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November 17th 2022

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...
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October 24th 2022

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer

It has been a nerve wracking few days for the authors of these notes. At the end of Boris Johnson’s premiership we wrote that ‘we just don’t need to worry about Boris Johnson anymore’. For...
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October 20th 2022

Killing In The Name

Turns out she was a quitter, after-all. Liz Truss has resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party and will cease to be Prime Minister inside a week. She has done this because she was not...
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October 3rd 2022

Treading water

There is a school of thought which says that our collective reaction to ‘u-turns’ disincentivises doing the right thing and encourages a defensive, combative style of politics. If only, so this argument runs, we were...
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September 26th 2022

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...
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September 2nd 2022

Simple kind of life

Well, here we are. On Monday we will finally ‘know’ who our next Prime Minister is. We already know, of course. It would be a shock even to him should Rishi win after all...
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July 11th 2022

Strange Fruit

Do you believe in destiny? One wonders if Boris Johnson does, anymore. For a long, long time he really did. His slow, but seemingly inevitable, ascent to the pinnacle of British politics affirmed for Johnson...
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June 24th 2022

Nowhere to run

What is the point of Boris Johnson? What is he for? That’s the question that a lot of Tory MPs are asking themselves today - as the results in Tiverton & Honiton and Wakefield sink...
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June 7th 2022

The Tide is High

Luck is a thing that is there until it isn’t. And today Boris Johnson’s luck began to evaporate. He won, yes. But he won like you win when the doctor tells you that it’s months...
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April 22nd 2022

Lazy Afternoons

One of Boris Johnson’s secret weapons is his ability to ‘sit it out’. There’s not a lot to this, of course. But it is difficult to pull off nonetheless. Crises have their own magnetic power...
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February 4th 2022

Sad, Sad Situation

The human drama of our politics has seldom been so raw as last night’s events. Munira Mirza is not simply a departing aid. Her utility to Johnson went far beyond her impressive grasp of policy...
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January 24th 2022

Bad choices

It is not just Boris Johnson’s career that is on the line this week, it is the immediate electoral future of the Conservative Party. Many Tory MPs are waiting for Sue Gray to report before...
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December 17th 2021

Last Christmas?

You win some, you lose some. And for governments that have been in office for over a decade, when it comes to midterm by-elections, more often than not; you lose some. Why, then, does the...
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December 16th 2021

That's me in the corner

In politics, one of the benefits of winning - and being in government - is that your successes are there for all to see. The downside, of course, is that so are your failings. Our...
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