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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 happy coalition christmas

December 23, 2010

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In September, I asked on these pages whether Vince Cable was the most likely senior Lib Dem to fall foul of the coalition government and move to the backbenches, or even defect to Labour. In some respects, those questions have proved to be important ones, given Cable’s recent infidelities in declaring that he would be […]

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 […]

Cable out on a limb

September 22, 2010

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There is no doubting that Vince Cable, the business secretary, is right to attack excessive bank bonuses and the “spivs and gamblers” that receive them. The major economic mouthpiece of the Liberal Democrats, such views and the forthright manner in which he has expressed were commonplace in opposition and earned Cable a reputation as one […]