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Co-op is Crap

If this report from the BBC is anything to go by, I think I made the right decision in shutting my account with the Co-op Bank. The Co-op seems to take a keen interest in politics with its donations to the Labour Party and its intervention in the Scottish independence referendum which had nothing to do with the Co-op's core business, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it

The Daily Mirror has today splashed on the fact that Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to the British government, has had a pay increase and is now on £95,000. Outrageous,… Continue reading The post Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: A Scandinavian league

From A Scandinavian League, The Spectator, 19 December 1914: THE meeting of the three Scandinavian Kings at Malmo is an event of more than momentary importance. According to the official… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: A Scandinavian league appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

After the most intensive polling week of the year the one thing that we haven’t got is clarity

pic.twitter.com/WJ3lPQIUPB — PolPics (@PolPics) December 14, 2014 After yesterday’s poor results for LAB from Ipsos-MORI & Lord Ashcroft YouGov ends the week with the party 5% ahead LAB lead moves to 5% in today's YouGov poll for the Sun LAB 35%, CON 30%, UKIP 16%, GRNS 8%, LD 6%2 Best for EdM's party for months […]

Local By-Election Preview : December 18th 2014

St. James on Kingston upon Thames (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 28, Liberal Democrats 18, Labour 2 (Conservative majority of 8) Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected Conservatives 1,250, 1,188, 1,082 Liberal Democrats 729, 719, 696 Labour 598, 494, 485 United Kingdom Independence Party 386, […]

Farage joins the minus 20 leader dissatisfaction club

Worrying trend here for Mr. Farage from @IpsosMORI pic.twitter.com/H2ZErRViIK — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 18, 2014 All party leaders with net negatives (Clegg & Ed the worst) in latest @IpsosMORI satisfaction ratings pic.twitter.com/R3oF6QobZP — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) December 18, 2014

Watch out Labour, Ukip are coming for you

How much of a threat is Ukip to Labour? The tanks of the people’s army have been on the Conservatives’ lawn for some time but we now have an idea… Continue reading The post Watch out Labour, Ukip are coming for you appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The fatal contradiction at the heart of the Tory message: there is no money, except for people we like.

Next year’s general election looks like being the most gruesomely entertaining in years. Entertaining because no-one knows what is going to happen; gruesome because of the protagonists and the sorry misfortune… Continue reading The post The fatal contradiction at the heart of the Tory message: there is no money, except for people we like. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The May-Cameron feud claims another victim

The increasingly bloody feud between Theresa May’s political operation and David Cameron’s has claimed another victim. Nick Timothy, May’s long-serving special adviser, has been spectacularly kicked off the candidates’ list.… Continue reading The post The May-Cameron feud claims another victim appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why does NATO still Exist? What does it stand for, exactly?

When I first published ‘The Cameron Delusion’, under its original title of ‘The Broken Compass’, the distinguished parodist Craig Brown tried to satirise my index in ‘Private Eye. Since the index itself is satirical (I love doing my own indexes...

Rod Liddle: my favourite books of the year

I’ve been away in Oslo. Not the world’s most exciting destination, I have to say. And the locals really do talk and smile exactly like Frances McDormand does in Fargo.… Continue reading The post Rod Liddle: my favourite books of the year appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ipsos Mori sees the Tories retain their 3% lead

This month's @IpsosMORI VI figures pic.twitter.com/0PGkWaGDGW — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) December 18, 2014   Whilst the headline figures appear to be the same as last month for the Tories and Labour, what will delight the Tories is that this month, prior to the certainty to vote filter being applied, the Tories and Labour were […]

Long time, no See...

It turns out to be rather bad career news for a number of Reverend Prelates. The Church of England has long planned to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords, so the announcement that the Rev Libby Lane is to be consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport raises the prospect of the first ever female presence on the Lords Bishops' Bench. Show More Summary

Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing

More fallout from the Labour Ukip leak reaches me. Some sources in the party remain amazed that it apparently never crossed the desk of Yvette Cooper, given her role in the… Continue reading The post Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The latest Lord Ashcroft marginals poll is out

Latest @LordAshcroft marginal polling pic.twitter.com/WGcCn3nui7 — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) December 18, 2014 The latest round of Lord Ashcroft marginal polling is out. He says Two types of constituencies feature in my last round of marginals polling for 2014. First, the next tranche of seats the Conservatives are defending from Labour; second, a selection of seats […]

North Lanarkshire Council

A kind reader from North Lanarkshire has sent me a copy of the following 'motion' which is to be debated at a full meeting of the Council later today. "This Council notes with concern that a settlement on equal pay still has not been...Show More Summary

Christmas Cheer at NLC

Because I'm a thoughtful and generous person, I'm thinking of buying the big bosses at North Lanarkshire Council a suitable Christmas present - a big bottle of Brasso so they can give their 'brass necks' a jolly good polish over the festive season, after all that's been revealed in 2014 about the Council's handling of equal pay. Show More Summary

Labour tries to deal with dysfunctional campaign machine after Ukip leak

After spending all week stamping all over their own report about how to approach Ukip, Labour is now trying to work out what on earth led to the row. It’s… Continue reading The post Labour tries to deal with dysfunctional campaign machine after Ukip leak appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Muslim Voices

I am not not sure who Yasmin Alibhai Brown has in mind when she wrote in The Independent that "To be a Muslim is not a criminal offence. Those who think it is should be roundly denounced." Sadly, we may never know who these people are...Show More Summary

Wow!

"Wow!", was my immediate reaction when I heard the announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States was setting out to normalise its relations with Cuba after 50 years of being locked into what amounts to a Latin American version of the Cold War. Show More Summary

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