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Budget 2015: The challenges for Labour

18 March 2015 11:02

Ed Miliband will respond to the Budget today (the Shadow Chancellor responds to the Autumn Statement, and has a Budget speech the day after the main event). In the past… Continue reading

Source: ONS Consumer Price Inflation, 19 August 2014 and OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook March 2014

Inflation down, Osborne up

19 August 2014 12:08

David Cameron is back on holidays again, this time to Cornwall. He missed a trick. His economic recovery is making the pound strong and, ergo, the continent cheap for British… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

David Cameron’s voteless recovery

1 August 2014 8:33

The economy has recovered, and is steadily growing. That much is now clear. It has long been assumed that this will help the Conservative Party’s electoral fortunes. The logic goes… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Ed Miliband’s ‘new politics’ update

29 July 2014 15:31

Derision met Labour when news emerged that more than half of its prospective parliamentary candidates are former special advisers, party workers, researchers, lobbyists or ex-MPs. Ed Miliband (PPE, Corpus Christi… Continue reading

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Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has called for the introduction of a… Continue reading

Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks ago. He was referring to the lack of progress on… Continue reading

Charles Clarke on the Daily Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Charles Clarke: Labour has no credible economic plan and voters don’t see Miliband as PM

10 June 2014 13:52

Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according to Charles Clarke. The former Labour Education and Home Secretary… Continue reading


You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy town parliament. It is a celebration of our common heritage… Continue reading

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Crisis of sincerity in the Miliband household?

20 May 2014 12:25

Mr S started the morning with Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain. All was pootling along quietly until Ed Miliband turned up on screen. The Leader of… Continue reading

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Inflation rises – should the coalition be worried?

20 May 2014 11:23

Inflation has risen for the first time in ten months, with the consumer prices index growing by 1.8 per cent in the year to April 2014, up from 1.6 per… Continue reading

The Labour Party Annual Conference

There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight and said: ‘I want to see a Labour Party that… Continue reading

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that the crisis in living standards is ‘over’ because there is… Continue reading


Has anyone noticed Tory tanks rolling onto Labour’s lawn?

7 April 2014 8:40

It’s unfashionable to talk about the battle for the centre ground these days. The fight to win political credibility is conducted through a new prism. Populists versus the establishment, centralisers… Continue reading

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Time to switch energy companies say ministers

17 March 2014 17:07

Both coalition parties remain scarred by the political potency of Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices. They are determined to do what they can to stop this issue gaining… Continue reading

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Another Tory says there’s a ‘strong case’ for raising the minimum wage

8 January 2014 13:20

This lunchtime, Treasury minister Sajid Javid said there is a ‘strong case to look at’ raising the minimum wage, joining Matt Hancock as a Conservative minister prepared to say in… Continue reading

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Struggling with your New Year’s Resolution already? It’s all David Cameron’s fault.

2 January 2014 19:58

Ed Miliband did vow to ‘relentlessly’ focus on the cost of living crisis facing hardworking families up and down the country (hopefully someone will develop a shorthand outline for this… Continue reading


PMQs: Backbenchers eerily silent as bosses discuss their pay

11 December 2013 13:11

Ed Miliband started off with a soft question to which he already knew the answer at PMQs: ‘Does the PM agree with me that given the crisis ordinary families are… Continue reading

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Ed Balls is back on form, but that doesn’t give Labour economic credibility

10 December 2013 13:40

There were two key lessons from Treasury Questions today. The first is about Labour’s post-autumn statement line of attack. We already knew from Ed Balls’ briefing last Thursday that he… Continue reading

An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

Ed Balls: OBR forecasts show cost of living will continue to haunt Tories

5 December 2013 17:07

Ed Balls has not had a good day. He has just given his post-autumn statement briefing, at which he argued that Labour had set the agenda for this statement with… Continue reading

Meet Thy Doom

Autumn statement: Labour’s only safe attack line

5 December 2013 8:56

George Osborne wants to use today’s Autumn Statement to focus on the good figures and his government’s responsible approach to the economy. This, Tory strategists hope, will leave Labour with… Continue reading

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Caroline Flint and Ed Davey clash over who cares most about consumers

2 December 2013 16:49

One of the Conservatives’ great victories in government has been to portray the party as on the side of consumers against behemoth and sometimes inefficient producers. Take education, where Michael… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby

What Lynton Crosby told David Cameron’s political Cabinet

24 November 2013 15:44

The next time you see a Tory minister on television, count how long it is until they say that David Cameron is a leader with a long term plan for… Continue reading

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Poinsettias are just one victim of the energy crisis. Who’ll be next?

15 November 2013 13:32

‘For millions of families’, the Telegraph reports today, poinsettia ‘is as much a festive favourite as turkey and Christmas trees’. Which is odd given that they’re tropical plants which like to… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Attends The Lord Mayor's Banquet

David Cameron: Miliband’s Labour poses the same old danger

12 November 2013 12:42

David Cameron’s speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet yesterday evening rehearsed some basic political arguments that will be honed between now and 2015. Cameron made a decent assault on Labour… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s speech on ‘dealing with the cost of living crisis’: full text

5 November 2013 11:41

It is great to be here in Battersea with you today. Last Friday, I was in my constituency, at the local Citizens Advice Bureau. And I talked to some people… Continue reading