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March 27, 2015 4 Comments

Cameron and Miliband face Paxman’s panto villain routine

Ed Miliband will hope to capitalise today on some rare good reviews after last night’s Sky/Channel 4 programme.

The Labour team always had “the debates” in the grid as the moment that Labour would break through as the public got a chance to look at Ed Miliband through fresh eyes.

The “debates” in the sense Labour wanted them are not happening, but Ed Miliband’s team will think they’re still in with a chance of getting a better image of their man across to voters.

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March 26, 2015 6 Comments

Speaker coup defeated

On the last day of parliament, Labour MPs thwart a Tory plot to introduce secret ballots to elect the speaker and thus overthrow John Bercow. It seems the order to destroy him came from the very

March 25, 2015 2 Comments

No VAT rise in next government, Cameron says

The Tories claim they laid a giant elephant trap on VAT and that Ed Miliband walked right into it – but you can’t help wondering if Treasury mandarins are tearing their hair out.

March 23, 2015 4 Comments

David Cameron rules out third term as prime minister

You don’t hand over the baton on your way out on dissolution day 2020 (if the next government got that far). You hand it over earlier so your successor beds in.

Afzal Amin gone, but he hopes not forgotten

Tories are comforting themselves that the fall-out will be limited because this was not a case of a white Tory candidate getting involved in dealings with the EDL.

March 18, 2015 3 Comments

Budget 2015: political tricks but no rabbit out of the hat

To avoid damage to his reputation for prudence, George Osborne’s pre-election budget was short on giveaways but not without political trickery.

March 9, 2015 2 Comments

Last quango in quad-land?

Tonight, as I write, the quad is meeting to try to sign off on the coalition’s last budget.

March 5, 2015 20 Comments

TV debates – the end game

Abandoning consistency and deploying ruthless determination, David Cameron has got his way or something close to it on TV debates. Some will think that could be an omen for the election itself.

March 2, 2015 3 Comments

Cameron’s housing subsidy: who pays?

On the face of it, the answer to the question ‘who pays?’ for the 20 per cent ‘subsidy’ could be ‘the local council.’

February 27, 2015 3 Comments

Dancing to the tune of a tuition fee cut

Even sceptics acknowledge that reaction they’ve seen among young voters to the tuition fee reduction announcement is stunning.

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