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Turncoats, ‘dickheads’ – what the Tories think of Ukip

The Tories are bracing themselves for another defection to Ukip which may or may not come today or in the next few days. MPs and whips have been chasing after… Continue reading The post Turncoats, ‘dickheads’ – what the Tories think of Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne's conference speech was a less-than-inspiring invitation to vote Tory

Isn't there a bit of a problem with George Osborne's new slogan? Every two paragraphs or so in his Conference speech, he demanded that we "choose the future" rather than the past. But since life has no reverse gear, we don't really have any option: the future will be upon us whether we like it [...]

Podcast: George Osborne’s conference speech

Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth were both at George Osborne’s speech this afternoon. Here’s a special podcast, with analysis of the speech and a look at what else we might expect… Continue reading The post Podcast: George Osborne’s conference speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: German courage and tenacity

From The Spectator, 3 October 1914: THERE is no great change to be chronicled in the western theatre of the war. The Germans still stick with splendid courage and tenacity… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: German courage and tenacity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: A ‘five-footers’ regiment

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Devon recruiters are in despair at the raising of the standard of height to 5 ft. 6 in.,… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: A ‘five-footers’ regiment appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Defections bring out the worst in political parties

Shall I tell you the worst thing about the Conservative Party? It’s the same as the worst thing about Labour, UKIP and the LibDems: the tribalism. Evolutionary biologists have all sorts of explanations for it, involving kinship cohesion and out-groups and what have you. No doubt it was a useful instinct on the savannahs of [...]

George Osborne didn't have a rabbit in his hat. Instead, he had a piranha

Today George Osborne wrote himself into the political history books. We will have to wait another seven months to find out the precise details of what was penned. But it will be one of two things. Either: "George Osborne: The man who won the Conservative Party the 2015 general election." Or it will say: “George [...]

Iain Dale says a defection is imminent

Told by a normally reliable source another Tory UKIP defection is imminent. Stand by your beds. — Iain Dale (@IainDale) September 29, 2014 Just taken the 33/1 and 20/1 on Davies and Henderson on the next Tory MP to defect pic.twitter.com/JxE6APLnTd — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) September 29, 2014 TSE

Eric Pickles: The Conservatives are building houses – and bringing power to the people

A great country is built on strong communities. And strong communities are built on the shoulders of individuals – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. As Communities Secretary I am privileged… Continue reading The post Eric Pickles: The Conservatives are building houses – and bringing power to the people appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Dan Hannan boycotts Tory conference (but promises he won’t defect to Ukip)

No Mark Reckless, no Brooks Newmark and now no Bow Group.  The oldest conservative think-thank has announced that they are boycotting this year’s Tory conference. It seems, for Dave at least,… Continue reading The post Dan Hannan boycotts Tory conference (but promises he won’t defect to Ukip) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why I love this feminist who hit nuns and shot Andy Warhol

Just as I was feeling frustrated about the lack of robust books on feminism I spot a real corker: Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM… Continue reading The post Why I love this feminist who hit nuns and shot Andy Warhol appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne’s speech gambled on voters accepting more austerity

George Osborne’s speech to Conservative conference was politically brave. He is gambling that the voting public will applaud his candour about the tough choices that the country is still facing,… Continue reading The post Osborne’s speech gambled on voters accepting more austerity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Corporeal looks at electoral precedent

The next election result is likely to be a strange one, as the following Ipsos-Mori tweet alludes to No gov increase in vote share since 1955, no opposition in office after 1 term out since 1931, no 2 hung parliaments in a row since 1910… — Ipsos MORI (@IpsosMORI) September 22, 2014 (On a follow […]

The Tory MP who thinks Vince Cable is ‘obsolete’

Out on the party scene, Mr S enjoyed BIS minister Matt Hancock’s description of his job to the Institute of Directors bash: ‘Working at BIS is a lot a like sending… Continue reading The post The Tory MP who thinks Vince Cable is ‘obsolete’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A Tory-UKIP Pact Would be Bad for Britain

In many ways the most damaging and destructive strain in British politics is the one that thinks UKIP is just a crisis for the Tory Party. The idea is that some sort of deal between the two organisations will solve...

Angry Dave’s jibe at ‘fat arse’ Reckless

While last week’s Labour conference felt like a wake, the mood is a little better here in Birmingham for Tory party conference. There is a certain amount of gallows humour in the… Continue reading The post Angry Dave’s jibe at ‘fat arse’ Reckless appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Did Osborne’s speech just finish with an ode to Trainspotting?

George Osborne has just finished delivering his speech at the Tory party conference. More analysis to come, but Mr Steerpike couldn’t help noticing a distinct flavour to it. Edinburgh. Drugs. Irvine… Continue reading The post Did Osborne’s speech just finish with an ode to Trainspotting? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s speech in six graphs

George Osborne is a first-class political tactician, and shines at Tory conferences where he normally has a firework or two to let off. His speech today was a wide-ranging one:… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s speech in six graphs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne - Benefit freeze and 'Google tax'

There is nothing George Osborne likes more than making twin pack announcements designed to make him look tough but fair. So it is that he has just announced that a future Conservative government would freeze benefits paid to people of...Show More Summary

How to sleep better: 5 tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Most people have trouble sleeping at one time or another; for some it’s a chronic problem. But making sure the conditions are right for a good night’s sleep can really… Continue reading The post How to sleep better: 5 tips for getting a good night’s sleep appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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