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Guest blog on the battle between a cancer victim’s family and an insurance company

Posted on 11 December 2012 | 10:12am

By Ben Hewitt Two months ago we lost a good friend, Nic Hughes. He was a creative and talented university lecturer, a loving husband and doting father of amazing twins. He died of cancer aged 44. Nic took out an insurance policy with Friends Life in good faith, convinced that he had given full disclosure […]

Berlusconi sets up an ‘anything could happen’ election

Posted on 10 December 2012 | 1:12pm

I have been trying to imagine what the general reaction would be if Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major or Margaret Thatcher suddenly announced they were planning to run for PM again. Regardless of their respective talents, appeal or skill, I think I only have to pose the question to get most people’s answers. There […]

How I made a film and changed the world! (for one 97 year old dementia patient)

Posted on 6 December 2012 | 9:12pm

Modesty and humility being big parts of what make me such a likeable and popular character, I very rarely blow my own trumpet on here. But something happened last night which leaves me with little option. I had been doing a discussion with the lovely Delia Smith at the BMA, her explaining why she does […]

A blog dedicated to the parts of George Osborne’s strategy that are working as he said they would

Posted on 5 December 2012 | 9:12am

Er, that’s it folks

Guest blog from another victim of betrayal by David Cameron

Posted on 1 December 2012 | 12:12pm

Unconnected to Leveson, out of the blue comes an email from a former RAF pilot accusing David Cameron of betrayal over his claim that former servicemen and women will not lose out as a result of welfare changes. Betrayal is a powerful theme, and the numbers who feel it are swelling. Environmentalists who were promised […]

As press hail Cameron’s courage and strength, they know his betrayal of victims was an act of weakness

Posted on 30 November 2012 | 3:11pm

You did not have to be a genius to imagine there might have been a statutory element to the proposals brought forward by Lord Justice Leveson. Indeed, the longer the inquiry went on, the more his tone of questioning suggested such a move might happen. Certainly, by the time David Cameron gave evidence, it was […]

John Major was right that it is the politicians who are in last chance saloon – his successor has bottled it

Posted on 29 November 2012 | 9:11pm

In Lord Leveson’s introduction to his report, in the very first paragraph, he states that his work ‘carries with it authority provided personally by the Prime Minister.’ He must have been a little shocked when the PM withdrew that authority as soon as he spoke in the Commons, when he rejected the main proposals for […]

Camden schools turnaround a big success story – weird that the Government prefers to focus on failure

Posted on 28 November 2012 | 8:11am

I was out last night raising cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at the Midtown Business Club dinner, to whom thanks for your cash and your support. In my speech, I talked a bit about the Boris phenomenon and said his appeal was rooted in his positivity, which is why it was odd that he […]

A brief history of the many ‘last chance saloons’ in which our press have drunk to excess

Posted on 26 November 2012 | 5:11pm

It is not often that I give over this space to a Tory MP, let alone one who was closely involved in David Cameron’s failed efforts to secure a Parliamentary majority. However, as the bulk of the press seeks to shape the pre-Leveson debate in a way that suits their own political and commercial interests, […]

A couple of good signs amid fast-changing economic scene

Posted on 22 November 2012 | 3:11pm

One of my main themes out on the speaking circuit is that Europe is not adapting quickly enough or well enough to perhaps the single most important geostrategic change happening today – the shift of power and wealth from West to East. There was a hint of the western world being in denial in recent […]