Statement by a spokesperson for Tony Blair:
“This was Mr Blair simply giving informal advice over the phone. He made it absolutely clear to Ms Brooks that, though he knew nothing personally about the facts of the case, in a situation as serious as this it was essential to have a fully transparent and independent process [...]
Depression Diary, Part 4
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I type this from the back seat of our delegation’s minibus, the laptop perched on my rucksack on my knees. I was hoping to have time to write this at the hotel, but we’re running late and our schedule is overstuffed (that’s a good thing, by the [...]
Has Prime Minister’s Questions become rowdier? I listened to the audio of PMQs 26 years ago when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Neil Kinnock leader of the opposition on 17 May 1988 (part one and part two: total 15 minutes in those days – it was twice a week). The picture is from 1990, [...]
The core of Ed Miliband’s charge against the Prime Minister on the environment is this: “Denial or dither on climate change will damage the country.” The Labour leader doesn’t quite say what he means by this, but the implication – about which I blogged yesterday – is that there are Conservatives in Government who are [...]
I’m currently in Israel as part of a press delegation sent here by the British pro-Israel think tank BICOM (lovely people, by the way). My first day has been exhausting, and it’s not even over yet; in an hour or two, we’re meeting the director of the Jerusalem Press Club for dinner.
Today we went on [...]
London, which accounted for 22 per cent of output in 2008, contributed just 1 per cent of the total decline of GVA over the four years to 2012. Yorkshire & Humber, by contrast, accounted for just 7 per cent of output in 2008, but contributed 16 per cent to the overall decline.
Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave a speech at the progressive think tank, IPPR, last week, which was reported as an attack on climate-change sceptics in the Conservative Party. In fact, what was striking about it was its warmth towards mainstream Tories and the strength of the attack on Ed [...]
UKIP is in decline from now on, I argue in The Independent on Sunday today. The foremost academics who study the party, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, were politer in their assessment of its showing in the Wythenshawe by-election, that it was a “solid advance”.
That is true, but a solid advance is not enough. The [...]
I have a Top 10 Words That Used to Mean the Opposite in The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, today. Too late for inclusion, Alison Graham pointed out that “oversight” has two, almost opposite, meanings, and my friend Francis Wheen (pictured) wrote to offer a word that deserves a blog post all of [...]
Ed Miliband in his interview in The Observer today accuses David Cameron of appearing to retreat from his support for the green cause.
That is rich coming from someone who has done so much to undermine policies to reduce climate change with his promise to freeze energy prices. The Financial Times carries almost daily reports of international [...]
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