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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

This is a sneak preview from tomorrow’s magazine: Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning down. A… Continue reading The post The Spectator’s portrait of the week appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Things are bad for Labour – but they could get a lot worse

Just how low can Labour go? Yesterday I was chatting to a Labour MP about the Ed Miliband issue. “Forget about Ed. He’s the least of our problems,” he said ruefully, before launching into a litany of his party’s woes. It’s now 18 months since I wrote a piece revealing Labour was pursuing a “35 [...]

Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’

Fiona Woolf, as you can probably tell from her Maggie-Smith-in-yet-another-costume-drama photograph above, is a member of The Establishment. She’s Lord Mayor of London. And a QC. Plus, she has been… Continue reading The post Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

NHS: Where will the money come from?

The new boss of NHS England is calling for an extra £8bn to be spent on the health service each year in the same week as figures confirmed that the amount the country is borrowing is rising again. At first sight it sounds like an awful lot of money. Show More Summary

NHS: MPs keep taking the tabloids

With parliament only having returned recently from its conference and summer recesses, MPs have not had time to exchange views on the NHS in Wales recently. They soon made up for it. At question time today, Chester MP Stephen MosleyShow More Summary

The Biggest Loser

Losing, like winning, is an infectious business and just as in football the more a team acquires the habit of winning (or losing), the more it will to live up to its reputation. Because a winning team starts to make its own luck instead of bellyaching all the time about poor refereeing decisions and complaining that life can be very unfair at times. Show More Summary

A recording of the Bath University Debate on religion

Some of you may wish to watch this recording of the debate on religion in Bath, in which I took part last week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubxewhu8NV8&feature=youtu.be Some of you may not wish to do so.

Scotsman Says No!

Gordon Brown’s Guardian essay on ‘home rule’ for Scotland is really just a re-working of his recent speech which I heard delivered 'live' in the House of Commons the other day. Now while the words were spoken in the inimitable styleShow More Summary

An honourable mention

Everyone, Andy Warhol said, is supposed to be famous for 15 minutes. And I've just had mine. There I was, in a humdrum committee room, watching the behind-the-scenes movers and shakers of the Commons talking about whether the Clerk of...Show More Summary

The nation that Putin crushed – and the world forgot

Putin, at least 12-foot-high, glowers from the wall of a gym where men are training to wrestle. He is at the centre of an unnerving triptych. On his left is… Continue reading The post The nation that Putin crushed – and the world forgot appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Kelly Tolhurst wins Rochester primary on turnout of 5,688

Kelly Tolhurst has won the open primary to be Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood, I understand. The result is not due to be announced until this evening, but I… Continue reading The post Kelly Tolhurst wins Rochester primary on turnout of 5,688 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

EU immigration - the Croatian solution?

The prime minister will announce plans to limit EU migration before Christmas but the search is still on for a way to do this without needing to re-write the founding treaty of the EU - the Treaty of Rome - which enshrines the principle...Show More Summary

'Could do better' report on Wales

Their first "state of the nation" report made my jaw drop, with its analysis of school performance by children from similar backgrounds across the UK, This year's report by the social mobility and child poverty commission is equallyShow More Summary

So how long will it be before we invite the IS jihadis to a white-tie dinner? 

This is Peter Hitchens’s Mail on Sunday column While we rage and fret about the terrorist outrages of today, how quickly we forget the horrors of the recent past. I can’t see why. The grief, loss and pain don’t diminish...

The Lib Dems fall into 5th place in this week’s Ashcroft National phone poll

Voting intention with changes in this week's ANP: pic.twitter.com/TfFoYgkYzw — Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) October 20, 2014 Earlier the Populus had Lab 36 (+1), Con 34 (+1), LD 9 (-1), UKIP 13 (-1) GRN 5 (+1) This 3% jump in a single week is a remarkable move by the Greens who now seem to be taking […]

Double Acts

The most surprising thing to me about this report from The Telegraph is not that people are cheating the welfare system, but that their accomplices are not charged as well for participating in a 'joint enterprise' to defraud and steal from the public purse. Show More Summary

Three Asquiths - and maybe a Benn?

Yesterday's by-election for a hereditary peer, to fill the seat of the late Lord Methuen has put a third descendent of the Liberal Prime Minister H H Asquith into the Upper House. The Earl of Oxford and Asquith, elected yesterday with...Show More Summary

This new Sherlock Holmes exhibition will have Cumberbitches salivating

Have you ever experienced the joys of Jawohl, meine Herr’n? If not I strongly advise an appointment with YouTube. The song features in the 1954 film Der Mann, der Sherlock… Continue reading The post This new Sherlock Holmes exhibition will have Cumberbitches salivating appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband facing glare of scrutiny

Just after noon today Ed Miliband will get to his feet in the House of Commons expecting to be greeted by a wall of noise. This will be the first Prime Minister's Questions since that conference speech. The first too since Labour's near-death...Show More Summary

Welsh secretaries past and present

Is there a collective noun for secretaries of state for Wales? Nine of the 17 politicians to have held the post turned out at Gwydyr House tonight for a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of its creation after Harold Wilson's election...Show More Summary

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