Gary Gibbon on Politics

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December 9, 2014 26 Comments

Scottish Labour leadership contest and the general election

Voting in the race to be leader of the Scottish Labour party closes tomorrow and some claim echoes of the 2010 battle of the Miliband brothers in the Scottish contest.

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December 4, 2014 6 Comments

The incredible shrinking state?

With drastic cuts needed to meet its economic pledges, experts fear that the government has no secret plan, but is making policy up on the hoof.

December 3, 2014 1 Comment

On track to smallest state since 1930s? Not if Vince can help it

One Treasury source said this was “just where the graph lines happened to end up,” implying no champagne popping pencilled in for the big day five years off.

December 2, 2014 No Comments

Is the government playing fast and loose with the numbers?

Labour says the government has massively over-estimated how far down the track it is with infrastructure projects. Is it time for a candour deficit reduction plan?

‘A third or a quarter’ of cuts still to come. Really?

Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander reckons a third or a quarter of cuts are still to come after the election. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says 50 per cent. Who is right?

December 1, 2014 No Comments

‘Couple of surprises’ up Osborne’s sleeve for autumn statement

Tory MPs tell me they suspect the chancellor’s getting all his infrastructure and NHS spending news out of the way early because he’s given up on getting a hearing for good news on

Gordon Brown and the last minute job offer

Gordon Brown leaves parliament only weeks after his successor Ed Miliband asked him to throw himself back into frontline politics.

November 28, 2014 5 Comments

Cameron back from the brink on Europe and immigration

The idea of an emergency brake on EU immigration remained in David Cameron’s speech until a few days ago. But at the last moment, the prime minister pulled back.

New powers for Scotland – but can they save Labour at the polls?

The SNP’s message all day has been that there’s less to the devolution deal than meets the eye. This afternoon they got support for that proposition from the former Labour First

November 27, 2014 29 Comments

At breakneck speed a new UK takes shape

As the deadline for proposals on devolving more powers to Scotland approached, ministers were busy trying to secure last-minute deals for their own spending departments.

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