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Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth

I know by heart the first two verses of Arthur Hugh Clough’s ‘Say not the struggle naught availeth’, the warning that ‘if hopes were dupes, fears may be liars’, and that apparent defeat may conceal real victory. I used to...

Jeremy Corbyn wins a celebrity backer

Although the majority of the MPs who helped to get Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper have remained mysteriously silent since a poll predicted that he is on course to… Continue reading The post Jeremy Corbyn wins a celebrity backer appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Was the Global Warming Pause a Myth?

Is the world still getting warmer? If so, how fast? Has there been a global warming ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ or not? Or has the recent warming rate been as fast, or… Continue reading The post Was the Global Warming Pause a Myth? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Voting for Jeremy Corbyn is the right thing to do

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to defend it in the media, I’ve been doing my best… Continue reading The post Voting for Jeremy Corbyn is the right thing to do appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tragedy on the American Left as liberals discover that Bernie Sanders isn’t awesome

For the last few months, young American liberals have been writing love letters to a white-haired 73-year-old former mayor from Vermont who supports gun owners and worries about the threat posed by… Continue reading The post Tragedy on the American Left as liberals discover that Bernie Sanders isn’t awesome appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction

Tim Farron has come under fire this week over concerns that he is prejudiced against gay rights as a result of his evangelical Christian beliefs. His opponents have suggested that… Continue reading The post Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tony Blair advises Corbyn supporters to get a heart transplant

Tony Blair has made his predictable intervention in the Labour leadership contest. At an event with the Progress think tank in London this morning, the former Prime Minister made his… Continue reading The post Tony Blair advises Corbyn supporters to get a heart transplant appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will this poll break the Labour fever?

It is hard to overstate the level of shock in moderate Labour circles at last night’s poll showing Jeremy Corbyn heading for victory in the Labour leadership race. Regardless of… Continue reading The post Will this poll break the Labour fever? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Could the Taliban become a useful ally against Islamic State?

For the better part of a decade, Nato forces fought a bitter war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of thousands of troops – including 453 members… Continue reading The post Could the Taliban become a useful ally against Islamic State? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

The Scottish Information Commissioner has already been back in touch to say that SIC have noted my concerns about the FOI practice of North Lanarkshire Council which I wrote about yesterday on the blog site - see NLC Update (21/07/15). Show More Summary

NLC Update (21/07/15)

In a recent post to the blog site I criticised the local performance pay scheme which handed big 'performance' bonuses to chief officials in North Lanarkshire Council - to the tune of £2 million during the period 2002 to 2014. Now for...Show More Summary

German Humour

Everyone knows that the Germans make some fantastic beers and lagers, but our European neighbours are not renowned for having a great sense of humour. Seems like all that's about to change with the invention of helium infused beer!

Labour and Welfare

The Conservatives seem to be succeeding beyond their wildest dreams in their cunning plan to steal Labour's clothes and paint the 'People's Party' as the party of welfare. Here's what David Blunkett had to say which was reported in The...Show More Summary

South Lanarkshire Update

A number of readers from South Lanarkshire Council have been in touch to ask about settlement offers of their equal pay claims which have been received via their trade unions. Now regular readers will recall that, for many years, the...Show More Summary

Wooly Thinking

I enjoy reading The Independent because it's normally thoughtful and not as partisan as some of the other mainstream newspapers, but this piece by Matt Dathan on strike ballots is guilty of some very wooly thinking. The first point to make is that an election (parliamentary or otherwise) and a strike ballot are two completely different animals. Show More Summary

Greek Drama

The Scottish Parliament votes by its 129 members pressing a button to record their views (Yes/No/Abstain) on a particular subject or piece of legislation and seconds after a vote is taken the result is there for the whole world to see. Show More Summary

Kurdish Freedom Fighters

The Times reports on the Kurdish women soldiers who are fighting to drive the 'mad dogs' of the self-styled Islamic State out of northern Syria. Apparently the Da'esh (the Arabic name for these Islamic extremists) are terrified of being...Show More Summary

Speaking the Truth

To my knowledge the former Labour MP, Chris Mullin, has never been denounced as a 'Tory', but in what passes for debate in the Labour Party these days people are being described in traitorous language simply for speaking the truth as they see it based on their own personal experience. Show More Summary

YouGov Poll: Why Corbyn is winning but unlikely to win

Keiran Pedley on the sensational survey for the Times Last night, YouGov released a poll on the Labour leadership that has thrown something of a hand grenade into the contest. After rumours that private polling was showing Jeremy Corbyn ahead we now have a poll showing exactly that. In fact, the first preference numbers in […]

The Spectator at war: Women and the war

From ‘Women and the War‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: It is not too much to say that without the help and inspiration of the women we could not win… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Women and the war appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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