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Does the Tory housing pledge really help the housing crisis?

2 March 2015 18:26

Given the Tories are the party of Macmillan, it seems quite right that they’ve picked housing as one of their six key election priorities. David Cameron gave a speech on… Continue reading

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Two parties, two failures of logic

28 February 2015 10:24

Two party election policies, two failures to think things through. Or, at least, to engage with realities. First, Labour announces a cut in university tuition fees to a maximum of… Continue reading

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Does Evgeny Lebedev fancy being Mayor of London?

27 February 2015 17:11

While the Tories scrabble around for a candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral election, Mr S hears one millionaire is already eyeballing the 2020 race. Barely an edition of the Evening Standard… Continue reading

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How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the ‘tens of thousands’. The pledge originated in a Thick-of-It style… Continue reading

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New figures show Cameron’s net migration target in tatters

26 February 2015 9:54

Today’s news that lots of people want to come and work in a free, welcoming country with many opportunities and a growing economy is actually very bad news. Not for… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: A jam for Cam but the greased piglet escaped again!

25 February 2015 17:30

That was a close one. Miliband set two traps for the PM today. One was visible. The other, far more dangerous, was hidden until the very last moment. Miliband wants… Continue reading

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Twitter has become a barometer for the political issues of the day

25 February 2015 12:42

Twitter has never been friendly to British politicians. From MPs’ gaffes that spread across the platform like wildfire to the incessant trolling, it can’t make good bedtime reading for anyone on the… Continue reading

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As ‘long-term economic plan’ goes global, will Cameron have an easy PMQs?

25 February 2015 11:55

How will Prime Minister’s Questions go today? Both party leaders have had to deal with troublesome MPs this week, with Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind both falling prey to… Continue reading

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Labour demands David Cameron commit to TV debate with Ed Miliband

23 February 2015 13:05

Will any of the General Election TV debates take place? Labour hopes they will, and today Douglas Alexander has written to Grant Shapps demanding that the Tories commit to doing… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour to make pledges knowing they are bad policy

23 February 2015 8:12

This week, the two main parties plan to make iconic pledges that they hope will appeal to their core vote, but that are pretty poor policy. David Cameron will today… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives

Ruth Davidson’s Blue-collar Conservatism subtly rebukes David Cameron

20 February 2015 18:49

Today’s Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh proved unexpectedly interesting. No, really. Or, rather, yes, really. Or whatever. David Cameron spoke, you see, and so did Ruth Davidson and they said… Continue reading

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What are we willing to do to make our intelligence agencies’ job easier?

19 February 2015 16:45

Ottawa. Sydney. Paris. Copenhagen. Four major Western cities attacked in five months by Islamist terrorists and all committed by perpetrators with lengthy histories of criminal activity. When the next terrorist… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Ed Miliband to Cameron: show us your EU renegotiation policy

19 February 2015 15:07

Ed Miliband has sent an angry letter to David Cameron this afternoon, demanding that he ‘set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building… Continue reading

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David Cameron Makes Key Welfare Speech In East Sussex

Will Cameron’s new benefits policy ever take off?

18 February 2015 18:52

Will the Tories really dock benefits from obese people and those with drug or alcohol addictions if they refuse treatment? Even though David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to the policy… Continue reading

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Al Murray tries to muster some funds for his FUKP campaign

18 February 2015 14:33

The Conservatives held a Black and White Tie Ball earlier this month to raise funds for their election campaign, while Ukip are reported to have recently taken a princely sum from Richard… Continue reading

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Bold new Tory election strategy: Tax cuts for our chums; welfare cuts for you

17 February 2015 11:29

“There’s a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us… Continue reading

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Watch: Ed Miliband mucks up his lines

16 February 2015 17:47

Ed Miliband appears to have found some safe ground for his party this week, attacking the Tories whenever he can over tax avoidance claims. If he plans to continue on this note, Mr… Continue reading

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Tory MP accepts donation from banker who used same tax avoidance scheme as Jimmy Carr

16 February 2015 13:19

With the Tories currently getting flak for holding a ball for the party’s super rich donors in the same week queries were raised about their tax habits, Ken Clarke appeared on the Sunday… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

The danger for Miliband in his tax triumph

15 February 2015 12:04

Last week was Labour’s best of the campaign so far and the Tories’ worst. The row over tax avoidance and Lord Fink’s comments reinforced the damaging perception that the Tories… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, at Guildhall in the City of London

David Cameron’s one law for the rich shows he doesn’t understand the British

14 February 2015 16:34

The great historian of the Soviet Union Robert Conquest’s Third Law of Politics reads: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it… Continue reading

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Peter Oborne: Ed Miliband is the most accomplished opposition leader since the war

12 February 2015 10:09

In this week’s Spectator podcast, we put a Labour and a Tory supporter next to each other to debate the virtues of Ed Miliband. The difference being that Peter Oborne… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

David Cameron is lucky he faces Ed Miliband, not Nicola Sturgeon

11 February 2015 19:03

In some respects David Cameron has been a lucky politician. Lucky that his predecessors had failed so completely that his initial brand of so-called modernisation seemed a punt worth taking.… Continue reading

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Samantha Cameron’s sister in Twitter rant over Labour’s pink ‘tampon’ van

11 February 2015 18:42

While Samantha Cameron very rarely airs her political views in public, the same cannot be said for her sister. Emily Sheffield has taken to Twitter to vent about Labour’s new pink… Continue reading

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Here’s an election idea: why not weaponise defence?

A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson posed a question in his residents’ survey for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency. ‘Which issues are most important for the country as a whole?’… Continue reading

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Miliband’s attacks fell flat at PMQs

11 February 2015 13:48

The stage was set for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. Just before the session, The Guardian revealed the names of various Tony donors who allegedly had accounts with HSBC’s Swiss… Continue reading

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