Articles tagged with David Cameron
by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2013 12:49
Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions – or Barked Deflected Statements, as it will officially be known as once the government finally cracks down on mislabelling – was a let-down from both leaders. Such a display could represent the main reason, aside from serious sexual harassment allegations and ill-advised duckhouse ownership, behind so many people being turned off by our politicians.
Under the guise of a discussion of our economy’s recent credit rating
by Sadie Smith / 20 Feb 2013 14:49
One of the first things I learned on starting working for a Member of Parliament was how to get a press release published in its entirety. The key was always the headline: that’s what grabbed the copy-short local journalist on a slow news week. The best ones always had “anger” or “fury” in them. If you could get your MP to “demand” something as well, so much the better.
“MP angry over potholes:
by Anoosh Chakelian / 13 Feb 2013 12:46
Oh, Ed. He had so much to work with this morning. The government’s planned social care changes are already being criticised. The workfare scheme is, well, illegal. And it turns out all our cows are horses. But clearly the Labour leader’s advisers this morning had seen one too many pun trotted out over the horsemeat scandal, or at least eaten a bit too much equine lasagne (Ed Balls’ new recipe?), and decided to
05 Feb 2013 10:30
Ben Duckworth: Would you support the introduction of a marriage tax allowance if it provides a comfort to those MPs in your party who, thus far, have been horrified by the idea of introducing gay marriage?
Helen Grant: I think the government will bring forward proposals to recognise marriage in the tax system at some point in the future. So, at the appropriate time, I think that may well happen. The priority is to
by Ben Duckworth / 24 Jan 2013 15:59
It should always serve as a warning sign of complacency when we think we know the order in which things will play out. Yesterday’s speech by David Cameron made clear his plans for renegotiation followed by a 2017 In-Out referendum. While we can all argue about whether this is a fantastic move or a huge strategic mistake, it superficially looked like Europe was an issue the Prime Minister could now file under Non-Urgent. The
by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Jan 2013 11:49
AdiEU, sang the PM to the European Union this morning: music to his Brussels-bashing backbenchers' ears (read: EUphoria), but acceptable to a sceptical yet change-averse public - the negotiating of Britain's membership, and an emphasis on reform allowing him to cry 'in' on the future in-out ultimatum (read: EUphemism).
But he couldn't quite look Ed Miliband in the eye today at PMQs, as he was pressed tenaciously on whether he'd campaign to leave
by Sadie Smith / 21 Jan 2013 10:43
I was musing recently to a friend of mine, who happened to have attended my south coast comprehensive - albeit twenty years before me - that I didn’t know any openly homosexual people during my schooldays. He looked at me in horror.
“Good Lord, no. Are you surprised? There are easier ways to commit suicide.”
Happily, things have changed for the better, by and large, in the intervening period. In 1998, the
by Anoosh Chakelian / 17 Jan 2013 14:59
“This isn’t a plan for a manifesto,” Greg Barker MP remarked to the intimate gathering of his fellow Tory modernisers and a few eager environmental journalists last Wednesday evening, “this isn’t even a plan for a plan.”
Cameron’s loyal energy minister was addressing a rather plush underground bar in the Mayfair offices of the Legatum Institute - what must be one of the swankiest of British politics’ independent think tank brigade.
by James Nickerson / 03 Jan 2013 17:21
The former health minister, Paul Burstow, has put forward what he states would be “brave and caring” politics in benefits and welfare reform, thrusting both Nick Clegg and David Cameron into potentially difficult positions. With the mid-term review being published next week, Burstow’s announcement seems poised to highlight this division in the coalition.
At the moment, the government is broadly in favour of and looks likely to put in place the Dinot
by James Nickerson / 03 Jan 2013 14:15
Not even a month since a portion of the Antarctic, disputed as Argentinean but recognised as British, was named after Queen Elizabeth, tensions have again risen between Argentina and the United Kingdom. In an open letter, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has written of Britain’s “blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism”, demanding back the ‘Las Malvinas’. The 55th President of Argentina wrote this letter in near darkness - in the highest secrecy
by James Nickerson / 02 Jan 2013 14:44
This morning, commuters got a “nasty new year shock”, at least according to shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle, as they faced inflation-busting increases in ticket fares for the tenth year in a row - a 4.2 per cent average price increase this year. With a pricing system that doesn’t connect with passengers, Mike Hewitson of Passenger Focus stated that a lack of trust in the ticketing system is what underpins passenger frustration.
by Charlie Critchell / 19 Dec 2012 13:21
In the last PMQs before Christmas recess there was little goodwill on display as the House engaged in yet another raucous session.
After a respectful start exchanging pleasantries over the government’s proposal for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, an expectant Commons chamber lay poised in anticipation for the Labour leaders impending line of attack. It soon came, though not in the usual animated fashion, but methodically cranked up in the form of welfare and