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Oh well. It’s doomed then. The Purple Book, a collection of essays by Labour modernisers echoing The Orange Book of Liberal Democrats, will have a theme, according to Rachel Sylvester in The Times (pay wall):
The overarching theme will be the need to move away from reliance on a big State and redistribute power to individuals [...]
David Cameron has just come off the Today Programme with a strong defence of the Government’s now famous NHS ‘listening exercise’. But there is a suggestion around Westminster that the man who came up with the idea was not Mr Cameron but his new spin doctor Craig Oliver.
Mr Oliver is said to have persuaded his [...]
An average-priced house doesn’t have to be average in appearance. Our Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver zooms in on some of the unusual homes and locations available for £232,628.
There is a new pretender to the throne of the coveted 250cc market, trying to steal the Ninja’s dominance, so we put the new kid on the block, the Honda, up against its market leading rival, to see who comes out on top
Tribal British voters are a dying breed. New polling by YouGov for IPPR shows that almost two thirds of voters say that more than one political party represents their views and values. Less than one in five say that only one party comes close to reflecting their views and values and that they are strongly opposed to all others. It’s not just retail politics, it seems that British voters are becoming more promiscuous as they become less tribal.
Newcastle v Man Utd, Premier League, tonight 7.45pm
Lay under 1.5 goals at 3.2 to one
Newcastle home games are much more prolific than their away fixtures. Their 16 fixtures at St James’ Park have seen 59 goals at an average of around 3.7 goals a game. Only Man Utd have scored more goals at home than [...]
Tibet’s Panchen Lama is a figure of utmost religious and political importance. In Tibet, the Panchen and Dalai Lamas have a mutually significant relationship. The Panchen Lama is involved in selecting the next Dalai Lama and vice-versa. In recent years, the identity of the Panchen Lama has become a source of dispute and political leverage [...]
I am again dipping in and out of Christopher Hitchens’s memoir, Hitch-22, after a pause to digest the sudden succession of political memoirs (Mandelson, Blair, Campbell vol 2, Richards, Cowley and Kavanagh, Seldon and Lodge).
I have come across several gems, often in footnotes.
The Hitch’s first proper job in journalism was as Social Science Correspondent [...]
So where to begin? Sunday 17th April 2011: London Marathon day. As anyone following this blog will know the fact that I was getting up at 6.00am to take part was achievement enough. After a week of injury hell I was so delighted to be joining the race everything else seemed somewhat irrelevant.
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