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mid-term review

Nick Clegg and David Cameron at their last Coalition relaunch. Picture: Getty

How the mid-term review didn’t quite hit the spot

11 January 2013 9:28

Bearing in mind that the mid-term review was originally conceived as means of boosting Coalition morale after the collapse of Lords reform, it hasn’t done enormously well. With two more… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg on a visit to a school. This week the Coalition didn't do a great job at marking its own homework. Picture: Getty

The coalition’s half-time score

10 January 2013 16:42

Yesterday, the coalition released its mid-term self-assessment, comparing the commitments made in its Programme for Government back in May 2010 to the policies it has actually implemented to date. Sadly,… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband

PMQs sketch: Labour unleashes Operation Starving Kiddie

9 January 2013 17:33

Seemed a good idea at the time. Ed Miliband decided that the progress report published by the Coalition is a ‘secret audit’. At today’s PMQs he accused Cameron of sneaking… Continue reading

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Want to know what progress the government has made since the days of the Rose Garden? Its pledge audit might not help you. Picture: PA

Secret audit of Coalition pledges offers few clues on progress

9 January 2013 15:28

Finally, the copper-bottomed, unvarnished Programme for Government Update, aka the Secret Audit, has landed. You can read the full document here, but in summary, it’s not immediately very helpful. It… Continue reading

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PMQs

PMQs: Leaders trade dull insults as Andrew Mitchell holds court

9 January 2013 13:37

No one could call today’s PMQs illuminating. Ed Miliband led on the whole embarrassment of a Downing Street aide being snapped with a memo about whether to release a full… Continue reading

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Why the delay in publishing the coalition's self-evaluation? Picture: Getty Images

Copper-bottoming the Coalition

9 January 2013 12:03

Number 10 officials have been working on the mid-term review since the autumn, with what the Prime Minister’s spokesman described today as a ‘long-term intention’ to publish the awkward annex.… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg didn't mention a hitherto unpublished list of 70 missed pledges when they launched the Mid-Term Review on Monday. Picture: Getty

Unpublished Mid-Term Review annex acknowledges Coalition failures

9 January 2013 8:58

The Coalition’s decision to publish a Mid-Term review reminded some of Tony Blair’s ill-fated annual reports, which strangely stopped appearing after 2000. Blair’s last report embarrassed him because it contained… Continue reading

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Peers will vote on the boundary reforms in the next two weeks. Picture: Getty

Is the boundary Black Swan dead?

8 January 2013 13:03

One of the amusing inclusions in yesterday’s otherwise anodyne Mid-Term review document was the promise that the government ‘will provide for a vote in the House of Commons on the… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg announcing the Mid-Term Review today. Picture: Getty

Briefing: What does the Mid-Term Review say the Government is going to do?

7 January 2013 18:03

The coalition has worked very hard, taken tough decisions, worked in the long-term interest of the country for short-term political gain. That, if you can’t summon the energy to read… Continue reading

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Is the Prime Minister reading the comments on this very blog?

David Cameron reads blog comments

7 January 2013 17:37

The Cameron/Clegg press conference did not teach us very much — save that the chemistry between the two is as good as ever, that they can still finish each other’s… Continue reading

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Have the coalition partners been honest on deficit reduction? Photo: Getty Images.

Fisking the coalition’s deficit-reduction boast

7 January 2013 17:10

‘We have reduced the deficit by a quarter in just two years’ — the coalition’s mid-term review. True. But when Gordon Brown proposed to do precisely the same in Labour’s… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg have released the foreword to the Mid-Term Review document. Picture: Getty

David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s joint foreword to the Mid-Term Review

7 January 2013 8:26

Two and a half years ago, our parties came together in the national interest and formed a coalition at a time of real economic danger. The deficit was spiralling out… Continue reading

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Today's mid-term review press conference will be a far cry from the Rose Garden in 2010. Picture: Press Association

While the Coalition celebrates proalition, the two parties are still making their differences public

7 January 2013 8:20

The Coalition reaches its proalition peak today with the publication of the mid-term review, but Downing Street strategists are keen to spin out the good feeling for as long as… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

The coalition’s next big test

8 December 2012 12:59

With the political dust settling from the autumn statement, attention in Whitehall is turning to the mid-term review. The mid-term review is the last chance for the coalition to embark… Continue reading

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