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Philip Hammond and David Mundell expose lack of political grip at heart of government

Was it Philip Hammond who told the Guardian that Britain would discuss a currency union with an independent Scotland? Fleet Street is asking that question after the Defence Secretary said:… Continue reading The post Philip Hammond and David Mundell expose lack of political grip at heart of government appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Poverty amid plenty; food banks in property bubbles

What image will social historians use to capture our times? Last week, after frenzied bidding, a drab garage next to a Camberwell industrial estate in what was once a cheap part of south London, sold for £550,000. That might do. No one who sniffs the air can fail to notice that London in the Osborne […]

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good, kind, gentle and decent man and a very old friend.… Continue reading The post British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nigel Evans: I am not seeking to return to the position of Deputy Speaker

Nigel Evans, who was cleared last week of sexual assault and rape, has described the last 11 months as torturous, and believes the case should never have been brought to… Continue reading The post Nigel Evans: I am not seeking to return to the position of Deputy Speaker appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cornwall's buses protected

In among all the cuts that the council is being forced to make in order to achieve £196 million of savings over the next five years, there are still some areas which we are able to protect. These are services which are considered toShow More Summary

Anti-politics is more than just a phase. Deferential democracy is dead

It's just a phase, many MPs think. Voters are angry over expenses or Iraq or more expenses. But the mood, they presume, will pass. No, my friends, colleagues and opponents. This anti-politics thingy is not just a phase. It will not abate. We are witnessing a permanent change in the relationship between the governed and [...]

Four key things we learnt from the SNP conference

"We've got a job on our hands," Alex Salmond told 1,200-odd jubilant Nationalists on Saturday, beaming after the five-minute standing ovation that followed his keynote speech. "Let's get to it and win this vote for Scotland." And with that, the final SNP conference before September's independence vote came to an end. Down came the Saltires, [...]

Debating the Issues

Lots of readers in North Lanarkshire have got in touch to say that they are contacting their local councillors, MSPs and MPs to discuss equal pay and recent developments at the ongoing Employment Tribunal - where the Council's case, by all accounts, is taking a terrible beating. Show More Summary

Becalmed by Blair

I enjoy Zoe Williams' columns in The Guardian, probably because she's about the only journalist from one of the country's progressive newspapers who has written a supportive article on equal pay, which is reproduced below. Anyway, IShow More Summary

Union Consultation

A reader has been in touch to ask if it's true that the trade unions were consulted about the person selected by senior managers to advise North Lanarkshire Council over its job evaluation scheme - and the movement of evaluated jobs onto the new pay structure. Show More Summary

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading The post Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Good Idea!

I've always like Jamie Oliver because he was the first TV chef who helped me to develop my children's interest in food and cooking - his early programmes were always lively and full of fun being based around his social life: having his...Show More Summary


The latest edition of Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, contains a letter in the Lookalike section pointing out astonishing likeness between the leader of the Labour Party, Mr Ed Miliband, and the the famous Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd. Show More Summary

Russian Democracy

Here's a story to gladden the hearts of those who mourn the break-up of the Soviet Union - a move by MPs from President Putin's United Russia Party and Communist Party MPs to prosecute Mikhail Gorbachev for treason. I wonder if The Guardian's...Show More Summary

Semi-house Trained Polecat

Lord Norman Tebbit was once described as a 'semi-house trained polecat' in the House of Commons, by the Labour leader Michael Foot, and he seems to be reverting to type, if this report on The Times is anything to go by. Now I can understand...Show More Summary

Euan Blair for Parliament? Labour is more inbred than the North Korean politburo

Can you guess what became of the son of Harold Wilson? He became a train driver. The boy who grew up in Number 10 – child of the 123rd most powerful head of state in the entire world – chose a life of leaves-on-the-line over politics. Good for him. It feels right; it feels democratic. It [...]

Introducing a new tracker: the 2010 LD switchers to LAB – the voters who form Labour’s “crutch”

What’s the trend? Is this key group getting smaller or larger? On Friday there was a lot of discussion on the thread about the detail from the latest Populus online poll which seemed to point to a big reduction in the proportion of 2010 LDs who are now saying they’ll vote LAB. Was this this […]

We used to put witches in the ducking stool – now it’s MPs

Depicting Westminster as a den of depravity is unfair on the diligent and honest majority

Chinese firm buys House of Fraser

From Mohamed al Fayed to Iceland's business buccaneers, the House of Fraser portfolio has secured its owners many of Britain's most prestigious retail locations. And at a time of unprecedented change for the industry, that is testament...Show More Summary

The joy of the Spectator’s ‘Portrait of the Week’

It’s a gorgeous spring day, and I’ve been spending it reading an out-of-print history of The Spectator from 1828-1928. Its descriptions of the magazine and what it sought to achieve… Continue reading The post The joy of the Spectator’s ‘Portrait of the Week’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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