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MPs are investigate whether there is too much debt at professional clubs as part of a new inquiry into the running of football.

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It is early days, and the opportunities for mayhem from the right wing of the party are still considerable. For the moment, however, it remains leaderless

John Rentoul: Where does Blair rage come from?

Nothing he can say in his book today will stop the flow; the anger against him exists at a deeper level, impervious to reasoned argument, certainly from him

David Miliband: 'I can build a coalition across the party'

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Phew, thank goodness for those budget deficits, eh. It means we weren’t the only ones to make a godawful mess of the economy. The politicians have also been screwing things up. It wasn’t all our fault after all.

Ben Chu: Michael Gove shoots from the hip

You’d be hard pressed to find a more fastidious politician than the Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

Leading article: A surprisingly liberal world view

The world might have been forgiven for thinking that under the Conservatives British foreign policy would turn inward-looking, small-minded and defensively bellicose. After all, in opposition David Cameron had taken his party out of its alliance with the European centre-right and aligned it with a political grouping which his coalition partner, Nick Clegg, described as a bunch of "nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists and homophobes". Leading Tory thinkers such as George Osborne, Liam Fox and Michael Gove had a touch of the neo-con night about them. Mr Cameron had been unequivocal in his support for the war in Afghanistan. And over everything hung the shadow of an ideological Euroscepticism.

Econoblog: Cameron makes a good start on the world economic stage

David Cameron appears to be carrying all before him.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (27/06/10)

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