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All falls down

Our new Prime Minister is busy briefing that she intends to ‘move fast and break things’. The markets demonstrate that she is achieving this, to a frankly terrifying extent, so she and her chancellor must be feeling pretty ‘mission accomplished’ as we enter Labour Conference week.

Meanwhile, ahead of his moment in the sun, Sir Keir Starmer’s aides have been likening his approach to the run-up to the next election to ‘a man carrying a priceless Ming vase across a highly polished floor’ (a description, incidentally, lifted from Roy Jenkins - who used it when talking about pre-landslide Blair, which feels apt in its own, imitative way).

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July 9th 2015

Budget 2015

George Osborne today resisted the temptation to unleash a wave of hard-right, super-charged austerity in the first Tory budget in nearly 20 years. Instead, he delivered a mellow and long-termist budget. Rather than make...
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June 2nd 2015

You do it to yourself

Between the pomp, the ceremony and the occasional moment of comic farce (google ‘Michael Gove + Prince Philip + Wig + Bag’) it’s sometimes possible to forget that the Queen’s Speech is more than...
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May 18th 2015

Dreaming of a revolution

As he spends the day reshuffling his Cabinet, David Cameron stands unchallenged at the top of English politics, with Miliband and Clegg forever vanquished and Farage’s future uncertain. Sturgeon did well, of course, but...
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May 8th 2015

Normal service is resumed

David Cameron will now remain Prime Minister and the current Government will carry on, but without the Lib Dems. This result is decisive if still very tight in historical terms. The only person confirmed in...
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April 27th 2015

I can't get no.... Satisfaction!

Two weeks left to go until we find out the result – or, at least, the raw ingredients in terms of seats from which a result must be cooked up. It’s fair to say...
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April 20th 2015

When shall we three meet again?

Last night’s ‘challengers debate’ was a peculiar creature. Five party leaders lined up to rail against a Government that wasn’t even represented. Of course, this was what Cameron and co. had hoped for –...
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