There is much to like about Twitter. By following a good range of people I get a constant stream of news, humorous observations, thought-provoking pictures and links to great pieces of writing I might otherwise miss. Last night – between talking to my family and reading a book – on Twitter I marvelled at an [...]
Another day, another big business intervention. This time it's the head of Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, who has decided to speak out against Scottish independence. “We’d like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom," said Ben van Beurden, Shell's chief executive, last night in comments that are running high on today's news [...]
Congratulations to James Brokenshire. Today he has delivered his first speech as immigration minister. And with that single ministerial intervention he is already able to claim the prize for most stupid, intellectually bankrupt and vacuous address of the year. Most ministers wait years, decades even, to come up with a speech as daft as this. [...]
There are two sorts of people in this world. The ones who think the world can be neatly divided into two groups of people, and those who don't. James Brokenshire thinks we can draw such clear lines of distinction, at least when it comes to immigration and economics. The immigration minister has this to say [...]
It was supposed to be a debate about a scandal in the English NHS. But it took the (English) Health Secretary less than 10 minutes yesterday before he switched focus from the Francis Report on events at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation...Show More Summary
Go to London or of any other Western capital and here is what you will not see. You will not see mass demonstrations against the Russian invasion of the Ukraine swaying down the same streets in which the liberal-left marched against the invasion of Iraq. You will not hear prominent left-wing voices emphasizing that Putin […]
At a special Labour conference last week, Ed Miliband pushed through his much-trumpeted reforms to the party’s relationship with the unions. But, much as he is laying claim to be… Continue reading The post The inconvenient truth at the heart of Miliband’s union reforms appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If anyone was in any doubt of Russia’s expansionist aims in Eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin’s rambling press conference on Tuesday should have made things clear. One direct claim emerged from Putin’s ethical morass of doublespeak: international agreements are his to tear up at whim. The new regime in the Ukraine, he argued, has effectively created [...]
Martin Wolf had a typically wise and trenchant op-ed in the Financial Times yesterday on the difficulties which face newly democratising countries, from Ukraine to Egypt. He rightly identifies four key factors underpinning successful democracies. The first is active and empowered citizens, who accept the importance and inevitability of dissent, and are committed to peaceful [...]
Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has left western diplomats scrabbling for sanctions that won’t backfire on to the rest of Europe and America. The foreign secretary William Hague said Russia… Continue reading The post The Spectator: on 150 years of punishing Russia appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It’s hard not be cynical about these TV presenters on Russia Today making such bold on-air declarations against their network. The eye-catching Liz Wahl sensationally quit RT yesterday on the grounds… Continue reading The post Was Liz Wahl’s on-air Russia Today resignation brave or self-serving? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
David Cameron spoke to Barack Obama on the phone last night. That’s pretty difficult to imagine, isn’t it? A man on the phone. Screw up your eyes and furrow your… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Politicians help voters imagine the impossible appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
So why are businesses speaking up now? Partly, it's because this is a busy time of year for reporting financial results, and publication of annual reports, which require those risk registers to be made public. But there's another factor. Show More Summary
Is Scotland's currency dispute going to be resolved by politics or by economics? Two of the Scottish government's economic advisers were at Holyrood on Wednesday saying it'll be economics. Joint control of the pound and the Bank of England makes sense for Scotland and the rest of the UK, they argued. Show More Summary
Should we leave Ukraine to the Russians? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matthew Parris debates Anne Applebaum on whether the crisis should concern Britain and whether Vladimir Putin has valid reasons to… Continue reading The post Podcast: Ukraine special, with Matthew Parris, Anne Applebaum and John O’Sullivan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If you ask me, South Ayrshire Council is a pointless 'job creation' exercise for senior officials and council managers - because why does this tiny part of Scotland require three separate councils? Now it doesn't of course and here is the latest evidence from the Accounts Commission which says that South Ayrshire Council has been failing for years. Show More Summary
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Now that South Lanarkshire has settled all of its outstanding equal pay claims, the focus of attention is now switching to neighbouring North Lanarkshire Council - where equal pay is still very much a live issue.Show More Summary
I can't be the only person who finds it rather odd that one of the characters from the controversial TV programme Benefits Street, White Dee, has been too depressed to work for years, yet has bounced back to rude, good health apparently - and has now engaged an agent to help exploit her 15 minutes of fame. Show More Summary
I've said before on the blog site that Russia Today is a joke of a TV news channel - more like a propaganda outlet for President Putin and boring political hacks from the west. But here's proof positive of the way that state control operates at the broadcaster - censorship kicks in as soon as anyone steps out of line. Show More Summary
The Independent suggests that Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and vice-presidential running mate of Republican Senator John McCain, has turned out to be surprisingly prescient when it comes to geopolitics and foreign affairs. Show More Summary