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No electoral chloroform, Dr Cameron. We demand a talking cure — Britain's two main political parties want to stupefy us into submission between now and the general election. If it can hold its narrow lead in the polls, Labour believes that Ed Miliband will be the next prime minister.

All the evidence says that Ed will win. Yes, it really could happen — Macbeth is a spooky play, but when the newly appointed thane of Cawdor says, "The greatest is behind", it's not a premonition of the age of Kim Kardashian. He means that the best of the witches' predictions has yet to be fulfilled.

Miliband strikes as we tire of Cameron replaying Downturn Abbey — My mother is already looking forward to the Downton Abbey Christmas special. It is sure to be one of the most popular programmes over the festive period. On TV the Roaring Twenties are back in fashion. In politics Labour's back-to-the-past approach has moved a decade further on, to the Depression era.

Even though George may conjure up a Tory victory, No 10 will elude him — George Osborne has had a good couple of weeks. Instant polls confirm a big Tory lead as the party "best able to manage the economy", and the occupants of Downing Street are guffawing at Ed Balls's panicky "anything they spend, we'll spend more" reaction to the latest promised Conservative largesse towards the NHS.

When Twitter dumps a dollop of abuse, smile and earn #respect — Bird droppings have played an under-reported role in British politics. They explain, for example, why the mainstream parties no longer hold their annual conferences in Blackpool. As the demands of security grew, delegates were forced to queue on a back staircase that served as a roost for verminous pigeons.

Sacrificing the lamb in Woolf’s clothing hurts only the abuse victims — Full disclosure: I've attended a small dinner with Lord Brittan and his wife at an embassy, although I doubt that either of them can remember the event. I have interviewed Brittan many times in his roles as a cabinet minister, European commissioner and Tory grandee.

Spineless Cameron is letting Farage’s foxes into the Tory henhouse — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Jan 31, 2015

RT @rupertmurdoch: Great case for bears Europe deflating, printing money without effect, ME total mess, Japanese no change, China slowing, US wobbly

Jan 31, 2015

RT @rupertmurdoch: Germans right to push structural change in EU, but little chance of success. Long term, no sensible future for Euro.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @MrHarryCole: French Ambassador presenting satire award #PBAwards: these attempts to suppress free speech will not succeed.

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