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Bad Medicine

It was George Osborne’s genius that he was able to make a virtue of his chosen vice.

For a man who ideologically desires austerity - but who is smart enough to understand that the public do not share that desire - the global financial crisis was a gift. He could - with a sad and sombre mask to hide his glee - slash away at public services and heap the blame on the Labour Party.

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April 16th 2021

Bad Blood

There is a war being fought at the heart of Downing Street and it is being fought on multiple fronts. In some ways the sheer level of mess involved helps the Prime Minister. When a...
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March 3rd 2021

Waiting for my man

In our pre-budget note, we said that Rishi Sunak’s ideological and political interests were pulling in different directions and that - therefore - relative stasis was the likely result. And to a certain extent, the...
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February 23rd 2021

Meet me at the crossroads

On Monday, the Prime Minister laid out his plan for unlocking the country. It was not - obviously - the first time that he had made such an announcement. We had one in Spring last...
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January 22nd 2021

The Angel & The Gambler

A lot has been written about the character of Boris Johnson - both the one that he plays and the one that he is. Our Prime Minister possesses personality, an attribute not immediately obvious in...
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November 27th 2020

And it hurts with every heartbeat

Some people are very good in a crisis. They keep their heads, leap into action, work effectively despite finding themselves at the centre of chaos. Think of those members of the ordinary public who...
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November 13th 2020

My heart will go on

As the Titanic slipped below the waves, its in-house string quartet famously carried on playing regardless. History doesn’t tell us the tune but it’s a safe enough bet that they didn’t learn a new one...
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