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  • Miliband’s line of attack at PMQ’s today will cut to the core of what it means to be a Conservative

    Miliband’s line of attack at PMQ’s today will cut to the core of what it means to be a Conservative

    Lewis Brown | | Politics
    Ed Miliband’s attack on David Cameron’s stance over Europe rocked the PM from the off today. While Conservatives often adopt the line ‘I won’t be lectured by the Labour Party’ over Europe (and for the most part, this obviously chimes), there was definite hay to be made for the Labour ...
  • Who would you vote for?

    Who would you vote for?

    Lewis Brown | | Politics
    Part of the fun of American primaries and elections for the politically aware on this side of the pond is engaging as if it were a spectator sport. We like to make predictions, think about who our vote would go to, and rate the candidates on our own sort of ...
  • U-Turn? I want to! - David Cameron's first 18 months

    U-Turn? I want to! - David Cameron's first 18 months

    Nigel Knight | | Politics
    Baroness Thatcher famously said ‘U-turn if you want to’. Unfortunately David Cameron seems to have out U-turned Edward Heath in his first eighteen months in office.At first there were no plans to raise VAT, then VAT rose to 20%.The Education Maintenance Allowance was ‘safe in ...
  • The Autumn Statement: maintain credibility and go for growth

    The Autumn Statement: maintain credibility and go for growth

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    A considerable number of Government policies continue to be announced ahead of the Autumn Statement tomorrow. We’ve already heard about reforms (or in many cases, consultations) on employment law. We’ve heard about the shift of £5bn from current to capital expenditure, and attempts to utilise pension funds to invest in ...
  • Personality driven party change?

    Personality driven party change?

    Lucy Gilchrist | | Politics
    The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party leadership contest was unique not just because it marked the first ever poll for members to directly elect their Leader, but because it was so closely fought.The irony of this leadership campaign has been that the very contender standing for change has been usurped ...
  • What has happened to the left?

    What has happened to the left?

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    So the day of action came and went, and depending on your point of view was a 'flop', the Coalition's 'Iraq moment' or merely 'largely trouble free'. Everyone declared success and went away happy.The most bizarre aspect of the protests against government cuts is the extraordinary hyperbole they have ...
  • Principle, ideology and politics

    Principle, ideology and politics

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Banning the use of wild animals in circuses is not everyone’s priority in policy terms. But what struck me about Mark Pritchard’s stand last week was that the ensuing media coverage focused on the implications of his defiance on his political career. He’ll never be a Minister now, ...