The digital age isn’t a good time to be a gaffe-prone functionary in the Downing Street press office. In pre-internet times, if some slightly naff press release went out, the chances were that only the crusty old hacks in the lobby would see it. These days, though, any tweet or Facebook announcement by Number 10 [...]
Social media is a boon for politicians. It gives new channels of communication direct to voters with an intimacy and an immediacy that increases the impact of what is said. And it’s a two-way street so it allows dialogue and deliberation. All good. Well, not so fast. There’s always the problem of message discipline. It’s [...]
Allegations that senior officials conspired to cover up the arrest of Patrick Rock for child pornography offences are continuing to damage the Prime Minister. Not only did it take several weeks for his resignation to become public it also alleged that Rock was told of the Police investigation before his arrest. Show More Summary
DOWNING STREET stands accused today of two cover-ups which strike at the heart of David Cameron's boast on coming to office that he planned to run "one of the most transparent governments in the world". BBC Newsnight reported last night...Show More Summary
From my Morning Briefing email: subscribe here The arrest of Patrick Rock has been turned into a political scandal, if we are to judge by the headlines and the cast of characters joining the story. It's not just the splash in the Mail – "Why did No10 cover up aides's child porn arrest?" – but [...]
A top aide to David Cameron who helped craft new online pornography rules has been arrested in a child pornography case. Patrick Rock resigned from his post following his arrest last month, the Telegraph reports. Ten Downing Street says it contacted police, who investigated computers there before arresting the aide....
As James exclusively revealed on Coffee House this morning, an ambush took place at this morning’s Cabinet meeting on legislation for an EU referendum and recall of MPs. Downing Street… Continue reading The post Downing Street confirms Coffee House scoop on Cabinet row appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A senior aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of child pornography offences, Downing Street confirmed Monday. Patrick Rock, 62, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency last month. Show More Summary
A top adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron has been arrested on charges of child pornography, after police examined computers located at 10 Downing Street. Read more...
A 'secret' document photographed by the press outside Number 10 Downing Street, the residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has revealed that the UK Government will not yet be imposing sanctions on Russia following Putin's actions in Ukraine. Show More Summary
Things certainly seemed cosy between Angela Merkel and her favourite ‘naughty nephew’ when David Cameron greeted the German Chancellor in Downing Street earlier. So what on earth was said between… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Ever closer union? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
At this time of year they make their money, with little girls tramping up and down streets, knocking on doors, selling cookies to anyone who will listen. In this short selling season, the Girl Scouts hope to make upwards of $700 million in cookie sales. Show More Summary
Barroso, right, meets with UK prime minister David Cameron at Downing Street last year. José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, caused quite a kerfuffle in London at the weekend when he said on one of Britain’s...Show More Summary
With little fanfare, the Government has today published the second round of Balance of EU Competences reports – now making it 14 reports published in total. We won't accuse the Government of seeking to bury the latest batch of reports...Show More Summary
Could it be Bodie and Doyle? Perhaps Starsky and Hutch? Morse and Lewis? Whoever provided the inspiration, someone in Downing Street has clearly been watching too many old TV cop shows… Continue reading The post Osborne is serious. An independent Scotland won’t be keeping the pound appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Why is The Times trying to re-stitch up Andrew Mitchell? For the second day in a row the paper leads with a Plebgate story that actually supports the former chief whip’s account of events in Downing Street, but is spun in a way that attempts to undermine it. This morning’s effort is based around a [...]
The Plebgate saga appears to have taken yet another explosive twist this morning. The Times carries an interview with Ian Richardson, one of the police officers manning the gates at Downing Street at the time of the incident with Andrew Mitchell back in September 2012. It bears the headline “Truth about Plebgate by Downing Street [...]
Classic Cameron, part 17. This evening the Prime Minister held a Downing Street press conference on the floods. And he has done it again. At the last moment, when it looks as though he's in the soup and the word "omnishambles" is being deployed, Cameron has a habit of producing a good performance. Of course, [...]
For far too long fish have been confined to the domains of lakes, rivers, oceans, aquariums and fishbowls. We can only imagine that these aquatic creatures dream of one day strolling down streets and visiting locations outside of their...Show More Summary
PLEBGATE OFFICERS IN PORN ARRESTS Armed police officers are being investigated over allegations that they exchanged hardcore pornography via their smartphones whilst on duty at Downing Street. Three officers have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing images “of an extreme sexual nature”, says Scotland Yard. Show More Summary