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March 9th 2020

Puppet on a String

For most modern chancellors their budget - particularly their first budget - has been very much their day. What is their vision for the British economy? What are their priorities and their foibles? What...
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February 14th 2020

Chasing The Crown

In 1964, Harold Wilson sent his deputy leader, George Brown, to head up a brand-new Department of Economic Affairs. The idea was to finally break the stranglehold of the Treasury on British Government. Its duties...
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January 31st 2020

Do you feel lucky?

It is over. At eleven o’clock this evening Britain formally leaves the European Union. Three years of uncertainty, of political chaos, of anger and distrust arrives at its conclusion. In Parliament Square a band will...
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January 27th 2020

Reflections from Davos 2020

“Unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight” said Greta Thunberg at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Speaking shortly after US President Donald Trump, who urged us to “reject...
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January 24th 2020

North Country Blues

Johnson won a major majority over a month ago. He has now passed his Brexit Bill and secured Britain’s passage out of the EU in a week’s time. That’s an achievement, whether one agrees with...
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December 16th 2019

What to expect from a Johnson majority government

Written by Lodestone Associate Andrew Gimson, Contributing Editor to Conservative Home, and author of Boris: The Adventures of Boris JohnsonJohnson will drive the government machine harder than it has ever been driven in peacetime...
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December 13th 2019

The Winner Takes It All

In the end, it wasn’t even close. There is no way that Jeremy Corbyn can spin this as a victory in all but name. There is no ‘one last heave’ here. The Conservative Party has...
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December 12th 2019

It's Only Just Begun

This evening, at 10pm, the BBC will publish the findings of its exit poll and we will have some idea of who this winter election has favoured. Based on analysis of interviews with people who...
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December 10th 2019

GE2019: Spotlight on...Wales

Spotlight on… Wales Over the course of the most unpredictable General Election campaign of living memory, Lodestone will be producing a series of notes shining a spotlight on the regions and nations that will decide...
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December 6th 2019

I Should Be So Lucky

On election night in 2017 a senior member of Tory campaign staff threw up, in the office, as the Exit Poll figures flashed on a big screen. They had known - they had thought -...
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December 4th 2019

GE 2019: Spotlight on... the Midlands

Over the course of the most unpredictable General Election campaign of living memory, Lodestone will be producing a series of notes shining a spotlight on the regions and nations that will decide the outcome. This...
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November 29th 2019

Vicious

We could have called this week’s note ‘sorry seems to be the hardest word’. Or, perhaps, ‘pride and prejudice’. But, honestly, they felt a bit on the nose. Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to apologise for...
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November 26th 2019

GE2019: Spotlight on...London

Spotlight on... London Over the course of the most unpredictable General Election campaign of living memory, Lodestone will be producing a series of notes shining a spotlight on the regions and nations that will...
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November 25th 2019

Chaos From The Top Down

It is taken as a given that most of the parties fielding candidates at this election would like to win it. For some, this wish is unlikely or impossible to come true. The SNP aren’t...
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November 19th 2019

GE2019: Spotlight on...

GE2019: Spotlight on... Yorkshire, the Humber and the North East Over the course of the most unpredictable General Election campaign of living memory, Lodestone will be producing a series of notes shining a spotlight on...
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