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'Little Englander' diplomacy

by Martin Shapland / 09 Dec 2011 15:50

In the post-summit photocall of leaders this morning, David Cameron stood right on the edge.

I’ll leave that metaphor hanging in the air for a moment.

It’s clear that Cameron never intended to sign up to any treaty alteration. Indeed I’d go as far to say as the decision this morning to veto was pre-meditated. The PM’s demands were so irreconcilable, so contrary to what the French and

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Cameron stands alone on Europe. But where's Ed?

Cameron stands alone on Europe. But where's Ed?

by Dan Hodges / 09 Dec 2011 14:24

All the talk before today’s early morning brinkmanship was whether our prime minister would win concessions from his European partners, or whack them over the head with his veto. In the end he did neither.

Cameron didn’t arrive at the wife-swapping party without a wife. Instead, he chose to spend the evening with the crossword and a warm cup of cocoa.  What those frisky continentals wanted to get up to was a matter

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PMQs: An exercise in expectation management over Europe

by Caroline Crampton / 07 Dec 2011 12:56

Talking about Europe hasn’t got any easier for David Cameron. One after another, his backbenchers rose during prime minister’s questions to demand that he elaborate his position on fiscal union in the eurozone, and explain his intentions for the repatriation of powers during treaty change discussions.

Over and over again, he declined to provide any details, instead choosing to make vague assertions about how “we will insist on some safeguards for Britain” and

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What do Cameron and Miliband have in common?

What do Cameron and Miliband have in common?

by Francesca Preece / 07 Dec 2011 10:22

It seems champagne socialist Ed Miliband’s honeymoon period is well and truly over. In a new poll, four out of five Labour voters don’t think the younger Miliband is capable of holding the reins of power.

It seems the man who was more than happy enough to walk over his brother for the leadership has been shown for what he is – a chancer.

For all that Labour has done in the

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It's time to honour the Arctic Convoy veterans

It's time to honour the Arctic Convoy veterans

by Caroline Dinenage / 07 Dec 2011 09:32

In the midst of WWII, tens of thousands of men were forced to endure what Churchill described as the ‘worst journey in the world’. In sub-zero temperatures, the servicemen of the Arctic Convoys valiantly fought to keep the supply lines with Russia open. It is impossible to envisage how the Red Army would have continued its fight against the Nazis without the heroic actions of these men.

Only 200 of the Arctic Convoy

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'Every willing patient is a research patient'

'Every willing patient is a research patient'

by Julia Rampen / 05 Dec 2011 17:35

It began like every other business talk. But after the ritual praising the nation’s pharmaceutical industry and the encouragement of those elsewhere to take root in British soil in today’s life sciences speech, David Cameron moved onto depict the NHS as a vast database, where patients might also be subjects, and the line between treatment and research could be increasingly blurred.

Data these days is hot stuff. Referring to the database possessed

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Clarkson helps Cameron dodge a bullet

Clarkson helps Cameron dodge a bullet

by Alexander Wickham / 05 Dec 2011 09:58

It didn’t feel like it, but last week was one of the most significant in the short history of the coalition government.

On Monday the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)announced that Britain would slide back into recession during 2012. The following day George Osborne had the unenviable task of informing the House that he was likely to fail in his goal of eradicating the deficit by the end of

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What Cameron and Miliband can learn from John Lewis

What Cameron and Miliband can learn from John Lewis

by Dan Hodges / 25 Nov 2011 13:17

Christmas beckons. To some the season of peace and goodwill. To others the axle-grease oiling the wheels of the turbo consumer juggernaut.

Personally, I think this year the naysayers have it, Peace and goodwill are, after all,  in pretty short supply.

Not that the drivers of this HGV of capitalism are taking any chances. Pedal to the metal, the festive advertising campaigns are already bearing down on an unsuspecting public.

Leading

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At least one person knows how to deal with the strikes (…and it’s not David, Nick or Ed)

by Francesca Preece / 24 Nov 2011 16:33

While the public sector strike leaves our classrooms empty and borders unprotected, the parties are finding it difficult to relate to the chaos it will ensue.

David Cameron’s big idea for dealing with the impact of the strikes is to call for parents to take their kids to work – tackling the symptom rather than the cause.

Meanwhile Ed Miliband has been burying his head in the sand as the striking unions

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Labour union links dominate PMQs

Labour union links dominate PMQs

by Amber Elliott / 23 Nov 2011 13:37

Whatever you think of Conservative backbenchers, you've got to admit they can run with a theme.

Today's was the ol' favourite 'Labour's in the pocket of the unions'.

It might not be original but it's always guaranteed to produce a Jerry Springer-esque reaction (and plenty of noise).

Pension strikes next week are "wholly irresponsible" began Backbencher Uno (Andrew Bingham).

David Cameron agreed that it was the "height of irresponsibility".

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The solution to David Cameron's woman problem

The solution to David Cameron's woman problem

by Felicity Parkes / 22 Nov 2011 09:48

Dear prime minister,

It has come to my attention that Downing Street is looking to hire a female special advisor whose role will be to view all policies through a woman's eyes.

Despite my opinion that this is a shallow and tokenistic idea, I would still like to take the opportunity to apply for this position as I haven't got a snowball's chance in hell of getting a pay rise out of

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Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

by Caroline Crampton / 21 Nov 2011 00:00

The new issue of Total Politics, out tomorrow, features an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls by Amber and myself. With the autumn statement next week, the conversation was dominated by his ideas on growth and the economy, but we also found plenty of time to delve into what makes Ed Balls, Labour's so-called 'attack dog', tick. We discussed why he considers George Osborne to be "the best on their side", the chances of

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