The issue of conscientious objection within healthcare has come to the fore, as Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are set to vote on a resolution calling for the removal of the right of doctors to opt out of referring women for abortions. Proposing the motion, Christine McCafferty of the UK [...]
The liberal left is suffering from intellectual amnesia about the attack on liberty that happened under New Labour. New Labour introduced more than 3,000 new laws by 2007, some of which were denounced as undermining fundamental “British” principles of justice. The title of an Independent article summarised the situation ‘New Labour, New Britain: Taking [...]
Never mind the innuendo, this, asked by Michael Crick, Newsnight’s political editor, is number 395 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. I must admit that I assumed, when David Cameron in his conference speech today quoted Ed Balls, that he had distorted the shadow shadow chancellor’s meaning:
Ed Balls, the man [...]
Tony Blair used to have some fun with John Prescott – but at least he never stood up before a Labour Party conference and called him a fat git.
Obvious from Theresa May on Newsnight last night, Iain Duncan Smith in The Independent this morning and Eric Pickles on ITV News just now that the Cabinet was not consulted about the decision to abolish child benefit for higher-rate income-tax payers.
But where oh where are the Peter Hennessys, Henry Porters, Peter Obornes and all the [...]
According to the right, rich women should be encouraged, through the benefits system, to stay at home and have children rather than work. But poor women should be encouraged, through the benefits system, to stop producing offspring and to get a job.
In one of the small variations from the speech he gave to Conservative conference last year, the year before that and the year before that, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, played Classic Canon Bingo with his admiring audience yesterday.
Most Tory representatives had ticked off each name and were shouting “House!” by the time he got [...]
This week’s row over child benefit has revealed some striking examples of hypocrisy from commentators and politicians.
In an interview in the Guardian recently, Morrissey, former singer of The Smiths, describes Chinese people as a “subspecies” because of their treatment of animals. Morrissey is on record as vehemently denying allegations of racism on several occasions.
The response of the British Chinese community was deafening silence. Can you imagine the fuss if Morrissey had [...]
Joke writers on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s satirical TV shows aren’t the only left-leaning Americans who appear to be starting to benefit from the inexorable rise of the Tea Party movement.
More and more, as the US approach polling day in its mid-term elections, do you here cannier figures in Democrat circles talk of using [...]
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