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Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

18 April 2015 18:34

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading

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Has Lynton Crosby been taking ‘inspiration’ from the Australian Liberal Party again?

14 April 2015 11:37

Earlier this year Lynton Crosby was accused of recycling a ten-year-old ‘attack ad’ the Liberal Party used in the 2004 Australian elections, to criticise Ed Miliband in the general election. At the… Continue reading

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Is the Tory Trident row an example of a ‘dead cat’ strategy?

9 April 2015 15:06

Are the Tories throwing dead cats into the election debate? This question only makes sense if you recall Boris Johnson’s 2013 description of a strategy deployed by an ‘Australian friend’… Continue reading


Labour accuse Lynton Crosby of ‘going nuclear’ to distract from non-dom row

9 April 2015 15:00

Despite their leader playing the pious ‘not angry, but disappointed’ shtick at his press conference this morning, it’s not all po-faces over in Labour land after the Tories’ latest attack on… Continue reading

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Look at this cheap trick the Tories tried to play on me

30 March 2015 11:24

‘Mansion Tax Revaluation Information’, said the letter that came through my letterbox, in an envelope that screamed ‘council’ or ‘taxman’ or something alarming. The letter inside was carefully formatted to… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tories confront Lynton Crosby over ‘barnacles’ distracting from election message

12 February 2015 16:25

Last night’s meeting of the 1922 Committee was, I hear, not a particularly well-attended affair. This is odd because the speaker was Lynton Crosby, whose confident briefings tend to cheer… Continue reading

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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’ election strategy relies on the economy being the dominant issue… Continue reading

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David Cameron aims at Ukip and attacks Labour with immigration clamp-down

29 July 2014 8:46

The government has unveiled a set of measures to curb immigration. David Cameron has written an article in the Telegraph about what the government has already achieved and what it… Continue reading


Labour confirms Tory strategy: Vote Nigel, Get Ed

28 July 2014 7:48

Talk to most Tory strategists about Ukip and Ed Miliband and they say something along the lines of ‘Vote Farage, get Miliband’. They hope that this will deter people from… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Mrs Gove goes on the warpath, as Michael plots his media career

16 July 2014 11:16

Well, Michael Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, has made her views clear: tweeting that the reshuffle was ‘a shabby day’s work which Cameron will live to regret’. Crikey. Talk about ‘stand… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby needs to be moved into No10

Cameron should stop the Tory wars – or send for the man who can

7 June 2014 20:06

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s government nurtured a remarkable economic recovery, yet was beaten after… Continue reading


An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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Budget 2014: Will Cameron’s disciples spread the message?

19 March 2014 8:02

Lynton Crosby addressed the Conservative parliamentary party last night about the party’s messaging for the European elections. Amusingly, I hear he told those gathered to watch one of his powerpoint… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby is a guru with a visa

29 January 2014 12:32

The row over the immigration status of Ed Miliband’s American guru Arnie Graf rumbles on (with a question at PMQs). Sprung with the story on TV yesterday, Labour’s Chris Leslie… Continue reading

2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby, aka the Wizard of Oz (centre).

Six moments that hardened up the Tories in 2013

30 December 2013 9:00

For the Conservative party, 2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby. Just over a year ago, the Wizard of Oz was appointed David Cameron’s chief election strategist. Now he’s… Continue reading

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What is the big Ukip plan?

13 December 2013 8:54

Today’s announcement that migrants cannot claim benefits if their English is so bad that they are unemployable looks suspiciously like another attempt by ministers to reassure fears about the end… Continue reading

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The Tories have to fight on their ground, not Labour’s

8 December 2013 13:46

At the beginning of the autumn, strategists from all three parties assumed that the theme of the season would be Labour’s poll lead narrowing as the economic recovery picked up… Continue reading

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Cameron, Osborne and Crosby grilled by backbenchers: exclusive details

27 November 2013 9:24

Last night David Cameron, George Osborne and Lynton Crosby held a meeting with the Conservative parliamentary party. Coffee House has exclusive details of what took place. There was a presentation… Continue reading

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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

Remember Hug a husky? The Tory party would rather you didn't.

Why have the Tories purged their website?

13 November 2013 18:53

Remember Cameron’s hug a husky speech? Or his lecture on ‘the need recast politics for the digital age?’ Well, good job you do because the Tory party has been trying… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby is literally a sweetie

1 October 2013 11:55

The Mayor of London has been upstaged this year as the rebel darling of the delegates. Noting his new rival for attention – Nigel Farage – Boris charmed  conference goers by… Continue reading

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Tory MPs hold away day on strategy, policy, and general knowledge

19 September 2013 8:30

Tory MPs are currently heading off to Oxfordshire for an away day. But the Tory leadership is keen to emphasise that this isn’t just another BBQ-style event. There will, they… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby: I didn’t discuss plain packaging with the PM

23 July 2013 14:39

After weeks of the Prime Minister and his team dancing on a semantic pinhead over whether they discussed plain cigarette packaging with, or were lobbied by, Lynton Crosby, the man… Continue reading

The expansion of legislation prohibiting pornographic images gives more powers to police and prosecutors.

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping proposal that the customers of internet service providers must prove… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — the men from the colonies running Britain, the rise of the Death Café and male toplessness

18 July 2013 10:57

Has the British establishment been taken over by men from the Commonwealth? What with a Canadian in charge of the Bank of England, an Aussie strategy advisor for the Tories,… Continue reading

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