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Where has the 'trust factor' gone in politics?

Where has the 'trust factor' gone in politics?

by Emma Gray / 06 Nov 2012 15:09

The marriage between the electorate and its representatives is on the rocks and divorce is looming. The ‘trust factor’ in politics is, as in any relationship, vital to its survival, and has taken a huge battering in recent years. A breakdown in communication is the crux of this very difficult problem.

But is it fair to tar all politicians with the same untrustworthy brush? Like any workplace, Westminster contains mainly good eggs, some

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Boris Johnson plays the anarchic loyalist

Boris Johnson plays the anarchic loyalist

by Anoosh Chakelian / 09 Oct 2012 11:03

This morning, the great bumbling Bear of London ambled up to the stage for his conference address to Coldplay’s Paradise - a soundtrack as safe and tirelessly optimistic as the speech that was to follow.

For today, Boris Johnson - as he did last night speaking at a conference rally - thwarted the hopes of onlookers everywhere for a leadership bid, or at least a gaffe revealing tensions with the prime minister.

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Ed Balls provides a cross-party vision of Britain

Ed Balls provides a cross-party vision of Britain

by Ben Duckworth / 01 Oct 2012 11:58

Before Ed Balls strode onto the conference stage in Manchester, one Labour figure told me he expected the shadow chancellor to go all out on the attack. "It worked for Gordon Brown, and it's what George Osborne did in opposition," he said. Well, it turns out Balls had higher ambitions than merely attacking David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Of course, he bashed them. "Same old Tories, every one of them" yelled Balls, purposely including

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Boris Johnson, the Tory who stole the Olympics limelight

Boris Johnson, the Tory who stole the Olympics limelight

by Naomi Zainali / 11 Sep 2012 16:16

Now that the Games are officially over, any hopes David Cameron and George Osborne originally had of basking in the athletes’ glory will have proven to be misguided.

By contrast, Boris Johnson’s star is on the rise. The rapturous applause enjoyed by the London Mayor at yesterday’s Olympics and Paralympics victory parade was the pinnacle of his summer of popularity. Cameron watched on as Johnson made his speech on the Mall in front

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Boris says thank you to Team GB

Boris says thank you to Team GB

by Vicky Wong / 13 Aug 2012 16:07

Four years ago in Beijing Boris Johnson made his famous "whiff whaff is coming home speech".

After a fortnight of memorable moments which included his Hyde Park rallying call in response to Mitt Romney's doubts over London's readiness for the games, the zip wire incident and the awkward dad-dancing, Boris tops it all off with a final thank you speech where he thanks the gamesmakers, the Armed Forces, G4S,

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Cameron: My son wants to be known as 'Elwen Wiggins'

Cameron: My son wants to be known as 'Elwen Wiggins'

by Amber Elliott / 08 Aug 2012 09:42

David Cameron admitted there is a "fundamental disagreement" between himself and Nick Clegg, after the DPM revealed that his party will vote against proposed boundary changes.

But he maintained that they still had a good coalition relationship, stating that both parties were unlikely to agree on everything.

However, when asked whether he would prefer Clegg or Boris Johnson as his double skulls partner, the prime minister told LBC97.3 he would chose

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Why Labour should fear Boris as PM

Why Labour should fear Boris as PM

by Emma Burnell / 31 Jul 2012 10:38

 

Labour failed to take on Boris properly in London, twice. We never got a handle on how to fight him properly, and we allowed him and his campaign to define the terms of the election. He’s bested –twice – one of our political superstars (and one of our few single-name recognition politicians). Yet some in the Party still consider Boris just a joke and fail to see the threat his leadership of

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Photos: Inside the Athletes' Village

Photos: Inside the Athletes' Village

by Natasha Clark / 13 Jul 2012 12:18

With just over two weeks to go until the start of the Games, the Olympic Village has finished its preparations for the thousands of people due to stay throughout the summer. Here are some of the first shots from inside the Olympic Village. Friends and family will be able to relax with athletes in the green open-spaces around the Village The 360,000 metres-square village, located within the Olympic Park

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Boris Island is pie in the sky

Boris Island is pie in the sky

by Mark Reckless / 04 Jul 2012 10:04

Ten years have passed since the Labour government launched its south east and east of England airports study, which the High Court initially ruled was unlawful – for excluding Gatwick – in a judicial review which I proposed.

The Thames Estuary Airport proposal, then described as being at ‘Cliffe’ (in the constituency which I now represent), was ruled out on both environment and economic grounds, but the Labour government recommended a second runway

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BoJo's 'cheery' message for Greece

BoJo's 'cheery' message for Greece

by Amber Elliott / 18 Jun 2012 11:49

"Every day we read of fresh horrors," wrote Boris Johnson as we awoke to news that Greek party New Democracy will try to form a coalition after its second round of elections.

"Once proud bourgeois families queuing for bread, of people in agony because the government has run out of money to pay for cancer drugs. Pensions are being cut, living standards are falling, unemployment is rising, and the suicide rate is

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The Marmite question of social media

The Marmite question of social media

by Bethany Wheatley / 27 Apr 2012 10:41

With less than a week to go until polling day voters face the choice of a better future - or a return the past.

Over the next six days all the mayoral candidates will be pounding the pavements to get their messages out to Londoners. Boris has a packed schedule of borough visits and will be on the go constantly, taking his nine point plan to secure Greater London's future to

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Review: Boris's party election broadcast

Review: Boris's party election broadcast

by Sebastian Mann / 13 Apr 2012 15:27

Boris is the incarnation of bumptiousness as an election-winning trait. On the left as much as the right he earns approbation for his affable, lads-on-tour demeanour. So it makes sense, unlike Ken, strongly to affirm the political personality throughout his party election broadcast (PEB).

Boris’s PEB is resolute in its ambition to sell Boris-the-man – the man who spent his youth smashing up posh restaurants with the men who are now atop government. Or,

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