Gary Gibbon on Politics

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March 5, 2015 4 Comments

TV debates – the end game

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…)

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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.

Labour’s £400 maintenance grant sweetener

As well as cutting tuition fees by a third, a Labour government would give students an extra £400 a year for their maintenance grant.

February 24, 2015 2 Comments

Sir Malcolm Rifkind resigns: why he decided to stand down

The key moment in Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s change of heart was the meeting with the chief whip on Monday.

February 12, 2015 6 Comments

Miliband – the cat that got the vanilla cream

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.

February 4, 2015 2 Comments

SNP holding on to yes vote

The SNP is now sitting on – allowing for a bit of churning – pretty much all the Labour supporters who backed independence.

Whitehall took 13 months over Bush/Blair letters

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.

January 27, 2015 6 Comments

Hung parliament predictions harden, coalition recedes

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.

Cameron adjustment – suit you sir?

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.

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