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All Hail the Emperor

All Hail the Emperor

by Sam Macrory / 29 Sep 2014 20:25

Exuberant. Enthusiastic. Uplifting. Unpredictable.

Boris Johnson did what he does best at his traditional ConservativeHome rally.

But perhaps because the star striker has been handed a shirt – not, for now, the Number 10 – and rejoined the team on the pitch, it was a mostly restrained display.

Boris being Boris, however, he couldn’t resist straying into territory that other politicians somehow manage to sidestep.

Asked to compare to himself to a Roman emperor, the

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MoD has spent £85m fighting "spurious" ECHR lawsuits, Fallon reveals

MoD has spent £85m fighting "spurious" ECHR lawsuits, Fallon reveals

by Jess Bowie / 29 Sep 2014 18:54

The Ministry of Defence has spent £85m on lawsuits brought against the Armed Forces under the European Convention on Human Rights, defence secretary Michael Fallon has revealed.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference, Fallon said he was “appalled” at the way human rights law was being used against the British military, with the result that millions of pounds of taxpayers' money were being spent on fighting “fairly spurious cases” rather than

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David Davis: Cameron must be clearer on Europe

David Davis: Cameron must be clearer on Europe

by Jess Bowie / 29 Sep 2014 15:19

David Davis has urged the prime minister to take a clearer stance on Europe in order to regain ground from UKIP. 

“If I were David Cameron I'd be public about what we need to get back from the EU to make it worthwhile staying in,” Davis told the Conservative Party Conference.

Speaking at a fringe event called Tackling UKIP, Cameron's one-time leadership rival said that the prime minister also needed to talk more about immigration.

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Women's minister Nicky Morgan responds to the Brooks Newmark sexting scandal

Women's minister Nicky Morgan responds to the Brooks Newmark sexting scandal

28 Sep 2014 20:01

Politicians have always had a love-hate relationship with the media. 

Given that yesterday saw Tory MP Brooks Newmark resign from the government after a tabloid sting (involving an undercover journalist and explicit pictures of Newmark’s, ahem, “majority”), the stock of us hacks has probably never been lower among the Tory faithful.  

It was with some trepidation, then, that Total Politics decided to raise the subject of Newmark’s "sext scandal" at a fringe event this

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Last man standing

Last man standing

by Sam Macrory / 28 Sep 2014 18:55

There’s been plenty to cause the Tories to tear up – to borrow a prime ministerial phrase – since they began their annual conference. This afternoon, at least, it was for good reason.

For the final time, William Hague addressed a Conservative Party conference as a secretary of state, or indeed as an MP.

But this wasn’t just the last sight of one of the party’s most gifted and experienced of performers that triggered

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A man with a plan?

A man with a plan?

by Jess Bowie / 23 Sep 2014 17:50

Much was riding on Ed Miliband's conference turn today. With less than eight months to go before the general election, the pressure was on the Labour leader to make it crystal clear not just what he stands for, but how the country will be different under a Labour government. Today there was little time for wonkish ideas like 'pre-distribution' and 'One Nation Britain', which even his own MPs have been reluctant to mention on

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Cameron's Worst Nightmare

Cameron's Worst Nightmare

by Sam Macrory / 17 Sep 2014 14:10

David Cameron must be absolutely petrified.

Despite his protestations, it's very, very hard to see how he will be able to resist calls for his resignation should Scotland decide to break away from the United Kingdom over the next 48 hours.

The charge sheet against the prime minister will look terrible. History will remember him as the leader who presided over the end of a three century old union, the man who signed off on a weak question on the ballot

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Win tickets to see Teh Internet Is Serious Business!

Win tickets to see Teh Internet Is Serious Business!

by     / 17 Sep 2014 12:16

"We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

Tim Price, author of Protest Song about the Occupy movement and National Theatre Wales’ The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning continues his interrogation of contemporary revolutions.

A 16-year-old London schoolboy and an 18-year-old recluse in Shetland meet online, pick a fight with the FBI and change the world forever. 

Tim Price gets behind the code with the original Anonymous members

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All bets are off

All bets are off

by Helen Thomas / 16 Sep 2014 13:33

For now the market is in a holding pattern ahead of the Scotland vote; those who need to hedge have done so and the speculators have placed their bets. By Friday morning at 6am we should know (although if it’s close you’d have to expect a significant risk of recounts and delays).

As BlondeMoney explained in Part 1, this is not the end of the story. There is now a risk premium that is

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Vocations for the Nation

Vocations for the Nation

16 Sep 2014 10:46

"Our job in Government is not to push people one way or the other, but to ensure there are good choices for both." So said then-Skills Minister Matt Hancock earlier this year, arguing for a ‘new norm’ that treats vocational routes as every bit as worthwhile as academic ones.

For all of us working towards a stronger vocational sector, his was a welcome comment. These days, though, it is not so remarkable. After years of vocational

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