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Danny Alexander

Alexander’s balancing act

28 July 2011 9:52

Remember that merry dance between the government and the unions over public sector pensions, a few weeks ago? Expect a minor reprise today, and much more over the summer. The… Continue reading

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Gove steps in to keep the schools running

23 June 2011 12:04

A letter is bouncing around Whitehall, and I thought CoffeeHousers might care to see a copy. It has been penned by Michael Gove, and is being dispatched to all headmasters… Continue reading

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Danny’s maths

17 June 2011 13:54

And so Danny Alexander has further angered unions by making it clear that "painful decisions" are needed to reform public-sector pensions, including raising the retirement age. But his proposals should… Continue reading

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Alexander’s not for turning

17 June 2011 9:02

After the vacillations of recent days, the government could do with a show of hardheadedness — and Danny Alexander is delivering just that today. He is announcing the government’s plans… Continue reading

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The Coffee House A-Z of the Coalition: G-M

Here are letters G to M in our alphabetical guide to the Coalition’s first year. A-F were covered here. G is for Gaffes The coalition, happily, has not endured anything… Continue reading

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Cameron sets out the bounds of Lib Dem assertiveness

10 May 2011 11:48

Our coalition government was forged one year ago tomorrow — and we shall have more on that then. But the Sun has already marked the occasion by publishing an interview… Continue reading

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Lamb volunteers for the slaughter

10 April 2011 14:37

We’ll try to get the video later, but, for now, a transcript of Norman Lamb’s appearance on the Politics Show will have to do (UPDATE: video added above). Here we… Continue reading

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Lib Dems bringing home the bacon

23 March 2011 15:59

There are a few big Lib Dem policy wins in this Budget, most notably the rise in the personal allowance and the introduction of land auctions. But there are also… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Budget magic trick

20 March 2011 10:09

Spare a thought for George Osborne and Danny Alexander. They had their own budgetary magic show planned for Wednesday, and were yet again planning to be the Paul Daniels and Debbie… Continue reading

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Balls and Miliband fail the credibility test

14 March 2011 13:03

Eds Miliband and Balls gathered the press corps together this morning to broadcast a straightforward message: oh yes, we do have an alternative. And the shape of that alternative? A… Continue reading

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The inflation crisis deepens

18 January 2011 10:33

How big does inflation have to get before our politicians admit that it’s a problem? Once again, it has “surprised” on the upside – the CPI index stood at 3.7… Continue reading

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A tale of two quads

21 December 2010 13:54

There could barely be a starker contrast between Danny Alexander’s interview with the FT today and the, ahem, Cableleaks. Unlike his fellow Lib Demmer, the Treasury Secretary knew that he… Continue reading

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Writing the Laws

20 December 2010 16:26

Even out of office, David Laws remains one of the most important figures in the coalition. He was one of only two Lib Dem MPs — the other being Danny… Continue reading

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The Passion of Nick Clegg

5 December 2010 10:44

You almost feel sorry for Nick Clegg this week, with the tuition fees vote in prospect. Being hated is difficult for LibDems because they didn’t expect it. Not so with… Continue reading

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Parliamentarian of the Year award recipients 2010

17 November 2010 22:43

The Spectator held its annual Parliamentarian of the Year Awards ceremony this evening. Here, for CoffeeHousers to deliberate over, is the full list of winners: Newcomer of the year: Caroline… Continue reading

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Poppy season

11 November 2010 13:21

Keen-eyed spectators might have noticed Danny Alexander and Michael Gove wearing a slightly different type of poppy over the last few days: the Scottish Poppy. At the beginning of the… Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: What about those who aren’t pulling a housing benefit scam?

3 November 2010 18:16

Most sensible taxpayers think Britain’s current housing benefit costs to be a terrific scam. In the last five years the bill has risen by 25 percent. We now pay £21billion… Continue reading

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The ginger rodent

30 October 2010 15:58

I wonder what they’ll come up with for Uncle Vince? Nick Clegg is a closet Tory (nice homophobic overtone there), and Danny Alexander reminds anti-persecution supremo Harriet Harman of a… Continue reading

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Osborne’s Paul Daniels strategy

24 October 2010 16:05

Is George Osborne the first British Chancellor to hide good news in the small print? I ask this in my News of the World column (£) today, and ask what… Continue reading

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More to Osborne’s plan than gambling

21 October 2010 9:03

Paul Mason’s review of the cuts for Newsnight last night (from 10:20 into the video here) was one of the most powerful critiques of Osborne from the left. His package… Continue reading

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Spending review live blog 

20 October 2010 12:24

1350, PH: And that’s Johnson finished now. Osborne is responding, but we’ll leave the live blog there. Plenty more coverage on Coffee House soon. 1348, PH: Johnson claims that Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Exclusive: 1.5 million jobs to be created during the ‘cuts’

20 October 2010 10:08

Almost every newspaper today leads on the chilling figure of 500,000 jobs to go. This was taken from a briefing paper held by Danny Alexander – a “gaffe” says The… Continue reading

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The unavoidable cruelty of necessary cuts

19 October 2010 16:59

Even though the SDSR promises that it “will be used by units returning from Germany or retained for other purposes,” the loss of RAF Kinloss will still be a body… Continue reading

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Lib Dems to the right of their Tory colleagues?

2 October 2010 20:08

I’ve re-read it several times now and I’m still not sure whether Francis Maude was joking or not when he told The Times that Danny Alexander ‘is obviously a bit… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems face the public

20 September 2010 11:39

The most brutal session the Lib Dems will see is the studio audience currently assembled by Victoria Derbyshire for her Five Live phone-in. It’s a rare event in conference time,… Continue reading

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