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July 24, 2015 No Comments

How is the EU ‘out’ campaign planning to win?

There’s a riff you hear around the top of government that the referendum on Europe is won. You hear “60/40″ thrown around as a plausible if not easy margin of victory for the yes campaign for staying in the EU. You heard it in the run-up to the Scottish referendum too.

On the “no” side there is serious work being undertaken to try to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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July 21, 2015 5 Comments

Is George Osborne changing the shape of the state?

The asset sales being contemplated by Chancellor George Osborne only deliver some cuts and one-off benefits, briefly flattering the nation’s accounts.

July 20, 2015 12 Comments

Andy Burnham decides rebelling on welfare too risky

Andy Burnham has a big decision to take over tonight’s welfare reform bill.

July 16, 2015 2 Comments

Osborne claims victory over euro fund row

The Treasury says it’s secured a deal that stops the European Commission exposing the UK to potential future costs if Greece defaults on a new bridging loan.

July 14, 2015 16 Comments

SNP foxhunting move a raiding party into English lawmaking

The government has pulled the vote on foxhunting after the SNP’s decision to break its own pledge and vote against the relaxation of the ban in England.

July 13, 2015 2 Comments

Tristram Hunt: Labour needs to talk to the SNP

Harriet Harman’s decision to use her acting leadership role to steer the party’s direction has been shocking and enthusing Labour MPs depending on where they are in the party.

July 9, 2015 2 Comments

Minimum wage upgrade does not offset benefit cuts

The Institute for Fiscal Studies finds it is undoubtedly the case that tax credit recipients in work will on average be worse off as a result of the budget changes

July 8, 2015 1 Comment

Summer Budget 2015: topsy turvy politics

The chancellor stole some of Labour’s policy clothes in his latest budget announcements, but his tendency to favour old over young has not been altered.

Fox hunting vote: Thursday 16 July

Anti-fox hunting campaigners knew this was coming and have already attacked what they feel is the government trying to overturn a popular law change using the backdoor of a statutory

July 6, 2015 4 Comments

BBC’s new benefits responsibility confirmed

The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed the Sunday Times story that the government is handing over responsibility for the free licence fees for the over-75s policy to the BBC.

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