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Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.

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August 18, 2014 10 Comments

Why next week’s Salmond-Darling debate is so important

Alex Salmond today tried to tug at Scottish hearts, visiting the home of the famous declaration of Arbroath, the statement of independence written in Arbroath Abbey in 1320 at the time of King Robert the Bruce. Salmond today produced his own, updated “declaration of opportunity” - under an independent Scotland, of course.

The former was signed by 30 or so Scottish bigwigs, and is thought by some people to have been one of the documents which inspired the 1776 American declaration of independence almost 500 years later.


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August 11, 2014 5 Comments

Is Skegness bracing itself for Neil Hamilton?

Neil Hamilton wouldn’t respond when Channel 4 News asked him today whether the hoped to be Ukip’s candidate in Boston, but he did confirm he does hope to fight some seat at the

July 22, 2014 6 Comments

Salmond’s Scottish sporting surge? Perhaps not

Is Alex Salmond hoping to ride a wave of patriotic fervour flowing for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games? If history tells us anything, he may be disappointed.

July 21, 2014 2 Comments

Why Gaza has always been tricky for Middle East envoy Tony Blair

Tony Blair was in London today, addressing the Progress think tank 20 years after he became Labour leader. But weren’t there more pressing concerns in the Middle East?

July 15, 2014 1 Comment

Reshuffle leaves Cameron with dangerous lack of legal experience

David Cameron’s reshuffle exposes a lack of legal experience in the upper ranks of government – not to mention a growing pool of unhappy men in their 50s on the backbenches.

July 14, 2014 2 Comments

Conservatives: Newark spending £4,000 within legal limit

The Conservatives claim to have spent £96,191 on winning last month’s by-election in Newark, that’s £3,809 below the official spending limit in by-elections of £100,000 per

June 23, 2014 6 Comments

Would elected mayors ‘put the rockets’ on northern cities?

George Osborne has returned to that old favourite – elected mayors. A Heseltine old favourite, to be precise, developed during his period in the political wilderness.

June 6, 2014 4 Comments

Conservative car crash in Newark

After my brief car park conversation with former Newark MP Patrick Mercer, he scraped an adjacent car as he drove away. A witness to the incident said he’d voted Ukip after voting Tory for 30

Newark, the Tories, and a gentle rap on the head

Later today, in the town square in Newark, I have an appointment with a gentleman who has promised me that I can rap him over the head with a rolled-up newspaper (a la Godfrey Bloom).

May 23, 2014 10 Comments

Seven reasons why success breeds success for Ukip

Are Ukip’s results the sign of an earthquake or a tremor? Their share of the vote may be slightly down, but the party has learned a lot in time for 2015.

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