cameron. But it is also deeply inconvenient for his band of eurosceptic brothers. He was a key member of a… Continue reading The post Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rotherham child abuse: the liberal Left is circling the wagons over the race question

It’s happening again. It is happening in front of our eyes. The denial. The deflection. The deceit. All of the toxic impulses that contrived to allow the systematic abuse of thousands of children in Rotherham are again being redeployed in the face of the damning, incontrovertible evidence of the nature and scale of that abuse. [...]

Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading The post Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Douglas Carswell's defection is a coup for Ukip. But has he joined the right party?

Douglas Carswell has defected to Ukip. And I always thought their first MP might be Paul Daniels. Although I am informed by Twitter that it was in fact Bob Spink, formerly of Castle Point. Which makes sense. If you had to imagine the name of a Ukip MP, it would be Bob Spink. Sounds like [...]

Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip is a seismic shock to the British political system

There are very few MPs I admire more than Douglas Carswell. He is principled, decent, and has gone into politics for all the right reasons. He believes in all the things to which ordinary politicians pay lip service, but in reality frighten them to death. Above all, Mr Carswell is an advocate of popular democracy: [...]

CON MP, Douglas Carswell, defects to UKIP AND is resigning to fight by-election

MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell has announced he is defecting from the Conservatives to #Ukip — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 28, 2014 The results from @DouglasCarswell Clacton at GE2010. Can he hold that for UKIP pic.twitter.com/5MVJA1CnbS — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 28, 2014

Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip

In the past few minutes, Tory MP Douglas Carswell has announced at a special press conference that he is defecting to Ukip. This is a surprise for a number of… Continue reading The post Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Worried about Britain’s poor social mobility? Here’s a way to change things

Today’s report about the penetration of the privately-educated at the top of British society should be familiar: the Sutton Trust has been producing this study for years and the picture… Continue reading The post Worried about Britain’s poor social mobility? Here’s a way to change things appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast: Britain’s ambulance crisis, Cameron’s European way and the cultural generation gap

999, what’s your emergency? This time, it’s one right at the heart of the ambulance service, as Mary Wakefield reveals in this week’s Spectator. Paramedics are fleeing and needless calls… Continue reading The post Podcast: Britain’s ambulance crisis, Cameron’s European way and the cultural generation gap appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Revealed: why paramedics are fleeing the NHS

I can’t blame bigwigs in the NHS for the meltdown of our 999 service. It’s fundamentally our own fault that the service we depend on to save our lives is… Continue reading The post Revealed: why paramedics are fleeing the NHS appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The first battle

‘News of the Week’ in The Spectator, 29 August 1914: THERE is cause for manly anxiety, there is cause for stern determination; above all, there is cause for unflagging energy… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The first battle appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Accountability and Public Services

Here are two excellent reports on the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal - one from the Guardian, the other from the Independent. I am still reading the report by Professor Alexis Jay, but one case study that stands out is that of a father...Show More Summary

Groundhog Day in Gaza

The situation in Gaza appears to have returned to where it was before the last war erupted in 2012 except for the fact that there has been even more destruction, terror and a further huge loss of life. The blockade of Gaza's bordersShow More Summary

Silent Slaughter

A report from The Telegraph gives an alternative slant to the experience of daily life in Raqqa which the Islamic State (IS) would have the world believe is a land of 'milk and honey, relatively speaking at least yet, in practice their rule is enforced through terror and violence. Show More Summary

Elephant in the Room

Anyone who has lived and worked in Glasgow could tell you that the alcohol abuse is a much greater, more damaging social problem than online gambling, yet for some reason Kevin McKenna ignores this 'elephant in the room' and instead names various forms of gambling as Scotland's Public Enemy Number 1. Show More Summary

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