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Politicians’ taxes: a recipe for deception

by Max Burman / 12 Apr 2012 12:15

With the London mayoral elections less than a month away and Parliament on recess, capital politics are dominating much of the agenda. Aside from the seemingly Faustian choice many Londoners will  make between Boris and Ken (or, you know, one of the other fine candidates), it is the publishing of candidates’ tax returns that has got people talking in the past week.

David Cameron indicated yesterday that he is likely

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Adversarial politics is exactly what we need

Adversarial politics is exactly what we need

by Dylan Sharpe / 11 Apr 2012 09:49

Punch and Judy politics, urgh, don’t you just hate it? Immature politicians bickering like schoolchildren; personality campaigns without policy or substance; it’s all so damn… watchable.

“I’ve never known a political contest so bitter, divisive and egotistical as the battle to take charge of the capital in this Olympics year” wrote Times columnist Rachel Sylvester on Tuesday morning. This neatly mirrored a piece written almost a year ago to the day

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Should London be subsidising the UK?

Should London be subsidising the UK?

by Sebastian Mann / 05 Apr 2012 15:59

Boris has called for more fiscal freedom for London. He wants more of the £1 in every £5, which currently is redistributed around the UK, to remain with London. Essentially he wants for London – as LSE’s Tony Travers has suggested – what Alex Salmond wants for Scotland.

This is a logical next step for localism. If decisions can be made better when they are devolved and not centralised, surely fiscal independence

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Boris and Ken go 'nose-to-nose' in lift barney

Boris and Ken go 'nose-to-nose' in lift barney

by Max Burman / 03 Apr 2012 11:15

This morning saw the first radio London mayoral debate of the campaign on LBC. When these events are reviewed, they usually fill space with descriptions of candidates going ‘toe-to-toe on bus fares’ or ‘clashing over affordable housing’. Well, no need for hyperbole today. The debate was dominated by issues such as housing, crime and transport, but it was what happened after the debate that is likely to grab headlines.

Taking affront to accusations from

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Running an accessible campaign

Running an accessible campaign

by Bethany Wheatley / 30 Mar 2012 12:15

As we end the second week of the official campaign and Boris continues to tour London on his BackBoris Borough Battle Bus, we here at BBHQ have made it easier than ever to keep up with what's going on.

Using an innovative interactive timeline from Tiki Toki, BackBoris2012 is posting photos and updates from each stop on the Battle Bus tour, as well as details from manifesto launches: www.backboris2012.com/timeline

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Boris launches online poster campaign

Boris launches online poster campaign

by Bethany Wheatley / 09 Mar 2012 11:18

Digital advertising - a key feature of US campaigns - is increasingly becoming a battleground in UK politics. This is happening for a variety of reasons, including its reach, limited advertising budgets and the restrictions on broadcast political advertising here.

While UK campaigns don't have the budgets of US presidential candidates - in 2011 Barack Obama spent $5m on online ads and all Republican candidates combined spent $3.5m -

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Politicians shouldn't try to ‘engage’ with the public

Politicians shouldn't try to ‘engage’ with the public

by Dylan Sharpe / 07 Mar 2012 15:21

There is a common misconception among some politicians that they have to look, sound or act like ‘one of the people’ in order to be liked.

An MP doesn’t want to sound too disconnected from his electorate - see, for example, Republican nominee-elect Mitt Romney who, in an attempt to connect with the ordinary American, turned up at a NASCAR race only to say he doesn’t follow the sport but does

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Boris's denial of PM ambitions was straight out of Hacker textbook

Boris's denial of PM ambitions was straight out of Hacker textbook

by Alexander Wickham / 05 Mar 2012 10:17

The Prime Minister has just announced his resignation. With Machiavellian flair, government troublemaker-in-chief Sir Humphrey Appleby convinces party chairman Jim Hacker that he should enter the running to replace him. Naturally, he cannot be seen to declare his prime ministerial aspirations. Asked by his colleagues whether he considers himself the best man for the job, Hacker replies: ‘I have absolutely no ambitions in that direction, my children are reaching the age where my wife

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Digital campaigning is opening up the mayoral race

by Bethany Wheatley / 02 Mar 2012 12:37

During the opening statements at the AgeUK mayoral hustings last week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that, if re-elected, he will extend the Freedom Pass to all Londoners aged 60 years or older, reversing a decision put in place by the Labour Party.

Boris made the Freedom Pass commitment at about 2pm. Within minutes @BackBoris2012 had tweeted the promise, posted a news story on our site, shared

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Video: Ken's campaign launch attack on 'Boris "Two-Jobs" Johnson'

Video: Ken's campaign launch attack on 'Boris "Two-Jobs" Johnson'

by Simon Fletcher / 29 Feb 2012 16:57

It’s no coincidence that the prime minister took time out to attack Ken Livingstone not once but twice at PMQs.

It took place on the same day that Alice Thomson in The Times (£) reported that after a meeting with Boris Johnson and Lynton Crosby, No 10 found the incumbent mayor’s campaign ‘underwhelming’ and short of a simple ‘retail offer’ for voters.

Cameron has clearly decided that

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Review: The Agenda with Tom Bradby

Review: The Agenda with Tom Bradby

by Caroline Crampton / 28 Feb 2012 00:00

It’s not easy to go up against an established titan of late night current affairs television like Newsnight and come out the other side with a smile on your face, but judging by its first episode, ITV’s new offering might just have managed it.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby made its debut last night with guests Boris Johnson, Allison Pearson, Jenny Agutter and Brendan Barber. At first sight, it’s a disparate

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Boris's fresh approach to London's challenges

Boris's fresh approach to London's challenges

by Bethany Wheatley / 24 Feb 2012 10:44

Boris Backers are a dedicated bunch. Our supporters are working every day of the week, pounding the streets of London and taking to social media, to get the word out about Boris's achievements.

Thousands of volunteers are delivering leaflets, using our activist dashboard to write letters to the editor, tweet achievements, recruit their friends and create campaign events, giving out flyers at station,; knocking on doors or making calls to voters.
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