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Moonlighting MPs

The moonlighting behaviour of Westminster MPs would simply not be tolerated in the Scottish Parliament and The Independent does a great public service by exposing a Tory MP, Geoffrey Cox, who essentially operates on a part-time basis. Show More Summary

Cameron defends Welsh funding

David Cameron has been facing MPs' questions on the future of devolution. The prime minister gave evidence to MPs on the liaison committee, which is made up of the chairs of Westminster's select committees. Some of the questions - and...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire

The trade unions in North Lanarkshire are belatedly waking up to the fact that their friends who have been running the Council (i.e. Labour councillors) have made a complete mess of equal pay. So my jaw dropped, I have to admit, when I received this email written by a Unite regional officer which has been passed on to me by a kind reader. Show More Summary

The saga continues

The summer controversy over the appointment (or, rather, non-appointment) of a new Clerk of the Commons has not gone away; but the poison is being dripped and the daggers inserted in the relative privacy of Jack Straw's special select...Show More Summary

Long Arm of the Law

Now here's a disturbing, if ultimately heartening report from the BBC, about the arrest of 14 football 'fans' who tried to prevent one of their number being ejected from a Livingston v Rangers football match, for being drunk and behaving in a disorderly fashion. Show More Summary

In Denial

I feel sorry for this father whose son, Nasser Muthana, is suspected of being part of a murderous gang of thugs operating under the banner of the Islamic State. But what I don't understand is how Ahmed Muthana is able to say he had not looked at the footage, yet could still argue his son was not involved in this terrible atrocity. Show More Summary

No Role Model

I'm sure the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (PFAI) has had some fine and worthy people representing its interests in the past, but if you ask me Stuart Gilhooly is is a clown and one who is bringing the organisation into disrepute. Show More Summary

The top students who are too lazy to argue

Brendan O’Neill writes this week’s cover piece on his encounters with ‘Stepford Students’ – a censorious mob who try to shut down debates that they don’t like. His comes out… Continue reading The post The top students who are too lazy to argue appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why I’m against the Mansion Tax

Yesterday, I suddenly realised why I don’t like the Mansion Tax. What was the reason for this revelation? It wasn’t Myleene Klaas’s glass of water, or a sudden conversion to David Cameron’s way of thinking. Nor am I thinking of making … Continued

Is the democratic Left finally turning against the EU?

  “I fell out of love with the EU, and so should you,” writes Mehdi Hassan in the current New Statesman. I hope Mehdi won’t demur when I describe him as a man of the firm Left: open-minded, curious, interested in new ideas, but in no doubt about where he sits on the political spectrum. [...]

Wrong then, wrong now. Why do we keep listening to the Euro-fanatics?

The campaign to keep Britain in the EU brings together a familiar coalition. The CBI, the TUC, the NFU, the big corporations, the mega-charities and NGOs, the lobbyists and, of course, that particular type of politician always referred to by newspapers as a "grandee". They have form, these interest groups. Fifteen years ago, we were [...]

Labour tries to avoid Commons humiliation over the West Lothian question

MPs are preparing to debate devolution this afternoon, with a motion from Dominic Raab which includes a call for a review of the Barnett formula and a resolution to the… Continue reading The post Labour tries to avoid Commons humiliation over the West Lothian question appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola

Normally this blog is about relatively silly things, I’m happy to admit. Is red wine good for you? (No.) Are high heels good for you? (No.) I mean, it’s worth… Continue reading The post The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Farewell Alex Salmond, hello Nicola Sturgeon

And so the Age of Nicola dawns. Elected First Minister by the Scottish Parliament yesterday; sworn in this morning. Taking First Minister’s Questions this afternoon. Alex Salmond’s departure was a… Continue reading The post Farewell Alex Salmond, hello Nicola Sturgeon appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on Oxford’s Stepford Students and Scotland’s new first minister

Do today’s students care about free speech? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Brendan O’Neill and Harriet Brown from the University of Oxford debate this week’s cover feature on… Continue reading The post Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on Oxford’s Stepford Students and Scotland’s new first minister appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The happiest young man in the world

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: We are glad to learn that the laudable persistence of the Prince of Wales has been rewarded, and that he has been allowed to… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The happiest young man in the world appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

New Survation/UNITE poll has CON holding onto Stockton S where it’s defending a majority of just 310

New Survation/Unite poll in Stockton S has CON MP James Wharton holding on by 2% to one of the most marginal seats in the country — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 19, 2014 The split Survation/Unite Stockton S poll CON 39% (0), LAB 37% (-1), LD 3% (-12), UKIP 18% (+15) — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November […]

PMQs sketch: Labour and Ed Miliband are the ones who are really out of touch

Ironic Tory roars greeted Miliband’s ascent to the vertical at PMQs today. He assumed his habitual spanked puppy look. It’s quite a sight, Ed’s expression of frosty endurance. Part dismay,… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: Labour and Ed Miliband are the ones who are really out of touch appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UKIP and the Polish plumber question

"Go back home". That's the phrase which captures one of the most controversial ideas in British politics - the idea that some immigrants, even those here legally, should be deported. No wonder then that the failure of UKIP's by-election...Show More Summary

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