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November 18, 2014 3 Comments

Rochester – graveyard for old political vessels

Rachel Reeves’ announcement that she is looking into restricting working tax credits for EU migrants was aimed at calming Ukip jitters in the Labour party and jumping in ahead of David Cameron’s imminent speech expected to make similar pledges.

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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.

October 29, 2014 2 Comments

Tories to rush arrest warrant vote for fear of worse

The government’s decided to bring forward the planned date for the vote on when it tries to re-join European Arrest Warrant.

October 28, 2014 16 Comments

Can Jim Murphy save Scottish Labour?

Jim Murphy is expected to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Scottish Labour in the next 48 hours, but some commentators say he has too much Blairite baggage to carry off the job.

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