Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Of all the strange behaviours of the rich, owning horses long struck me as the most bizarre. A horse, when you think about it, is a hopelessly unsuccessful attempt to combine a pet with a form of transportation.
Jim Messina, a veteran of the Obama Campaign, has been hired by the Conservatives to advise on social media and political organisation. Mr Messina says he has “long admired” David Cameron. This follows the hiring of Lynton Crosby last November.
The Prime Minister needs to perform a delicate balancing act in his EU talks
CCHQ’s main reason for not releasing the number of members who voted to select candidates for the European elections is that the Board hasn’t agreed to do so. This doesn’t mean that it made a specific decision not to release the figure: merely that since it has not been released during previous European elections, there’s a presumption that it shouldn’t be issued after this one.
The Mayor of London and the Home Secretary are squaring up for the next Tory leadership battle
When we last reported on who Conservative members want as Party leader after David Cameron, the Mayor of London was the clear leader.
In a broad sense, Grant Shapps’ speech to Policy Exchange this lunchtime is similar to Michael Gove’s fiery article for the Telegraph in May. Both make the personal political, as it were. Shapps attacks Eds Miliband and Balls directly and without remorse, but does so under cover of political difference.
The corporate world must be subject to the same transparency and rigorous scrutiny that has been applied to the newspaper industry
News that one of the health service’s largest operators of the non-emergency 111 helpline is to pull out of the market will have raised very few eyebrows in the health sector. NHS Direct, which ran the telephone helpline that preceded 111, is on track to record a deficit of £26 million this financial year and, along with other providers, has attracted criticism for a host of operational and qualitative mishaps.
Take a look at the figures from the latest monthly survey.
The Business Secretary’s interventions on immigration and housing are part of a wider tactical game
Boris Johnson’s Telegraph columns are often works of mischief, but today’s is a carefully constructed piece of politics. His subject is immigration – about which the political nation has been warring over the weekend. Boris is, famously, pro-immigration – as one would have to be to win elections in London, irrespective of whether one was a Conservative.
Last week’s Across The Pond