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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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November 18th 2019

Inside the Conservative Party Campaign

Written by Lodestone Associate Andrew Gimson, Contributing Editor to ConservativeHome, and author of Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson once said there is method in Donald Trump’s madness. The same could be said...
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November 15th 2019

Money (That’s What I Want)

In this election there’s a lot going on but not a lot actually happening. You see it in the politics, where this week the biggest arguments have been about where parties *shouldn’t* stand. You see...
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November 12th 2019

GE2019: Spotlight on...Scotland

GE2019: Spotlight on... Scotland 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...
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November 8th 2019

Road to Nowhere

When you ask for directions in some remoter parts of the U.K. the response you might get is an unhelpful “well, I wouldn’t start from here”. After a week of official campaigning for 2019’s Winter...
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October 30th 2019

Casino Boogie

As an early Christmas present, Parliament has granted the British public their say. On who will form the next Government, on what will happen on Brexit, on which MPs will spend Boxing Day filling out...
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October 23rd 2019

Life is a Cabaret

Boris Johnson recalled Parliament on a Saturday because, for all his faults and flaws, he is a talented political dramatist. Having secured a deal - remarkably, it has to be acknowledged - the Prime Minister...
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October 2nd 2019

This Ole House

The overwhelming impression of many onlookers, left as an imprint after both main party conferences, is one of unreality. The holding pattern on Brexit is responsible for this strange dislocation. You instinctively feel that something...
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September 27th 2019

Gangsta's Paradise

“Nice constitutional democracy you’ve got there... shame if anything happened to it.” Not a direct quote from the Prime Minister, obviously. But a flavour of the sentiment, if you listen to the anger and...
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July 25th 2019

We’re The Kids In America

What if you don’t want to be a ‘Prime Minister for all the country’? What if you’ve worked out that you don’t need to be? What if you’ve looked across the Atlantic and observed that...
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July 23rd 2019

King of Pain

Are you feeling ‘energetic’? Are you a ‘dude’? Are you ready to let sunshine rule the day? In a surprise to no-one, Boris Johnson has won the leadership of the Conservative Party and, with it...
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