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George Osborne’s taxing dilemma

27 July 2014 11:00
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

Some of what David Smith, author of the essential Economic Outlook column in the Sunday Times, says today will be salve to George Osborne: ‘…the government intended to spend £722bn… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband tries to turn his vices into virtues

27 July 2014 10:12
Ed Miliband Attends Launch Of Online Mental Health Resource For Children

Ed Miliband’s admirers are hailing his speech on Friday as an attempt to change how we think about leadership. It might have been that, but it was also a very… Continue reading

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Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

25 July 2014 17:00
David Cameron remains the Master's apprentice. (Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading

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Image is the least of Ed’s worries

25 July 2014 14:51
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

What were Labour thinking? Against the background of Ukraine and Gaza, the only domestic story likely to cut through is an economic one. The news today is dominated by David… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband stakes all on his ‘big choice’

25 July 2014 8:59
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Labour will launch its summer campaign later today. The centre-piece is Ed Miliband’s speech. He will present a ‘big choice’ to the British public, arguing that they cannot afford 5… Continue reading

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Labour’s sports betting levy will hit poor punters

24 July 2014 12:43
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Harriet Harman has set the hare running this morning by proposing a levy on sports betting. The shadow sports minister Clive Efford said: ‘We believe it is right that businesses… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56
Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

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Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014 13:22
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading

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Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14
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In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

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Tories vs Labour tax row continues

16 July 2014 15:39
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Labour has now reviewed the Harriet Harman interview on LBC in which she said ‘I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’ and concluded that she… Continue reading

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PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42
Beckett And Harman

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

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We are all numbers in Labour’s computer now

9 July 2014 14:56
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In 1975 Margaret Thatcher said in her ‘Free Society’ speech to the Conservative Party Conference: ‘Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We… Continue reading

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Miliband’s main man blames the voters

8 July 2014 15:04
Axelrod

Labour Party guru David Axelrod popped up in Sunday’s New York Times, presumably to promote his new book. He spoke candidly to columnist Maureen Dowd, attempting to explain why Barack Obama is… Continue reading

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Labour’s true believers ask Ed Miliband to repeat past Tory mistakes.

8 July 2014 10:49
Ed Miliband election campaign

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to say about the 2015 general election is that it is Labour’s to lose. The second thing to say is that Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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Video: The week ahead — Westminster abuse allegations and Miliband’s localism

7 July 2014 12:08
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In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the allegations about a paedophile ring in Westminster and Ed Miliband’s localist agenda… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt won’t condemn the NUT’s strike, but is he ready for a confrontation?

6 July 2014 19:18
Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

Tristram Hunt is getting a fair bit of stick from the Conservatives for refusing to condemn the strike action planned by the National Union of Teachers on this morning’s Andrew… Continue reading

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Baldwin’s blunder

4 July 2014 16:44
Tom Baldwin, master of spin. Image: Getty

Labour’s ‘media grid’ for this week had Miliband’s millionaire spinner Tom Baldwin pencilled in to brief Times journalist Rachel Sylvester and give her an exclusive story for Tuesday’s paper. When… Continue reading

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Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20
All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

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Labour run a mile from ‘nuts’ McBride return

1 July 2014 16:43
Damian McBride won't be welcomed back into Labour. Photo: Getty Images.

Mr Steerpike’s suggestion that things could be getting so bad for Labour that they may have to call on the services of Damian McBride, based on the disgraced former spin… Continue reading

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Minister demands apology from Miliband after stats blunder

1 July 2014 16:14
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech In Essex

The Tories are very keen to sabotage Ed Miliband’s big speech about rebalancing the British economy, which is probably a compliment to the Labour leader as it suggests that they… Continue reading

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Labour’s localism arms race

1 July 2014 8:51
Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

How can politicians encourage this country’s economy to grow more evenly? Do you build a nice big railway line? Or try – and largely fail – to devolve greater power… Continue reading

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Damian McBride’s Labour audition

30 June 2014 18:29
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Is Damian McBride auditioning for a job as the saviour of the Labour Party spin operation? His re-energised blogging would certainly indicate as much. In the last few weeks the… Continue reading

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Video: The week ahead — Juncker and Cruddas

30 June 2014 12:36
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In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the ascension of Jean-Claude Juncker and Jon Cruddas’s intervention on Labour’s ‘dead’ hand… Continue reading

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Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. And pointless

29 June 2014 10:57
Jon Cruddas. Image: Getty

I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy unit. What happens if he talks sense? Well, my fears… Continue reading

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