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The Tory Right’s humiliation over gay marriage should remind it that it can’t simply opt out of the 21st century
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 11:16 AMLooking out across the blood-soaked battlefield at Asculum in 280BC, the victorious Greek, King Pyrrhus, turned to one of his generals and remarked: One more such victory, and we shall be undone. Sitting in Downing Street, reflecting on last nights successful passage of his same-sex marriage bill, David Cameron could be forgiven for entertaining similar [...]
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 11:11 AMThe latest poll of Morgan Stanleys top clients from across the world says it all. Chief economist Joachim Fels tells us that not a single investor at the banks Florence forum thought the world economy would rebound with any strength later this year. Just a quarter expect a return to trend growth. Some 57pc think [...]
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 10:32 AMNow that the same-sex marriage bill has been passed, the Cameroons will be breathing a sigh of relief. They will be hoping to put the whole issue behind them, at least for a while. What they fail to recognise, however, is that yesterdays farcical events have continued to hand political capital to Ukip. From the [...]
We like to pretend we’re going to ‘kick the bastard MPs out’, but actually we love to let them back in
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 09:59 AMThe British electorate are a curious bunch. We are always happy to castigate MPs as expense-fiddling, out-of-touch cronies. But when were giving a chance to put our words into action what do we do? We loyally vote them back in. Perhaps, if we think all politicians are bastards, we just prefer those we already know. [...]
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 09:38 AMThe establishment used to look like the cast of Yes, Minister. They were grey-haired, bowler-hatted and church-going. They spoke the Queens English and believed in Queen and country. Many hailed from, and lived in, the countryside. They were white, middle-class, middle-aged men. Sexual preferences were kept hidden under bed covers. Todays establishment is an altogether [...]
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 09:04 AMWe have a winner! Among some really very very good entries, falconer99 came out top with this. (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and Ill post you the original cartooon!) Next one will be up on Wednesday.
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 08:08 AMFrom my Morning Briefing email. Sign up here Cast your eyes along the waterfront this morning after the night before and you might conclude that things are fairly dire for Dave. Hes suffered another major rebellion (I know, I know it was a free vote, but he still failed to persuade his colleagues to follow [...]
on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 08:04 AMAlong with Wagner, Verdi, Britten, the Royal Philharmonic Society and heaven knows what else, the Chelsea Flower Show has a double-zero anniversary this year. It launched in 1913 (just like Britten). And as its my annual, unmissable, non-musical indulgence, Ive just been to press day where, as always, I was captivated by the fantasy [...]
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