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Spineless Cameron is letting Farage’s foxes into the Tory henhouse

thesundaytimes.co.uk — YOU CAN'T walk far at Westminster these days without bumping into a grinning Conservative Eurosceptic. Within a couple of minutes I got the same wolfish answer from a couple of them to my inquiry about the state of play. "Things are all going splendidly," they purred.

Witty and wicked: Andrew Marr’s revealing political thriller

newstatesman.com — Andrew Marr is a marvel. In January 2013 he suffered a debilitating stroke while overdoing it on a rowing machine. But he quickly resumed his career as the BBC successor to David Frost on Sunday mornings. He has continued to produce TV documentaries, especially those linked to the independence campaign in his native Scotland.

A week for troublemakers to strut and kingmakers to take the hit

thesundaytimes.co.uk — A recurring theme of this final conference season before the general election has been the claim by loyalists of one big party or another that the other big parties are in cyclical decline. The Conservatives are said to be haemorrhaging voters to Ukip. Scotland, the north of England and the big metropolises are no-go areas for them.

Be warned, PM, voters know how quickly a vow can become a swindle

thesundaytimes.co.uk — David Cameron's closest advisers say he "won" the Scottish referendum - and, after all the headless chicken panic, by percentage points in two figures. To them the prime minister's appearance on the steps of No 10 early on Friday was a moment to savour.

Say you pull it off, PM, where’s your plan for the day after?

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Say you pull it off, PM, where's your plan for the day after? The crisis has receded a little this weekend. A string of opinion polls have blunted the sgian-dubh dug into the Union's heart by last week's YouGov poll for The Sunday Times. "No" to independence is, very narrowly, back in the lead.

Cheer up, PM. At this rate you will all be over by Christmas

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Cheer up, PM. At this rate you will all be over by Christmas Eleven days to go and the bookies are rubbing their hands at the wagers. The battle for Scotland's independence has become a real race. Contemplating the way the opinion polls have moved, the unknown punter who placed a record-breaking £800,000 on "no" must be feeling a little queasy.

Honourable but crafty, Carswell pulls off a political coup

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Honourable but crafty, Carswell pulls off a political coup Douglas Carswell won't mind missing the Tory party conference. A couple of years ago he told me that he hadn't been in the main hall once all week, not even for his leader's speech.

Bercow’s building an empire as high priest in the cult of the CEO

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Bercow's building an empire as high priest in the cult of the CEO At last two former foreign secretaries have spoken out on the big issue obsessing Britain's parliamentarians: who should be the next clerk of the House of Commons.

Chancer Cameron takes a thwack for neglecting his homework

thesundaytimes.co.uk — Chancer Cameron takes a thwack for neglecting his homework By his own admission David Cameron lost a battle in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, the federalist whom the prime minister calls "the career insider in Brussels", will be president of the European Commission for the next five years.

Chilcot Iraq Inquiry Talks Deal 'A Whitewash'

news.sky.com — Campaigners have condemned as a "whitewash" a deal to keep secret sensitive extracts of exchanges between Tony Blair and George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war. Rose Gentle, whose 19-year-old son Gordon was killed in Iraq in 2004, said she felt "sickened" by the decision to limit disclosure, and felt the families had been "shoved aside".
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