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Foxes and Henhouses

Adam Boulton wrote an interesting piece for The Sunday Times last week in which he argued that UKIP is effectively taking over the Conservative Party from within and that the big prize for many of its right wing MPs is not winning the next general election, but getting out of the European Union (EU) at any cost. Show More Summary

Farage's Fruitcakes

Just because the Westminster parties have stopped being rude about them doesn't mean that UKIP isn't full of fruitcakes and loonies. The latest embarrassing episode involved a washed up Radio One DJ called Mike Read recording a woeful...Show More Summary

Why CON could still be losing seats to LAB even if its manages to get a 6% lead

Some basic electoral mathematics At GE2010 the Conservatives had a GB national vote share of 37% which was 7.3% bigger than Labour’s total of 29.7%. So under a uniform national swing CON needs to be ahead by that margin simply to stop losing seats to LAB. That is the starting point for the party at […]

Tonight’s ComRes phone poll for the Indy sees LAB drop 5 and UKIP up 4

4 out of the five last polls have been level-pegging It’s been a big polling day with three surveys already all of them pointing to the fact that the race has got very tight. Just published is the ComRes phone poll for the Indy which has CON 30+1, LAB 30-5, LD 9-1, UKIP 19+4, GRN […]

David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy

MPs have a free vote tonight on Zac Goldsmith’s amendments to the Recall Bill. But I have learned that instead of voting with their Tory colleague, the Prime Minister and… Continue reading The post David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour’s only hope

At the risk of intruding into someone else’s calamity, if you can’t enjoy this what can you enjoy? By this I mean, of course, Scottish Labour’s meltdown. (Suggestions the party… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour’s only hope appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill

Tory MPs might have appeared keen to support the PM after his surprise EU bill when they spoke in the Commons this afternoon. But behind the scenes the party is… Continue reading The post Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jim Murphy now favourite to become leader of Scottish Labour

WANTED: a fall guy to oversee the greatest Westminster electoral setback in the history of the Scottish Labour Party and be blamed for it afterwards. It seems that Hutchie boy Anas Sarwar… Continue reading The post Jim Murphy now favourite to become leader of Scottish Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron: I won’t pay EU bill and Britain will challenge it

The House of Commons is in a febrile, nervy mood this afternoon. No-one is quite happy with anyone else. David Cameron raised a cheer when he told MPs that he… Continue reading The post David Cameron: I won’t pay EU bill and Britain will challenge it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Fear, loathing and an Ottoman shrine in the cold war between Isis and Turkey

Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) are engaged in a cold war. Although they despise each other, they will avoid direct engagement, for fear of the… Continue reading The post Fear, loathing and an Ottoman shrine in the cold war between Isis and Turkey appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election

Washington, D.C. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – the obvious targets to blame for the disillusionment engulfing British politics. But let’s not forget the role of the Americans.… Continue reading The post Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Justin Welby: I worry about damage caused by language on immigration

When Justin Welby spoke to the Parliamentary press gallery today, he took great care to emphasise a number of points. One was about the influence the Church of England has… Continue reading The post Justin Welby: I worry about damage caused by language on immigration appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

There will be no wind power without fossil fuels to guarantee supply

The UK is quite windy. We need to reduce our carbon emissions. Take these two propositions together and it seems obvious that wind power could be a significant chunk of… Continue reading The post There will be no wind power without fossil fuels to guarantee supply appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Calorie-counting six sweets at a time

Anyone who is trying vaguely to control their weight and still eats tasty, nasty processed foods — me, for instance — gets used to playing the game of ‘guess how… Continue reading The post Calorie-counting six sweets at a time appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

This opera is simplistic and dangerous. So is banning it

My father’s house was razed In 1948 When the Israelis passed over our street I’ve never forgotten the opening lines to John Adam’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Crisp, elegiac, this  ‘Chorus… Continue reading The post This opera is simplistic and dangerous. So is banning it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Never mind the Baghdad politics, Iraqi Kurds need help to fight Islamic State

The threat from Daish, the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has gone from a side issue to a central imperative, judging by discussions with… Continue reading The post Never mind the Baghdad politics, Iraqi Kurds need help to fight Islamic State appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Another hung Parliament?

Some reflections on the next election and the likelihood of another hung Parliament: Coalition politics

Neil Findlay – Henry G Manson’s tip for next Scottish LAB lead

Neil Findlay – a possible runner in Scots LAB leadership race pic.twitter.com/whhZWYLUSD — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 27, 2014 Look beyond Westminster for likely contenders So far the bookmakers appear to have worked on the assumption that it was there for the taking for the so-called Westminster ‘big beasts’ of Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy […]

Tricky Commons session looms for Cameron on EU bill

It’s been a while since David Cameron had to give such a difficult feedback statement to the House of Commons after a European summit. Even his last tricky address, on… Continue reading The post Tricky Commons session looms for Cameron on EU bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Haste Ye Back

Apparently, Alex Salmond, who is standing down as Scotland's First Minister, is thinking of standing in the May 2015 general election. Which is great news. Because if you ask me, because the best way to reform the Westminster Parliament is to get shot of a whole load of these useless Labour MPs who have been shoring the place up for years. Show More Summary

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