Theresa May did actually say it. She said, at the Spectator Parliament- arian of the Year Awards where she won Politician of the Year, that this headline in the Daily Mail on 7 November was something that “has to be filed by John Rentoul as a Question To Which The Answer Is No“.
That is something [...]
David Cameron’s “problem with women voters” – widely reported two years ago – was based on a misreading of opinion polls, according to new research. At the time, the Prime Minister was criticised for telling Angela Eagle, the Labour frontbencher, to “calm down, dear”, and for joking that Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher, was “extremely frustrated”. Yvette [...]
I have a comment at Independent Voices about Sir John Major’s unconvincing assault on Labour’s record on schools reform.
As Tom Freeman says, “I notice that John Major has become a much better Prime Minister since he stopped being Prime Minister.”
I have a comment at Independent Voices on how David Cameron’s pitch for the unthinking civil liberties vote, in opposition and early on in government, has weakened laws to protect people from terrorism.
I had been swayed by the argument that he and Theresa May made this week that control orders had to be relaxed because [...]
Glorious from Philip Collins in The Times (pay wall):
It has long been my belief, metaphorically if not until now literally, that the modernisation of the Labour Party would never be complete until it were ready to be led by someone called Tristram. The party has had a Clement before and, on the principle that if [...]
Fair to say that there has been some customer resistance to the idea that disposable incomes have become more equally distributed since David Cameron became Prime Minister, which he claimed in the House of Commons yesterday and about which I wrote for Independent Voices and here.
Commenters below the line simply refuse to believe the evidence. [...]
I have no idea what is going on with the Chilcot inquiry, which now seems deadlocked in dispute with Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, who, with the support of the Prime Minister, refuses to allow it to publish Cabinet minutes and notes and transcripts of phone calls between Tony Blair and George Bush.
Heywood is [...]
I have a comment on Prime Minister’s Questions at Independent Voices, which I repeat here so that you can see the graph, of inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, from 1977 to 2011/12.
Cameron made a good defence of the Government’s record, for once. He was ably assisted by four supporters: Ed Miliband; John Cryer, [...]
While rate increases should be some way off yet, improvements in a range of economic indicators mean that ever more attention is set to shift towards the question of how and when monetary policy tightens. While calls for action are likely to build, the avoidance of premature movement will be vital.
I have been struck by one of those rare moments of sympathy for Nick Clegg. The instrument of my temporary conversion is Jeremy Paxman, whose public service in exposing the vacuous hypocrisy of Russell Brand has been substantially negated by his decision to expose his own hypocrisy in the Radio Times.
He revealed that he hadn’t [...]
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