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The annual StJohn PB Christmas Crossword (est 2007)

The annual StJohn PB Christmas Crossword (est 2007)

Across 1 Scandal of former Labour minister caught eating a roll (10) 6 Cut government without delay (4) 9 An election is awfully near. Stick around (7) 10 Ban traffic light signals after relocating A+E (7) 12 Reportedly a US statesman’s political tactic (10) 13 Large government tender (3) 15 Ignoring revolution, Pinochet is respected? (6) 16 Rabble-rousing party excited by end of rally (8) 18 Important Russian note Kim Philby initially sent (8) 20 Vision of Labour grandee (6)…

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The Tuesday PB Nighthawks

The Tuesday PB Nighthawks

Last night PB made an appeal for help funding the site during the lockdown which has had a dramatic impact on the site’s two main revenue sources – display advertising and affiliate income. The response has been really good with more than 150 PBers making contributions. Can I just say thank you to everyone who has responded which has been far in excess of what we hoped for. Interestingly the majority of responses have been from people who do not…

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What sort of fool would have predicted the politics of 2020 in 2010? Me.

What sort of fool would have predicted the politics of 2020 in 2010? Me.

Andy Welsh Flickr Time for the reckoning on my long-term calls At the start of the decade, I asked what politics in the UK would look like ten years hence. That time has now arrived, so let’s look at how I did and, beyond that, how anyone could have done. Predicting a few weeks ahead can be a hazardous business; predicting a decade into the future would be foolhardy in the extreme which is probably why observant readers will notice…

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The Conservative Party is pursuing profoundly un-conservative policies. So I’ve left it.

The Conservative Party is pursuing profoundly un-conservative policies. So I’ve left it.

Ideology with no concern for consequences or convention is the business of revolutionaries I have today resigned my membership of the Conservative Party after 24 years. While that’s a moment of some sadness for me, it’s of trivial importance on any wider scale. What isn’t trivially important is the set of changes which the Party’s undergone in the last few years and especially the last few weeks because these will have an immense impact on the country, one way or…

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Biden drops to second place in California while his lead’s down to just 4 in New Hampshire

Biden drops to second place in California while his lead’s down to just 4 in New Hampshire

Another American White House race is starting to dominate political betting which is a  reminder of just how how long PB has been going.  WH2020 contest will be the fifth such race that PB has covered and, indeed, it was the battle for the Democratic nomination in 2004 that first prompted me to create the site. Even though the first states to decide on Democratic and GOP nomination won’t be for nearly six months the debates have started and the…

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The Saturday evening open thread

The Saturday evening open thread

Video – The highlights of the greatest comeback since Lazarus Tonight’s Champions League final and Mike’s holiday means PB isn’t going to edited in the usual way this weekend, so it’ll feature open threads like this and threads written well in advance. So if any major does happen this weekend, I’m not ignoring I’ll eventually cover it. If we get any polls this weekend it’ll be interesting to see if they match the pattern of YouGov with the Lib Dems…

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For Politicalbetting’s 15th anniversary today – a special cartoon from Marf

For Politicalbetting’s 15th anniversary today – a special cartoon from Marf

Exactly 15 years ago today PB was launched Today PB celebrates it’s 15th birthday,  making it, I’d suggest, just about the longest surviving major political blog in the UK. We were up and operational before Guido, Conservative Home, Labour list and many of the other major political sites that we are familiar with today. I cannot recall a site that existed before we did that is still active. When PB was launched on March 23rd 2004 Tony Blair still had…

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Christmas Day on PB wouldn’t be Christmas without the StJohn Christmas Crossword (est 2007)

Christmas Day on PB wouldn’t be Christmas without the StJohn Christmas Crossword (est 2007)

Renewing a great tradition One of the great traditions on PB has been the StJohn Christmas Crossword. The has been published on most Christmas days on the site since 2007. Its creator, StJohn, is one of quite a group of PBers who have been coming here almost since the site’s foundation in 2004. This is his 2018 offering. Enjoy. Across clues 1 Restructuring of Israeli trio in government (11) 7 Half the Chancellor’s responsibility is growth (3) 9 Become less…

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