It goes without saying that when it comes to serious national tragedies, David Cameron is the right man to give a statement from Downing Street. His response today to the… Continue reading The post PM avoids knee-jerk response to Woolwich attack appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
WOOLWICH: DOES IT HERALD MORE TERROR? David Cameron will chair an emergency Cobra meeting at 10 Downing Street today in a bid to ascertain whether yesterday's "absolutely sickening" machete attack on a man understood to be a soldier heralds a new wave of al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism. Show More Summary
It’s fashionable to say Downing Street isn’t very good at strategy. So fashionable, in fact, that sometimes journalists worry they’re being unfair to the Tory leadership. But today we saw… Continue reading The post Cameron leaves the goal open for Clegg and Miliband on tax avoidance appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Looking out across the blood-soaked battlefield at Asculum in 280BC, the victorious Greek, King Pyrrhus, turned to one of his generals and remarked: “One more such victory, and we shall be undone." Sitting in Downing Street, reflecting on last night’s successful passage of his same-sex marriage bill, David Cameron could be forgiven for entertaining similar [...]
David Cameron didn’t spend yesterday wringing his hands in Downing Street about the progress of his gay marriage bill: he was meeting his business advisory group. He allowed Google CEO… Continue reading The post Cameron’s tax tightrope appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Bill to guarantee referendum gets three-line whip: how will the Cabinet's last europhile deal with it? Column The Mole LAST UPDATED AT 12:05 ON Thu 16 May 2013 DOWNING STREET has confirmed that the government is applying a three-line...Show More Summary
Anyone who’s ever been tempted to pinch one of London’s more famous signposts will have the opportunity to buy them at auction instead. Westminster council are selling off 362 signposts, including ones for Abbey Road, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. Show More Summary
A Ghanaian immigrant has killed one man and injured four others in a frenzied and apparently random pickaxe attack in Milan.The attacker wildly swung the pickaxe, running down streets and ferociously striking passers-by, mainly on the...Show More Summary
ETONIANS 'PUSHED OUT BLACK ADVISER' Shaun Bailey, David Cameron's only black working class adviser, claims he was pushed out of Downing Street by the prime minister’s “clique” of Old Etonian aides, reports the Daily Telegraph. Bailey...Show More Summary
David Cameron last night allowed ministers to vote against the Queen’s Speech as he struggled to contain a growing Tory mutiny on the issue of Europe.In an extraordinary development, Downing Street sources said Tory MPs would be given...Show More Summary
First Nigel Lawson argued that Britain would be better off outside the EU. Then Michael Portillo said the same thing. Now we learn that Margaret Thatcher reached the same view after leaving Downing Street. Hannan's First Law, it seems, is as robust as ever: no party is ever Eurosceptic while in office. Why not? Mainly [...]
Last week I chided those in SW1 who were criticising David Cameron for appointing yet more Old Etonians to his staff without first checking their own teams for signs of blue… Continue reading The post Downing Street’s class divide appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The existing electoral advantages that LAB has are magnified in a 4 party system. Ukip’s rise lowers the bar for EdM twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st… — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 3, 2013 The benefits of not having your support evenly spread Just for fun I keyed in the BBC’s projected national vote shares of CON 24, LAB 29, [...]
Much as I long for the day when the purple flag of freedom flies over Downing Street, I wish voters wouldn’t use local elections as referendums on national politics. Because of tribal voting in local elections, we end up with incompetent, one-party statelets where governing parties can stay in power – purely because of what [...]
The Labour Party is most exercised by the news, broken by the Spectator, that Economist journalist Christopher Lockwood has been appointed to the Downing Street Policy Unit. Poor old Lockwood… Continue reading The post The glass houses of parliament appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If we carry on like this, we’ll give Labour a massive parliamentary majority with a minority of the popular vote. Together, the Conservatives and Ukip could deliver the referendum on leaving the EU which more than 80 per cent of people want. Instead, the two parties are locked in a quarrel which reflects badly on [...]
Downing Street has pulled off a coup with the recruitment of Chris Lockwood, the US editor of The Economist, to the new Downing Street policy unit. Lockwood is one of… Continue reading The post Chris Lockwood to join new Number 10 policy unit appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
1. Deal puts Huffington Post channel on cable TV (NYT) 2. Downing Street to share Twitter exclusives with favored journalists (Guardian) 3. ESPN: The Magazine puts a print spin on sponsored content (Adweek) 4. How 'Mother Jones' turned itself into an online 'secret tape factory' (Businessweek) 5. Show More Summary
In a detailed interview on the Sunday Politics, Nick Clegg claimed that neither the Home Secretary nor Downing Street have ever proposed to him that Britain should temporarily leave the… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg: No one has proposed to me that the UK should leave the European Court of Human Rights appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Like the rest of the Westminster Village, I am fascinated by the surprise news that Jo Johnson, Boris's younger brother and Conservative MP for Orpington, has been parachuted into Downing Street with a ministerial post and a plum job as head of a revamped "Thatcher-style" policy unit. It is, it should be said, very thoughtful [...]