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October 1, 2014 1 Comment

David Cameron, ‘your ‘umble servant’, promises tax cuts

The messaging to voters in this speech lacked a little subtlety, but maybe that’s how you have to play it in an era when many voters are disengaged from politics.

One of David Cameron’s aides sticks his fingers in his ears when he tries to convey how voters are trying to block politics out of their lives.

David Cameron was trying to grab their attention with some direct cash offers on taxation and some very direct political messages too. He was also trying to engage with some voters’ resistance to him and to his party.


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September 30, 2014 No Comments

Boris vs Theresa: why their #cpc14 speeches were really leadership hustings

Theresa May and Boris Johnson have a small cadre of parliamentary acolytes who hope their candidate will succeed David Cameron.

September 29, 2014 2 Comments

Osborne benefits freeze: political genius or death wish?

Senior Tories say they’ve road-tested today’s announcement to death. There is strong voter support; it has gone down “extremely well” in the focus groups.

The Tories’ imperfect European armistice

George Osborne sticks rigidly to the line that the Tory leadership is not shifting its position on whether there are any circumstances in which it might back an “out” vote in an

September 28, 2014 2 Comments

Defections and resignations – a rocky start to the Tory party conference

They’re waving union jacks in the hall of the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham but in a hectic high-octane three weeks of politics this flag was nearly ditched.

September 26, 2014 3 Comments

MPs will back Iraq-only attacks

One minister said the truth is that the attacks that will be authorised with today’s vote are one step on a ladder of 20 rungs and no one really knows what the other steps will turn out to

September 24, 2014 6 Comments

Commons to vote on Iraq IS attacks on Friday

Seeking parliamentary approval before military action has brought in a new era that inhibits prime ministers in a way that would be unthinkable to their predecessors.

September 23, 2014 6 Comments

Ed Miliband: ‘We will do it together’

The idea behind Ed Miliband’s speech was to make the forthcoming election a battle of the plans, and its central message was solidarity – or “the spirit of together”.

Commons to vote on IS attacks

Parliament could be recalled as soon as Friday for a vote on military action against Isil in their Iraqi and Syrian bases. The government is increasingly confident it has Labour on board.

September 22, 2014 3 Comments

Chequers Tory summit

MPs were left in no doubt that after a general election two measures – a bill for Scotland, changes to standing orders for the English – were expected to happen at the same time.

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