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Economic gloom spells trouble for Tories

November 30, 2011

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One could almost feel sorry for George Osborne as he faced the House of Commons to deliver his bleak autumn statement, knowing he was about to paint a dismal picture of the British economy and undermine his own claims of competency in handling its problems. That is, if one was able to forget that he […]

A Tale of Two Eds

September 26, 2011

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Have the shadow chancellor and the leader of the opposition agreed on a ‘good cop, bad cop’ policy for this year’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool? For while Ed Miliband faced criticism from all sides for his backtracking on tuition fees, a climbdown that followed quick on the heels of similar betrayals and U-turns on […]

Day finally dawns for Balls

January 20, 2011

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Ed Balls has had to wait a long time to be given Labour’s economic brief. At points during Gordon Brown’s premiership, it looked as if Brown would turn to his old friend to replace Alistair Darling as Chancellor. In the end, Brown was too weak to force through such a move. After a good showing […]

Lies and the ‘politics of consensus’

November 11, 2010

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Nobody should condone the violence that marked yesterday’s demonstration against increased tuition fees, as I heard several people do. Yet it is clear that, just as a handful of hooligans taint ordinary football fans, those protestors that went too far were in a minority, with most of the 50,000 or so people that took to […]

The betrayal of the Liberals

October 11, 2010

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The leadership of the Liberal Democrats must surely be bracing themselves for what promises to be a difficult few days. With Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding set to be unveiled tomorrow, it seems most people already know what he is set to propose. And these proposals look set to divide the Liberal Democrats, […]

Coalition divided

September 29, 2010

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David Miliband’s retirement from frontline politics was always going to dominate the news agenda once it was announced, and given the day the coalition government had been having up until that point you could forgive Cameron and co for being mighty relieved that the spotlight was off them at a moment when divisions within it […]

‘Red’ Ed and the long road back

September 25, 2010

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At long last, Labour have a new leader. Ed Miliband, who at the start of the lengthy leadership campaign was seen as the underdog to his older brother David, today begins life as the official leader of the opposition. We all knew it would be a Miliband leading the Labour Party during the remainder of […]