Channel 4 News's political editor gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.
David Cameron didn’t want debates to happen at all if possible but was determined they would not happen in the same form as 2010. His top team saw only disadvantage in allowing the challenger, Ed Miliband, an opportunity to gain unfiltered access to the British public. (more…)
On the face of it, the answer to the question ‘who pays?’ for the 20 per cent ‘subsidy’ could be ‘the local council.’
Even sceptics acknowledge that reaction they’ve seen among young voters to the tuition fee reduction announcement is stunning.
As well as cutting tuition fees by a third, a Labour government would give students an extra £400 a year for their maintenance grant.
The key moment in Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s change of heart was the meeting with the chief whip on Monday.
The Labour Party thinks its attack on the tax affairs of some Tory donors plays into its big message by revealing the unfairness at the heart of the country.
The SNP is now sitting on – allowing for a bit of churning – pretty much all the Labour supporters who backed independence.
If Sir Jeremy Heywood had taken one month to decide that the Bush/Blair exchanges could be published by the Chilcot team we would have the Iraq report by now.
The odds of a coalition after 2015 recede in your mind the more you chat around Westminster. It’s not impossible. But it’s not a hot favourite either.
David Cameron’s intention is to kill the TV debates altogether, and if not, then to get them out of the way so early that they don’t become seismic moments in the election campaign.