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Cameron's speech: views from the floor

Cameron's speech: views from the floor

by Jess Bowie / 01 Oct 2014 13:40

Rod, 58, councillor from Swindon

It was one of the best, solid speeches we've heard from any party leader for a very long time. It was an election manifesto, obviously, but it was about setting policies that we're going to fight on. You either fight elections on ideology or you fight them on policy, and I think there was a lot of meaty policy in there – in very stark contrast

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After Syria, where next for Cameron?

After Syria, where next for Cameron?

by Tom Wadsworth / 30 Aug 2013 10:46

Like a man with a bad hangover, David Cameron will have woken up this morning with a head full of regrets, but unable to change what happened last night. It’s not quite Black Wednesday, but voters remember prime ministers who lose control of government. 

The prime minister's authority has been severely weakened and he faces a rocky autumn with a party conference season focused on his woes, instead of Ed Miliband's relationship with the unions.

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PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

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

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The Hilary Mantel furore reeks of synthetic outrage

The Hilary Mantel furore reeks of synthetic outrage

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:

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PMQs: Miliband falls off the horse

PMQs: Miliband falls off the horse

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

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Helen Grant: ‘Gay marriage is actually very Tory’

Helen Grant: ‘Gay marriage is actually very Tory’

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

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Will the Tories stop talking about the EU? Don't bet on it

Will the Tories stop talking about the EU? Don't bet on it

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

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PMQs: Mind your e's, u's and qu's

PMQs: Mind your e's, u's and qu's

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

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Pious to the left, haters to the right

Pious to the left, haters to the right

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

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All Mod Conservatives

All Mod Conservatives

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.”

Yet.

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.

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Is Burstow revealing further coalition cracks?

Is Burstow revealing further coalition cracks?

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

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Falklands disputed: Happy new year, David Cameron

Falklands disputed: Happy new year, David Cameron

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

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