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November 25, 2014 No Comments

Scottish Labour U-turn on tax devolution

Jim Murphy, the front-runner for the leadership of the Scottish Labour party, has decided he does want full devolution of tax to Scotland after all. It is a remarkably swift U-turn by the former Scottish Secretary and long-time devo-sceptic, rushed out to make sure that Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories are singing from the same hymn sheet when the Smith Commission publishes its conclusions on Thursday.

Until very recently, Labour was way behind the other two parties in terms of readiness to devolve tax powers – you see the three main parties’ submissions to the Smith Commission (published only last month) by clicking right here.


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November 21, 2014 4 Comments

Miliband ‘furious’ at Thornberry tweet gaffe

A much-analysed tweet brings Ed Miliband his Bigotgate moment – making the departure of Labour “soulmate” Emily Thornberry inevitable.

November 18, 2014 3 Comments

Rochester – graveyard for old political vessels

We asked Bob Marshall-Andrews and David Davis to their hands converting Ukip supporters in Rochester. They certainly heard some strident views but the pincer movement didn’t convert

November 13, 2014 7 Comments

Ed Miliband: ‘Believe me, I’ll change everything’

Ed Miliband’s mission was to get voters listening to his message – they want big change and he’s the only guy offering it. But he knows that one speech won’t do it.

November 12, 2014 1 Comment

Real earnings and Labour fortunes: graph lines crossed

Just as the earnings/inflation lines crossed in the right direction for the government, the Lab/Con graph lines of support crossed in the wrong direction for Labour.

Juncker says Luxembourg squeaky clean on tax

​Jean-Claude Juncker blames Europe for Luxembourg’s industrial scale tax avoidance, after a bombshell revelation about the country’s treatment of company finances.

November 11, 2014 1 Comment

Cameron welcomes ECJ ruling against benefits tourist

The Tories (and Labour, I hear) are looking at stopping access to non-contributory benefits (which is most benefits) even for EU citizens who are working their chaussettes off.

November 5, 2014 1 Comment

UK’s Iraq deployment – thin end of wedge?

A few dozen UK soldiers are going to train Iraqis, but if a third country can be found to host a bigger training programme, many more might be heading abroad to boost Iraqi expertise.

Thinking of voting against the government? Take the week off…

The Commons are to vote on the European Arrest Warrant on Monday, and much work is going on behind the scenes to minimise the number of rebels in Tory ranks.

November 3, 2014 4 Comments

Focus turns from EU quotas to ‘pull’ factors

No 10 is still giving itself several weeks before it comes up with its plan to reduce net migration and has not itself decided exactly what the prime minister will announce.

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